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Who We Are


Herizon Democracy founder and principal, Gabrielle Bardall, PhD, is an expert on global women’s political participation and leadership in developing and advanced democracies. Her career spans over 60 countries worldwide, where she has advised, trained and assisted high-level state officials, grassroots women’s movements and human rights actors in enhancing participative political processes.


Herizon Democracy draws on a network of global experts to tailor each project to respond to the distinct needs of our clients.

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“Gabrielle is one of the leading experts in the fields of gender and democracy/governance…She brings a finely-honed gender perspective to all aspects of democratization. Drawing on her years of field work and direct engagement with local partners, she is especially adept at linking field programming, academic research, and government policy. …It is not an exaggeration to say that in my 25+ years [as an executive in international democracy assistance], Gabrielle Bardall is one of the very finest persons I have worked with in terms of the quality of her work, her professionalism, character, and personal integrity.”



“Gabrielle is a delight to work with. She has a passion for results rather than credit. She is a team player in a team effort. I have witnessed her ability to motivate and inspire women and men to achieve measurable impact in multiple countries and cultures as well as with a headquarters team.”​


“Gabrielle served as a deep technical resource to colleagues across the organization [and] provided sustained and highly valuable inputs …. Her efforts consistently demonstrate that she is willing to go above and beyond to support further expansion of [our organization] by working collaboratively across all teams. Gabrielle has consistently exceeded expectations for all goals and provided outstanding technical support to our gender programming.”



Photo credit: Kathryn Haake

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