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Atlantic Fellows for Social and Economic Equity

Carlos is a Mexican political economist. He is currently the Research and Fiscal Justice Director at Oxfam México and fiscal and economic justice specialist at SUR Instituto del Sur Urbano, with experience in public finances and policy, development economics, inequalities, gender and governance. Over the last decade, Carlos has worked to push for fiscal and economic justice in México and Latin America, from a human rights and inequalities perspective. He is based in Mexico City and is originally from Cancun.

After working as a civil society professional and consultant in international, national, and local organizations, and also in the Mexican government at a federal, state, and municipal level, Carlos became an activist and spokesperson for fiscal justice in Mexico, with a special focus on gender, climate, and youth. His main focus is centred on fiscal pedagogy, by bringing fiscal policies and institutions closer to people, since he is a firm believer that people should be at the centre of fiscal decisions. Recently, he founded and is building SUR Instituto del Sur Urbano, a horizontal and multidisciplinary organisation with people dedicated to improving the current conditions of the inhabitants of the urban South.

Carlos has previously worked as a project leader on the political economy of fiscal injustice at Oxfam Mexico, a climate change and economics manager at World Resources Institute México, the Fiscal Justice program director at Fundar, and in city halls and local congress in the state of Quintana Roo. He has also served as a consultant for UNFPA, Women’s Budget Group, Oceana México, Intersecta, and several local civil society organisations.

He writes periodically for Nexos Magazine and Business Insider México and is a referred analyst for national and international specialised media on public finances, development economics, and governance.

He holds an MSc in Economics from El Colegio de México (2013, Excellence), a BA in International Business from Anahuac University (2010, Honours) and a diploma in International Relations, Diplomacy and Mass Media from the Complutense University of Madrid and the Spanish Diplomatic School (2010).

Social change takes time and a lot of effort to happen, but it starts when people get together, understand their common ground, discuss their dissents, and work together towards a collective goal. Public money and space can be a catalyser for social change, but using their power implies that people understand what they are and that they should work for the many and not for a few.

Carlos Brown Solà

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