He holds a doctorate in Political Science and Sociology from the Pontifical University of Salamanca, Spain; a Master's degree in Economics from the University of California, San Francisco, and a double degree from the University of California at Berkeley, in International Economic Relations and Political Science. He is a columnist and analyst in economics and politics, a university professor and an author of several articles and books on economics and politics. He has lectured before international and national organizations such as the Bank of Guatemala, the UN, the OAS, the IMF, the Pan American Health Organization, and various business chambers in the region. He has been vice-president of the Guatemalan American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM) and the Association of Bilateral Chambers (ASCABI).
- Spillan, John & Nicholas Virzi. 2017. “Business Opportunities in the Pacific Alliance”. Palgrave Publishers.
- Spillan, John & Nicholas Virzi. 2016. “Factors that Influence University Students´ Inclination to Become an Entrepreneur: Insights from Guatemala” Multidisciplinary Business Review. International Business Department at Universidad EAFIT.
- Spillan, John & Nicholas Virzi. 2015. “What Are the Factors Affecting Price Perception? The Case of Guatemala.” Quarterly Review of Business Disciplines. International Academy of Business Disciplines, Vol. 2 No. 2, August, pp. 145-164. 2015
- Virzi, Nicholas & Juan Portillo. 2016. Business Development Opportunities and Market Entry Challenges in Latin America. Chapter 10. Public-Private-Academic Cooperation as a Trust Building Mechanism: The Case of Guatemala. IGI Global Publishers.
- Spillan, John & Nicholas Virzi. 2014. Doing Business in Latin America, Routledge Publishers.