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Mauricio Bastien Olvera

Guest Speaker

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Senior Technical Researcher: Digital Society, Rights and Governance

Full Biography

With over 15 years of expertise in citizen security and technology, Mauricio Bastien has driven significant institutional strengthening across more than ten countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. He has worked in projects to enhance the capabilities of various attorney general offices and police departments, collaborating with entities such as USAID and the Inter-American Development Bank.

Prior, Mauricio played different roles at Mexico's Ministry of Security and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where he devised international cooperation strategies to boost citizen security. He is a recognized author and coordinator of numerous publications on security, justice, and technology, collaborating with institutions such as the Wilson Center, the Inter-American Dialogue, El Universal and La Silla Rota. Mauricio has engaged with several academic institutions, including Georgetown University's Center for Security and Emerging Technology, the Center for Research and Teaching in Economics (CIDE), the Mora Institute, the International Institute of Humanitarian Law, and the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM).

Mauricio is a member of the Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime's Network of Experts, the Mexican Council on Foreign Relations, and was part of the United Nations Regional Expert Group on Public-Private Partnerships for countering trafficking in persons. 

He holds a master’s degree in public international law from Leiden University and a bachelor’s in international relations from UNAM. Mauricio has lived and worked in diverse international environments, including Mexico, the United States, Guatemala, The Netherlands, Australia, Honduras, the Dominican Republic, and France. He is fluent in Spanish and English.