Kimana Zulueta-Fülscher’s research and work focuses on comparative constitutional process and design, with a special emphasis on constitution-building processes in fragile and conflict-affected settings. She is also the former head of the Democracy, Conflict and Security unit, where she managed a project on the nexus between organized crime and politics, and developed International IDEA’s institutional policy on mainstreaming conflict sensitivity.
Previous to coming to International IDEA, Zulueta-Fülscher was a senior researcher at the German Development Institute, where she worked and published in the area of political transformation in fragile contexts. Earlier she worked for the European Partnership for Democracy in Brussels. She was a post-doctoral fellow at the EUISS, Johns Hopkins University and Harvard University. Zulueta-Fülscher was a researcher in the democratization department of the European think tank FRIDE, a political risk analyst for Exclusive Analysis in its Western Europe division, and an international elections observer for both the OSCE/ODIHR in Kazakhstan and Armenia, and the OAS in Mexico.
Zulueta-Fülscher has been awarded a number of pre-doctoral and post-doctoral fellowships, including from the Spanish Ministry of Innovation and Science, and the Schuman-Fulbright Foundation. She is part of the German civilian expert pool for peace operations since 2011. She was also selected as a member of the selection committee for the 2017 Peace Prize of the City of Ypres, Belgium.