Miguel Hernandez

Program Director, Ecuador

IRI Ecuador Resident Program Director Miguel Hernandez has more than 20 years of experience managing and implementing international development programs in complex political settings.  

Since 2004, he has managed IRI programs at the highest field-based level with postings in Bolivia, Nicaragua, Venezuela, and Ecuador. He has extensive experience and expertise working with government, elected legislators, civil society, and political actors throughout the region on initiatives ranging from capacity building and coordination to governance projects. This includes his experience in political party strengthening through the identification of political communication needs and the diversification of political representation in parties in the Latin American region. He has notable experience in, media, digital democracy, and journalism which has helped him in the past increase the dissemination of independent news and information to counter disinformation.

Prior to joining IRI, Miguel worked as a consultant for the UNDP in Bolivia and as an advisor to the Municipal Government of La Paz.  Miguel was also a university professor of Political Sociology and Contemporary International Conflict at the Universidad Nuestra Señora de La Paz in Bolivia, where he also received his degree in Political Science. His academic credentials include post-graduate studies at the World Bank/Institute for Political Studies at the University of Chile, and a master’s degree in Political Communication from the Universidad Internacional de La Rioja, Spain.  

In 2014, Miguel Hernandez received a recognition award for an “Outstanding contribution and dedication to the furtherance of democracy” from the Board of directors and staff of The International Republican Institute, signed by U.S. Senator John McCain and Ambassador Mark Green (Ret).

Mr. Hernandez excels at coordinating multiple local and international stakeholders to effectively implement democracy and governance programs in complex and dynamic political environments throughout the Latin America and Caribbean region.

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