Fernando Ixpanel Cruz graduated in 2020 with the distinction of best graduation project in the international relations program at Rafael Landívar University in Guatemala. He has worked as a researcher and a political consultant for the Association for Research and Social Studies, a Guatemalan think tank, on topics including Guatemala’s electoral and party systems, public policies, and governance. Before joining the Keough School, Fernando also provided technical advice to several Guatemalan institutions including the national electoral body, the electoral affairs commission, and the national chapter of the Open Government Partnership.
Fernando is primarily interested in studying governance models, anti-corruption efforts, and international cooperation. As a master of global affairs student, he is the recipient of a Riberas Orjales Family Fellowship.