About Ara

Ara Policy & Management Group is a social-oriented firm providing strategic guidance and advisory services to our clients, helping them navigate complex contexts and drive them toward real impact.

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Our experience

we bring novel approaches to help you deliver on your promises

Ara offers extensive experience in collaborating with companies, governments, and development organizations throughout the Americas and beyond. We have operated at all levels, both within and outside institutions, fostering a powerful network of support.

Not only do we engage with key contact persons from the institutions we work with, but also go beyond this to talk and engage with people and stakeholders to truly understand their needs. We know the people, the culture, and the norms, which are key to delivering successful projects that will have long-lasting impact.

Unique network of practitioners

highly passionate about development


Our team is comprised of highly skilled practitioners with a shared passion for public-private initiatives and social development. With extensive experience in both on and off-field working together with companies, governments, private firms, non-profits and other development organizations, we are uniquely positioned to advise on complex challenges.

Additionally, we leverage the advice and knowledge of prominent academics and practitioners working in public sector management and reform strategies. Our past efforts showcase successful stories in climate change, energy, infrastructure, economic growth, youth, and public health in the Americas.




José Eguigure Castillo

Co-founder José Eguigure-Castillo is a strategic thinker and bridge builder between stakeholders. He a is policy and senior development expert with more than 15 years of experience demonstrating strong management, communication, analytical and organizational skills. With an extensive career in both field and strategic development with partners such as the United States Agency of International Development, United Nations, Global Fund and the World Bank.

José has led efforts on climate change, economic growth, youth, and public health in Central America, especially in the Northern Triangle. He spent 2019-2020 as Edward Mason Fellow at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, where he earned a Master in Public Administration degree. Also, he holds a BS in Socioeconomic Development and Environment from Zamorano University, and a Master’s degree in Project Administration.

Daniel Barjum

Co-founder Daniel Barjum has focused primarily on helping developing countries deliver good governance and management in complex settings; often advising on sectoral reform policies. This work has been done through mobilizing public and private actors and resources into identifying and solving key issues limiting growth in high potential sectors. He is motivated by his work on energy and infrastructure reforms, private sector development, and digital governance.

In the past he has worked with well-known think tanks such as the Center for International Development at Harvard University, and the World Resources Institute. His career in development began by working on energy and infrastructure policies and programs with the Government of Honduras.

Daniel holds a Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University and a Masters in Public Administration in International Development (MPA/ID) from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.


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Alejandro Lozano

Alejandro Lozano is a public policy specialist with over 15 years of experience. He specializes in public affairs, public policy, and government relations, working as a consultant in both the public and private sectors.
Before joining Ara, Alejandro worked as the Head of Political Affairs at the Embassy of Mexico to the Holy See (Vatican City). He also served as a Legislator in the Congress of the State of San Luis Potosí and held the position of Deputy Director at the State Government of that State. Additionally, Alejandro collaborated with the Embassies of Mexico in the United Kingdom, Argentina, and Poland, and served as a Liaison Officer at the OAS Summit 2004 and the UN Summit 2002.
Alejandro holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a Master’s degree in Public Management from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM). He earned a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Harvard University and currently serves as the VP of the Harvard Latino Alumni Alliance. He has also completed specialized programs in Government and Public Policy at the Universities of Oxford, Harvard, London School of Economics and Political Science, and the Civil Service College in Singapore