Carlos Santiso

Senior Director, Governance Practice, Digital Innovation in Government, CAF Development Bank of Latin America - Colombia

Dr. Carlos Santiso, from France and Spain, has a long trajectory working on improving lives in fragile states and emerging economies in Africa and the Americas. He has devoted his career to furthering democracy, strengthening governance and fighting corruption. In the past two decades, he has worked in over two dozen countries in various capacities in multilateral development banks, bilateral aid agencies, and policy think tanks. He has been the Director of the newly-established governance practice focusing on Digital Innovation in Government of Development Bank of Latin America since September 2018. He spearheads a special regional initiative on govtech start-ups and public innovation. He previously headed the Innovation in Citizen Services at the Inter-American Development Bank, based in Washington from 2011 to 2018. He has also worked as sector manager for governance at the African Development Bank between 2007 and 2011, governance adviser to the British government aid ministry between 2002 and 2007, and as senior operations officer at the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance between 1996 and 2000. He started his career as an adviser in the French prime minister’s office between 1995 and 1996. Carlos holds a PhD in comparative political economy from Johns Hopkins University, a master’s in international economic policy from Columbia University, and a master’s in public policy from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques of Paris. Carlos has written extensively on digital transformation, public governance, and anticorruption, including for the World Economic Forum, as member of the advisory group to the PACI and Tech4Integrity initiatives.