Publication: 2013-07-24



Name:Owen Ambur


Name:Foundation for Democratic Advancement


The Foundation for Democratic Advancement (FDA) is an international independent, non-partisan democracy organization.


  • ExpertsWho We Are: The Foundation for Democratic Advancement is comprised of experts in the fields of education, finance, public policy, political science, and international affairs, and other professional and educational backgrounds such as marketing, engineering, law, environmental science, architecture, and business.

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  • Foundation for Democratic Advancement MembersIn addition, the FDA's members and volunteers have diverse ethnic backgrounds such as African, South American, North American including Mexican, European, Asian, and Middle Eastern and balanced gender representation.

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  • Foundation for Democratic Advancement Board of Directors

  • Stephen GarveyFounder, FDA Executive Director, and Director of Project Initiative -- Mr. Garvey has been with the FDA since 2007. He has spearheaded numerous FDA projects and initiatives. He has a Bachelor of Political Science from the University of British Columbia and a Master of Philosophy in Environment and Development from the University of Cambridge. Also, Mr. Garvey has written books on political theory and decision-making. Mr. Garvey has an interest in the role of audit and evaluative processes in the functioning of society.

  • Lindsay TetlockDirector of Research -- Ms. Tetlock has a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and a Masters in Historical Studies, and she has a passion for democracy and human rights. Ms. Tetlock applies her experience to FDA research and audits in which she is a senior researcher and experienced process auditor. She joined the FDA in 2010, and she has shown unwavering commitment to the FDA cause.

  • Naman AgarwalInterim Director of Finance -- Mr. Agarwal has a Master of Business Administration degree from Queens University. He grew up in the world's largest democracy, India, and he has a solid understanding of the societal importance of strong democratic processes.

  • Dale MonetteFormer 2012 FDA Director of Finance -- Mr. Monette has relocated overseas. His position in the FDA is being determined. Mr. Monette has over 6 years of experience as an entrepreneur and over 3 years of experience in finance and accounting. He has a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Saskatchewan and is currently undergoing his Master of Professional Accounting. Mr. Monette has a passion for democracy, and he realizes fundamentally that democracy requires attention and work by citizens.

  • Aurangzeb QureshiFDA Former 2012 Director of Marketing -- Mr. Qureshi has relocated. He is now an independent FDA researcher. Mr. Qureshi has worked in a marketing and communications capacity in diverse industries such as health care, chemicals, technology, and utilities. With a passion for international politics, he joined the FDA in 2010 and has since helped the FDA raise its profile in Canada and abroad. Mr. Qureshi is also a freelance writer, and his work has appeared in publications such as the Edmonton Journal, The Canadian Charger, Al-Arabiya English and