Carlos Ignacio Gutierrez

Assistant Policy Researcher; 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 researcher 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.

At RAND, Gutierrez is currently working on a variety of projects in health (RCT that combines technology and social norms), technology policy (impact of autonomous vehicles on individuals with disabilities), and national security. The ultimate objective of his dissertation is to solve a measurement problem: what are the determinants of technologies that create emergent, imminent, and overdue regulatory gaps.

Prior to RAND, Gutierrez was 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 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, OAS, Washington Office on Latin America, UNESCO, and Vitro Corporation. His policy interests include 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
  • Doctoral Scholar, CONACYT - Mexican Government