Marta Lagos is a nonresident fellow for the Latin America Initiative at the Baker Institute. She is the founding director of the Latinobarómetro Corporation, a market and opinion research company that she founded in 1994 with U.K.-based organization MORI. She started working in opinion research in 1984 at the Centro de Estudios de la Realidad Contemporánea (CERC), where she was director from 1990 to 1993.
Lagos is the author of the Barómetro CERC, which has monitored the Chilean transition to democracy from 1987 to the present, as well as numerous other publications. She has correctly anticipated the results of presidential elections in Chile since 1988. She is president of the scientific committee of the group that conducts the World Values Survey and is a member of the committee that organizes the Comparative Study of Electoral Systems. Lagos is a founding member and coordinator of Globalbarometer, an organization that groups the regional barometers for Asia and Africa. In conjunction with Latinobarómetro, Globalbarometer has collected public opinion data from over 80 countries. She is the director of Finanzas Internacionales y Nacionales para la Mujer and Banco Mundial de la Mujer.
Lagos has done consulting work on polls and electoral processes in 23 countries, and served as a consultant for the United Nations Development Programme, the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank. She is also a member of the United Nations Expert Committee on Public Opinion. She holds an M.A. in economics from the University of Heidelberg, Germany.