Class 13 (2014-2016)
Carlos Juárez, Mexico
Duke University – Master in International Development Policy
Carlos was born and raised in Acapulco, a beautiful tourist port in the state of Guerrero, one of the three poorest in Mexico. While earning his Bachelor in Economics, Carlos did research in Poverty and Inequality measurement. After finishing a master (MA) in Public Management, he focused in public finances, transparency and corruption fighting. When Acapulco, his hometown, was stricken by violence in 2010, Carlos actively participated in peacebuilding processes and along with his wife and a few friends created Citizenship and Education for Peace (CEPAC), an NGO advocating for Human Rights, Social Participation and Accountability. During the past year he has promoted and developed Open Government projects fostered both from civil society and government. Before coming to Duke, he was Director of Transparency and Public Policy in the municipality of Acapulco.
After finishing his Masters in International Development Policy Program, Carlos wants to go back home to deploy development policies and OpenGov initiatives from strategic government positions and citizen spaces because he is convinced that violence in Mexico has roots in poverty and corruption.