Legislative oversight & Openness Specialist
Elisabete Azevedo-Harman (PhD) has been the Parliamentarian and Open Governance Expert for the United Nations Development Programme ( PRO PALOP-TL). She is a guest lecturer at several universities, mainly at the Catholic University of Mozambique, Catholic University of Portugal and University Agostinho Neto in Angola. Previous positions include those of Research Fellow at Chatham House (Africa Department) and Deputy Head of the IEP at the Catholic University of Portugal, where she was responsible for coordinating the cooperation with the University of Mozambique (UCM) and the Catholic University of Angola (UCAN). 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. In 2020, she will be launched, jointly with the National Assembly of Angola, the book with the history of the Angola Parliament (1975-2020).