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Álvaro Zapatel Malpartida


Álvaro Zapatel Malpartida


Political Science

Álvaro is an Economist at BBVA Research Financial Systems Unit, where he is in charge of analyzing the implementation of fiscal stimulus and credit guarantee programs across the “BBVA Footprint amid the COVID-19 Sanitary Crisis. Before he worked at the Digital Economy Unit, where he analyzed public policy implementation for digital and technological transformation across various economies, industries and markets.

He also is also the Strategy and Policy Advisor for Silabuz.com, a tech start-up revolutionizing K-12 education through e-learning in coding and programming and currently operating in Peru, Chile and Puerto Rico (USA). Silabuz’s objective is to become the e-learning platform in programming for K-12 students in the Spanish-speaking world.

Previously, Álvaro worked at the Ministry of Education of Peru (Lima), specialized in project monitoring and evaluation for the public schools’ improvement at a national level. Accordingly, he worked as a temporary consultant at the World Bank Group’s Global Education Practice (Washington, DC).

In addition, he has worked as a consultant at Grupo APOYO’s Public Management practice (Lima) and as a business and economics analyst at Semana Económica magazine (Lima). He has also worked as a consultant for public and private institutions such as the Ministry of Development and Social Inclusion of Peru (Lima) and Continental University (Lima).

Álvaro holds a Master in Public Affairs specialized in Economics and Public Policy from Princeton University and a BA in Economics from Boston College. He also has graduate studies from Columbia University’s Center for Public Research and Leadership.

In parallel, Álvaro is a lecturer at the Peruvian University Cayetano Heredia and was a professor and lecturer at the Departments of Communications and Economics at the University of Lima (Peru).

His research interests are based on the digital transformation processes and their implementation challenges with an emphasis on education as well as the behavioral responses to public policy interventons in Latin America.

He has published op-ed pieces in newspapers such as El País (Spain), Clarín (Argentina), Folha de Sao Paulo (Brazil), El Universo (Ecuador), El Observador (Uruguay), The Huffington Post (USA), El Comercio (Perú), Perú 21 (Peru) and Semana Económica (Peru).

Corporate Experience

  • Strategy and Policy Advisor, Silabuz, Peru, 2020 – Present.
  • Economist, BBVA Research, Spain, 2019 – Present.
  • Short-term Consultant, World Bank Group, USA, 2018.
  • Specialist in project monitoring and evaluation, Ministry of Education, Peru, 2014 – 2017.
  • Consultant, APOYO Consultoría, Peru, 2013 – 2014.
  • Analyst, Semana Económica, Peru, 2012 – 2013.

Academic Background

  • Master in Public Affairs (MPA), Economics and Public Policy, Princeton University – School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton, NJ (USA), 2019.
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Economics, Boston College – Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences, Boston, MA (USA), 2011.

Academic Experience

  • Adjunct Professor, IE University, School of Global and Public Affairs, Spain, 2020 – Present.
  • Lecturer, Peruvian University Cayetano Heredia – Víctor Alzamora Castro Graduate School, Peru, 2020 – Present.
  • Auxiliary Professor, University of Lima – School of Communication and Business School, Peru, 2014 – 2017.