director-ejecutivoDr. Juan Sebastián Chamorro - Executive Director

Bachelor Degree (Magna Cum Laude) in Economics from the University of San Francisco, California (1994); a Master in Economics from Georgetown University (1996), with a mention in social policies; and a PhD in Applied Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (2003), specializing in econometrics.  His doctoral dissertation, part of which has been published in the United States, concentrated on the economic impact of the property problem in Nicaragua.

Executive Director of FUNIDES since February 2014, Dr. Juan Sebastián Chamorro has had a distinguished career in the country’s public and private sectors, serving as Executive Director of MACESA, one of the country’s most important exporters, as well as General Director of the Nicaragua Millennium Challenge Account, Deputy Minister of the Treasury and Public Credit, Technical Secretary of the Presidency of the Republic and Coordinator of the National Public Investment System.  He has also participated in negotiations with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the World Bank (WB), the Central American Bank of Economic Integration (CABEI) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).

In the academic field Dr. Chamorro has taught masters and undergraduate level courses on macro- and micro-economy.

subdirectora-ejecutivaAna Cecilia Tijerino Verdugo - Deputy Executive Director

Economist with a professional specialty in agriculture.  She has a Master in Macro-economics from the Pontificia Universidad Católica of Chile, with graduate studies in Applied Macro-economics from the same university and Advanced Economic Studies in INCAE, Managua, as well as a diploma course in Sectorial Programs, Alignment and Harmonization of International Cooperation at the Central American University (UCA).

She has broad experience in macroeconomic analysis and analysis of the country’s productive sector, with respect to both agricultural production and support and development of urban and rural micro, small and medium businesses (MIPYME).  She also has experience in institutional strengthening and resource management with international cooperation.

contadoraPatricia Guadamuz - Administrative Financial Director

Undergraduate degree in Public Accounting and Finances from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Nicaragua, and an active member of the College of Public Accountants of Nicaragua #2917 with a CPA Certification granted by the Ministry of Education.  Graduate studies in Advanced Finances at the Universidad Politécnica de Nicaragua, Upper Level diploma course on “Gender Perspectives in the Institutional Dynamic.”  Eleven years of professional experience directing the accounting area in both international and national nongovernmental and nonprofit institutions.

economistaLuis Alberto Alaniz Castillo - Main Economist on Economic Issues

He is in charge of designing models, a macroeconomic data base and a quarterly report on the Nicaraguan economy.  He also develops the content, methodology and analysis of the consumer and businesspeople confidence surveys.  He previously worked as a consultant for the Technical Secretariat of the Presidency and the International Foundation for Global Economic Development.

Alaniz has a Master of Arts in Economics from Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., United States. He received a merit scholarship from Georgetown’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and completed the class curriculum to the PhD level. Before entering Georgetown’s graduate program in economics he got a Master of Science in Economics from the University of Lausanne, Vaud, Switzerland, where he was granted a scholarship by the Swiss Federal Commission of Excellence Scholarships for Foreign Students. He got his Bachelor of Social Sciences in Economics from the Université de Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada.


economista-junior1Lylliam Huelva -  Main economist on Institutional and Social Issues


Graduated with academic excellence from the Universidad Centroamericana in Applied Economics with a mention in Territorial Economic Development.  Graduated from the Universidad Centroamericana with a specialization in investment projects and environmental assessment.  Worked as a Consultant Intern in the Ministry of Development, Industry and Commerce, and as an editor of the magazine Dracma, Economía y Finanzas. Her functions in FUNIDES include research and analysis in the institutional and social areas with an emphasis on education.


 economista-ambientalRoman Leupolz-Rist – Main Economist on Environmental Issues

He designs and implements the FUNIDES´ research agenda on issues of environmental economics. Roman is from Germany and has a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the University of Marburg (Thesis at the Institute of cooperation with developing countries) and a Master of Science in Natural Resources Management from the University of Kiel (Thesis at the Kiel Institute for the World Economy), both in Germany. Before joining the FUNIDES´ team in 2015, he worked in Ecuador as an environmental economics professional focused on climate change, desertification, waste-to-energy and marine and coastal zones. He has experience in developing innovative financial mechanisms such as payments for ecosystem services (PES) and with economic valuation of ecosystem services in Ecuador and Costa Rica. His work with FUNIDES is supported by the Integrated Experts Program of German development cooperation’s Centre for International Migration and Development (CIM / giz)

directora-fondeoDiana Soledad Ramírez Marecos - Fundraising Director

Responsible of the fundraising and financial sustainability strategy of FUNIDES. She has a Master degree in Management and Public Policy from Universidad de Chile.
and implementation. Before FUNIDES, she was a Funding Officer in Christian AID and Diakonia Paraguay. Also, she worked as national consultant of IADB Paraguay.

With more than 10 years of experience, Diana has design and develop several seminars, courses and consulting in fundraising strategy and strategic planning for national and international NGOs, Universities and companies.


economista-junior2Alvaro López Espinoza - Economist


Graduated with academic excellence from the bachelor in Applied Economics with a specialization in Economic and Territorial Development of Universidad Centroamericana (UCA), and from the advanced master program (cum laude) in Globalisation and Development of the Institute of Development Policy and Management of the University of Antwerp (Belgium). Most of his career has been lecturer of the undergraduate and postgraduate programs of the applied Economics department of UCA in lectures as: development economics, economics of the public sector, economic regulation and econometrics. He also worked as Junior Consultant in the Emerging and Sustainable Cities Initiative developed by IDB, and as M&E official of AMCHAM in the ALIANZAS2-USAID program.

His main research areas are related to quantitative methods, specifically in the managing and analysis of micro data, probabilistic models and experimental methods using socioeconomic data. During 2015, he received a honorific mention from the Central Bank of Nicaragua for his work about economic development and migration in the Nicaraguan context.

jefe-informaticaJuan Carlos Loáisiga - Technology Chief





asistenteYanethe Narváez - Administrative Assistant