Carlos Basombrío is a Peruvian sociologist and journalist. He works as an independent researcher and consultant for Peruvian and international organizations. He writes a bi-weekly column at Peru 21, a Peruvian leading newspaper, where he has served as Press Ombudsman since 2015. He is the consulting director of the Woodrow Wilson Center Latin American Program citizen security project.  He is the author of several books and essays on human rights, democracy, civil military relations, police reform and citizens security

Basombrío has been a member of the Instituto de Defensa Legal (1986- 2001), one of the most important Peruvian NGO and has served three times as its general director.  He was also a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center (1994-1995).

From 2001 and 2004 he served in the Ministry of Interior in several positions: Vice Minister, Chief of Cabinet of the Minister, coordinator of the Police Reform Commission and member of the Police Modernization Commission.