Elias Isaac has over 18 years of experience working in humanitarian projects and management of development programmes in the areas of democracy, governance and human rights in Angola.
Elias started in 1991 as the Director for Administration in the Department of Humanitarian Assistance, Social Studies and Projects of the Evangelical Congregational Church in Angola; then moved on to become a Programme Officer for the International Republican Institute (IRI) in charge of all official translations and development of projects for political party training and development. He then joined the Mississippi Consortium for International Development (MCID) as the Deputy Director for Programmes with the responsibility of developing and implementing projects to promote community civic education, conflict resolution and peace building, citizens' participation in community development and training of local governments.
Following this, Elias worked for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) as Senior Democracy and Governance Specialist. Here he served as a senior advisor and resource person in the areas of civil society and political party development, media development, elections, rule of law, governance and ant-corruption activities. In 2004 he became the Team Leader for the USAID Democracy and Governance unit in Angola with the overall responsibility of managing the portfolio in designing projects and managing grants from inception, implementation, closeout and evaluation.
In 2005 joined the Open Society Foundation-Angola Office as the Country Programme Manager with the responsibility of providing management and programmatic leadership. Elias holds a Masters Degree in Theology (major in Social Ethics) with honours: Magna Cum Laude from the Christian Theological Seminary, Indianapolis, Indiana-USA, Diploma in Theology from Makerere University, Kampala-Uganda; Certificate in Theology from the United Church of Zambia Theological College, Kitwe-Zambia, and Certificate in Administration and Organization, Lisbon-Portugal.