Luis Fernando Chávez, Senior Electoral Processes Specialist, Guatemala and El Salvador
Luis Fernando Chávez is a political scientist and Central American affairs analyst. He currently serves as a senior specialist for electoral processes for the International Foundation for Electoral Systems’ (IFES) “Electoral Governance and Reforms Project” in Guatemala, which is funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). This program seeks to strengthen the capacity of the Supreme Electoral Tribunal and support the implementation of the reforms to the Law on Elections and Political Parties, approved in 2016. He also leads IFES’ work on the USAID-funded “Free, Fair and Transparent Presidential Elections in El Salvador” project, assisting Salvadoran electoral authorities to improve their results transmission systems and mitigate electoral violence.
Chávez also served as senior social audit and civic engagement specialist for IFES’ “Participación Cívica” Project in Guatemala, a subaward from Counterpart International to strengthen the capacity of civil society organizations and key actors in the government of Guatemala to play a constructive role in policy initiatives and conduct social auditing.
Chávez is an expert in comparative electoral systems and administration and citizen engagement. He has significant expertise in political analysis, open government, transparency, and social accountability tools and methods. He has participated as electoral observer in more than 20 electoral processes throughout Latin America. Prior to joining IFES, he served as coordinator of the Central American Institute of Political Studies’ Political Training Unit. He has taught university courses in political science and indigenous rights. Chávez has also written opinion columns and has significant experience working in and with the media sector in Guatemala.