Costa Rica

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  • Adrian Chinchilla

    Adrián is Partner and General Manager of Amrop Costa Rica, where he leads the search for senior executives and independent members of boards of directors for national companies, multinationals and family business groups.

    Over 25 years of managerial experience in the private and public sector, and as a member of boards of directors. In the financial sector, he has been the Pension Manager of the Corredores Asociados Group in Colombia, and a member of the Board of Directors of Banco Cathay, from 2010 to date. He led real estate companies for more than 15 years as General Manager of the European Real Estate Group DIURSA, General Manager of Futura Developments and President of Suburbia Developments.

    In the technological area, his experience has been focused on the real estate and financial sector, as General Manager of Conecta S.A. and as coordinator of the Cathay Bank Technology Committee from 2010 to date.

    In the public sector he held the position of Mayor of the Escazú County for 4 years, obtaining the recognition of the United Nations as a good example of best financial and administrative practices. General Manager of the presidential campaign of the Former President Laura Chinchilla Miranda, and President of the Inauguration Committee.

    Graduated in Economics from Los Andes University Colombia, where he also completed his postgraduate studies in economics. He was part of the Board of Directors of the Fundación Neotrópica a recognized environmental NGO in Costa Rica. He is an active member of the Central America Leadership Initiative, part of The Aspen Global Leadership Network.

    Adrián is an active golfer, and was a member of the Board of Directors of the National Golf Association and his golf club.

  • ADRIAN GARCIA

     

    Adrián is Founding partner at Carao Ventures. He has invested and worked with early stage startups based in Latin America and US for the past 10 years. His recent experience includes companies in the SaaS, consumer software, marketplaces, fintech, and education industries.
    Before founding Carao Ventures, Adrián was Associate at Mesoamerica, a leading consulting and private equity firm in Latin America. Also, he has an active role in relevant causes in Costa Rica such as marine conservation, public education improvement, and Internet openness and transparency.
    Adrián is father of 2 children and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics with honors from the University of Texas in Austin, an MBA at MIT Sloan School of Management, and he is a Fellow of the ninth class of the Central America Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

     

  • Adriana Echandi

    is the CEO for the travel retail division of Grupo Britt N.V. Adriana started her professional career in 2001 when Café Britt decided to create a new business division for travel retail stores starting as a sales person and quickly advanced to join the leadership team. Adriana oversaw different internal processes as training, purchasing, logistics, innovation, e-commerce, and the expansion plan to achieve a footprint in 11 countries, open 135 stores and grow to more than 1500 employees. In 2010 Adriana joined the INCAE Global Executive MBA. During the 16 years working for Britt, she has fostered different social programs within the communities that have given her the opportunity to work with local artisans; helped them to innovate their techniques, facilitate them with full knowledge of business, as well as introducing new products. Adriana was named as one of the 40 most influence leaders under 40 by a local economic newspaper, El Financiero. She also participated as one of three remarkable women executives for a local news channel special program, 7 Dias, in 2016. Adriana graduated from Universidad Internacional de las Américas in Costa Rica. Adriana had the opportunity to attend a finishing school in Switzerland at the age of eighteen, and since that moment realized how passionate she was for different cultures and gastronomy. Adriana is the youngest child of five, is married and mother of a fantastic 4-year-old boy. Adriana is a Fellow of the 13th class of the Central America Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

  • Alekcey Murillo

     

    Assistant chief medical officer at Hospital Clinica Biblica and executive director of Emmanuel Community Development Center in the Cabecar Indigenous Territory of Turrialba in Costa Rica. He has served with the U.S. Indian Health Services in Arizona and New Mexico. He received his medical degree from the Universidad Internacional de Las Américas in San José, Costa Rica, and completed his specialty in family Medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. At Mayo, Alekcey was chief resident and received the Robert Avant Resident Leadership Award. He is board-certified by the American Board of Family Practice and is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians. He sits on the board of Indigenous Community Development International and is an active member of the Social Action Council for ASEMECO, a philanthropic arm of Hospital Clínica Bíblica. Alekcey lives in Costa Rica with his wife, Judith, who is also a family physician. He is a Fellow of the third class of the Central America Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

  • Alexandra Kissling

     

    Leads Fundación Unidas para Crecer (Vital Voices Costa Rica), an organization that groups professional leader women who want to share her life experience with other women through mentoring in order to develop their leadership capacity and potential. She has been an instructor on deep relaxation techniques for Centro Chopra para el Bienestar (Chopra Wellness Center) in Carlsbad, California, since 1996. She is certified instructor for the HeartMath Institute in California since 2003. In 1987, she started the restaurant chain Rostipollos, along with another partners, becoming board member during 1987-1992. Alexandra was deputy director of the PRANA institute for Health Promotion from 1995 to 2002. She also was VP for Rasur Foundation and her main project was the Academia para la Paz de Costa Rica (Costa Rica Academy for Peace), between 2002 and 2010. Since 2001 Alexandra has been a member of the board for AED (Entrepreneurship for Development Asociation, for its Spanish acronym), an organization founded in 1997 to promote entrepreneurship social responsibility in Costa Rica, and she has been its VP for the last 5 years. She is a member of the INCAE Business School’s national committee since 2006 and recently became the director of their board. This initiative promotes value-based leadership to influence leaders in the region to contribute with sustainable human development in Central America. She studied psychology at Universidad Centroamericana de Ciencias Sociales. Alexandra is a Fellow of the inaugural class of the Central America Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

  • Alvaro Ramírez

     

    International Labor Organization officer in charge of a US-funded project aimed at strengthening tripartite social dialogue in the DR-CAFTA region. Before joining the ILO in May of 2004, Ramírez worked as the executive director of the Costa Rican peak business federation (UCCAEP) over an 8-year span. He participated in a number of tripartite entities such as the National Labor Council and the Minimum Wage Council. He was also member of the Legislative Committee on Fiscal Reform (2002-2003) and weekly columnist for La República. Ramírez was chosen in 2003 by El Financiero as one of the 40 outstanding young leaders of the country. A native of Costa Rica, Ramírez is an economist from the University of Costa Rica with a Master of Science in Development Studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

  • Antonieta Chaverri

     

    María Antonieta Chaverri es coach de ejecutivos y líderes empresariales para transformacion y trascendencia. Trabajó en Grupo Nación, la empresa de medios más relevante en Costa Rica, donde fue Gerente General de Medios y ocupó las direcciones corporativas de Estrategia y Sostenibilidad y Desarrollo Humano. También lideró Libros para Todos, una iniciativa del mismo Grupo que pretende que todos los estudiantes de educación pública en su país tengan libros de texto para estudiar. Es cofundadora y miembro de la Junta Directiva del Capítulo de Capitalismo Consciente en Costa Rica, miembro de la Junta Directiva de Voces Vitales Costa Rica y miembro del comité social de la Asociación Empresarial para el Desarrollo. Fue profesora de Maestría en la Universidad Juan Pablo II. Ha sido expositora de diversos foros relacionados con Capitalismo consciente, responsabilidad social empresarial, desarrollo de talento, estrategia y recursos humanos. Ha brindado consultorías en estrategia a empresas privadas y organizaciones no gubernamentales. Se ha dedicado al trabajo comunitario y proyectos sociales a través del Movimiento Rotario (2008-2012) y el Movimiento Vida Cristiana (desde 2006). María Antonieta tiene dos maestrías, una en el Arte de los Recursos Humanos de la Universidad de Minnesota, EE.UU. y otra en Administración de Negocios de la Universidad de Costa Rica, es bachiller en Administración Hotelera.

  • Arturo Condo

     

    Full Professor and former President at INCAE Business School. He also works as an independent consultant in strategic planning and global strategy. He was previously a director of the Latin American Center for Competitiveness and Sustainable Development. Arturo has a doctorate in business administration from Harvard Business School and a MBA with high honors from INCAE Business School. He serves as Senior Institute Associate of the Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness at Harvard Business School. He is an author and co-author of articles, books and teaching cases in his areas of expertise. Arturo was recognized as a 2008 World Economic Forum Young Global Leader. He is a member of the global advisory board of the Oath Project and Fundación Paniamor. He is a Fellow of the inaugural class of the Central American Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

  • Aurelia Garrido

     

    Founder of Starfire Effect. Former VP of the Universidad Veritas, a leading university in the arts, design and architecture committed to academic excellence, innovation and sustainability. She is the former vice minister of Culture of Costa Rica, where she was responsible for the implementation of cultural policies and the coordination among 32 government entities that make up the culture sector. Aurelia has vast international experience in the promotion of sustainable development. As coordinator of strategic initiatives for the Avina Foundation, she managed the relationship with strategic partners in Latin America, United States and Spain, as well as joint initiatives for Latin America in the fields of education, corporate social responsibility and social integration. She was also regional operations manager and Project Manager for Avina Foundation. She has been a member of the board of FUNDES in Costa Rica and of the Advisor Committee for Costa Rica Joven. She has a summa cum laude bachelors degree in industrial engineering from the Universidad Autonoma de Centroamerica, and an MBA from INCAE, where she graduated with the highest distinction, becoming the first woman to receive the award EscolastaDistinguida. Aurelia lives in San José and has two children. She is a Fellow of the second class of the Central America Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

  • Benjamín García

     

    He set up his own architecture practice in San Jose, Costa Rica in 2004. Benjamin studied architecture in Costa Rica at Universidad Veritas and later went on to receive a Professional Masters of Architecture Degree from the Rhode Island School of Design, USA. He also holds a degree in Education for the Arts and Design from Brown University in USA and is actively involved as an invited lecturer at Universities in England, USA, and South America. As well as being the executive director of Benjamin Garcia Saxe Architecture, Benjamin is currently also an associate of British architect Sir Richard Rogers in London. He has personally participated in the design of large scale developments around the world; those which include Tower 3 of the World Trade Center in New York City, high end leisure, residential, and office schemes in Europe, Middle East and China; and more recently the design of a residential development in Monte Carlo for the prince of Monaco.

  • Cecilia Monge

     

    Cecilia Monge is a specialist in internal medicine who worked for eight years in that capacity in San Juan de Dios Hospital in San Jose. Following the constitute to restart clinical investigation in Costa Rica, coordinates the pilot clinical investigation unit at Hospital San Juan de Dios that will eventually include translational medicine and international collaborations to support interna- tionally competitive clinical research activity; from bench to bedside. She is part of various na- tional committees. One has produced, published, and delivered education and training for the current national hypertension, acute coronary syndrome and primary cardiac prevention guide- lines in the country. She works with a group of eight doctors from different parts of the country in another national committee for dengue and other hemorrhagic fevers producing the national prevention, education and treatment programs. Based on this objective she also forms part of a committee that oversees the continuing medical education of all physicians in the country and in that committee she is personally responsible for all specialist physicians in second and tertiary care hospitals.

    Cecilia graduated as a physician from medical school at Universidad de Costa Rica, achieving the highest GPA both for her medical school class as well as for all health related degrees. Dur- ing her residency in internal medicine at Georgetown University Hospital at Washington Hospital Center where she was elected as chief medical resident,she presented her medical research and publications in both national and international medical meetings. She holds a Masters of Public Health from the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University and was part of the Global Clinical Scholars Research Training Program at Harvard School of Medicine. Cecilia is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and in 2014 was elected to be- come one of the youngest Fellows of the American College of Physicians. She is part of the board of the Asociacion Costarricense de Medicina Interna and has been a mentor for the IN- CAE- Central American Health Initiative.

  • Christian Marín Muller

    Christian Marín Muller is CEO of Speratum Cancer Therapeutics. Christian has worked in the field of cancer therapeutics for almost a decade, with a specific focus on the use of RNA interference technology. Christian’s work is based on the development of nanotechnology-based delivery of microRNA (miRNA) therapeutics against solid tumors. Christian discovered and patented a therapeutic miRNA treatment that can control a network of biomarkers responsible for aggressive growth and metastasis in pancreatic cancer, and has the potential to completely eliminate tumors both alone and in combination with existing modalities. In addition to his focus on research, he has also been heavily involved in the biotech industry ecosystem. Christian has co-founded three biotechnology related companies, and has worked as a consultant to multiple start-up and governmental organizations worldwide. Christian’s work has contributed to the advancement of projects ranging from medical devices to HIV vaccine development.

    He made Costa Rica his base of operations two years ago, with the goal in mind of using the unique opportunity presented by his technology to help foster biotechnology development in the country. Christian led the construction of a state-of-the-art pre-clinical research facility (first of its kind in Central America), and coordinated the very first inter-institutional contracts between the National Center for Technology and private enterprise to promote collaboration in research. Christian currently serves on the Scientific Ethics Committee of the Ministry of Science, where he’s helping to craft the governing laws and protocols that will allow for Phase I Clinical Studies to be conducted in the country for the first time in almost a decade. He is also co-investigator in a medical device clinical trial with the NIH soon to be launched in the country, and is also acting spokesperson for the CR Biomed Biotechnology Cluster, an initiative to foster collaboration between academia, industry, and government. Christian has a Ph.D. in Molecular Virology and Microbiology from Baylor College of Medicine, an MS in Biotechnology Entrepreneurship from Case Western Reserve University and an MS in Molecular Biology from the Florida Institute of Technology. Christian is a Fellow of the 12th class of the Central American Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

  • David Bullón

    is a consultant and entrepreneur dedicated to integrating authentic leadership, exponential innovation and open governance into public service in Latin America. David left his role as director of innovation for the Costa Rican Ministry of Science, Technology and Telecommunications in 2018, where he worked with allies across sectors to build capacities in the innovation ecosystem. Prior to joining in 2014, David was based in other government offices, leading the Costa Rican Ministry of Foreign Trade’s work on innovation and global value chains and facilitating the development of the South Sudanese Ministry of Commerce’s first private sector development plan. Prior to his time in government, David worked in the social sector managing impact evaluations of programs intended to stimulate entrepreneurship in Peru with innovations for poverty action, and advising microfinance institutions in India as a consultant with access development services. Prior to living in India, he managed product and process innovation projects for Black and Decker in various positions in the United States and Mexico. In 2012, David received the Accenture Public Service Innovation award and was selected as a World Economic Forum Global Shaper. Is a member of the Costa Rica USA Foundation’s millennials committee, David has also been a member of the OECD´s Working Group on Technology and Innovation Policy and an advisor to the Presidential Council for Innovation and Human Talent. David earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, graduating summa cum laude from Messiah College, and later obtained a Master in Public Administration in international development from the Harvard Kennedy School. He lives with his wife Monica in Costa Rica, where he spends as much time as he can in nature. David is a Fellow of the fourteenth class of the Central America Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

  • David Gutierrez

     

    is a Founding Partner of BLP, one of the largest law firms in Central America and a leader in Pro-Bono and sustainability issues in the Central American region. Before BLP, he was a partner at KPMG, an Associate at Wilmer, Cutler, Pickering, Hale & Door (an international law firm in Washington D.C.), and an advisor to the Presidency of Costa Rica. Presently, he serves as Co-Chair of the Latin American Regional Forum of the International Bar Association, the largest organization of lawyers in the world. He also serves as President of the Board of Directors of Fundación CRUSA, a leading foundation in Costa Rica that promotes strategic initiatives at a national level. He was the President of the BLP Pro Bono Foundation (the first Costa Rican signatory of the Pro Bono Declaration of the Americas) and headed the first-ever Pro Bono Committee of the Costa Rican Bar Association. David was a founding member and former President of CICA, the arbitration center of AMCHAM; as well as of the Costa Rican Association of International Law (ACODI). He has been ranked as one of the best lawyers in the Central American region by several prestigious international publications, and was recognized as “Latin Lawyer’s Central American Law Firm Leader of the Year”. David graduated from the University of Costa Rica’s Law School and Georgetown University Law Center with honors. He is a Fulbright and an Organization of American States scholar. David writes a bi-weekly opinion column in CRHOY.COM, a digital news source and the most visited site in the country. He loves soccer and serves on the board of Saprissa, the most successful soccer club in CONCACAF. He is married with Carolina and is the proud father of Alberto and Felipe.

  • Eric Poncon

     

    Director of the office of strategy management for the coffee division of EcomAgroindustrial Corporation, a private company dedicated to the origination, processing, and merchandising of agricultural commodities worldwide. He has held trading and management positions inside Ecom in New York, Nicaragua, Mexico, and Costa Rica. He has been responsible for the development of several public-private partnerships that have played a catalytic role in bringing large numbers of small farmers and large global buyers together. He has a BS in agricultural economics and finance from Cornell University and comes from a family tradition of farming both in Central America and in Southern France, with ownership interests in sustainable coffee, forestry and tourism small-to-medium enterprises. He is married to Carolina, a psychologist, and has three sons. He is a Fellow of the third class of the Central America Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

  • Fabián Segura

     

    VP of corporate development for ITS Infocom, a leading remote infrastructure management (RIM) and managed service company in the Americas. He is chairman of BioInnovar, an entrepreneurship center within the Costa Rican Biodiversity Institute, and an honorary member of the Omar Dengo Foundation for Education in Digital Technologies. He is a member of the Malta Order Association. He has completed the Chicago, New York, Berlin, and Washington DC International Marathons. Fabian has a degree from the Universidad de Costa Rica Law School and a MBA from INCAE Business School, where he did a semester abroad in Frankfurt, Germany. He also studied product development and innovation at MIT and financial instruments and markets at Harvard University. He lives in Dallas, Texas with his wife Mariela and his three children, Catalina, Fabian, and Julian. He is a Fellow of the third class of the Central America Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

  • Federico Barquero

    is the CEO of Grupo ANC, a Latin American company dedicated to the leasing of vehicles and representative of the brands Enterprise, National and Alamo for Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Guatemala and Peru, recognized as the franchisee model for the region. His leadership has been essential to obtain great achievements: in 2002, it was the first car rental company in the world with ISO 9001/ISO 14001 certifications; in 2010, received the National Award of Excellence and in 2015, it was the first franchisee in Latin America to obtain the Enterprise brand. Currently Grupo ANC is one of the largest companies in Latin America with a fleet of four thousand vehicles. Since 2008, Federico is President of the Costa Rican Association of Car Rental Companies (ACAR) and member of the Board of Directors of the National Chamber of Tourism (CANATUR). In 1997, he earned his Business Administration degree at the University of Costa Rica thanks to an academic scholarship and in 1999, he received his MBA degree with honors at INCAE. Federico lives in Santa Ana, Costa Rica where he and Susana, his wife of 17 years have raised their children Julian and Fabiola. Federico is a Fellow of the 13th class of the Central America Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

  • Federico Cartín

    Federico Cartín  is cofounder of SUM Consulting -a boutique strategic, urban planning and management practice-. After ten years in Canada and having worked in academic, private and public sectors, Federico returned to his homeland to effect change in his home region. This led him to found Fundación Rutas Naturbanas aimed at creating shared-use paths and environmentally restoring 25 km of riverbanks in the capital region of San José. He is currently President and Director General of the initiative and is committed to fundraise over US$8 million to allow over one million people to walk, bike and roll throughout the five municipalities it connects. He’s been involved in LGBT activism in both Canada and Costa Rica. Because of his passion for innovation and impact, he was recognized as one of Greater Toronto’s 27 emerging leaders when selected as a DiverseCity Fellow by CivicAction GTA in 2013. Federico earned his bachelor in economics from Universidad Latina de Costa Rica and a Master’s in Urban Planning from McGill University, graduating as Class President and as a Centre for Developing Area Studies. Federico is a Fellow of the 12th class of the Central American Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

  • Federico Zoufaly

     

    Co-founder of Mobilize.Net/ArtinSoft and has been a leader in application legacy modernization for nearly 20 years. In addition to working on thousands of migration projects, Federico was product manager for the migration tools that shipped with multiple versions of Microsoft Visual Studio.NET. Federico has researched extensively into alternative ways of upgrading legacy applications. He is a regular presenter on legacy application migration at top technology events including Microsoft TechEd, Microsoft BUILD, VSLive! and others. He is also a prolific writer of many papers, articles, blog posts, and is co-author of a book on automatic software migration. With a technical background (Ph.D.c. from the University of Florida) combined with hands-on management in real world legacy migration projects, Federico is passionate about the intersection of the technical challenges and the business need for automated transformation.

  • Fernando Alvarado

     

    Development Investment Banker with 25 years of international credit and investment experience and 15 years of direct experience assessing diversified renewable energy portfolios in Latin America & the Caribbean for more than $100MM consisting of more than 40 investments. His financial, credit and investment experience includes working with financing from IFC, IDB, Citibank, Finnfund, BIO, Triodos, CABEI, MIF, and several commercial banks in Central America.

    He has participated in numerous syndicated credit and investment transactions for renewable energy projects. Mr. Alvarado led the creation, structuring, fundraising, legal closing and portfolio construction of the $17MM CAREC specialized renewable energy Venture Capital fund in Central America. Has 5 years of direct project development/construction experience in Honduras developing in depth understanding of all legal, regulatory and market aspects that govern the energy sector in the country and assets of $100MM+. Until December 2014, F. Alvarado formed part of the Flex Energy Group, developing generation assets in Honduras and Costa Rica; since then, Mr. Alvarado has no business relationship with that group. Mr. Alvarado has held board seats in several Central American companies mostly working in the energy sector, as well as for a US company in the bathing industry. His international work experience includes opening a renewable energy investment office in Brazil, as a branch of a regional investment operation. High-level consultant on financial mechanisms for energy markets and investment portfolios has performed studies and consultancies for USAID, IDB, MIF, World Bank, USAID, Enclude, HIVOS, etc.

    In 2012, he launched the Private Financing Advisory Network program in Central America and the Caribbean, sponsored by USAID, first as Regional Director and more recently working as mentor of clean energy enterprises. He authored a training course for bankers and financiers on the assessment of hydroelectric projects that provided capacity building and investment skills for more than 50 bank officers in 5 countries in Central America and in 1 country in Africa. Between 2001-2005, during his initial tenure at E+Co he worked as program lead manager of the USAID-sponsored Financing of Renewable Energy Enterprises in Central America (FENERCA), identifying a pipeline of more than 20 renewable energy projects, arranging financing and providing enterprise development services and working with policy makers on the removal of barriers to clean energy investing in the region. The FENERCA program helped on the revision of incentives laws for the renewable energy sector in Honduras, Panama and Nicaragua. He has developed an extensive network of key stakeholders in the Latin American region, including project developers, especially in Central America. Mr. Alvarado was one of the founding members of the Honduran association of renewable energy producers (AHPER).

    He serves in the Board of Veragua Foundation of Costa Rica and as Advisor of Cleantech Methods of the US, a consortium that develops, incubates, invests and Works on policy of clean energies in Latin America and the Caribbean. Costa Rican, based in San Jose, Mr. Alvarado has an MBA in Banking and Finance cum laude from Universidad de Costa Rica. His passions include diving (PADI Rescue Diver) and mountain biking.

  • Gabriela Víquez

    Gabriela Víquez is Cuestamoras’ Business Development Director at Cuestamoras, a multi-business, family-owned Costa Rican Corporation. She is accountable for business development for all of all Business Units, including Real Estate, Hospitality, Health and Energy. She leads the M&A negotiations for the company. Before joining Cuestamoras in 2011, she had an extensive experience in brokerage houses and investment banking in Costa Rica. She has also experience in merges and acquisitions, as well as international business structuration. She served as Commercial Director of Premier Banking at Banco Nacional de Costa Rica. She also worked as Sales Manager for local and international stock markets at BN Valores Puesto de Bolsa, as well as an independent financial consultant. Mrs. Víquez holds an MBA from the University of Costa Rica. She lives in Costa Rica and she is married with two children. Gabriela is a Fellow of the 12th class of the Central American Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

  • George Grant

    is founder and general director of G&E Chocolate Adventure Company, an agro industrial company that adds value to cacao production and offers more than 20 different products like cacao caramel roasted seeds, cacao butter creams and oils. He recently launched an innovative line of ice cream. George retired in December 2013 from being Marketing Manager in Costa Rica for cinemas and Hollywood movie studios for more than 15 years. George has characterized himself for being a fearless entrepreneur, moving from radio programming director, promotional director for youth tourism programs, founding a retail and entertainment website, to opening his cacao line business. George has a degree in marketing and advertising. George is a living voice for small farmers in Costa Rica, dedicating his time and resources to promoting economic development in Limón, one of the poorest cities in Costa Rica. He is currently leading a very ambitious program to help farmers improve their incomes and quality of life. George is a Fellow of the 13th class of the Central America Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

  • Gerardo Sánchez

     

    Chief financial officer of Clínica Bíblica Hospital. Gerardo has worked extensively in the formulation and execution of the strategic plan for the next 5-10 years at the Clínica Bíblica, and his leadership has led the organization to find new opportunities for the future of healthcare in Costa Rica. Outside the hospital Gerardo is on the board of various local companies in a variety of fields such as information technology, printing, health-pharmacy and the Costa Rican stock market. Gerardo holds a MBA degree with honors from INCAE, where he was class valedictorian. He also holds a business administration degree in finance from the University of Costa Rica. He is married with three children. He is a Fellow of the second class of the Central America Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

  • Gisela Sánchez

     

    Director of Corporate Affairs at Florida Ice & Farm Co. Before joining this company she worked as a consultant for governments, NGOs and companies in Central America in the areas of competitiveness and corporate social responsibility. In 2006, she published 10 Cases on Corporate Social Responsibility Good Practices, and The Competitiveness Potential of Guatemala. Between 2001 and 2003, she worked for the AVINA Foundation in Latin America as strategic initiatives manager supporting the development of social and environmental leaders in the region. Before joining AVINA, she worked as a researcher and project coordinator for the Latin American Center for Competitiveness and Sustainable Development at INCAE. A native of San José, Costa Rica, Sánchez attended the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University, majoring in strategy and marketing.

  • Gustavo Segura

     

    General Manager for Cuestamoras Hospitality Division. It operates leading international brands on four properties, known for their amazing architecture, location, service and value. Cuestamoras is a multi-business organization with operations in Latin America headquartered in San José, Costa Rica. He is Vice-president of the board of ICT (Instituto Costarricense de Turismo) and several NPOs focused in sustainable development and inclusiveness on vulnerable populations. He is founder of a firm that has advised international organizations as well as governments throughout the Latin America Region in matters of sustainable tourism. He became a father 2 years ago after several years of trying with his wife to have children and this has lead him to a more intensive quest on how to leave a better world.

  • Ignacio Sánchez

     

    Works as director of ISC Productions. He has worked as Special Advisor to President Oscar Arias and Ministry of Transport, Karla Gonzalez in issues related from image and communications to road safety and traffic police operations (2006-2010). As former chief of traffic police and executive director of the Road Safety Council (2002-2004) he coordinated various initiatives such as the mandatory safety belt law and media campaigns creating new police strategies that led to a 30% decrease in accident related fatalities (2002-2005). He has an extensive and prize winning career as a television anchor and reporter and press journalist for various networks as Channel 7 and La Nación in Costa Rica, and CNN Latin America and Tele 5 and Television Española abroad. He spent three years as an itinerant correspondent reporting from Europe, Middle East, Africa and Australia. He is now writing a script with the intention of producing and directing his first film. He has a degree in advertising, journalism, and audiovisual production. He is a Fellow of the second class of the Central America Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

  • Jorge Patiño

     

    Jorge Patiño is a Financial Advisor at Mercado de Valores de Costa Rica, with $202Million of assets under administration, producing in average 25% of the firms’ income. Recently is part of the Wealth Management team, which has the responsibility of the investments of the highest net worth individual clients of the firm; also newly added to the Strategic Planning Team.  Jorge publishes bimonthly an article of finance investment related topic in Forbes Centroamérica magazine.  Has been an active member of several non-profit organizations, member of the Financial Committee of the Costa Rican-American Chamber of Commerce (Amcham), currently member of the board of Asociación de Amigos de Sor María Romero, organization dedicated to fund raise the institute that provides education, housing and meals to over 200 female teenagers in social risk.  He was involved with the Costa Rican Government in the process of developing the Carbon Bond Market of Costa Rica in order to have them tradable in the local Stock Exchange, important milestone in order for the country to obtain carbon neutrality in 2021.  He earned his bachelor degree in Universidad de Costa Rica and his Master in Business Administration degree at The Pennsylvania State University, graduating with honors with the second highest grade point average (GPA).

  • José Aguilar

     

    Holds a BA in Psychology, a Masters on Project Management and Masters on Development Management from London School of Economics, as a Chevening Scholar. José Aguilar is currently the Executive Director of Horizonte Positivo, a private sector Think and Do Tank that promotes intersectoral agreements to reestablish governability and collaborates with public policy reforms, focusing on Costa Rica s human development. Since March 2013, he started and leads a social business called La Esquina that canalizes gang members creativity and energy into designing clothes, caps, backpacks and other products for young people. At the same time, he works with high-ranking government officials, media owners and key stakeholders in order to redesign at risk youth public policies. The first phase of this project takes place in La Cueva del Sapo in La Carpio Community (one of the most violent neighborhood in the Capital. He worked as Social Development Advisor for local governments and as consultant for the EU in Central American Border Zones. He then founded the NGO Fundación Acción Joven (FAJ) using his own savings. FAJ uses participatory methodology to prevent school dropouts of at-risk students in public high schools. It has developed alliances with the Costa Rican Ministries of Education, Welfare, Culture, Security, and private firms. The Government recently declared it as “Organization of Public National Interest.” He is an Ashoka, a Fellow of the eighth class of the Central America Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

  • José Antonio Sauma

    is a partner and managing director at Mesoamerica, a leading private equity investment company focused on building long-term partnerships and purpose-driven businesses across Spanish Speaking Latin America. José Antonio is convinced that many of the region’s pressing needs and aspirations in areas such as renewable power generation, health and wellness, can be addressed by mobilizing capital, talent, and resources to build sustainable businesses, that can in turn collaborate with governments and local communities to find innovative solutions. Over the last 20 years, he has lead teams that invest and advise companies in sectors such as renewable power generation, telecom, banking, construction, and consumer goods. José Antonio is currently the Chairman of Yo Emprendedor, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting entrepreneurship as a pillar of social and economic development. He has held a variety of leadership positions in the Boards of Mesoamerica’s portfolio companies, as well as in IMAP, a global network of investment banks. José Antonio has an MBA from INSEAD in France and Singapore and a business degree from Ithaca College in New York, where he graduated summa cum laude. He is dedicated to his family, and passionate about music, photography, entrepreneurship, and continuous learning. José Antonio is a Fellow of the 13th class of the Central America Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

  • José Martí Jiménez Figueres

     

    Founder and Managing Partner of Noveza. As an entrepreneur since 2004 he has led or co-led the creation, capital structuring, and management of four companies so far with about $20M raised and more than 150 direct jobs created in ecotourism, hospitals, and assisted living. Investors in his projects include renowned local business leaders, commercial banks, The Nature Conservancy, and Conservation International. Previously, Jiménez worked at Mesoamerica Investments in project management and M&A mandates in Central America for over four years, and as an intern at Bain & Company in Colombia and Ramius Capital Group in New York. He has served on several boards of directors in the private sector and at a cabinet-level board in the public sector. Mr. Jiménez is currently on the Board of Visitors of the Organization for Tropical Studies, on the Costa Rica National Committee of INCAE Business School, and in the Investment Committee of the $35M EcoEnterprises Fund focused on impact investing. He is an Industrial Engineer from the University of Costa Rica and an MBA from Harvard University. He is a Fellow of the sixth class of the Central America Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

  • Juan Carlos Rojas

     

    President of Deportivo Saprissa, the largest football club in Costa Rica. For 14 years, he worked at Mesoamerica Investments, a Central American M&A and private equity firm. During this time, Rojas worked on acquisitions and strategy projects throughout the region, the previous four as partner in the firm. A native of Costa Rica, Rojas attended Georgetown University where he completed a joint degree with a Masters in International Finance and undergrad Business Administration.

  • Karla Blanco

     

    Corporate Affairs Director for Central America and the Caribbean & Latin American Gender Initiatives Coordinator at Intel. She has worked at Intel for more than 15 years, first starting as the Customs & Free Trade Zone Specialist in the Finance Department and then moving to Corporate Affairs as the Government Affairs Manager.  Prior to Intel, Karla worked at PROCOMER- La Promotora de Comercio Exterior de Costa Rica, the foreign trade corporation of Costa Rica.  As Intel representative, she is a board member for the Industries Chamber and also in the Association of Businesses for Development (CSR). She is also a mentor for Unidas para Crecer , an organization that promotes women’s leadership based on values and the discovery of one’s potential. Karla studied customs administration and holds a MBA with international business emphasis.

  • Karla González

    Specialist in the subject of negotiation and alternative dispute resolution. She holds an MBA with an emphasis on Marketing and a degree in law. She had combined her career between the private and the public sector, with more than 15 years in the private practice of law and 10 in the public service. Her passion as a public servant allows her to become a champion on Road Safety agenda in her Country Costa Rica and in the International community. She served as undersecretary for transport for two years and secretary for Public Works and Transportation in Costa Rica for almost four years. Under her leadership the country fourfold increase in the investment of public works, finished the construction of important infrastructure projects, a highway and 2 international airports, all under the Public Private Partnership modality. Mrs. González is currently Manager in the World Bank for the transport practice in seven countries in the South Asia region. She is a member of the Road Safety international Committee, which is led by the Fundación Internacional de Automovilismo (International Automobile Foundation), a Fellow of the first class of the Central America Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

  • Laetitia Deweer

     

    Laetitia Deweer is the founder and Executive Director of CEPIA (Culture, Education and Psychology for Infants and Adolescents), an award-winning nationally accredited non-profit organization that serves over 1000 at-risk children and teenagers as well as 500 parents in Guanacaste, Costa Rica, through various education programs, psychological care and cultural activities. CEPIA created an Integrated Community Center, a model for social progress, dignity, solidarity and human capital development. The Community Center hosts programs for high-risk teenagers, children in extreme poverty, people with disabilities and children victims of violence. The Center also incorporates a couple of social businesses and governmental adult training programs. Laetitia was born in Belgium and as a university student she participated in social projects in Guatemala and Mexico. At age 23 she moved to Costa Rica and worked in a family business on the pacific coast, while she got involved as a volunteer with PANI (government child protection agency in Costa Rica). During this time, she became deeply concerned with the economic development shadowing extreme poverty and social exclusion. Laetitia studied Educational Sciences with emphasis on Family Education at the University of Ghent in Belgium. She also received a bachelors degree in psychology from the Universidad Latina de Costa Rica. She has received several certificates in EMDR psychotherapy, energetic psychology and gender violence. Laetitia also runs a private psychotherapeutic counseling business and works as a consultant for NGOs and foundations to improve their impact on increasing human capital, happiness and eradicating poverty. Laetitia speaks Spanish, English, French, Dutch. She loves being a mother, as well as surfing, yoga and meditation. She is a fellow of the ninth class of the Central America Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

  • Leonor Gutiérrez Fernández

     

    Advancement Director at United World College. Previously she was Executive Director at TeenSmart. She is a self-motivated Costa Rican woman both in and outside work. Having found herself in an environment whereby she has to utilize her knowledge and skills in project design, management and research evaluation. Her extensive exposure and experience was greatly enhanced whilst working in the field of primary adolescent promotion at individual and community level. TeenSmart’s current achievements can speak for themselves, such as the realization of the TeenSmart web-based e-learning curriculum in 20 diverse organizations in Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Honduras (i.e., 5 public schools of over 6000 students, 5 church groups, 4 public libraries, 1 university, 5 technological community centers), she believes that further development can only enhance and add value to an individual’s quality of life, and that TeenSmart tools can coach teens to be more proactive a self confident. In coordinating the JovenSalud initiative, she hopes to envision the expansion of virtual risk prevention and health promotion services to all teenage Costa Rican population and incrementally to all Central America to be valued as a gradual and steady organic progress. She was awarded the Erasmus Mundus postgraduate scholarship that allowed her to further her studies in Public Health at the University of Sheffield (United Kingdom) as well as in the field of Social and Health Protection at the Jagellonian University (Poland). Living, learning and teaching abroad was a valuable and rewarding experience in many ways. The daily interaction with students and locals required a level of empathy and sensitivity and made it necessary to recognize different beliefs, attitudes, values, expectations and behavior to preserve equilibrium of mutual respect.

  • Lorena Arce

    is director of commercial and corporate banking and the leasing business unit at BAC Credomatic. Since she was only 21 years old until today, BAC has given her the opportunity to grow as a professional. She started as a personal account executive and became the first female telemarketing chief at BAC, in charge of leading the mass opening of checking accounts in the national market for the first time. Afterwards, she led the Commercial Banking and Corporate Banking Unit for 12 years, and became the first generation of the Central American BAC Leaders Program. Lorena was born in San Carlos and attended María Inmaculada School in Ciudad Quesada. When she was 17 years old, she moved to San José to start her University degree. Since she was 13 years old, she was very clear about her future and decided to major in economics. Lorena is an economist from Universidad Latina, and also holds an MBA from National University, Banca INCAE, PAP INCAE Business School. Lorena is a mother, wife, an analytical woman, a goal-setter who loves teamwork, who is sensitive, and a BAC leader who wants to continue growing and making her mark in her country and the rest of Central America. Lorena is a Fellow of the fourteenth class of the Central America Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

  • Luis Javier Castro

     

    “Mr. Luis Javier Castro is a Founding Partner and current President at Mesoamerica, a firm that invests consciously for an abundant Latin America by transforming businesses in the region and creating value for investors and society alike. He is also director of several companies in Mesoamerica’s portfolio, such as Mesofoods, Globeleq Mesoamerica Energy, Zuma Energía, among others.

    Luis Javier began his career as associate in Bain and Company; working in strategic cases for several of the region’s largest companies. In 1996, 3 partners and himself founded Mesoamerica and raised the region’s largest private equity fund at the time.

    His experience in Bain and Mesoamerica include a large variety of sectors, such as financial services, retail, beverages, airlines, hotels, tourism, and agribusiness. In 2015, Mesoamerica partnered with Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, a Canadian leading pension fund, to invest in spanish-speaking Latin America.

    He devotes a significant amount of time to social impact initiatives through several foundations, education institutions and associations. He instituted the Mesoamerica Foundation, which invests in four strategic areas, all of which he is greatly involved, including quality education, advocacy of Sustainabilty in the region through United Way and Asociación Empresarial para el Desarrollo (AED), entrepreneurship, through Yo Emprendedor and regional leadership and institutionalism, through the Central America Leadership Initiative (CALI) and the Aspen Institute.

    Luis Javier is the President of AED and also sits on the board of directors of United Way Worldwide, the largest non-profit organization of the world that seeks to mobilize communities to advance the common good. He is a member of the G-50, a select group of business leaders of the Americas, and Young Presidents Organization (YPO), among others.”

  • Manuel Zúñiga

     

    CEO of Cuestamoras, a multi-business, family-owned Costa Rican Corporation. He is accountable for a wide range of businesses and investments including real estate, hospitality, financial assets management, and private equity. Before joining Cuestamoras in 2011, he was Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Walmart, where he led its Central American operations. Manuel is a member of the board of directors of Asociación de Empresarios para el Desarrollo (AED), a private sector-sponsored development NPO, and a former board member of the Costa Rica Chamber of Commerce. Manuel holds a J.D. from Universidad de Costa Rica and an M.B.A. cum laude from Incae Business School. He is a Fellow of the eighth class of the Central America Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network. He lives in San Jose with his wife, Evelyn and two children, Maria Laura and Andres.

  • Mario Hernández

    Mario Hernández is founder and CEO of Monibyte, an innovative web-based corporate payments platform and a principal member and issuer of Visa and Mastercard credit cards. In January 2015, less than a year after Monibyte was released, he received an international award for Best Innovation in Retail and Commercial Banking and was interviewed at the London Stock Exchange. Mario is an expert in payments solutions focusing on new technologies and innovation. He has had a successful trajectory of more than 16 years in the financial sector in several countries, including the United States, Canada, Mexico, Central America, South America and the Caribbean. In 2008, he was transferred to Toronto and appointed Credit Cards Director for Latin America and Caribbean at the corporate offices of Scotiabank in Toronto Canada.

    Mario completed his undergraduate studies at ITESM in Monterrey, Mexico, obtaining a degree in industrial and systems engineering. He earned his MBA from Bryant University in 1997, and in 2008 he completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School. He has been a teacher at the level of graduate studies in several universities and has been invited to lectures, conferences and training courses in several countries including Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, the United States, Chile, Canada and Kazakhstan. He has published numerous articles in leading financial newspapers and magazines and was recognized as an outstanding 40 Under 40 Leader by El Financiero in 2008. Mario currently lives in Costa Rica with his wife and his three children and likes to practice karate. Mario is a Fellow of the 12th class of the Central American Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network

  • Pablo Jenkins

     

    Pablo Jenkins is Co-Founder and President of Ideas en Acción, a donor-advised fund and co-creation platform that implements regionally scalable projects combining technology, social innovation, and youth leadership. He is also an active investor focusing on sustainable development through impact investing in wellbeing, education and technology. Pablo is co-founder of the Costa Rica Chapter of Conscious Capitalism.  Pablo has served as an advisor to four Ministers of Science and Technology of Costa Rica on topics related to broadband and innovation policy. He was Intel Capital’s youngest strategic investment manager, Director of International Expansion for Endeavor Global during its expansion into the Middle East and Asia, and the co-creator of the Sustainable Investments Group in Brazil, with leading local family offices. Pablo has been co-organizer of TEDxPuraVidaJoven since 2011 and the first Do Lectures in Latin America.

    Pablo graduated with a B.A. from Princeton University and an MBA and an MPA from Harvard University. Pablo is part of the Aspen Global Leadership Network and a 2015 Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum.  He is on the board of directors of Estrategia Siglo XXI, Fundación Gente, and Cenfotec University.

  • Pamela Villalobos

     

    President of the Castro Carazo Metropolitan University (UMCA), the second largest private university in Costa Rica established in 1936. In this role, Ms. Villalobos is accountable for the formulation and implementation of strategic and budgetary plans to advance the University s goals and for the definition of priorities in all departments. She is also on the executive board of La Marta Wildlife Refuge, a tropical rainforest with more than 1500 acres located in Turrialba, Costa Rica, where she helps execute conservation and sustainable development strategies with the local community and experts in the field. Previously, Ms. Villalobos was president of the Latin American University of Science and Technology (ULACIT). Ms. Villalobos was also responsible for developing consulting services for Hispanic-owned businesses in Southern California through the Small Business Administration (SBA). She received her Bachelor of Science in Business from the Universidad Latinoamericana de Ciencia y Tecnología (ULACIT) in Costa Rica and a Master of Business Administration from the University of La Verne in California.

  • Pedro Beirute

    is CEO of Costa Rica Trade Promotion Authority PROCOMER. This government agency is responsible for country exports and free trade zones. Pedro also serves as president of Costa Rica Country Brand and as president of the Latin America Trade Promotion Agencies Council. He leads Costa Rica country brand strategy to attract tourists, investors and buyers. During the last four years, PROCOMER has been awarded as the “Best Trade Promotion Organization in the World” by International Trade Centre, and Costa Rica was ranked the “happiest country on earth” by Happy Planet Index.
    Prior to his public service, Pedro worked 15 years for Intel Corp, progressing from finance clerk in Costa Rica to chief of staff of Intel Global Head of Sales, in Silicon Valley. He became the latin-american with the highest position on Intel global organization chart. Pedro lived in Madrid, London, México and San Francisco before returning to his native Costa Rica to join the public service.
    Pedro has 4 children and has completed 7 Ironman triathlons. Pedro is a Fellow of the fourteenth class of the Central America Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

  • Renata Villers

     

    Renata Villers is founder and Executive Director of Amigos del Aprendizaje, ADA (http://www.ada.or.cr/), a leading NGO that works with multi-sector stakeholders (teachers, children, researchers and policy makers) to transform the way children learn to read and write to support their active participation in the knowledge society. To achieve its mission: ADA facilitates online teacher professional development- for over 1000 teachers a year; sponsors a national children’s writing contest – with more than 15,000 annual children participants; and convenes the ProLEER conference at Harvard University annually, to strengthen educational policy and practice across Latin America. Prior to living in Costa Rica, Renata worked as a consultant with J.E. Austin Associates – the consulting group of Harvard Business School professor James E. Austin – where she developed case studies, training materials and strategic analysis for developing country NGOs and institutional clients, such as the Woman’s World Banking, the Asian Development Bank and the International Finance Corporation. As a resident of Costa Rica, before forming ADA, she worked as an independent consultant for non-profit organizations, to support their development of social enterprise business plans, among them INBio and the Fundación Omar Dengo. Renata serves on the board and advisory committees of several prominent educational organizations including: the United World College Costa Rica, Estado de la Educación and Fundación Monge. She is a Fellow of the Aspen Global Leadership Network and the Central American Leadership Network (CALI), an alumni interviewer for Harvard College, and a founding member of the Steering Committe of ProLEER at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Renata holds an MBA from the Columbia Business School and a BA in economics from Harvard College, where she graduated magna cum laude. She is a resident of Costa Rica since 1991.

  • Rolando Guardia

     

    General Manager of Hacienda Juan Viñas S.A., an agro-industrial company located in the Atlantic region of Costa Rica, specializing in production, processing and marketing of sugar cane, coffee, macadamia nuts, forestry and vegetables. He joined the company in 1996 and has held a range of positions from production and finance to general manager. He also works with Fundación Juan Viñas RSE to improve the quality of life for the company’s employees; the foundation recently launched a teacher education program for all nine community schools expected to directly benefit over 500 children. He holds a BS in agriculture from EARTH University in Costa Rica and an MBA from the University of Costa Rica. He is an alumnus of INCAE’s PAG executive management program. Rolando is married to Marisol, and they have three sons: Antonio, Alberto, and Alexandro. He is a Fellow of the fourth class of the Central America Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

  • Román Macaya

     

    Ambassador of Costa Rica to the United States of America. Román Macaya is a scientist and businessman who served as Vice-President of Agroquímica Industrial RIMAC, S.A., a crop-protection company based in Costa Rica, and as President of AgroCare, a global association based in Brussels, Belgium, representing 865 manufacturers and distributers of generic crop protection products. Macaya is a Director of the Latin American Association of National Agrochemical Industries (ALINA) and of Costa Rica’s National Chamber of Generic Products. He served as President of both organizations, in 2006-2008 and 2004-2008, respectively. Macaya regularly represents the industry in international forums at the WHO, FAO and WTO. Macaya has also held positions as Senior Scientist at a biotechnology start-up firm in New Jersey, and Business Development Director at a pharmaceutical contract research organization, Investment Officer at a private equity firm, and Managing Partner at a health care consulting firm in Costa Rica. Macaya ran in the Citizen’s Action Party’s first primary election in May 2009 and currently serves on the Political Commission of the Party. Macaya holds an MBA in Health Systems Management from Wharton Business School, a doctorate in Biochemistry from UCLA and a B.A. in Chemistry from Middlebury College.

  • Sergio Mena

     

    is the founder and president of New Generation Party (Nueva Generación), a nationwide political organization which promotes participation in solving the problems of the country throughout the civil society and Costa Rican youth. Sergio participated in February 2014 as a candidate for the Presidency of the Republic of Costa Rica with New Generation Party. Prior founding and participating in New Generation, Sergio established IBL Attorneys a legal firm where he has worked as a lawyer. In 2006-2008, Sergio worked as business manager and consul in Trinidad and Tobago. He served as consul and director of Costa Rica in France and he represented the country at organizations such as UNESCO and the Association of Caribbean States for the Ministry and Department of International Cooperation, 2002-2005. Representing Costa Rica is one of his commitments as a leader nationally and internationally. He represented his local country in 1998 as municipal council for the period 1999-2001. Sergio wrote the Status of Constitution of the Political Party in 2010. He earned his bachelor’s degree in laws and notary, and his Master’s degree in European Law. Sergio is the fellow and president of New Generation political party and an active member of this organization.

  • Victoria Gamboa Ross

     

    President of the Anna Ross Foundation, the most important NGO dedicated to the fight against cancer in Costa Rica, and one of the most recognized in Latin America. She is also the Academic Director of Advertising and Marketing Schools at the Universidad Latinoamericana de Ciencia y Tecnología (ULACIT) -ranked as the best private university in the country. Victoria is a communications and non-profit ventures expert, with seventeen years of experience, who specializes in business intelligence, effective project management and consulting services to public and private sectors. She has been recognized by the weekly El Financiero, as one of the 40 most outstanding young people in Costa Rica. She finished coursework for the PhD in Public Administration and Business Administration from Instituto Centroamericano de Administración Pública, has a Bachelors in Mass Communication and Journalism from Florida International University and a Masters in Communication with an emphasis in Television Management from Universidad Complutense in Madrid. She also has a degree as Project Manager from the Instituto Tecnológico de Costa Rica and finished four years at the School of Political Science at the University of Costa Rica. Victoria is currently working on her doctoral thesis.

  • Vivian Liberman

    is a partner of BLP, a Central American law firm, in which she coheads the Banking and Finance practice. Vivian is as partner at BLP since 2008. Prior to joining the firm, she worked as an international associate for Greenberg Traurig in New York. Vivian has been widely recognized by world renown publications and guides such as Latin Lawyer, where she is distinguished as Inspiring Women in Law and has been named Leading Lawyer since 2009; Chambers & Partners qualifies her as a Recommended Attorney and has given her the Leading Individual distinction since 2010; likewise, IFLR has named her Leading Lawyer since 2009. At BLP, besides being co-director of the Banking and Finance Practice, Vivian oversees the sustainability efforts of the law firm. She is president of the BLP Foundation, founder and director of the BLP Gender Equality Commission, the BLP Environmental Commission and the BLP LGBTI Commission. Vivian is a founding member of the Lawyers Council for Civil and Economic Rights in the Americas and of the Steering Committee of Women in the Profession (WIP) of the Vance Center in New York since 2016, and she is also founder and coordinator of the WIP chapter in Costa Rica. Vivian serves as a board member for Asociación Amigos del Aprendizaje and Asociación Empresarial para el Desarrollo. She earned her Licentiate in Law degree, graduating summa cum laude, from the Universidad de Costa Rica and has an LLM degree from Harvard University School of Law. Vivian is a Fellow of the fourteenth class of the Central America Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

  • Walbin Sánchez

     

    President of San Rafael Arcangel Medical Center SA, a private clinic in Liberia, Guanacaste. It periodically conducts health fairs, which offer consultation and medical tests at cost to reach lower-income families. The hospital is also building a private hospital in Liberia, the first of its kind outside the capital of Costa Rica. Walbin previously worked for 15 years for the Costa Rican Social Security Fund, helping it invest in private medicine with a high social commitment and support for lower-income constituents. He is also involved with the development of breast cancer early-detection devices using thermography. Walbin earned his MD in Kiev, Ukraine, and his specialty in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Costa Rica. He has a postgraduate certificate in ultrasound at the University of Medical Sciences in Costa Rica. He is a Fellow of the fourth class of the Central America Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

  • Yanancy Noguera

     

    is a Media independent consultant. She was previously the Editor-in-Chief of the newspaper La Nación and newspaper El Financiero. She is also a university professor in the School of Collective Communication at Universidad de Costa Rica and in the Journalism School at Universidad Latina de Costa Rica. She has 19 years of experience with economic journalism and 14 years of experience conducting a news media project. Yanancy is a founding member and treasurer of The Institute for the Press & Freedom of Expression and participates in synchronized swimming and other aquatic sports. She received a degree in journalism from Universidad de Costa Rica and an MBA with emphasis in finance from National University of San Diego, California, at its Costa Rican campus. She is a Fellow of the fourth class of the Central America Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.