Chris Spence is the Director of Technology Strategy and Programs at the National Democratic Institute (NDI). In this capacity he coordinates the technology components of NDI programs to promote and strengthen democracy around the world, as well as oversees the internal technology strategy for the Institute itself. He joined NDI in 1996 as its first staff person to specialize in information technology (IT). In 2001, Spence was appointed senior advisor for ICT programs to establish this new area of democracy programming for the Institute. During his tenure with NDI, he has conducted or consulted on successful IT programs in dozens of countries from field offices in Namibia and South Africa, as well as from Washington, DC. Areas of specialization include ICT and e-governance projects, including working with legislatures, local government, election monitoring, political parties and civil society organizations in developing countries and emerging democracies.