Miguel Angel Lara Otaola

Head of Programme, Mexico
Elections, election management, electoral justice, democratic accountability, political parties, money in politics


Miguel Angel Lara Otaola is Head of Programme for the Mexico Office. He is a democracy practitioner and scholar with more than 12 years of experience in the field of elections and election support. 

Otaola manages International IDEA’s programmes in Mexico and Central America. These include support to the National Electoral Institute (INE) and the Electoral Tribunal of the Federal Judiciary Branch (TEPJF). In particular, he works to improve the integrity of elections and for strengthening political rights and access to justice, with a focus on vulnerable groups such as women, youth and indigenous communities.

Before joining International IDEA in 2018, Otaola held various management, research and field positions in a number of leading organizations including the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Overseas Development Institute in the United Kingdom, the Electoral Integrity Project at the Universities of Sydney and Harvard and Mexico's National Electoral Institute (INE).

Otaola has participated as an electoral observer in several missions in Asia, Australia, the EuropeanUnion and Latin America and has a track record of publications on democracy and governance.


Latest publications:

Lara Otaola, M.A. (2018) ‘Compra de Votos: Compra de Voluntades?’ Foreign Affairs Latinoamérica, April-June, pp.103-111

Lara Otaola, M.A. (2017) ‘To include or not to include? Party representation in Electoral Institutions and Overall Confidence in Elections’, Party Politics, pp. 1-11

Jeffrey Karp; Alessandro Nai; Miguel Lara Otaola and Pippa Norris (2017) ‘Professional Electoral Management: Building Capacity’. The Electoral Integrity Project, University of Sydney.

PhD in Politics (University of Sussex), MSc in Comparative Politics (London School of Economics), MPA in Public Policy and BA International Relations (Tec de Monterrey)
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