Luis Fernando Chávez, Senior Social Audit and Civic Engagement Specialist, Guatemala
Luis Fernando Chávez is a political scientist and Central American affairs analyst. He currently serves as senior social audit and civic engagement specialist for the International Foundation for Electoral Systems’ (IFES) “Participación Cívica Project” in Guatemala, a subaward from Counterpart International funded by the United States Agengy for International Development (USAID). This IFES project seeks to build the capacity of civil society organizations to play a constructive role in policy reforms processes, create policy communities and networks to conduct social auditing, and engage citizens in the implementation of national-level initiatives such as the Open Government Partnership.
Chávez is an expert in democracy, citizen engagement, political analysis, open government, and comparative electoral administration. He has participated as electoral observer in more than 20 electoral processes throughout Latin America. Under the 2015-2016 USAID Consortium for Electoral and Political Process Strengthening (CEPPS) program in Guatemala, called “Elections 2015: More Inclusion, Less Violence,” Chávez worked on activities focusing on electoral violence prevention, the establishment of political financing mechanisms, and the promotion of disability rights. Prior to joining IFES, he served as coordinator of the Political Training Unit of the Central American Institute of Political Studies. He has taught university courses in political science, written opinion columns, and worked with the media sector in Guatemala.
Chávez has a bachelor’s degree in political science from the Rafael Landívar University in Guatemala and completed specialized post-graduate courses in Latin America.