Associate Director of Innovation
Carlos is the Associate Director of Innovation at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Governance Lab [GOV/LAB], where he works at the convergence of engineering design, technology, and political behavioral science to co-develop tech-enabled governance solutions with both governments and non-governmental partners. Carlos is also a Research Affiliate at MIT’s Civic Data Design Lab, where he supports research that is making data responsive to constituents’ needs. Previously, Carlos worked at MIT Solve, an initiative of the President of MIT to solve the world’s greatest challenges through technology. At Solve, Carlos engaged leading voices from academia, the private and public sectors, as well as nonprofit organizations to magnify the impact of social impact entrepreneurs. Prior to joining Solve, Carlos worked for the United Nations World Food Programme, redesigning humanitarian interventions through a data and community-first approach, in refugee camps, tribal areas, and other complex environments in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. At his last post with WFP, he served as Asia Regional Resilience Officer, where his automated humanitarian response prototype, ALIA, was a 2019 finalist at WFP’s Innovation Accelerator Google Launchpad. Carlos was a startup coach at MIT’s IDE Inclusive Innovation Challenge (IIC), an MIT online Bootcamps summer 2018 finalist, and a 2009-2011 CHC Congressman Leland Fellow.
Resources January 1970
Governance Innovation Case Study Series
A student case study series on how Global South governments are innovating to make governments more accountable, transparent, and responsive to citizens.
Projects December 2020
Our initiative combining evidence and methods from design and social science to co-develop governance solutions with practitioner partners.
Resources January 1970
[Podcast] Power to the WHO
A new podcast series on governance, innovation, and the people making it happen.
Resources September 2023
Designing Governance Innovations in Resource-Constrained Settings
A learning case series from the Governance Innovation Initiative on pathways and bottlenecks to designing governance innovations with cases from Nigeria and Sierra Leone.
Projects May 2022
'Meet the Governance Innovators' Series
The MIT Governance Lab's 'Meet the Governance Innovators' speaker series highlights voices at the forefront of cutting-edge policy solutions.
News February 2023
Call for Applications: Governance Innovation Research Fellowship
MIT GOV/LAB is partnering with the Priscilla King Gray Public Service Center and MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives to offer summer fellowships in Mexico, Brasil, Tunisia, Kenya, and Cape Verde for MIT graduate students.
News January 2022
Research Phase Begins in Nigeria for Ministry of Health Governance Innovation 8-month Project
Research work that commenced in Ado Ekiti, Nigeria last week builds on December's Governance Innovation Bootcamp. The Ekiti State program focuses on delivering the Ministry of Health teams the knowledge, understanding and skills necessary to co-design governance solutions.