Advisory Committee Member Biography -
Manuel Orozco is director of
remittances and development at the Inter-American Dialogue, conducting policy
analysis and advocacy on issues relating to global flows of remittances. He also
heads the Central America program. In 2004 and 2005 he directed a program funded
by the Multilateral Investment Fund of the Inter-American Development Bank and
International Fund for Agricultural Development of the United Nations to
leverage remittance transfers. In addition to his work at the Dialogue, he is
senior researcher at the Institute for the Study of International
Migration at Georgetown University and teaches international migration at
that university. Until 2005 he was chair of Central America and the Caribbean at
the United States Foreign Service Institute. Manuel Orozco taught Political
Science at the University of Akron, Akron, OH. He has also been a researcher for
the Tomas Rivera Policy Institute working on issues related to migration,
ethnicity, international relations, and their implications for the United
In addition to his academic work, he has worked as a policy consultant for various organizations in Central America, the United States, and South Africa, developing programs on democracy and governance issues, as well as on migration and remittances. He has also taught International Relations in Costa Rica and served on various boards in Nicaragua and the United States. His areas of interest include Central America, globalization, democracy, migration, conflict in war torn societies, and minority politics.
Dr. Orozco holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Texas at
Austin, masters in Public Administration and Latin American Studies, and a B.A.
in International Relations from the National University of Costa Rica.