Ion Manole is a lawyer by training, and the Executive Director of the Promo-LEX Association, a prominent human rights organisation in the Republic of Moldova. He started his professional activity in human rights back in 2000 as a pro bono lawyer at the League for the Defence of Human rights in Moldova (LADOM). In 2002, he and a few other young activists established the Promo-LEX Association which focused on promoting and defending human rights in Moldova, promoting democracy and strengthening civil society. Ion has extensive expertise and experience of human rights and election observation. He is also well known for his expertise and firm position on human rights in the Transnistrian region of Moldova. From 2013 to 2017, Ion was a member of the Steering Committee of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum, and the Country Facilitator of Moldova's National Platform for the EaP CSF.