Fernando Perini is a Senior Program Specialist at Canada's International Development Research Centre (IDRC). As part of the Democratic and Inclusive Governance team, Fernando leads a portfolio of projects advancing data ecosystems in developing countries in order to spur social change, increase government transparency, and support the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In recent years he has contributed to several strategic IDRC initiatives, including open data for development, feminist open government, and artificial intelligence for development. He recently acted as the Regional Director, Latin America and the Caribbean, based in Montevideo, Uruguay, and contributed to several strategic IDRC initiatives, including examining the impacts of the Venezuelan migrations crisis in Latin America, partnerships with science councils and coordinating IDRC's COVID response in the region. Fernando has extensive international experience as a researcher, consultant, and lecturer, and holds a PhD from the University of Sussex (Science Policy Research Unit) in the management of technology and innovation.