Dr. Carlos Santiso

Head, Innovation for Citizen Services Division at Inter-American Development Bank

Dr. Carlos Santiso has a long career working on improving lives in fragile states and emerging economies in Africa and the Americas by furthering democracy, strengthening governance and fighting corruption. In the past two decades, he has worked in over two dozen countries in various capacities in multilateral development banks, bilateral aid agencies, and policy think tanks. He currently heads the Innovation for Citizen Services division of the Inter-American Development, which he joined in 2011 to manage the Institutional Capacity of the State Division. He previously served as the sector manager for governance at the African Development Bank between 2007 and 2011, as governance adviser to the British government aid agency between 2002 and 2007 and as senior operations officer at the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance between 1996 and 2000.  He started his career as an adviser at the French Prime Minister’s Office between 1995 and 1996. He is a founding member of the board of adviser of the Centre for Democratic Governance in Burkina Faso. Carlos holds Ph.D. in comparative political economy from Johns Hopkins University (2006), a master in international economic policy from Columbia University (1995) and a master in public policy from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques of Paris (1993). He has written extensively on democracy and governance and aid.

Dr. Santiso was a Practitioner Resident at The Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center in September, 2016.

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  • May 09 2017
    Blog Post Going Digital: Restoring Trust In Government In Latin American Cities Meeting the rising expectations of digital citizens Driven by fast-paced technological innovations, an exponential growth of smartphones, and a daily stream of big data, the “digital revolution” is changing the way we live our lives. Nowhere are the changes more sweeping than in cities. In Latin America, almost 80 percent of the population lives in […] Carlos Santiso