Felix Maradiaga

Nicaraguan democracy advocate

Felix Maradiaga is a Nicaraguan democracy advocate and the founder and exec- utive director of the Instituto de Estudios Estratégicos y Políticas Públicas (IEEPP), a training center dedicated to promoting civic leadership and non-violence. He is among the most prominent leaders on the promotion of peace, democracy, and rule of law in Central America. Maradiaga is an outspoken critic of Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega and, as a result, he has been accused of organizing crimes and financing terrorism by the government. He is a political commentator on me- dia outlets including Deutsche Welle, CNN, and BBC, and was listed by Forbes Mag- azine in its list of the “Top 25 Most Influential Leaders in Central America in 2015.”