Ieva Česnulaitytė is the Founding Head of Research and Learning at DemocracyNext.
Previously Ieva was a Policy Analyst at the Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) working on innovative citizen participation and open government. There she played a key role in establishing the OECD’s evidence base with almost 600 examples around the world of sortition-based citizens’ assemblies, co-authored the OECD’s flagship report Catching the Deliberative Wave and Citizen Participation Guidelines, authored the OECD’s Evaluation Guidelines for Representative Deliberative Processes, and edited a series on New Democratic Institutions for Participo.
While at the OECD, Ieva has supported five governments across Europe to develop citizen engagement practices in cohesion policy, provided ongoing advice to institutionalise deliberative democracy in the Basque Country, and was part of the team designing deliberative processes in Finland and Spain.
Born and raised in Lithuania, Ieva has developed her interest in democratic innovation while working in Lithuania’s Prime Minister’s office, where she lead Lithuania’s participation in the Open Government Partnership Initiative and developed, piloted, and implemented the methodology and practice of public consultations across government institutions.
She is one of the 2023/2024 Europe's Futures Fellows at the Institute for Human Sciences (IWM) and ERSTE Foundation.Email Ieva
Citizens’ Assemblies have potential in creating an antidote to authoritarianism in Central and Eastern Europe.