GUEST LECTURE BY THE SENIOR RESIDENT NDI DIRECTOR ROBERT SCOTT HEASLET
On 22 April 2021, Mr. Robert Scott Heaslet, Senior Resident Director for the National Democratic Institute (NDI) in North Macedonia was a guest speaker for the students of the UACS School of Political Science who take the course in Public Policy with Ms. Marijana Opashinova Shundovska, PhD, Professor of Practice at the University.
Through a set of insightful and interactive tools, he demonstrated to the students how the system of the U.S. policy making works in practice, who are the main actors in the process and how policy decisions are driven by various groups in the society.
NDI Director Heaslet currently manages democracy development programs with the executive, parliament, political parties, civil society, and the media. He also designed and conducted training sessions for NDI partners in Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Georgia, Kosovo, Montenegro and Slovakia, and for the International Republican Institute.
His work includes as well a production of a weekly televised political talk show, ОТВОРЕНО (Open) for four seasons; managed the implementation of seven public awareness campaigns to promote fair elections (2006, 2008, 2011, 2013, 2016, 2017, and 2018); and, organized televised candidate debates for municipal, parliamentary and presidential candidates (2013, 2014, 2016, 2017, and 2018).
Before joining NDI in 2005, Robert Scott worked for U.S. Representative Chris Bell, serving as a senior policy advisor on legislative and political issues. As a political organizer, he has managed two competitive U.S. congressional campaigns, and executed voter contact and GOTV plans in municipal, congressional, gubernatorial (U.S. Senator Mark Warner), and presidential campaigns (former Vice-President Al Gore and former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry).
Robert Scott earned a Master of Science in Political Science from Suffolk University and completed his BA at Southwestern University.