Bruno Kaufmann has worked with democracy, conflict and development issues since the mid-1980s as a trained political scientist, conflict researcher, and journalist. After a term with the Swiss Development NGO “Berne Declaration,” he became the coordinator of a European citizens’ network preparing a “transnational constitution with direct-democratic rights.” Ten years later Kaufmann became the first director of the Initiative & Referendum Institute Europe.
Bruno has served as an expert for numerous national governments and international organizations including the European Union, the German Parliament, the Council of Europe, International IDEA, and UNDP, and democracy-supporting organizations across Asia such as Korea Democracy Foundation, Taiwan Foundation for Democracy, and the Asian Network for Free and Fair Elections.
As a journalist, Kaufmann worked at the Swiss Broadcasting Company, the daily Tagesanzeiger newspaper and the weekly Die Weltwoche before joining the special editorial team for international reform issues at Die Zeit in Hamburg in 1998. Since 2001, he has covered international affairs for the Swiss Broadcasting Company and has been a columnist on publications such as Nordis, Open Democracy, Gazette and European Voice.
Kaufmann has authored and edited numerous books on modern direct democracyincluding the Guidebook to Direct Democracy, which has been published in nine languages and the Initiative for Europe handbook series on the emergence of European citizens’ initiative.