Julio Guzman is a Peruvian politician, leader and founder of the Partido Morado (The Purple Party), a centrist-political national party. He ran for President in the 2016 Elections, climbing to second place with more than 20% of the voting intention, before he was excluded from the race because of “administrative issues” regarding the registration of his candidacy. Previously, Julio was a Partner at Deloitte Peru. He served as Vice Minister of Industry and Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and as Secretary General at the Office of the Prime Minister. In that role, he was President of the Council of Vice Ministers, responsible for the coordination of multi-sectorial policies. Before joining the Government, Julio worked for a decade at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) in Washington, DC. He holds a PhD in Public Policy at the University of Maryland, a Master’s in Public Policy from Georgetown University, and a bachelor degree in Economics from Universidad Catolica, Peru. Also, Julio participated in an International Banking Summer Program at Trinity College at the University of Oxford. During his tenure at the IDB, he was adjunct professor at both the University of Maryland and Georgetown University.