Dr. Elisabete Azevedo-Harman is a lecturer on legislative and political institutions, political advisor, speech writer (Portuguese) and international expert on parliamentarian and institutional development and elections. She has been the Parliamentarian Expert for the United Nations Development Programme (Pro PALOP-TL), covering 6 countries: Angola, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, Sao Tome and Principe, Cabo Verde and Timor Leste. She is also a guest lecturer at several universities, primarily at the Catholic University of Mozambique, Catholic University of Portugal and the Piajet Institut of Angola. Previous positions include those of Research Fellow at Chatham House (Africa Department), Deputy Head of the IEP at the
Catholic University of Portugal and Development Officer the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) in Geneva. Her research areas include democratization and political transitions, contemporary African politics and political institutions. Her doctoral dissertation on parliaments and citizen perceptions in Africa was completed at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. She has acted as an observer for elections in Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Zambia and Mozambique. She has regularly published peer-reviewed articles, chapters in books and has authored a book on the Mozambican parliament and the Angolan parliamentarian handbook.