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Felix Maradiaga

Executive Director, Institute for Strategic Studies and Public Policy (IEEPP)

After serving as the youngest-ever Secretary General of the Ministry of Defense, Felix has dedicated himself to strengthening peace, democracy, and the rule of law in Central America. A recognized international expert in civil society, post-conflict reconstruction and leadership development, he founded in 2007 the Civil Society Leadership Institute, one of Central America’s premier training centers on civic leadership and nonviolence. He is social entrepreneur and a widely published thought leader in Central America. In addition to his pro bono work with civil society, Felix is the executive director of the Institute for Strategic Studies and Public Policy (IEEPP), one of Central America’s leading think-tanks. He is also an Advisory Director at at Pioneer Capital Partners, an investment firm dedicated to make principal investments in Central America and the Caribbean. In 2012 he founded “Fundación Libertad” as an umbrella non-profit organization at coordinating his civic and social innovation initiatives. Felix is a Young Global Leader (alumnus) at the World Economic Forum and in 2010 was inducted into the Aspen Global Leadership Network. In 2015, the Chicago Council on Global Affairs honored him with the prestigious Gus Hart Fellowship.