Zaira Lainez Carrasco is the political training specialist for the Proyecto Acción Transformadora in Guatemala.
Zaira is responsible for leading, facilitating, coordinating, and following up on all the processes and initial training activities of the project aimed at young potential leaders. The political training aims to empower current and future young leaders to participate in civic and political spaces of their communities and the country by providing them with tools, skills, and capabilities with ethical values and critical thinking.
Prior to joining IREX, Zaira worked at a research institute of the Universidad Rafael Landívar in Guatemala, the Peace Building and Conflict Transformation Institute (INTRAPAZ), on topics including democracy, peacebuilding, social conflicts, and violence. She has also worked as a professor at the same university at the Political and Social Sciences Faculty. She contributed to research projects on political parties at the Association for Research and Social Studies (ASIES) and was a member of the More Women Better Politics initiative. She served as a volunteer at the Instituto Guatemalteco de Educación Radiofónica (IGER) and is a columnist for Plaza Pública.
Zaira holds an MA in political and social studies from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) in Mexico City and a BA in political science at Universidad Rafael Landívar.