Roberto is an international lawyer with over thirty years of combined professional experience in law and development, non-profit leadership and academia. In 1989, he joined the World Bank where he worked as senior counsel and project manager on justice reform and anti-corruption programs. After leaving the World Bank, Roberto worked in several capacities including legal advisor and business consultant on Latin America at a major Boston law firm, associate adjunct professor at the Fletcher School and president of the New England Latin America trade association.
In 2003, he moved from the practice of law to serve as the executive director of a faith-based association, the Forum of Bible Agencies. In these roles, Roberto traveled extensively throughout Latin America, Africa, Asia and Europe. Since 2010, Roberto has been advising international development organizations, as well as supporting faith-based initiatives worldwide, on anti-corruption efforts. He was a visiting scholar at Harvard Law School (2012–2014) and a network fellow at Harvard’s Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics pursuing research on the intersection between systemic corruption and socio-cultural norms. He has carried out various research projects regarding the strategies and practices of international donors in the environment of anti-corruption and the rule of law, with special attention to social norms and political culture. Roberto holds a law degree from the Buenos Aires University Law School and LLM and SJD degrees from the University of Virginia Law School.
Roberto’s book, “Libranos del Mal” (and its condensed English version, “Deliver us from Evil“) explore the tie between corruption, culture, and the church in Latin America. He is the Founder of Fides, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting faith-based organizations in the fight against corruption.