Wilson Center Experts
Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean of International IDEA (since 1997). He has a Ph.D. in International Law and a Master’s degree in Human Rights (Universidad Complutense), a Ph.D. in Governance and Public Administration (Instituto Universitario de Investigación Ortega y Gassett), a Master’s degree in International Studies (Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Spain), and a Master’s degree in Public Administration (Harvard). In addition, he has a degree from the High-Level Management Program (INCAE, Costa Rica), a Licentiate’s Degree in Political Sciences and International Relations (Universidad Católica de Córdoba), and in Law (Universidad de Córdoba).
Dr. Zovatto has achieved a deep knowledge of the Latin American and Caribbean region, as well as of its principal political actors and institutions. He has occupied managerial and upper-level director’s positions for over twenty-five years. He has designed, negotiated and supervised over 100 technical assistance and political advisory programs related to democratic governance, elections, political parties, electoral management bodies, parliaments, judiciary branches, ombudsman’s and human rights offices, reforms of democratic institutions, and constitutional reforms in the 18 countries of Latin America and the Caribbean. He has an extensive political and electoral background in negotiation and administration of financial resources.
He is well known as a leading promotor of planning and strategic management, with an unusual skill for envisioning and developing work plans, creating and leading groups, organizing internal and external coalitions, and promoting institutional and democratic change processes.
He is a political analyst for various Latin American publications in Political Sciences, as well as of CNN en Español, and UNIVISION ; an international speaker and visiting professor at universities in Latin America, Europe and North America; a consultant for international organizations and agencies, and an advisor to numerous Latin American governments, as well as a member of editorial boards of prestigious political journals.
In addition, Dr. Zovatto is a member of the Latino Barometer’s International Consulting Council; of the Consultative Committee of the Inter-American Center for Political Management; of the Latin American Association of Political Consultants; of the International Advisory Council of the Woodrow Wilson international Center for Scholars - Latin American Program; and of the Governance Report for Africa of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation.