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Daniel Zovatto

Global Fellow, Latin America Program, Wilson Center


    February 12, 2024 — April 30, 2026

    Full Biography

    Daniel Zovatto served as the Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean at the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA) from 1997 to 2023. Between 1984 and 1997, he served as the Deputy Director of the Inter-American Institute for Human Rights and Executive Director of Center for the Promotion of Democracy and Elections in Latin America (CAPEL).

    Zovatto holds a Ph.D. in International Law from the Complutense University of Madrid, Spain; a Ph.D. in Government and Public Administration from the Ortega and Gasset University Institute of Research and Complutense University; an M.A. in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government; a Master's degree in International Studies from the Diplomatic School of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Spain; and a Master's in Human Rights from Complutense University. Additionally, he earned a BA in Law from the National University of Cordoba, Argentina.

    In addition, Zovatto serves as a political analyst for several Latin American media organizations, including CNN en Español and Univision. He is also an international speaker and visiting professor at universities across Latin America, Europe, and North America. Additionally, he acts as a consultant for international organizations and agencies and holds positions on the editorial boards of several political journals.

    Major Publications

    Sahd Jorge, Zovatto Daniel, Rojas Diego, (2024) "Latin America Political Risks 2024", Centro de Estudios Internacionales, Universidad Católica de Chile, Santiago de Chile.

    Zovatto Daniel (2021), Lead co-author, "El estado de la democracia en América Latina", International IDEA, Stockholm, Sweden.

    Zovatto Daniel, (2018) "Reforma Política-Electoral e Innovación Institucional en América Latina (1978-2016)", Tribunal Electoral del Poder Judicial de la Federación, Mexico.