Christian Freres

Expert at the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID)

Education and experience

Specialist in development cooperation and international relations, with over 25 years of professional activity in Europe, Latin America and the United States. 

He has a BA in international affairs from Georgetown University and a MA in international development from American University. 

Currently he is an expert on aid effectiveness at the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID) and he is Research Associate at the Complutense Institute for International Studies (ICEI), Madrid. In addition, he teaches in various post-graduate programs on international affairs and development. 

Throughout his career he has focused on the analysis of and application of international development policies, on the sociopolitical situation of Latin America, and on relations between Spain, the European Union and Latin America. 

He has participated in and directed many international research projects, he has carried out consultancies individually and as a member of a team –with a focus on South-South and Triangular cooperation in recent years- for the Spanish government, the European Commission, the World Bank, the Mexican government, the Ibero-American General Secretariat (SEGIB) and other international institutions. 


He has published a number of academic and policy-oriented studies. Among these, one book he co-ordinated can be highlighted: La inserción de América Latina en el cambiante sistema internacional de cooperación. Desafíos para España y la Unión Europea (Madrid, Fundación Carolina, 2011).