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Asia Elects is a market leader in the analysis of polls and election data in Asia. The international team contextualizes the data for free for tens of thousands of followers on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Moreover, Asia Elects acts as a democracy watchdog in authoritarian countries. Asia Elects’ work breaks the national narrative and reports from a transnational perspective for a pan-Asian audience.

Asia Elects is run by a non-partisan team of volunteers. 100% of our income is reinvested into Asia Elects.

Our vision

A world with cross-border political understanding and global democracy that is led by a politically empowered citizenry.

Our mission

It is our mission to make big data related to polls and elections accessible for researchers, journalists, politicians, and citizens across borders to create a common understanding of global democracy.

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Makoto Akamatsu
Team Coordinator | Japan Correspondent

Makoto has been involved with Asia Elects since May 2021 and has been team leader since November 2023. He holds a degree in Japanese from SOAS, University of London (including a dissertation on electoral matters). He has lived in both Kyoto and Tokyo and is currently plotting his return to Japan.

Tinnakorn Wantae
Deputy Team Coordinator | Thailand Correspondent

Tinnakorn has been part of Asia Elects since January 2020 and deputy team leader since November 2023. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Government in the Faculty of Political Science, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand. He covers polls, elections, and political development in Thailand.

Tobias Gerhard Schminke
Founder

Tobias founded Asia Elects in 2018, after creating Europe Elects in 2014. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Media and Communication Science with a Political Science minor at the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany, and Haifa University, Israel. In 2019, he obtained his Master of Arts in International Development Studies in Halifax, Canada. He is currently working towards his Ph.D. at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada.

Jakub Rogowiecki
Deputy Editor | Europe Elects Liaison

Jakub has been part of the Asia Elects Team since January 2019. He is the Deputy Editor of Asia Elects, as well as the Liaison with Europe Elects. He holds a Bachelorโ€™s degree in Economics obtained at the University of Essex. Currently, Jakub studies Political Economy of Europe in his Masterโ€™s at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

Amaan Yennemadi
India and Sri Lanka Correspondent

Amaan Yennemadi has been a part of Asia Elects since January 2019. He is currently working for CrowdWisdom360, writing about American politics. He covers polls and political developments for India and Sri Lanka.

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Anton Oleksiy
Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan Correspondent

Anton Oleksiy joined Asia Elects in 2024. He studies political science at Milton Friedman University in Budapest. He is interested in and writes about politics in Eastern Europe. He covers polls and elections in Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan.

Elia Emanuele Pizzato
China and Taiwan Correspondent | Telegram Manager

Elia E. Pizzato joined Asia Elects in 2023. He graduated in Chinese language, culture, and society at Ca' Foscari University of Venice and is now studying for an MA in Language and management in China. He has already cooperated with independent Italian political research centres to focus on Chinese industrial history and economic development. He covers polls and elections in mainland China and Taiwan as well as manages the Asia Elects telegram channel.

Liam Meisner
Lebanon, Palestine, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, and Bhutan contributor

Liam Meisner joined Asia Elects in June 2019. He covers polls and elections in Lebanon, Palestine, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, and Bhutan. In addition to his work at Asia Elects, he is also the team coordinator for America Elects. 

Juan Pablo Mesa Rodriguez
Timor-Leste Correspondent

Juan Pablo has been with the Asia Elect team since January 2022, currently studying for a postgraduate degree in marketing research and analytics, covering polls, elections, and political developments in Timor-Leste

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Jenchi Lyu
Hong Kong and Macau Correspondent

Jenchi Lyu joined Asia Elects in 2023. He is currently pursuing an arts degree at the University of Queensland, Australia, with a major in political science. He serves as the Hong Kong and Macau correspondent for Asia Elects.

Mo Ahmed
North Korea and Singapore correspondent

Mo Ahmed joined Asia Elects in 2023, having previously been active from 2018-2020. He studied at Manchester University where he obtained a degree in journalism, and currently works for His Majesty's Civil Service as a Housing Policy official. He covers polls and elections in North Korea and Singapore.

Muhammed Alawadi
Iraq, Syria and Jordan correspondent

Muhammed has been working with Asia Elects since October of 2021. He mainly covers Iraqi politics, but also works on other Arab countries, covering Syrian and Jordanian political developments.

Shalin Joshi
Nepal Correspondent

Shalin has been with the Asia Elects team since June 2021. He covers political developments, polls, and elections in Nepal. 

Shayan Raheel
Pakistan and Afghanistan Correspondent
Shayan has been part of the Asia Elects Team since January 2020. Covering polls and elections in Pakistan as well as political developments in Afghanistan. He is currently doing a Bachelors program in Economics, International Relations & Law (ELI) at the Institute of Business Management in Karachi.
Sturmovik
South Korea Correspondent

Sturmovik joined Asia Elects around August 2022.
They are study at Pukyong National University and cover polls and election results in South Korea. 

Vianney Tumbagahan
Philippines Correspondent

Vianney P. Tumbagahan joined Asia Elects in 2023. He is currently studying at Visayas State University. He covers polls and elections in the Philippines.