Marcelo Varela-Erasheva serves as the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) country director for Honduras. He brings over 20 years of experience in democracy promotion and providing technical assistance to election management bodies in Latin America. Marcelo started his career within the Center for Electoral Assistance and Promotion (CAPEL) of the Inter-American Institute of Human Rights in Costa Rica. Marcelo worked later as the associate director for the Americas Program at the Carter Center and achieved a distinguished career within Costa Rica's Foreign Service, in which he served as the deputy permanent representative to the UN, in Geneva and as the ambassador to Turkey. Most recently Marcelo served as the project manager for International IDEA in Panama.
Marcelo holds a bachelor’s degree in political sciences from the University of Costa Rica, a master’s degree in European-Latin American relations from the University of Bradford in the United Kingdom and an international MBA from the Inter-American University in Costa Rica and the European University in Madrid, Spain.