Carlos Ignacio Gutierrez

Assistant Policy Analyst; Ph.D. Candidate, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Santa Monica Office


M.S. in development administration and planning, University College London; B.B.A. in finance and political science, University of Notre Dame


Carlos Ignacio Gutierrez is a Ph.D. candidate at the Pardee RAND Graduate School and an assistant policy analyst at RAND. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame with degrees in finance and political science and holds an M.Sc. in development administration and planning from University College London.

Prior to RAND, Gutierrez was a manager at Fundacion IDEA in Mexico City, where he worked with the Mexican government in designing and implementing its National Innovation Plan. This led to the creation of public incentives for the transfer of technology from educational institutions to the private sector and early-stage investments in high-risk innovative companies. While at Fundacion IDEA, Gutierrez also co-authored several publications on intellectual property rights, small and medium enterprise (SME) policies and competitiveness.

In addition, Gutierrez consulted for the Central American Bank for Economic Integration in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. There, he worked with the board of directors to manage the economic development of the region by analyzing loans and investments that required the board's approval.

His internship experience includes Nesta, Organization of American States, Washington Office on Latin America, UNESCO and Vitro Corporation. He speaks English and Spanish fluently. His policy interests are private sector development, science and technology, competitiveness, innovation policy, entrepreneurship, SMEs and economic development.

Honors & Awards

  • Chevening Scholar, Government of the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland