Luis Fernando Chávez, Senior Social Audit and Civic Engagement Specialist, Guatemala
Luis Fernando Chávez, a political scientist and Central American affairs analyst, 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. The 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, and comparative electoral administration. He has participated as electoral observer in more than 20 electoral processes throughout Latin America. Between 2015-2016, he worked with IFES implementing the U.S. Agency for International Development-funded Consortium for Electoral and Political Process Strengthening program activity in Guatemala, “Elections 2015: More Inclusion, Less Violence,” on electoral violence prevention, establishment of political financing mechanisms, and promoting 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, wrote 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. He has also completed specialized post-graduate courses in Latin America.