Salvador Stadthagen is an international development professional with over 35 years of experience in government, international development and cooperation, and the private sector.

Now a senior advisor with Creative Associates International, Stadthagen has worked with the organization since 2008, developing deep expertise in primary, secondary, and tertiary violence prevention, including juvenile justice and social reinsertion of former gang members.

He started El Salvador’s Regional Youth Alliance—the first USAID-funded project focused exclusively on gang violence prevention—in partnership with the Secretariat for Central American Integration in 2008. In 2012, he began the Honduran Youth Alliance (Alianza Joven Honduras, or AJH). Also USAID funded, AJH worked in seven Honduran municipalities to bring violence prevention services to over 38,000 vulnerable children and youth.

Previously, he served as Nicaragua’s secretary for international cooperation and economic relations, deputy minister of foreign affairs, and ambassador to the United States and Canada and to Taiwan. Among other efforts, he led the Education for Democracy Program, funded by the National Endowment for Democracy and USAID.

Stadthagen holds an MPA from Harvard University.

Policy & Public Experience
  • Ambassador of Nicaragua to the United States, 2003-07
  • Ambassador of Nicaragua to Canada (concurrent from Washington, D.C.), 2004-06
  • Deputy Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Nicaragua, 2002-03
  • Secretary for Economic Relations and Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Nicaragua, 1999-2000
  • Ambassador of Nicaragua to Taiwan, 1995-99