J. Eduardo Barrientos Aguirre
Specialist in Government Modernization, Land Use Planning, and Legislative Reform
Master in Financial Administration, Lawyer, and Notary Public of the Republic of El Salvador
Special Consultant on Central America & Senior Consultant on Government Modernization, Land Use Planning, and Legislative Reform
Transcarbon International
Eduardo Barrientos is a legal expert in areas related to government modernization, land use planning, and legislative reform. He is a practicing lawyer since 2003, with relevant experience in constitutional, administrative, commercial, urban planning, and dispute resolutions matters, and a community and commercial mediator, arbitrator, and conflict manager regarding construction and financial controversies.

Since 2014, Eduardo serves as Transcarbon’s Special Consultant on Central America and Senior Consultant on Government Modernization, Land Use Planning, and Legislative Reform. In 2015-2016, he integrated Transcarbon’s team for the World Bank Group (WBG)’s global project “Regulatory Indicators for Sustainable Energy (RISE)” in the Latin America and the Caribbean region and contributed to the data collection process in Central American countries, in particular by conducting a field mission in Nicaragua to engage with local stakeholders and request their collaboration in person.

He is also a founding partner of the legal and consulting firm Sandoval Barrientos, and Associate Senior at I&D Consulting. Between 2013 and 2014 he worked in the project funded by the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) "Institutional Strengthening and Capacity Building of the Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources (MARN) and The National Environmental System (SINAMA)”, in the development of the strategy to consolidate the National System of Environmental Regulation and Reform SINAMA operation, in order to implement the National Environmental Policy in El Salvador. Throughout his career he consulted for several institutional reform processes and projects of inter-institutional coordination in El Salvador and has participated in the development and streamlining of procedures for "the Planning Office of the Metropolitan Area of San Salvador", "Institute of Access to Public Information", "Vice Ministry of Housing and Urban Development", "Attorney General of the Republic" "Supreme Court”, as well as in regulatory reforms (e.g., Consumer Protection, Condominium Law, the National Law on Territorial Planning and Development, the draft amendment to the Law on Urban Planning and Construction, Special Law for Residential Subdivisions and its regulations, Special Law of Streamlining Procedures for the Promotion of Construction Projects, and municipal regulations related to land use and municipal taxation). As the former Legal Coordinator of the Consumers Protection Agency in El Salvador, he was responsible for real estate and utilities matters, participating in the regulatory reform teams to establish regulated prices and quality standards for the energy and the telecommunications markets, as well as an invited Member of the Board of the National Institute of Building (2012). Additionally, he provided legal consultancy services in El Salvador to international organizations and development agencies, such as the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB), the United Nations Development Programme (UNPD), the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), the Spanish Cooperation, and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) for which he provided advice in the fields of conflict resolution, labor law, streamlining of procedures, and transparency.

Eduardo is a Lawyer (J.D.) and Notary Public of the Republic of El Salvador and holds a Master’s (M.A.) degree in Financial Administration from the Universidad Centroamericana José Simeón Cañas (El Salvador).

He is a national of El Salvador, a Spanish native speaker, also fluent in English.