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What is SEE?

An event that will bring together the brightest and most innovative minds, ideas and companies to talk about sustainability applied to business and life.

The planet is facing challenges that humanity must learn how to solve.

At SEE we will learn how to go from thoughts to action.

What is it about?

This is a space to exchange ideas, do business, share knowledge, grow, and act.

Demonstrating that sustainability is an engine of development for our countries.

Let us look toward the future.

ALL IN THE SAME PLACE

WHY COSTA RICA?

A total of 24 airlines operate at the International Airport Juan Santamaria, which means the country is highly connected and has a high frequency of flights incoming from Europe and America. To this, we can add the presence of renowned hotel chains and an extensive tourist offer in the whole national territory.

  • 5% of the biodiversity of the world can be found here.
  • We have been promoting sustainability since 1940.
  • We are pioneers in eco-tourism, which allows us to give mankind a message on the value of protecting nature and promoting peace.
  • 52.38% of the national territory is covered by trees, whilst 26% is part of the protected areas in the country.
  • At the moment we have been powered by renewable energy sources for over 350 days.
  • We are Pura Vida!
  • Thematic areas of the congress

    Finding the answers that will transform the world.

    Academic Agenda

    Day 1 - Specialized Technical Tours

    September 26, 2018

    Live the experience of sustainability through technical tours.

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      ENERGY TRANSITION

      • Tour to Hydroelectric Project Reventazón
      • Tour to solar energy projects at Enertiva Detail of visits
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      CLIMATE CHANGE

      • Florex Plant and Florida Bebidas
      • EARTH University Detail of visits
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      AGRICULTURE

      • Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center (CATIE)
      • Coffee Institute of Costa Rica Detail of visits
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      URBANISM AND
      TRANSPORTATION

      • Cycling through San Jose and planting trees at La Sabana Detail of visits
      • Visit to apartments with containers and LEED building
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      SUSTAINABLE
      TOURISM

      • Rosa Blanca Farm
      • Ríos Tropicales Farm Detail of visits
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      CONSERVATION

      • La Selva Biological Station
      • Macaw Eco-lodge
      • National Center of High Technology (CeNAT-CONARE) Detail of visits

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    Visita a Proyecto Hidroeléctrico Reventazón

    En Siquirres de Limón se encuentra el Proyecto Hidroeléctrico Reventazón, el más grande de Centroamérica, que aporta energía a 525.000 hogares con 305,5 MW. Aparte del modelo eléctrico basado en energías renovables, Reventazón ha sido reconocida por la comunidad nacional e internacional como icono socioambiental.

    En procura de la reducción de su impacto, se rescataron más de 284.000 especimenes de fauna, los cuales fueron reubicados en zonas seguras y con condiciones similares. Se conserva un corredor biológico para el paso del jaguar (el felino más grande de América), también se realizó un rescate arqueológico.

      A tomar en cuenta:
    • Demanda fisica: Baja
    • Vestimenta requerida:Pantalón, camisa, camiseta o blusa con mangas. Deberán traer zapatos cerrados con suela de hule y cómodos. (sin tacón).
    • ¿Qué llevar? Podría llover, así que una sombrilla o capa no está de más.
    • IMPORTANTE

      Se prohíbe fumar dentro de las instalaciones ICE.

      Todas aquellas personas que porten pulseras, reloj, cadenas, aretes o anillos de metal deberán guardarlos a fin de evitar riesgos.

      Todas las personas que ingresen a la casa máquinas deberán usar casco de seguridad y tapones para los oídos mientras estén en dichas instalaciones.

      En caso de que alguien se presente con sandalias, zapatos estilo bailarina, shorts, enaguas o camiseta sin mangas no podrá ingresar a ningún sitio de la Planta.

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    Visita a proyectos de energía solar de Enertiva

    En esta visita, Enertiva enseñará lo flexible de la tecnología solar para suplir las demandas energéticas de distintos usuarios. Se visitarán dos proyectos de distinta escala: uno de ellos es un estadio de fútbol que se convirtió en el primero en su tipo en ser iluminado por energía solar en Centroamérica. El otro proyecto será una escuela o finca agropecuaria de pequeña escala.

      A tomar en cuenta:
    • Demanda fisica:Baja
    • Vestimenta requerida:zapato bajo, cerrado. Alajuela es caliente, por lo que se recomienda ropa fresca de colores claros, así como bloqueador solar, sombrero o gorra.
    • ¿Qué llevar?Hidratación. Podría llover, así que una sombrilla o capa no está de más.

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    Cambio climático

    Visita a Florex y Florida Ice and Farm Co (FIFCO)

    En la mañana nos trasladaremos a San Ramón de Alajuela, que se encuentra a una hora de San José, y en donde se ubica la planta de Florex, una empresa dedicada a diseñar, fabricar y distribuir productos de limpieza que son biodegradables.

    Florex apuesta a la investigación, al punto de tener su propio laboratorio donde desarrollan productos cuyo impacto es mínimo o nulo en el medio ambiente y en la salud de las personas o animales.

    Luego de finalizar este recorrido, el grupo se desplazará a las instalaciones de Florida Ice and Farm Co (FIFCO), en Heredia. Esta empresa ha logrado crecer gracias a una estrategia de triple utilidad donde los económico está estrechamente ligado a lo ambiental y lo social. Esa visión le ha llevado a ser carbono neutral, cero residuos y agua neutral.

      A tomar en cuenta:
    • Demanda fisica: Baja
    • Vestimenta requerida: zapato bajo, cerrado. Al ser plantas industriales, no se permiten los zapatos de tacón alto. San Ramón es ventoso, por lo que la sensación térmica podría ser baja. Se recomienda llevar una chaqueta ligera.
    • ¿Qué llevar? Bloqueador solar, capa o sombrilla por si llueve en la tarde.

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    Visita a la Universidad Earth

    La Universidad EARTH es una de las entidades certificadoras de la carbono neutralidad en Costa Rica, pero para ello debe “predicar con el ejemplo”. En esta gira técnica nos trasladaremos a su campus ubicado en Guácimo de Limón, a unas dos horas de San José, para conocer -de primera mano- esas buenas prácticas que se implementan.

    Todas las medidas orientadas a la sostenibilidad, se diseñan y prueban dentro de la misma universidad, involucrando tanto a investigadores como personal docente y estudiantes.

      A tomar en cuenta:
    • Demanda fisica: Baja
    • Vestimenta requerida: zapato bajo, cerrado. Se recomienda zapatillas (tennis) o zapatos para realizar hiking. Guácimo de Limón es caliente y húmedo, se sugiere ropa fresca de secado rápido. En el trayecto se pasará por el Parque Nacional Braulio Carrillo, allí la temperatura baja y se recomienda una chaqueta ligera.
    • ¿Qué llevar? Podría llover, así que una sombrilla o capa no está de más. No olvide el bloqueador solar y un sombrero o gorra.

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    Agricultura

    Visita a la Finca Experimental del Centro Agronómico Tropical de Investigación y Enseñanza (CATIE)

    En la comunidad de Turrialba, ubicada a dos horas de San José, se encuentra la finca ganadera y lechería del Centro Agronómico Tropical de Investigación y Enseñanza (CATIE), donde los investigadores proponen implementar sistemas silvopastoriles combinados con una serie de buenas prácticas en el manejo del lugar. Esto ha permitido reducir las emisiones de gases efecto invernadero. También ha incrementado la productividad y la rentabilidad de la finca.

    Durante la gira, el participante podrá observar el manejo de la lechería a la hora de ordeño, que se caracteriza por sus altos estándares en bienestar animal.

      A tomar en cuenta:
    • Demanda fisica: Baja.
    • Vestimenta requerida: ropa fresca y liviana, ojalá de secado rápido. Zapatos cerrados, tipo bota para caminatas. Preferiblemente pantalón largo, fresco. Al regreso, la temperatura puede bajar, por lo que se sugiere llevar una chaqueta liviana.
    • ¿Qué llevar? Turrialba es caliente y húmedo, por lo que la hidratación es clave. Lleve su cantimplora o envase reutilizable, el agua es potable así que podrá rellenarlo cuando sea necesario. No olvide el bloqueador solar, el sombrero o la gorra, así como el repelente de mosquitos.

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    Visita a la Finca y laboratorio del Instituto del Café de Costa Rica (ICAFE)

    Esta gira llevará al participante a Barva, una zona montañosa de la provincia de Heredia. Allí se recorrerá la finca cafetalera y los laboratorios del Instituto del Café de Costa Rica (ICAFE), donde conocerán las distintas investigaciones que se realizan para alcanzar una caficultura 100% sostenible.

    Como parte del recorrido, se ofrecerán detalles sobre el proyecto para generar electricidad a partir de la broza y de las investigaciones que se realizan para conseguir plantas más resistentes a las plagas.

      A tomar en cuenta:
    • Demanda fisica: Media, no por la dificultad del terreno sino por la cantidad de tiempo requerido para recorrer los cafetales.
    • Vestimenta requerida: al estar en zona montañosa, Barva tiende a ser fresco. Se recomienda ir en pantalón largo y llevar una chaqueta ligera. Zapatos cerrados, ya sean zapatillas (tennis) o botas para caminatas.
    • ¿Qué llevar? No olvide su bloqueador solar, sombrero o gorras, así como repelente para mosquitos. Estará caminando por largo tiempo, procure hidratarse. El agua es potable así que puede llevar una cantimplora o envase reutilizable para rellenarlo.

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    Transporte y urbanismo

    Cleteada por San José y siembra de árboles en La Sabana

    Frente al Teatro Nacional, en el corazón de San José, los representantes de Chepecletas liderarán un recorrido en bicicleta por la recién inaugurada ciclovía. Este colectivo urbano busca que la ciudad se vuelva más biciamigable y, con ello, reducir la huella de carbono pero también promover hábitos más saludables y el disfrute de la ciudad como centro de cultura.

    Tras un pedaleo de cinco kilómetros, los participantes llegarán al Parque Metropolitano La Sabana donde los esperará un picnic entre árboles para luego sumarse a la jornada de siembra que forma parte del proyecto de rearborización de La Sabana, el cual pretende devolverle funciones ecológicas a este parque urbano y, con ello, favorecer un corredor biológico.

      A tomar en cuenta:
    • Demanda fisica: Media. La persona debe saber andar en bici y haber practicado ciclismo urbano recientemente, sobre todo debe sentirse seguro en la bicicleta.
    • Vestimenta requerida: ropa cómoda y fresca (evitar vestidos o enaguas) y que se pueda ensuciar durante la jornada de siembra, botas de hiking o zapatillas tipo tennis. A las personas que opten por esta gira, se les facilitará casco y bicicleta.
    • ¿Qué llevar?Podría llover, así que una sombrilla o capa no está de más. No olvide el bloqueador solar, un sombrero o gorra, así como hidratación.

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    Visita a apartamentos con contenedores y edificio LEED

    Se visitará el proyecto recientemente galardonado con el primer lugar de la Bienal Internacional de Arquitectura 2018: Contenedores Franceschi. Este proyecto consta de tres apartamentos que utilizan contenedores en reuso tras cumplir su vida útil en el transporte marítimo de mercancías.

    Seguidamente, los participantes se trasladarán a un edificio reconocido con la certificación LEED Platino para conocer no solo aspectos relativos a construcción sostenible sino también los programas de sostenibilidad que emprende la empresa.

      A tomar en cuenta:
    • Demanda fisica:Baja.
    • Vestimenta requerida:ropa fresca, de tonos claros debido al calor que hace en Santa Ana y Alajuela.
    • ¿Qué llevar?Podría llover, así que una sombrilla o capa no está de más. No olvide el bloqueador solar y un sombrero o gorra, así como hidratación.

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    Turismo sostenible

    Visita a la Finca Rosa Blanca

    El complejo turístico -compuesto por un hotel, un restaurante y una finca cafetalera- se ubica en las montañas de Santa Bárbara de Heredia, a una hora de San José. Enmarcado en un paisaje cafetalero que, a su vez, está ligado a la historia de Costa Rica porque fue, gracias a este cultivo, que el país floreció como sociedad.

    Este complejo turístico, seleccionado por National Geographic como uno de los Unique Lodges of the World, fue uno de los primeros en obtener el Certificado de Sostenibilidad Turística (CST), otorgado por el Instituto Costarricense de Turismo (ICT). No solo fue pionero, sino que obtuvo las cinco hojas al obtener un puntaje total de 100%.

      A tomar en cuenta:
    • Demanda fisica: baja en el hotel y restaurante, media en la finca de café.
    • Vestimenta requerida: ropa liviana y cómoda, zapatos cerrados ya sean zapatillas (tennis) o botas para realizar caminatas.
    • ¿Qué llevar? Una capa o sombrilla, sombrero o gorra, así como bloqueador solar.

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    Visita a Ríos Tropicales

    En Siquirres de Limón, a un par de horas de San José, Ríos Tropicales se instaló en una propiedad que tiene a su haber un centro de operaciones, senderos de acceso al río Pacuare, eco lodge y la mayor parte de las hectáreas están cubiertas por bosque.

    Los asistentes a esta gira podrán visitar Cráter del Río y así conocer el proyecto de reforestación que se emprendió en el 2016, y que formó parte de las actividades de compensación de las emisiones de gases efecto invernadero generadas durante la Cumbre Mundial de Viajes de Aventura, que tuvo lugar en la ciudad de Anchorage (Alaska, EE. UU.).

      A tomar en cuenta:
    • Demanda fisica: alta.
    • Vestimenta requerida: zapato cerrado, preferiblemente botas para realizar caminatas. Siquirres es caliente y húmedo, por lo que se sugiere ropa fresca de secado rápido y llevar una mudada extra. En el trayecto se pasará por el Parque Nacional Braulio Carrillo, allí la temperatura baja y se recomienda una chaqueta ligera.
    • ¿Qué llevar? Podría llover, así que una capa no está de más. No olvide el bloqueador solar, un sombrero o gorra, así como repelente de mosquitos.

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    Conservación

    Visita a la Estación Biológica La Selva

    La Estación Biológica La Selva, ubicada en Puerto Viejo de Sarapiquí, fue de las primeras en entender la importancia de la conectividad del paisaje para que los ecosistemas pudieran seguir proveyendo sus servicios ambientales. Este lugar permite a los científicos estudiar cómo respira el bosque durante las noches y cómo esto se relaciona al cambio climático.

    En este espacio también se estudian las copas de los árboles con ayuda de torres de observación y, en cada rincón, esta estación biológica sorprende con la biodiversidad que resguarda.

      A tomar en cuenta:
    • Demanda fisica: Media.
    • Vestimenta requerida: zapato cerrado, preferiblemente botas para realizar caminatas. Sarapiquí es caliente y húmedo, por lo que se sugiere ropa fresca de secado rápido y llevar una mudada extra. En el trayecto se pasará por el Parque Nacional Braulio Carrillo, allí la temperatura baja y se recomienda una chaqueta ligera.
    • ¿Qué llevar? Podría llover, así que una capa no está de más. No olvide el bloqueador solar, un sombrero o gorra, así como repelente para mosquitos. La hidratación es clave. El agua es potable así que puede llevar su cantimplora o botella reutilizable y rellenarla.

    Visita a la Reserva Macaw Eco lodge

    En esta gira técnica se conocerá Macaw Eco Lodge, un proyecto que combina conservación, turismo y agricultura sostenible ubicado en los cerros de Turrubares, en el Pacífico Central de Costa Rica. Esta reserva es beneficiaria del Programa de Pago por Servicios Ambientales (PSA), con el que se le pagan a los finqueros para que no talen el bosque y, gracias a ello, Costa Rica logró -en una buena parte- recuperar su cobertura forestal (pasó de 21% a 52% de territorio cubierto por árboles).

      A tomar en cuenta:
    • Demanda fisica: baja en el jardín botánico y alrededor del complejo turístico, media en la finca agrícola y alta en el bosque.
    • Vestimenta requerida: zapato cerrado, preferiblemente botas para realizar caminatas. Turrubares es caliente, por lo que se sugiere ropa fresca de secado rápido y llevar una mudada extra.
    • ¿Qué llevar? Podría llover, así que una capa no está de más. No olvide el bloqueador solar, un sombrero o gorra, así como repelente para mosquitos. La hidratación es clave. El agua es potable así que puede llevar su cantimplora o botella reutilizable y rellenarla.
    • Advertencia: una vez se llega a Garabito de Puntarenas, el autobús debe ingresar por un camino de tierra que se extiende por 20 kilómetros. Esto hace que el autobús vaya lento y puede brincar con regularidad. El trayecto demora tres horas de ida y tres de regreso. Esta gira técnica solo se recomienda a personas que están dispuestas a lidiar con esa característica de los caminos rurales.

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    Visita al Centro Nacional de Alta Tecnología (CeNAT-CONARE):

    El CeNAT es un centro especializado que impulsa mediante alta tecnología espacios para la vinculación, investigación, innovación y emprendimiento en Computación Avanzada, Geomática, Medio Ambiente, Agromática, Biotecnología y Nanociencia. Trabaja de la mano de las universidades públicas, el gobierno y el sector productivo con el fin de transformar el conocimiento en desarrollo.

    Durante su visita podrá conocer innovadores proyectos que aprovechan nuestra biodiversidad para brindar soluciones a problemas en distintas áreas de nuestra sociedad como medicina, industria farmacéutica, agricultura, conservación del medio ambiente, cambio climático, entre otros.

      A tomar en cuenta:
    • Demanda fisica: Baja.
    • Vestimenta requerida: zapato bajo. Al ser laboratorios, no se permiten los zapatos de tacón alto porque generan ruido al caminar. Se recomienda llevar una chaqueta ligera porque, para preservar los equipos, se pone el aire acondicionado.
    • ¿Qué llevar? Una capa o sombrilla por si está lloviendo a la hora en que se abandona el edificio.
    • 9:00 - 9:30

      Welcome

      Venue: Coca-Cola Amphitheater

    • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

      Opening plenary meeting
      René Castro Becoming Greener to Be more Competitive in the Face of the New Challenges of the Global Economy

      Venue: Coca-Cola Amphitheater

    • 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

      Coffee Break / / Trade fair opens

    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

      BLOCK 1: Simultaneous sessions

      label_important AGRICULTURE: Innovating for a Sustainable Agriculture
      label_important CLIMATE CHANGE: Redrawing Latin America: Climatic Scenarios 2050-2100
      label_important CONSERVATION: Loss of biodiversity: Are We Running Out of the Medicines of the Future?
      label_important ENERGY TRANSITION: Energy Trilemma: The Potential and Challenges in Latin America to Offer Safety, Equity and Sustainability
      label_important SUSTAINABLE TOURISM: Costa Rica as a World Reference: Tourism as a Virtuous Example of Public-Private Alliances
      label_important URBANISM AND TRANSPORTATION: How to Guarantee Green Homes for the Middle Class?

      Venue: Conference center

    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

      Lunch

    • 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

      BLOCK 2: Simultaneous sessions

      label_important AGRICULTURE: Agriculture of Precision: When Technology Enters the Plot MASTER LECTURE
      label_important CLIMATE CHANGE: Biodiversity as a Protagonist in Business. ROUND TABLE
      label_important CONSERVATION: How are Companies Preparing for a Decarbonized, Decentralized and Digital Energy Future? MASTER LECTURE
      label_important ENERGY TRANSITION: How are Companies Preparing for a Decarbonized, Decentralized and Digital Energy Future? MASTER LECTURE
      label_important SUSTAINABLE TOURISM: Beneficial or Harmful? The Limits of Doing Tourism in World Heritage Sites ROUND TABLE
      label_important URBANISM AND TRANSPORTATION: Latin America: The Challenge of Rethinking our Cities Forum

      Venue: Conference center

    • 2:30 PM - 3:00 PM

      Coffee Break

    • 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

      BLOCK 3: Simultaneous sessions

      label_important AGRICULTURE: Benefits of Monitoring with Satellite Imaging and Remote Sensors to Study the Agricultural Landscape MASTER LECTURE
      label_important CLIMATE CHANGE: Companies Are Protagonists in the Paris Agreement CONVERSATORY
      label_important CONSERVATION: The Secrets of Carbon: State-of-the-Art Technology and Metrics to Calculate Carbon Sequestration in the Tropics ROUND TABLE
      label_important ENERGY TRANSITION: Nanorefinery: In Search of New Materials and Combustion Sources. MASTER LECTURE
      label_important SUSTAINABLE TOURISM: Speaking of Sustainability is also Respecting the Autochtonous Culture. ROUND TABLE
      label_important URBANISM AND TRANSPORTATION: Lessons from our Ancestors: Sustainability in the Prehispanic Inca and Mayan Civilizations CONVERSATORY

      Venue: Conference center

    • 4:00 PM - 4:30 PM

      Coffee Break

    • 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

      BLOCK 4: Simultaneous sessions

      label_important AGRICULTURE: Big Data for a Climatically Intelligent Agriculture ROUND TABLE
      label_important CLIMATE CHANGE: Green Hub: Costa Rica as a Laboratory for Decarbonization MASTER LECTURE
      label_important CONSERVATION: Maritime Routes to Avoid Collision of Ships with Cetaceans. CONVERSATORY
      label_important ENERGY TRANSITION: Clean Electricity to Mobilize Sustainable Transportation ROUND TABLE
      label_important SUSTAINABLE TOURISM: Tourists in the Hotel’s Kitchen? The Evolution of the Responsible Tourist. MASTER LECTURE
      label_important URBANISM AND TRANSPORTATION: Designing Cities in the Times of Climate Change MASTER LECTURE

      Venue: Conference center

    • 5:30 PM - 6:00 PM

      Coffee Break

    • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

      Arthur Huang Rethinking consumption: When Garbage Becomes Raw Material for More Sustainable Cities

      Venue: Coca-Cola Amphitheater

    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

      Trade Fair

    • 9:00 - 9:30

      Welcome

      Venue: Coca-Cola Amphitheater

    • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

      Opening plenary meeting
      Mathis Wackernagel: One-Planet Prosperity.

      Venue: Coca-Cola Amphitheater

    • 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

      Coffee Break / / Trade fair opens

    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

      BLOCK 1: Simultaneous sessions

      label_important AGRICULTURE: Beyond Agricultural Certifications: Limitations and Innovative Tools MASTER LECTURE
      label_important CLIMATE CHANGE: Sustainability is a Good Business ROUND TABLE
      label_important CONSERVATION: Economic Assessment of Nature: A Tool to Meet the Sustainable Development Goals ROUND TABLE
      label_important ENERGY TRANSITION: Biomass Energy: Taking Advantage of the Residues to Generate Electricity. ROUND TABLE
      label_important SUSTAINABLE TOURISM: CST 2.0: Sustainability Transcends Frontiers MASTER LECTURE
      label_important URBANISM AND TRANSPORTATION: Technological Innovation for Sustainable Transportation MASTER LECTURE

      Venue: Conference center

    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

      Lunch

    • 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

      BLOCK 2: Simultaneous sessions

      label_important AGRICULTURE: Between Adapting to Climate Change and Betting on more Demanding Markets MASTER LECTURE
      label_important CLIMATE CHANGE: Carbon Neutrality For Business Profitability and the Optimization of its Operations ROUND TABLE
      label_important CONSERVATION: Payment for Environmental Services: Lessons from Costa Rica to the World ROUND TABLE
      label_important ENERGY TRANSITION: Energy Efficiency: The Challenge for Latin America MASTER LECTURE
      label_important SUSTAINABLE TOURISM: Tourism: A Tool to Improve Social Development Indicators MASTER LECTURE
      label_important URBANISM AND TRANSPORTATION: Sustainable Cities, Happy People: How Urban Design Contributes to a Better Quality of Life. ROUND TABLE

      Venue: Conference center

    • 2:30 PM - 3:00 PM

      Coffee Break

    • 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

      BLOCK 3: Simultaneous sessions

      label_important AGRICULTURE: The Change toward a Sustainable and Inclusive Cattle Industry MASTER LECTURE
      label_important CLIMATE CHANGE: The Environment in the Agenda of Banks CONVERSATORY
      label_important CONSERVATION: Conservation in Private Hands: Adding Up Agents of Change for the Lungs of the World ROUND TABLE
      label_important ENERGY TRANSITION: Clean Energy to Power Up Smart Cities. ROUND TABLE
      label_important SUSTAINABLE TOURISM: Bahía Ballena Community in Osa: Adapting Tourist Activities to Climate Change CONVERSATORY
      label_important URBANISM AND TRANSPORTATION: Road Design and Paths for Fauna: Avoiding Roadkill MASTER LECTURE

      Venue: Conference center

    • 4:00 PM - 4:30 PM

      Coffee Break

    • 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

      BLOCK 4: Simultaneous sessions

      label_important AGRICULTURE: Fishing for Sustainable Markets and Conscientious Consumers ROUND TABLE
      label_important CLIMATE CHANGE: From the Company to the House: The Growing Impact of the Companies that Commit to Sustainability ROUND TABLE
      label_important CONSERVATION: Financial Mechanisms to Promote Conservation Projects CONVERSATORY
      label_important ENERGY TRANSITION: New Opportunities of Solar Energy in Latin America FORUM
      label_important SUSTAINABLE TOURISM: Central America Joined by a Bird's Immigration Route MASTER LECTURE
      label_important URBANISM AND TRANSPORTATION: Rescuing Public Spaces: Giving the Streets Back to Citizens ROUND TABLE

      Venue: Conference center

    • 5:30 PM - 6:00 PM

      Coffee Break

    • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

      Plenary: Soon

      Venue: Coca-Cola Amphitheater

    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

      Trade Fair

      Venue: Coca-Cola Amphitheater

    • 9:00 PM - 11:00 PM

      Concert with Manuel Obregón, Federico Miranda, Bernal Villegas and international artist.

      Venue: Coca-Cola Amphitheater

    Day 4 - Business Examples

    September 29, 2018

    Plenary

    Arthur
    Taiwan

    Arthur Huang

    CEO Miniwiz

    Rethinking Consumption: When Garbage Becomes Raw Material for More Sustainable Cities. PLENARY MEETING

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    Mathis
    Suiza

    Mathis Wackernagel

    CEO Global Footprint Network

    The Dimensions of our Ecological Footprint to Encourage Green Economies. PLENARY MEETING

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    Rene Castro
    Costa Rica

    René Castro

    Assistant-Director General of the Climate, Biodiversity, Land and Water Department of the FAO

    Becoming Greener to Be More Competitive in the Face of the New Challenges of Global Economy. PLENARY MEETING

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    Speakers

    Adrián Rodríguez
    Costa Rica

    Adrián Rodríguez

    Unit Leader of Agricultural Development at CEPAL

    Biodiversity as a Protagonist in Business. ROUND TABLE

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    Alejandro Brenes
    Costa Rica

    Alejandro Brenes

    CEO, Enertiva

    New Opportunities of Solar Energy in Latin America. FORUM

    + INFO

    Rene Castro
    Costa Rica

    Alejandro Solís

    Specialist in ICTs for DAI Latin America

    Big Data for a Climatically Intelligent Agriculture. ROUND TABLE

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    Alejandro Vallejo Rivas
    Costa Rica

    Alejandro Vallejo Rivas

    Founder and Co-director at Entre Nos Atelier

    How to Guarantee Green Homes for the Middle Class? ROUND TABLE

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    Allan Valverde
    Costa Rica

    Allan Valverde

    Director of the Latin American School of Protected Areas of the UCI

    Beneficial or Harmful? The Limits of Doing Tourism in World Heritage Sites. ROUND TABLE

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    Amanda Wendt
    US

    Amanda Wendt

    Liaison of Education and Research at the Biological Station La Selva - OET

    The Future of Tropical Forest Restoration: Challenges and Opportunities. MASTER LECTURE

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    Ana Laura Morais
    Panama

    Ana Laura Morais

    Planning Director of the Panama Metro

    The Challenge of Rethinking our Cities. FORUM

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    AnaQ Molina
    Costa Rica

    Ana Quirós Lara

    Representative of Green Building Council in Costa Rica

    Clean Energy to Power Up Smart Cities. ROUND TABLE

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    Ariel Granera
    Nicaragua

    Ariel Granera

    President UNIRSE

    Sustainability is a Good Business. ROUND TABLE

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    Benjamín García Saxe
    Costa Rica

    Benjamín García Saxe

    CEO, Studio Saxe

    Designing Cities in the Times of Climate Change. MASTER LECTURE

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    Bernal Muñoz Castillo
    Costa Rica

    Bernal Muñoz Castillo

    Corporate Director of the Programa de Electromovilidad at Grupo ICE

    Clean Electricity to Mobilize Sustainable Transportation. ROUND TABLE

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    Bruce Burdett
    Honduras

    Bruce Burdett

    President of Fundahrse

    Sustainability is a Good Business. ROUND TABLE

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    Carlos Fuentevilla Finny
    México

    Carlos Fuentevilla Finny

    Fishery Officer at FAO

    Fishing for Sustainable Markets and Conscientious Consumers. ROUND TABLE

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    CarolinaH
    Costa Rica

    Carolina Hernández Chanto

    Coordinator of the Programa de Biogás at Grupo ICE

    Biomass Energy: Taking Advantage of the Residues to Generate Electricity. ROUND TABLE

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    Catalina Molina
    Costa Rica

    Catalina Molina

    Executive president of Fundación Keto

    Bahía Ballena Community in Osa: Adapting Tourism Activities to Climate Change. DISCUSSION GROUP

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    Claudia Dobles
    Costa Rica

    Claudia Dobles

    Architect and First Lady of the Republic

    How to Guarantee Green Homes for the Middle Class? ROUND TABLE

    Latin America: The Challenge of Rethinking our Cities. FORUM

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    Cornelia Miller Granados
    Costa Rica

    Cornelia Miller Granados

    Director of the PRIAS laboratory of CENAT

    Benefits of Monitoring with Satellite Imaging and Remote Sensors to Study the Agricultural Landscape. MASTER LECTURE

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    Daniela Araya Gamboa
    Costa Rica

    Daniela Araya Gamboa

    Coordinator of the Project Feline Friendly Ways for PANTHERA Costa Rica

    Road Design and Paths for Fauna: Avoiding Roadkill. MASTER LECTURE

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    David Gómez
    Costa Rica

    David Gómez Murillo

    Director of BiciBus: Riding your Bike to Work

    Rescuing Public Spaces: Giving the Streets Back to Citizens. DISCUSSION GROUP

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    Diego Obando
    Colombia

    Diego Obando

    Researcher in the International Center of Tropical Agriculture (CIAT)

    Big Data for a Climatically Intelligent Agriculture. ROUND TABLE

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    Edmundo Castro
    Costa Rica

    Edmundo Castro

    Director of the Carbon Neutral Unit at EARTH.

    Carbon Neutrality For Business Profitability and Operation Optimization. ROUND TABLE

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    Eduardo Villafranca
    Costa Rica

    Eduardo Villafranca

    President of Reinventing Business for All

    Speaking of Sustainability is also Respecting the Autochthonous Culture. DISCUSSION GROUP

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    Edmundo Castro
    Costa Rica

    Emma Tristán

    Director of Operations at Futuris Consulting

    The Environment in the Agenda of Banks. DISCUSSION GROUP

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    Erick Ross
    Costa Rica

    Erick Ross

    Science Manager at Fundación MarViva.

    Fishing for Sustainable Markets and Conscientious Consumers. ROUND TABLE

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    Erik Francisco Vargas Carrillo
    Costa Rica

    Erik Francisco Vargas Carrillo

    Coordinator of the Huetar North Region of the INTA

    Agriculture of Precision: When Technology Enters the Plot. MASTER LECTURE

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    Esmeralda Arévalo-Huezo
    Costa Rica

    Esmeralda Arévalo-Huezo

    Researcher of the Universidad Latina

    Road Design and Paths for Fauna: Avoiding Road Kill. MASTER LECTURE

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    Esther Pomareda
    Costa Rica

    Esther Pomareda

    Regent biologist in Las Pumas Rescue Center

    Road Design and Paths for Fauna: Avoiding Roadkill. MASTER LECTURE

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    Federico Cartín Arteaga
    Costa Rica

    Federico Cartín Arteaga

    Co-founder of SUM Consulting

    Rescuing Public Spaces: Giving the Streets Back to Citizens. DISCUSSION GROUP

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    Federico Barquero
    Guatemala

    Federico Barquero

    President of Centrarse, Guatemala

    Sustainability is a Good Business. ROUND TABLE

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    Felipe Carazo
    Costa Rica

    Felipe Carazo

    Executive Director of FUNDECOR

    Green Hub: Costa Rica as a Laboratory for Decarbonization. MASTER LECTURE

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    Francisco Alpízar
    Costa Rica

    Francisco Alpízar

    Environmental Researcher for Development at CATIE

    Payment for Environmental Services: Lessons from Costa Rica to the World. ROUND TABLE

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    Gisela Sánchez
    Costa Rica

    Gisela Sánchez

    Director of Corporate Affairs at Florida Ice & Farm Co.

    What do We Win by Aligning the Company to the Sustainable Development Objectives? ROUND TABLE

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    Glenn Jampol
    Estados Unidos

    Glenn Jampol

    President of Global Ecotourism Network

    Costa Rica as a World Reference: Tourism as a Virtuous Example of Public-Private Alliances. DISCUSSION GROUP

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    Héctor Guzmán
    Costa Rica

    Héctor Guzmán

    Scientist at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute

    Maritime Routes to Avoid Collision of Ships with Cetaceans. DISCUSSION GROUP

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    Irina Lvovna
    Costa Rica

    Irina Lvovna Katchan

    Researcher of the National Center of High Technology (CENAT)

    Big Data for a Climatically Intelligent Agriculture. ROUND TABLE

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    Jackeline López
    Costa Rica

    Jackeline López

    Counselor at the Office of the Minister of Tourism

    CST 2.0: Sustainability Transcends Frontiers. MASTER LECTURE

    Costa Rica as a World Reference: Tourism as a Virtuous Example of Public-Private Alliances. DISCUSSION GROUP

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    Jairo León García
    Costa Rica

    Jairo León García

    Academic Secretary of the World Energy Council in Colombia.

    Energy Trilemma: The Potential and Challenges in Latin America to Offer Safety, Equity, and Sustainability. MASTER LECTURE

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    Javier E. Del Campo
    Argentina

    Javier E. Del Campo

    Vice president of Human Playground for Cuestamoras

    From the Company to the House: The Growing Impact of the Companies that Commit to Sustainability. ROUND TABLE

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    Jessica García
    Costa Rica

    Jessica García

    Co-director at Gensler

    From the Company to the House: The Growing Impact of the Companies that Commit to Sustainability ROUND TABLE

    + INFO

    Jonathan Castro
    Costa Rica

    Jonathan Castro

    Specialist in innovation, natural resources, and climate change of the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA)

    Innovating for a sustainable agriculture. FORUM

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    Jorge Mario Rodríguez
    Costa Rica

    Jorge Mario Rodríguez

    Director of FONAFIFO

    Payment for Environmental Services: Lessons from Costa Rica to the World. ROUND TABLE

    + INFO

    Jorge Moller
    Chile

    Jorge Moller

    Founder of Regenera

    Speaking of Sustainability is also Respecting the Autochthonous Culture. DISCUSSION GROUP

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    José Castro Nieto
    Costa Rica

    José Castro Nieto

    Science Director of Ad Astra Rocket Company Costa Rica

    Clean Electricity to Mobilize Sustainable Transportation. ROUND TABLE

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    José María Figueres
    Costa Rica

    José María Figueres

    Co-President of Ocean Unite and co-chair of Rocky Mountain Institute - Carbon War Room

    Companies Are Protagonists in the Paris Agreement. DISCUSSION GROUP

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    José Roberto Vega Baudrit
    Costa Rica

    José Roberto Vega Baudrit

    Director of the LANOTEC laboratory of CENAT

    Nanorefinery: In Search of New Materials and Combustion Sources. MASTER LECTURE

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    Juan Carlos Carrillo
    Costa Rica

    Juan Carlos Carrillo

    Eco-tourism coordinator at ACG

    Beneficial or Harmful? The Limits of Doing Tourism in World Heritage Sites. ROUND TABLE

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    Juan Diego Pacheco Polanco
    Costa Rica

    Juan Diego Pacheco Polanco

    Executive Director of the Center for Cetacean Research of Costa Rica

    Maritime Routes to Avoid Collision of Ships with Cetaceans. DISCUSSION GROUP

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    Juan Robalino
    Costa Rica

    Juan Robalino

    Researcher in the EfD initiative at CATIE

    Payment for Environmental Services: Lessons from Costa Rica to the World. ROUND TABLE

    + INFO

    Juan Rodríguez
    Costa Rica

    Juan Rodríguez

    Business Development Manager at Jinko Solar

    New Opportunities of Solar Energy in Latin America. FORUM

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    Karla Chaves
    Costa Rica

    Karla Chaves

    Director at Próxima Comunicación

    What do We Win by Aligning the Company to the Sustainable Development Objectives? ROUND TABLE

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    Kifah Sasa
    Costa Rica

    Kifah Sasa

    UNDP officer in sustainable development and resilience

    Benefits of Monitoring with Satellite Imaging and Remote Sensors to Study the Agricultural Landscape. MASTER LECTURE

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    Leida Mercado
    Venezuela

    Leida Mercado

    Lead of the Research Program in Development, Economy and Environment (IDEA) at CATIE

    Innovating for a sustainable agriculture FORUM

    + INFO

    Lenin Corrales
    Costa Rica

    Lenin Corrales

    Expert in climate change at CATIE

    Redrawing Latin America: Climatic Sceneries 2050-2100. MASTER LECTURE

    + INFO

    Luis Mastroeni
    Costa Rica

    Luis Mastroeni

    Sustainability Manager BAC Credomatic

    The Environment in the Agenda of Banks. DISCUSSION GROUP

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    Manuel Zúñiga
    Costa Rica

    Manuel Zúñiga

    President AED

    Sustainability is a Good Business. ROUND TABLE

    + INFO

    Marcello Hernández
    Costa Rica

    Marcello Hernández

    Independent consultant

    Economic Assessment of Nature: A Tool to Meet the Sustainable Development Goals. ROUND TABLE

    + INFO

    María José Ventura
    Costa Rica

    María José Ventura

    Coordinator at Costa Rica Limpia

    Clean Electricity to Mobilize Sustainable Transportation ROUND TABLE

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    Mauricio Blandino
    Costa Rica

    Mauricio Blandino

    Manager of Biodiversity Partnership Mesoamerica in Costa Rica

    Biodiversity as a Protagonist in Business. ROUND TABLE

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    Mauricio Ventura
    Costa Rica

    Mauricio Ventura

    Tourism entrepreneur, ex Minister of Tourism

    Tourism: A Tool to Improve Social Development Indicators. MASTER LECTURE

    + INFO

    Michael Smith-Masis
    Costa Rica

    Michael Smith-Masis

    Co-director at Entre Nos Atelier

    How to Guarantee Green Homes for the Middle Class? ROUND TABLE

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    Milton Valencia Ortiz
    Colombia

    Milton Valencia Ortiz

    Researcher in the International Center of Tropical Agriculture (CIAT)

    Agriculture of Precision: When Technology Enters the Plot. MASTER LECTURE

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    Muhamed Ibrahim
    Guyana

    Muhammad Ibrahim

    Director of the Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center (CATIE)

    The Change toward a Sustainable and Inclusive Cattle Industry. MASTER LECTURE

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    Olga Sauma
    Costa Rica

    Olga Sauma

    Executive Director at Alianza Empresarial para el Desarrollo (AED)

    + INFO

    Omar Prias
    Colombia

    Omar Prias

    Director of Colombian Network of Knowledge in Energy Efficiency

    Energy Efficiency: The Challenge for Latin America. MASTER LECTURE

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    Pablo Gordienko
    Costa Rica

    Pablo Gordienko

    Owner of Macaw Ecolodge

    Biodiversity as a Protagonist in Business. ROUND TABLE

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    Rafael Gallo
    el Salvador

    Rafael Gallo

    CEO, Ríos Tropicales and member of the Costa Rican Network of Natural Reservoirs

    Conservation in Private Hands: Adding Up Agents of Change for the Lungs of the World. DISCUSSION GROUP

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    Rafael Izquierdo
    República Dominicana

    Rafael Izquierdo

    President at ECORED

    Sustainability is a Good Business. ROUND TABLE

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    Rafael Sánchez
    Costa Rica

    Rafael Sánchez

    Head of Operations at Bahía Aventuras

    Bahía Ballena Community in Osa: Adapting Tourism Activities to Climate Change. DISCUSSION GROUP

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    Rebecca Cole
    Costa Rica

    Rebecca Cole

    Director of the Biological Stations of the OET

    The Future of Tropical Forest Restoration: Challenges and Opportunities. MASTER LECTURE

    + INFO

    Rudy Amador
    Costa Rica

    Rudy Amador

    Regional Director of Custody and Sustainable Agriculture at Dole

    Beyond Agricultural Certifications: Limitations and Innovative Tools. MASTER LECTURE

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    Ruth Shady
    Japon

    Ruth Shady

    Director at Zona Arqueológica Caral

    Beneficial or Harmful? The Limits of Doing Tourism in World Heritage Sites. ROUND TABLE

    Lessons from our Ancestors: Sustainability in the Pre-Hispanic Inca and Mayan Civilizations. DISCUSSION GROUP

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    Sandra Andraka
    Espana

    Sandra Andraka

    National Coordinator of the National Platform of Sustainable Fishing of Large Pelagic

    Fishing for Sustainable Markets and Conscientious Consumers. ROUND TABLE

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    Satoshi Ogawa
    Japon

    Satoshi Ogawa

    Researcher in the International Center of Tropical Agriculture (CIAT)

    Innovating for a sustainable agriculture. FORUM

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    Sergio Arias
    Costa Rica

    Sergio Arias

    Director of the Central American Bird’s Immigration Route

    Central America Joined by a Bird's Immigration Route. MASTER LECTURE

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    Silvia Chaves
    Costa Rica

    Silvia Chaves

    Vice president of Florex

    Carbon Neutrality For Business Profitability and the Optimization of its Operations. ROUND TABLE

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    Silvia Chaves Herra
    Costa Rica

    Silvia Chaves Herra

    Director of Corporate Social Responsibility at the National Bank of Costa Rica

    Financial Mechanisms to Promote Conservation Projects. DISCUSSION GROUP

    How to Guarantee Green Homes for the Middle Class? ROUND TABLE

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    Stanley Motta
    Pru

    Stanley Motta

    President of Sumarse

    Sustainability is a Good Business. ROUND TABLE

    + INFO

    Tatiana Espinosa
    Pru

    Tatiana Espinosa

    Director at ARBIO-PERÚ

    Conservation in Private Hands: Adding Up Agents of Change for the Lungs of the World. DISCUSSION GROUP

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    Teo Mezger
    Colombia

    Teo Mezger

    Landscape and urban architect at IBI Group

    Clean Energy to Power Up Smart Cities. ROUND TABLE

    + INFO

    Thomas Divney
    US

    Thomas Divney

    Technical Director at RAS

    Beyond Agricultural Certifications: Limitations and Innovative Tools. MASTER LECTURE

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    Tomás Barrientos
    Guatemala

    Tomás José Barrientos

    Director of the Archaeological and Anthropological Research Center of Universidad del Valle, Guatemala

    Beneficial or Harmful? The Limits of Doing Tourism in World Heritage Sites. ROUND TABLE

    Lessons from our Ancestors: Sustainability in the Pre-Hispanic Inca and Mayan Civilizations. DISCUSSION GROUP

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    Victor Hugo Morales
    Costa Rica

    Victor Hugo Morales

    EARTH Researcher

    Innovating for a Sustainable Agriculture. FORUM

    + INFO

    Viviana Luján
    Costa Rica

    Viviana Luján

    Partner at Wolfs Company

    Economic Assessment of Nature: A Tool to Meet the Sustainable Development Goals. ROUND TABLE

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    Moderators

    Carlos Meza
    Costa Rica

    Carlos Meza

    President of the Asociación Costarricense de Energía Solar

    New Opportunities of Solar Energy in Latin America. ROUND TABLE

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    Carmen Roldán
    Costa Rica

    Carmen Roldán

    Director of Environmental Services Development and Marketing at FONAFIFO

    Biodiversity as a Protagonist in Business. MODERATOR

    + INFO

    Cristina Sánchez
    Costa Rica

    Cristina Sánchez

    Researcher at Fundación Keto

    Maritime Routes to Avoid Collision of Ships with Cetaceans. DISCUSSION GROUP

    + INFO

    Katiana Murillo
    Costa Rica

    Katiana Murillo

    Coordinator at LatinClima

    Beneficial or Harmful? The Limits of Doing Tourism in World Heritage Sites. ROUND TABLE

    + INFO

    Marco Quesada
    Costa Rica

    Marco Quesada

    Director of International Conservation in Costa Rica

    Fishing for Sustainable Markets and Conscientious Consumers. ROUND TABLE

    + INFO

    Mercedes Gómez
    Perú

    Mercedes Gómez

    Director of the Environmental Engineering Career at the Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas

    Conservation in Private Hands: Adding Up Agents of Change for the Lungs of the World. MODERATOR

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    Michelle Soto Méndez
    Costa Rica

    Michelle Soto Méndez

    Collaborator at LatinClima

    Bahía Ballena Community in Osa: Adapting Tourist Activities to Climate Change. MODERATOR

    + INFO

    Octavio Ramírez Mixter
    Costa Rica

    Octavio Ramírez Mixter

    Resident Coordinator of FAO in Costa Rica

    Innovating for a sustainable agriculture FORUM

    + INFO

    Pablo Rojas
    Costa Rica

    Pablo Rojas

    Director of Environmental Dimension, AED

    From the Company to the House: The Growing Impact of the Companies that Commit to Sustainability. MODERATOR

    + INFO

    Rocío Fernández
    Costa Rica

    Rocío Fernández

    Director of the National Museum of Costa Rica

    Lessons from our Ancestors: Sustainability in the pre-Hispanic Inca and Mayan Civilizations. DISCUSSION GROUP

    + INFO

    Ronald Sanabria
    Costa Rica

    Ronald Sanabria

    Independent Consultant

    Costa Rica as a World Reference: Tourism as a Virtuous Example of Public-Private Alliances. DISCUSSION GROUP

    + INFO

    Yanancy Noguera
    Costa Rica

    Yanancy Noguera

    Consultant in Management and Communication

    Carbon Neutrality for Business Profitability and the Optimization of its Operations. MODERATOR

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    Arthur Huang

    CEO Miniwiz

    "Rethinking Consumption: When Garbage Becomes Raw Material for More Sustainable Cities. PLENARY MEETING"

    Arthur Huang is the founder and CEO of Miniwiz Co., Ltd. He is a structural engineer, architect and innovator who searches for sustainable construction material solutions, specialized in post-consumption garbage recycling applications to help accelerate the change towards a circular economy.

    In 2005 he founded Miniwiz: a company that operates internationally, with its headquarters in Taiwan, Shanghai, Berlin, and Milan, dedicated to recycling garbage and industrial wastes.

    Huang is known for his concepts and ambitious and innovative works. Many of them challenge the traditional lineal economy, and include representations of consumer products and architecture.

    Huang and Miniwiz were acknowledged as technology pioneers by the World Economic Forum in 2015.

    Since 2002 he has been recognized for his works. In 2016 Huang received the UN Global Compact in the category of “Project Breakthrough”. That same year he was named National Geographic's Emerging Explorer.

    In 2011 he won the Wall Street Journal Innovation Award in Hong Kong and the 40 Under 40 Design Talent Award of Perspective Global.

    Mathis Wackernagel

    CEO Global Footprint Network

    "The Dimensions of our Ecological Footprint to Encourage Green Economies. PLENARY MEETING"

    Mathis Wackernagel co-created the ecological footprint concept and is CEO of the Global Footprint Network. Since 2003 this international group of experts has been committed to more than 50 nations, 30 cities, and 70 global partners to offer scientific knowledge to drive investment decisions and high-impact policies.

    With their partners, Global Footprint Network focuses on achieving a sustainable human economy where everyone can prosper within the means of our planet.

    In 2015 Wackernagel received the IAIA Global Environment Award. In 2012, he received the Blue Planet Prize, the Binding-Prize for Nature Conservation and the Kenneth E. Boulding Memorial Award. In 2011 he received the Zayed International Prize for the Environment, an honorary doctorate from the University of Bern and a Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship.

    Rene Castro

    Assistant-Director General of the Climate, Biodiversity, Land and Water Department of the FAO

    "Becoming Greener to Be More Competitive in the Face of the New Challenges of Global Economy. PLENARY MEETING"

    René Castro is the assistant-director general of the Climate, Biodiversity, Land and Water Department of the Food and Agriculture organization (FAO) of the United Nations.

    Castro has been an international consultant in the areas of energy and sustainable development, as well as a professor at INCAE Business School. He graduated from the University of Costa Rica as a civil engineer, and has a master’s degree and a Ph.D. from Harvard University.

    In fact, his postgraduate studies focused on sustainable designs, environmental economy, public policies and natural resources.

    He was the Minister of the Government in Costa Rica from 2011 to 2014, and was responsible for the environmental, energy, and mining areas. During this period of time he led an institutional reorganization and was in charge of the sectors of telecommunications and the oceans. Castro was the Minister of Foreign Relations from 2010 to 2011. In this charge he was a member of the board of directors of the Costa Rican Company of Petroleum (RECOPE), the Council of Public Transportation, and the National Commission of Emergency, among others.

    He was also the Minister of Environment, Energy and Mines from 1994 to 1998. From 1984 to 1986 he was the Vice-Minister of Interiors, and from 1982 to 1984 he was the Chief of the Division of Transportation of the Ministry of Transportation and Public Works. He was also the President of the Municipal Council of the city of San Jose, the capital of Costa Rica.

    He was an international consultant for the United Nations, the World Bank, the Inter American Bank of Development, and other development institutions in Latin America, Europe and Asia.

    A pioneer of the Payment for Environmental Services (PSA) system in Costa Rica, he did the first carbon transaction in the world, and managed the debt exchange program for nature, transportation negotiations, and agreements between the different countries.

    He was also a professor at Harvard University, Yale, London School of Economics, the Zürich Technology Institute, Yonsei University, Tokyo University, the United Nations University in Tokyo, Getulio Vargas and other academic institutions in Latin America and Europe.

    He is co-author of three books and many articles on sustainability, public policies, environmental issues, and infrastructure.

    Adrián Rodríguez

    Unit Leader of Agricultural Development at CEPAL

    "Biodiversity as a Protagonist in Business. ROUND TABLE"

    Rodríguez has a licentiate degree in Economy from the University of Costa Rica, a master's degree in Agricultural Economy and a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economy and Environmental Economy from Penn State University, in the United States.

    Today he is the Chief of the Agricultural Development Unit, within the Production and Business Development Division at CEPAL. He has been a specialist in rural development in the Inter American Institute of Cooperation for Agriculture (IICA) (2002 - 2007), a consultant for the Ministry of National Planning and Economic Policies of Costa Rica in topics of sustainable development and environmental economy (1994-1998). In the University of Costa Rica he worked as a research assistant (1982-1985) and a researcher (1985-1987) at the Economic Science Research Institute and as a professor in the School of Economy (1994-2007). He was the Deputy Director of the School of Economy (2001-2003) and became a Full Scholar (2003).

    For the last decade he has been working in the scope of bioeconomics, actively collaborating in joint projects European Union - Latin America (ALCUE-KBBE, 2011-2013; and ALCUE-Net, 2013-2016) and has participated in events related to bioeconomics in different Latin American countries (Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Paraguay). Today he is a member of the International Advisory Board of the Global Bioeconomy Summit 2018 Berlin (German Bioeconomy Council).

    Development Program (Costa Rica 1999 and 2001), Sustainable Development Division of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations (Bolivia, 2001), Eurolatina - Arcadis Euroconsult for Latin America and the Caribbean S.A. of C.V. (Honduras, 1999-2001), Association of Research and Social Studies (Guatemala, 1999), UNESCO (Regional Office for Central America, 1999) and the World Bank (1998, Honduras). He has made many publications on topics of poverty, rural development, environmental economy, agriculture and climate change, and bioeconomics.

    Alejandro Brenes

    CEO Enertiva

    "New Opportunities of Solar Energy in Latin America. FORUM"

    Alejandro Brenes, co-founder and CEO at Enertiva, a company that designs, implements and finances solar energy projects in Central America, where he has developed projects for leading companies in the region. With the purpose of facilitating solar energy, Enertiva has been awarded several international awards like the Ashden Awards in Innovation, Recam Awards for better practices, and Energy Glove Award for their vision.

    An economist from the University of Costa Rica, he has a PhD in Management from Pittsburgh University, and is an Innovation Manager certified by Leipzig University UTN. He also has experience in Investment Banking in Central America and the Andean Region.

    He was chosen as a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum in 2017, and Young Leader of the Americas by the Department of State of the United States. He was a speaker in several international events like the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting, World Energy Leaders’ Summit, Tedx Pura Vida, and others.

    Alejandro Solís

    Specialist in ICTs for DAI Latin America

    "Big Data for a Climatically Intelligent Agriculture. ROUND TABLE"

    Alejandro Solís is a specialist in ICTs for DAI, Latin America. He recently developed Centro Clima, a regional climate information platform, Coffee Cloud (solution for coffee-growing farmers and technicians), Clima Pesca (climate information for fishing) and Hidro Clima (tool for small hydro electrical generators). Alejandro Solís has great experience working in development projects in Central America and the Caribbean. He has also implemented projects for the Inter American Bank of Development and the World Bank in the areas of Climate Change and application of environmental ICTs.

    He has been a consultant for several market research companies, including UNIMER, TNS, and Ditchter & Neira, specifically in the areas of innovation and new technologies. He worked in IBM as a Program Manager focused in data infrastructure projects and global accounts in Canada.

    In 2015 he was nominated a candidate for MIT “Innovators younger than 35” in Central America. He was acknowledged as a strong leader that inspires trust and motivated and influences clients, colleagues, and work mates, his commitment and dedication come from his strong desire to improve and simplify the technologically advanced systems and use them to create a better user experience that results in a better adoption of the ICT tools and services generated.

    Alejandro Vallejo

    Founder and Co-director at Entre Nos Atelier

    "How to Guarantee Green Homes for the Middle Class? ROUND TABLE"

    Alejandro Vallejo Rivas is an architect graduated from the School of Architecture of the Veritas University in 2010. Winner of several international awards and recognitions, like the Young Architects Latin America award, 2018 Venice Biennale, International Biennale Award of Buenos Aires 2015, CICA Award for Young Architects in the International Biennale of Buenos Aires 2017, the Iberoamerican Biennale in 2010, the Grand Biennale Award of Architecture and the National Biennale Award in 2016 of the Architect’s Association of Costa Rica, and the ICOMADERA award of the Costa Rican Institute of Wood in 2016 and 2014, Absolute Winner of the Student Biennale of the College of Architects of Costa Rica and the Central American Biennale, the ICOMADERA award of the Costa Rican Institute of Wood 2014, and has worked in prestigious architecture and urban design firms in Costa Rica.

    In 2010 he became a co-founding partner of Entre Nos Atelier, and in 2015 a co-founding partner of Maderotec S.A.

    He is a professor and researcher at Veritas University, the Technological Institute of Costa Rica, Universidad Latina, and Universidad del Diseño.

    Some of his publications are El manual para el diseño de la Red de Cuido para Costa Rica and several scientific articles in international journals like Arquitectura Viva, revista Plot, Escala, among others.

    A tutor, national and international speaker, his work has been presented in many events and places like the BIAU 2014, Taller Social Latinoamericano 2011-2012-2013, the New Jersey Institute of Technology, Maryland University, Harvard University, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Universidad Nacional de la Plata, Universidad Gran Colombia, and La Salle University in México, among others.

    His work focuses on researching social projects with an impact, promoting community participation, social and emergency housing, wood architecture, and urban projects with governmental entities.

    Allan Valverde

    Director of the Latin American School of Protected Areas of the UCI

    "Beneficial or Harmful? The Limits of Doing Tourism in World Heritage Sites. ROUND TABLE"

    Allan Valverde is a specialist in environmental management with an emphasis in protected areas in Latin America.

    He is the director of the Latin American School of Protected Areas and the Dean of the Faculty of Environment and Development of the Universidad para la Cooperación Internacional (UCI). He is also the vice president of the World Commission on Protected Areas for Central America and the Caribbean.

    He has worked for over 15 years in protected spaces in Costa Rica. He has directed projects in Colombia, Bolivia, Chile, Brazil, Peru and Ecuador, and has participated as a speaker in congresses, seminars, and symposiums in Australia, Hawaii, Germany, Mexico, Japan, Guatemala, Cuba, and others.

    Valverde is also a professor in master's programs focused on topics of sustainable development, climate change, sustainable tourism, protected areas and CSR, among others.

    He has a bachelor’s degree in Management of Protected Areas and two master’s degrees: one in Project Management and another in Protect Area Management and Eco-Regional Development. Today he is finishing a PhD in Education.

    Amanda Wendt

    Liaison of Education and Research at the Biological Station La Selva - OET

    "The Future of Tropical Forest Restoration: Challenges and Opportunities. MASTER LECTURE"

    Amanda Wendt is an ecologist with a focus on ecological restoration specialized in the regeneration of natural forests with an emphasis in understanding plant-animal interactions and their role in regeneration. Part of her studies focus on understanding the recovery process of the forest after the perturbation.

    She has a Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolution from the University of Connecticut, and her interests are restoring the forest landscape, comprehensive management of the landscape, plant-animal interactions (especially mammals and seed dispersal), regeneration patterns of seedlings, forest perturbation, resilience, and how the health of the ecosystem affects human wellbeing.

    She also works in statistical research and analysis, project management; she has experience as a teacher in biological-ecology on a university level, and in environmental education for elementary school and high school. She has led several interdisciplinary, multicultural and socio-economically diverse groups. Wendt has wide experience in projects that work for the commitment and empowering of the community and raising environmental awareness. She also has experience in management of forest reserves and biodiversity in the tropical agricultural systems.

    Ana Laura Morais

    Planning Director of the Panama Metro

    "The Challenge of Rethinking our Cities. FORUM"

    Ana Laura Morales is an urban planner, and has a master’s degree in Urban Transportation from the Universidad Simón Bolivar (Caracas, Venezuela). Morais has over 30 years of experience in urban and transportation planning, both as a consultant and as a professor and researcher.

    Aside from urban and transportation planning, her main work topics are a comprehensive modeling of the uses of the grounds and transportation, sustainable urban mobility and modal integration.

    Since 2015 Morais is the Planning Director of the Panama Metro, a project she was involved in since its beginning in 2009. Furthermore, since 2015 she represents the Executive Power in the Board of Directors of the Transit and Transportation Authority, and links the Metro with the MetroBus System.

    Ana Quirós Lara

    Representative of Green Building Council in Costa Rica

    "Clean Energy to Power Up Smart Cities. ROUND TABLE"

    Ana Quirós is a civil engineer with two master’s degrees from Stanford University in Engineering and Science. In 1997, Quirós founded Eco Global in Costa Rica, a consulting firm that offers counseling in sustainable development, and since then she has been in charge of all aspects of the firm. She is also a member of AT&A, a company that offers products and equipment to improve the environmental performance of private and governmental companies.

    She presides and founded ALCALA, the International Conference on Life Cycle Assessment in Latin America, and she is a partner of the Center for Latin America which offers professional certifications on the Environmental Life Cycle in Spanish.

    More recently, she established and is the legal representative of Green Building Council in Costa Rica, a member of the WGBC.

    Since 2002 she has collaborated with the UNEP/SETAC International Initiative for the Life Cycle, in the direction department and coordinated the implementation of the communication strategies, which helped develop phase 3 (2012-2017) of the initiative.

    Quirós is a part of the work group that offers recommendations in the Life Cycle database for decision makers in UNEP- intergovernmental meetings. Today she is developing a law project for Life Cycle communities and is developing a database for Costa Rica and the Central American region. Her most recent accomplishment is empowering the GBCCR to implement EDGE in Costa Rica since 2015.

    Anthony Brower

    Director de Diseño Sostenible de Gensler

    "Ciudades sostenibles, personas felices: cómo el diseño urbano incide en una mejor calidad de vida. MAGISTRAL"

    Anthony Brower es responsable de la supervisión en los servicios de consultoría de diseño sostenible de Gensler para sus seis oficinas de la región suroeste. Además, gestiona la cartera de empresas de proyectos LEED, que cuenta con más de 1.500 obras activas y completas.

    Está involucrado en la industria de la construcción ecológica como líder de procesos de pensamiento y construcción, forma parte de la junta directiva de USGBC-LA y del Consejo de Sustentabilidad METRO de Los Ángeles.

    Es arquitecto y estratega registrado, enfocado en la gestión de servicios de diseño de edificios sostenibles tanto para renovaciones interiores como para nuevos edificios.

    Líder en el equipo de trabajo de diseño sostenible de Gensler, Brower está directamente involucrado en el desarrollo de iniciativas de aprendizaje y educación en toda la empresa.

    Ariel Granera

    President UNIRSE

    "Sustainability is a Good Business. ROUND TABLE"

    Ariel Granera Sacasa graduated from the Catholic University of Lovaina in Belgium, where he obtained a licentiate degree in Sociology, with a specialization in Political Sociology and Development Sociology.

    Afterwards, he studied Political Sciences in the Institute of Latin American Studies, of the Sorbonne, in Paris, France.

    Professionally, he has a very diplomatic life. He was Counselor Minister of the Embassy of Nicaragua in Paris, France; Ambassador of Nicaragua in Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay; Ambassador/Counselor at the Ministry of Foreign Relations in Nicaragua; and Ambassador/National Coordinator for Nicaragua in the Ibero-American Summits.

    Today he is the corporate director of communications of Grupo Pellas, one of the most dynamic business conglomerates in Central America, which groups more than 25 companies from different sectors in the United States, the Caribbean, Central America, and Panama.

    He is the president of the board of directors at UNIRSE.

    Benjamín García Saxe

    CEO, Studio Saxe

    "Designing Cities in the Times of Climate Change. MASTER LECTURE"

    Benjamín García Saxe established his own practice in San José (Costa Rica) in 2004, with the objective of exploring our relationship with the natural environment through architecture. Since then, Studio Saxe has a multi-disciplinary team in a practice that was been acknowledged internationally because it buildings and spaces combining technological innovation with artisanal techniques to create truly sustainable designs.

    García Saxe’s belief that architecture can play a positive role in societies around the world comes from his studies in Costa Rica and the United States, as well as his work in Europe in several large international projects. This experience combines with a strong desire to use design to “do more with less” and to guarantee that craftsmanship and technology merge perfectly to create buildings and spaces for everyone. While he studied in the Rhode Island School of Design, he explored how different materials could be used to build in new and exciting ways and began his search to find a balance between natural and recycled materials with lasting contemporary construction techniques. In 2007 he moved to London to work for Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, attracted in part by their commitment to sustainable design and with social awareness. During his time in RSHP he was responsible for the design and delivery of important projects like the World Trade Center Tower 3 in New York, a top range development for the Prince of Monaco in Montecarlo, and several houses and offices.

    While he worked in RSHP he could still develop his own private practice. In 2010 the house he designed and built for his mother, Forest for Moon Dazzler, won the award of the “Best private house in the world” in the World Architecture Festival held in Barcelona, as well as a prestigious award of the year of the Design Museum. This helped García Saxe position himself in the international scene with an innovative and sustainable design using materials in unusual ways.

    The work of the study has been exhibited in the Venice Biennale and he was personally awarded with the Alpha Rho Qui medal for his leadership in architecture.

    Bernal Herrera

    Subdirector técnico de FUNDECOR

    "Los secretos del carbono: tecnología y métrica de vanguardia para calcular secuestro de CO2 en los trópicos. CONVERSATORIO"

    Bernal Herrera Fernández posee un doctorado en Recursos Naturales del Departamento de Teledetección Espacial y Sistemas de Información de Paisaje de la Facultad de Ciencias Forestales y Ambiente en la Universidad de Friburgo (Alemania). Además, es Magíster Scientiae (MSc.) en Manejo y Silvicultura de Bosques Tropicales por parte del Centro Agronómico Tropical de Investigación y Enseñanza (CATIE). También es graduado como ingeniero forestal por parte de la Universidad Nacional de Costa Rica.

    Actualmente es el subdirector técnico de la Fundación para el Desarrollo de la Cordillera Volcánica Central (Fundecor), Costa Rica (2016-2018).

    Anteriormente fue director y fundador de la Cátedra Latinoamericana de Áreas Protegidas y Corredores Biológicos “Kenton Miller” del CATIE, donde también fue profesor.

    También es profesor asociado del Instituto Internacional para el Manejo y Conservación de la Vida Silvestre (ICOMVIS) de la Universidad Nacional.

    Es coordinador y autor de la evaluación de la biodiversidad y servicios ecosistémicos para las Américas del IPBES, así como vicepresidente para América Latina de la Comisión sobre el Manejo de Ecosistemas de la UICN.

    Tiene más de seis años de experiencia en manejo de personal científico y técnico y desarrollo de equipos, así como en el desarrollo de sistemas de monitoreo y manejo adaptativo para la evaluación del impacto del cambio climático en la biodiversidad.

    Cuenta con 10 años de experiencia en manejo de proyectos de conservación en diferentes escalas espaciales y el desarrollo de sistemas de monitoreo, así como en el desarrollo de estrategias y herramientas de conservación a diferentes escalas espaciales que incorporan conocimiento científico y que inciden en procesos de toma de decisiones y diseminación.

    Bernal Muñoz Castillo

    Corporate Director of the Programa de Electromovilidad at Grupo ICE

    "Clean Electricity to Mobilize Sustainable Transportation. ROUND TABLE"

    Bernal Muñoz Castillo is a consultant of Technological Innovation of the Distribution and Marketing Business at the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE), as well as the coordinator of Small Scale Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energies.

    He is an engineer specialized in Energy, with over 20 years of experience, who studied in the United States, Canada, and Mexico.

    Bruce Burdett

    President of Fundahrse

    "Sustainability is a Good Business. ROUND TABLE"

    Bruce Burdett has a licentiate degree in Agricultural Sciences and is a doctor in Animal Nutrition from Reading University in the United Kingdom. He has over 40 years of experience in leadership and administration of agricultural and food industries en several countries around the world.

    He worked for 30 years at Cargill Inc., the last 23 years as the president of the company for Central America. Since he retired from Cargill, in March 2015, he has been running his own Consulting and Investment company called Inversiones Blackbird, S.A., based in Honduras, which focuses in real-estate and broiler production.

    Burdett is the president of the Honduran Foundation of Studies for Development (FHED) and a member of the CEAL (Business Council for Latin America) Chapter Honduras. He is the director of Grupo Financiero FICOHSA (GFF) and a member of several committees.

    Today he is the president of the Honduran Foundation of Business Social Responsibility (FUNDAHRSE).

    Carlos Fuentevilla Finny

    Fishery Officer at FAO

    "Fishing for Sustainable Markets and Conscientious Consumers. ROUND TABLE"

    Carlos Fuentevilla Finny graduated from the University of Miami with a BA in Marine Affairs and Political Science. In 2010 he graduated from the master’s program of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences in the same university.

    He is the Fishery Officer at FAO, where he specializes in international fishing regulations and policies, as well as providing direct support to countries in topics of national fishing management and policies.

    Since 2015 he works as the region coordinator of the Project on the Sustainable Management of Bycatch in Latin America and Caribbean Shrimp Trawl Fisheries, from the FAO offices for the Caribbean.

    From 2011 to 2015 he was a member of the Technical Secretariat of the Voluntary Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-scale Fishing, with an active role in its development, negotiation, and implementation.

    Since 2009, and before he started working at FAO, he was the research assistant of the Miami University Experimental Fish Hatchery (UMEH), where he specialized in the breeding and development of technologies for Cobia farming (Rachycentrum canadum).

    He has published chapters and articles related to small-scale fishing, the application of a human rights approach to fishing, and the adaptation to a blue economy in fishing.

    Carolina Hernández Chanto

    Coordinator of the Programa de Biogás at Grupo ICE

    "Biomass Energy: Taking Advantage of the Residues to Generate Electricity. ROUND TABLE"

    Carolina Hernández Chanto is an agricultural engineer from EARTH University. She works at the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE) since 2011, coordinating the Biogas Program for Studies and Projects in Electric Planning and Development.

    She has worked designing scale biogas plants from 100 m3 to 3500 m3, as well as researching the potential generation of biogas of different substrates and creating feasibility studies of agroindustrial projects.

    In the years she has worked for ICE, she has given over 20 anaerobic digestion workshops nationally and internationally in countries like Chile, Uruguay, Mexico, Brazil, and Panama.

    She is also a founding member of the Asociación Costarricense de Biogás where she is currently the vice president of the board of directors and a member of the Network of Biodigesters for Latin America (RedBIOLAC).

    Catalina Molina

    Executive president of Fundación Keto

    "Bahía Ballena Community in Osa: Adapting Tourism Activities to Climate Change. DISCUSSION GROUP"

    Catalina Molina is the co-founder and executive president of the Fundación Keto, an organization dedicated to the research and conservation of coastal marine ecosystems, linked to community development, the protection of emblematic species and responsible marine tourism.

    From this organization Molina leads a project in Bahía Ballena in Osa that is promoted by the Adaptation Fund, which for over two years has implemented concrete actions for the adaptation to climate change in the National Park Marino Ballena and surrounding communities.

    She created and developed the famous Sea Star System, a volunteer work scheme with the private sector that encompasses tourism operations for whale and dolphin watching and other sea tourism activities, environmental responsibility practices, and quality of the tourist experience.

    She has over 12 years of experience in sustainable project management and creation. She has worked as a specialist consultant for the Iniciativa Osa Golfito developed by the Woods Institute at Stanford University, where the diagnostic part of the marine component was done with researchers from this university. She also offered counseling in rural tourism projects for the Agro-Business School of the University of Costa Rica and other organizations.

    She was a part of the Program Osa Golfo Dulce of the Vice Rectory of Research of the University of Costa Rica, and a teacher in the career of Tourist Companies and Activities of the Colegio Universitario de Cartago.

    Molina is a biologist and a professional in tourism companies and activities. She is a candidate to the master's degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in policy design. She is an Agent of Change of the Generation XVI, created by Civilian Participation and Political Responsibility by the Friedrich Ebert Foundation Central America and the Centro de Estudios Democráticos de América Latina (CEDAL).

    She is also a Climate Expert counselor in methodologies to assess the vulnerability of tourism companies in the face of climate change and to help develop adaptation plans for these businesses.

    Claudia Dobles

    Arquitecta y Primera Dama de la República.

    "How to Guarantee Green Homes for the Middle Class? ROUND TABLE

    Latin America: The Challenge of Rethinking our Cities. FORUM"

    Claudia Dobles is an architect graduated from the University of Costa Rica. Throughout her career she has developed national and international large-scale projects, always promoting sustainable and resilient criteria in each one of them.

    Resilient development adapts to the ever-changing climate, economy, and social conditions, and it can recover from extreme climate events. This new vision of design and urbanism contemplates a large variety of areas, which are essential for both, the urban and rural systems. It is related to mobility, densification, citizen participation, and water management, which are essential in case of floods, like the ones caused by the Tropical Storm Nate.

    Today, Dobles is the First Lady of the Republic. From her office she advises and connects the different sectors to work toward better urban planning and mobility.

    Cornelia Miller Granados

    Director of the PRIAS laboratory of CENAT

    "Benefits of Monitoring with Satellite Imaging and Remote Sensors to Study the Agricultural Landscape. MASTER LECTURE"

    Cornelia Miller Granados has more than 19 years of experience in geomatics projects applied to sustainable development and responsible management of the environment, with an emphasis in science, technology and transference of knowledge.

    Since 2018 she has been the director of the PRIAS laboratory of the National Center of High Technology (CENAT-CONARE). From there, she leads researches on the development of methods to monitor production landscapes, using remote sensor images, related to possession in Costa Rica, as a counter-part to the monitoring system developed by the Ministry of Agriculture and Energy.

    The PRIAS laboratory, the National Registration Office and the National System of Land Information are counterparts of the initiative Monitoring the Change of Use of Production Landscapes (MOCUPP) led by the United Nations Program for Development (UNPD), and the UN REDD.

    She works under the concept of a triple helix, which links efforts between the academic sector, the government, and the private sector to identify the scientific challenges the country must face. This work focus and the strategic alliances created are going to promote the concept of the Monitoring the Neotropical Environment through Earth Observations (MONEO) project, which is being developed in a joint venture with the German Space Agency (DLR).

    Under the direction of Miller, the platform AmeriGeoss will soon be established in the PRIAS laboratory, and it is expected to host information of the Central American region.

    Daniela Araya Gamboa

    Coordinator of the Project Feline Friendly Ways for PANTHERA Costa Rica

    "Road Design and Paths for Fauna: Avoiding Roadkill. MASTER LECTURE"

    Daniela Araya is a biologist with more than 9 years of experience working for the conservation of jaguars in the framework of the Jaguar Corridor Initiative, she focused in road ecology, getting specially involved in mitigation measures for mountain cat populations.

    She also has experience coordinating the Council of Biological Corridors with local actors and interested parties, supporting local sustainable development projects, studies with trap cameras for jaguars, and river topography like mini biological corridors.

    She has also participated in other projects like genetic studies and environmental education for farmers to mitigate the feline-livestock conflict.

    Today she is the coordinator for Costa Rica of the project Wildlife Friendly Ways of the Jaguar Corridor Initiative of the Panthera organization. She is also a member of the scientific team of the Commission of Roads and Wildlife that supports the Ministry of Transportation and Public Works of Costa Rica to mitigate the impact of the roads on the wildlife.

    David Gómez Murillo

    Director of BiciBus: Riding your Bike to Work

    "Rescuing Public Spaces: Giving the Streets Back to Citizens. DISCUSSION GROUP"

    David Gómez Murillo has a bachelor’s degree in Work Safety and Environmental Hygiene Engineering of the Technological Institute of Costa Rica, and is a candidate to the master’s degree in Disaster Risk Management and Emergency Attention of the University of Costa Rica.

    Since 2015 he has run BiciBus: Riding your Bike to Work, offering technical counseling and support to individuals and organizations to implement mobility programs on bicycles, and promote urban mobility and road safety.

    Between 2013 and 2014 he worked as the general manager of the organization TECHO - Haiti, developing social responsibility projects with Haitian volunteers in the areas of technical education, solid waste management, housing and community infrastructure construction.

    He also has six years of experience as a risk prevention officer in the food industry, international manufacturing and cooperation, and worked for two years as a medical interpreter in Spanish-English.

    Diego Obando

    Researcher in the International Center of Tropical Agriculture (CIAT)

    "Big Data for a Climatically Intelligent Agriculture. ROUND TABLE"

    Diego Obando Bonilla is a forest engineer, master in Agricultural Sciences and Vegetable Physiology from the National University of Colombia. He worked 10 years in the National Research Center for Coffee in Colombia, and five years ago he became a member of the climate and crop modeling team of the International Center of Tropical Agriculture (CIAT).

    Since 2016, Diego coordinates in Honduras the implementation of sustainable agriculture adapted to climate actions and the design of policies for the adaptation of the agricultural sector, thanks to the research program at CGIAR in Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Safety (CCAFS) and several partners like The Nature Conservancy and the Resilient Central American project (ResCA).

    The research team he is a part of, last year won the award “Impulso para el Cambio” granted by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, thanks to their work in agro-climate services and use of big data to make a more sustainable agro-food production.

    Edmundo Castro

    Director of the Carbon Neutral Unit at EARTH.

    "Carbon Neutrality For Business Profitability and Operation Optimization. ROUND TABLE"

    Edmundo Castro is an agricultural engineer with a master’s degree in Agricultural Economy and Natural Resources, as well as a Ph.D. in Economy with experience in natural resource management.

    He is a professor at EARTH University, where he is also the director of the Carbon Neutral Unit.

    He has experience in economic assessment of the environmental impact and, since 2007 he has been promoting carbon neutrality through speeches and trainings in public and private companies both nationally, and internationally.

    Today his work focuses on creating a specialized unit of greenhouse gas verification credited by the Costa Rican Accreditation Entity.

    Eduardo Villafranca

    President of Reinventing Business for All

    "Speaking of Sustainability is also Respecting the Autochthonous Culture. DISCUSSION GROUP"

    Eduardo Villafranca is a professional in business administration and marketing from the University of Costa Rica, he was the CEO of Grupo Islita, the developer of Hotel Punta Islita and El Silencio Lodge & Spa.

    He was the president of the Costa Rican National Chamber of Tourism (CANATUR) in 2005. He also founded 10 years ago and is the current president of Reinventing Business for All, a leading company in tourism and sustainable development.

    He was awarded the Mérito Turístico Nacional 2004 by CANATUR and the Excelencia Empresarial by Acoprot. He was also appointed the Entrepreneur of the Year by El Financiero, given his pioneering work in tourism sustainability.

    He is the author of the books El arte de la hospitalidad and La responsabilidad social- producto de nuestra inteligencia espiritual, among others.

    Emma Tristan

    Directora de Operaciones de Futuris Consulting

    "The Environment in the Agenda of Banks. DISCUSSION GROUP"

    Tristán is a geologist with over 15 years of experience in environmental, health and safety management (EHS) worldwide. She speaks and writes five languages and has a Ph.D. in environmental geochemistry from the Imperial College.

    Today she is the Director of Operations at Futuris Consulting, an EHS consulting company based in Costa Rica. She used to work at ERM and ERM CVS (based in England) as an EHS project manager of fusions and acquisitions, she was a group lead for assessments of land pollution and the lead auditor of EHS management systems.

    Elian Villegas Valverde

    Presidente ejecutivo del INS

    "Seguros agropecuarios frente al cambio climático. MAGISTRAL"

    Elian Villegas tiene amplia experiencia en el sector financiero, con énfasis en la regulación y supervisión de los mercados de valores y en la atención de procesos administrativos y judiciales del sistema financiero.

    Ha ocupado cargos en el sector público (Asamblea Legislativa, Ministerio de Comercio Exterior, Superintendencia General de Valores, Instituto Nacional de Seguros) y en el sector privado, donde ha brindado asesoría en el desarrollo y fortalecimiento de negocios en distintas industrias. Asimismo, tiene amplia experiencia en los procesos de formación de leyes, siendo el redactor de los anteproyectos para una ley de seguros (1997) y para una nueva ley reguladora del mercado de valores (2014).

    Como Presidente Ejecutivo del INS, desde 2015 a la fecha, ha liderado la consecución de los siguientes logros: incremento sostenido en los resultados económicos del grupo, liderazgo de las empresas en sus industrias, recuperación de líneas deficitarias de seguros, fortalecimiento de los seguros agropecuarios, aumento de la rentabilidad del portafolio de inversiones, certificación Great Place to Work, orientación hacia el enfoque de sostenibilidad para el grupo y fortalecimiento del gobierno corporativo.

    Erick Ross

    Science Manager at Fundación MarViva.

    "Fishing for Sustainable Markets and Conscientious Consumers. ROUND TABLE"

    Erick Ross Salazar has a Doctorate in Ecology and Management of Living Marine Resources from the University of Las Palmas in Gran Canaria, Spain, where he focused his studied in management and organization of marine resources, especially the fishing sector.

    He is a Science Manager at Fundación MarViva. His work focuses in promoting the conservation and sustainable use of our oceans through marine spatial planning, responsible fishing, stock markets, and working with the coastal communities.

    He is part of the FAO work group in charge of elaborating the guidelines for possession and right of use of small scale fisheries. He is a trainer in the Blue Solutions methodology for marine spatial organization, and has imparted courses in Mexico, Uruguay, Vietnam and Ecuador, among others.

    Erik Francisco Vargas Carrillo

    Coordinator of the Huetar North Region of the INTA

    "Agriculture of Precision: When Technology Enters the Plot. MASTER LECTURE"

    Erik Vargas has a licentiate degree in Agricultural Engineering and a master's degree in Natural Resources and Production Technology Management, both from the Technological Institute of Costa Rica.

    He has 11 years of experience in agricultural activities, including the comprehensive supervision of small and medium-sized producers in the production and certification process of organic and conventional pineapple, as well as coordination of research projects on the comprehensive management of plagues and good agricultural practices, animal production project supervision, pineapple production, industry of dehydrated products, forestry activities, certifications, occupational health, concession exploitation and legal themes.

    Today he is the coordinator of the National Agricultural Technology Institute for Innovation and Transference (INTA) in the Huetar North region, where he does research and transference activities in topics related to pineapple farming, stubble management, stable fly control, and other needs of the region.

    Esmeralda Arévalo-Huezo

    Researcher of the Universidad Latina

    "Road Design and Paths for Fauna: Avoiding Road Kill. MASTER LECTURE"

    Esmeralda Arévalo is a field biologist. She studied Biology with an emphasis in Sustainable Development and Ecology in the Universidad Latina de Costa Rica in 2011. She has a master’s degree in Wildlife Management and Conservation of the International Institute of Management and Conservation of Wildlife of the National University, 2014. Arévalo has experience in the management and conservation of Costa Rican wildlife.

    She has been working for 5 years in the topic of road ecology, supporting students with their thesis projects and generating governmental strategies like the Environmental Guide: Wildlife Friendly Ways to make the roads of the country wildlife friendly. She has participated in different national and international congresses as a speaker, and has imparted workshops in the topics of road ecology.

    Since 2014 she has worked as a professor in the Universidad Latina, where she teaches courses on wildlife management, zoology and tropical ecology. Furthermore, she is in charge of the research and extension.

    Esther Pomareda

    Regent biologist in Las Pumas Rescue Center

    "Road Design and Paths for Fauna: Avoiding Roadkill. MASTER LECTURE"

    Esther Pomareda studied biology with an emphasis in sustainable development and ecology in the Universidad Latina de Costa Rica in 2003. She has a master’s degree in Management and Conservation of Wildlife of the International Institute of Management and Conservation of Wildlife of the National University, 2007.

    She has been a regent biologist in Las Pumas Rescue Center, Guanacaste, for over 10 years. Furthermore, Pomareda is part of the Wildlife Friendly Ways Group, which has researched and counsels the impact and environmental measures of the road networks on the wildlife.

    She authored the Environmental Guideline Wildlife Friendly Ways, and managed its implementation in different governmental institutions.

    Esther has researched the topic of fauna road kill and applies environmental measures like monitoring fauna in specific areas through trap cameras, monitoring post-liberation of felines to their natural habitats, silvopastoral systems, biodiversity and production.

    She was also given lectures in several workshops, congresses and courses in several topics like ex-situ management of wild felines, coexistence of wild felines and domestic animals, the impact of human infrastructure in the wildlife and road ecology, technology and management of farms for a low carbon cattle industry, among others.

    Federico Cartín Arteaga

    Co-founder of SUM Consulting

    "Rescuing Public Spaces: Giving the Streets Back to Citizens. DISCUSSION GROUP"

    Federico Cartín Arteaga is the co-founder of SUM Consulting, an urban and strategic planning and management boutique office based in San José (Costa Rica) and Toronto (Canada). The firm focuses on helping communities and organizations adapt to people’s needs.

    After more than a decade working with academies, and the private and public sector in Canada, Federico returned to Costa Rica to foment change in the region.

    This led him to create the Rutas Naturbanas Foundation with six other organizations. The project aims to recover and create 25 kilometers of shared-use pathways where people could walk, run, and bike next to the rivers of the capital city of San Jose.

    As a president and general director he faces the challenge of raising more than 8 million dollars to connect and improve people’s lives in five central regions.

    Federico has a bachelor's degree in Economy from the Universidad Latina de Costa Rica and a master’s degree in Urban Planning from McGill University in Canada, where he graduated as class president and was named a Fellow of the Study Center for Development Areas. Due to his passion and impact he was chosen as one of the 27 emerging leaders of the Metropolitan Area of Toronto and chosen as a DiverseCity Fellow by CivicAction GTA in 2013. Federico is also a Fellow of the Generation XII (2016-2018) of the Central American Leadership Initiative (CALI) and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

    Federico Barquero

    President of Centrarse, Guatemala

    "Sustainability is a Good Business. ROUND TABLE"

    Federico Barquero Tefel has over 18 years of experience in the manufacturing sector, and today is the vice president of marketing of Grupo Fogel, a design, manufacturing, and marketing company for commercial refrigeration equipment.

    Founded in Nicaragua in 1967, and then moved to Guatemala in 1981, the company has expanded its operations in the past years and employs over 1,400 collaborators in the region, with factories in Guatemala and Colombia, service companies in 7 countries, and presence in over 50 countries around the world, including North, Central and South America, the Caribbean, Europe, Africa and India.

    Aside from his role in increasing the international scope of the company, Barquero has led the implementation of ISO 9000 quality management systems and compliance systems with CSR standards like SMETA.

    He is a business administrator, graduated from St. Edward’s University, Austin TX (1997), and has an MBA from Notre Dame University, Indiana (2002). In 2013 he was appointed by the President of Notre Dame University as the Director of the Ex-Alumni Council for Latin America and the Caribbean, a voluntary position he held for 3 years.

    In 2014 he was awarded the “Distinguished Graduate Alumni Award” by the Mendoza School of Business at Notre Dame University.

    Today he is the President of the board of directors of the Centro para la Acción de la Responsabilidad Social Empresarial in Guatemala, CentraRSE.

    Felipe Carazo

    Executive Director of FUNDECOR

    "Green Hub: Costa Rica as a Laboratory for Decarbonization. MASTER LECTURE"

    Felipe Carazo studied biology and environmental management with an emphasis in natural resources economy and policies. A fan of outdoor sports, he has over 20 years of experience in the development of programs and initiatives with a comprehensive management of the landscape.

    He is a leader in strategic thinking, conceptualization and implementation of inclusive and innovative conservation schemes and sustainable management of natural resources.

    His trajectory includes 10 years in the international organization The Nature Conservancy (TNC), as well as the director of the Environment Unit and Focus Point of the World Fund for the Environment of the United Nation Program for Development (UNPD).

    He has developed and supervised a large portfolio of programs and projects that promote climate change mitigation and adaptation, management of drainage basins, and the promotion of public policies in environmental topics. Through his work he has accomplished concrete results in different social-cultural realities: Central America, Mexico, Peru, Morocco, Indonesia and Madagascar.

    He is the executive director of FUNDECOR since 2012, where he builds bridges between science and implementation, generating knowledge applied to create innovative, measurable and multidisciplinary solutions to boost the benefits of nature for people and a resilient development.

    From this organization, he promotes the establishment of coordination spaces between different sectors, understanding that the processes are alive and dynamic, nurturing creativity for the comprehensive management of the landscape.

    In FUNDECOR, he promotes the personal growth of his collaborators through empowerment, orientation, and development of self-esteem and trust.

    He graduated from the University of Costa Rica and Nicholas School of the Environment, at Duke University. He has taken specialization courses at Wageningen University.

    Francisco Alpízar

    Environmental Researcher for Development at CATIE

    "Payment for Environmental Services: Lessons from Costa Rica to the World. ROUND TABLE"

    Francisco Alpízar is the main researcher of the Environment Research Program for the Development of the Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center (CATIE), a prestigious multi-lateral research and teaching center based in Costa Rica.

    Alpízar is also an associate professor of the School of Economy and Law of the University of Gothenburg (Switzerland) and a member of the Collective Research Center of that same university.

    Since 2005 he founded and runs the Latin American and the Caribbean Environmental Economy Program. His work explores the use of economic incentives to accomplish a better management and use of the environment and natural resources.

    Taking concepts from environmental economy, and development economy and behavior economy, Alpízar examined the decision-making processes of the consumers and producers, and their role in the attainment of greater economic wellbeing. Some specific work areas are the design of policies for a green and inclusive growth, the design of environmental policy instruments adapted to developing countries, the economic assessment of ecosystem goods and services, the analysis of payment schemes for environmental services and management of protected areas, among others.

    His work has been published in several international magazines and he has worked as a consultant for several national institutions like the Ministry of Environment and Energy (MINAE) and FONAFIFO, as well as multi-lateral institutions like the World Bank, UN-Environment, UNDP, BID, etc.

    Alpízar is a member of the assembly of the “Asociación Costa Rica por Siempre” and was the president of its board of directors.

    Gisela Sáchez

    Director of Corporate Affairs at Florida Ice & Farm Co.

    "What do We Win by Aligning the Company to the Sustainable Development Objectives? ROUND TABLE"

    Gisela Sánchez is the Director of Corporate Affairs at Florida Ice & Farm Co., a Costa Rican company that operates in Central America and the United States. Before joining this company, she worked as a consultant for governments, non-governmental organizations and companies in Central America, in the areas of competitiveness and corporate social responsibility.

    In 2006 she published two books: 10 Cases on Corporate Social Responsibility Good Practices and The Competitive Potential of Guatemala.

    In 2001 she began working with the AVINA Foundation in Latin America, where she was manager of strategic initiatives, supporting the development of social and environmental leaders in the Latin American region. Before joining AVINA she was a researcher and project coordinator of the Latin American Center for the Competitiveness and Sustainable Development of INCAE.

    Sánchez is Costa Rican, and industrial engineer and she obtained her master’s degree in business administration from the Kellogg Business School in the Northwestern University, with an emphasis in marketing and strategy. He is a fellow of CALI (Central American Leadership Initiative), received the Stephan Schmidheiny Award for Innovation in Sustainability in 2013, and received the John Mc Nulty Award in 2015. Today she is the Vice President of AMCHAM, Vice President of APIBACO, a Member of the CRUSA Assembly, member of the board of directors of Nutrivida and Educalcohol Costa Rica.

    Furthermore, Sánchez has been nominated twice as one of the 50 most influential women in Central America by Forbes Magazine.

    Glenn Jampol

    President of Global Ecotourism Network

    "Costa Rica as a World Reference: Tourism as a Virtuous Example of Public-Private Alliances. DISCUSSION GROUP"

    Glenn Jampol is a Costa Rican farmer, painter, and a known pioneer of sustainable tourism in Costa Rica. In 1989 he started working as the owner and founder of the first boutique hotel in Costa Rica, Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation Resort, located in Santa Barbara de Heredia, which has gained international fame as a luxury hotel pioneer in sustainable tourism.

    In 2015, Finca Rosa Blanca was appointed “The best small hotel in Central America” and one of the “10 best small hotels in the world” by the magazine Conde Nast Traveler.

    He owns Rosa Blanca Coffee, a plantation that produces over 10,000 kg of organic shade-grown coffee annually certified by the Costa Rican Institute of Coffee (ICAFE), the Rainforest Alliance and BCS OKO Garantie.

    In 2010 he won the Sustainable Standard Setter award, granted by the Rainforest Alliance to the company with the best sustainable practices in agriculture.

    In 1995 Jampol was one of the authors of the Tourism Sustainability Certification (CST) and from 2005 to 2014 he was the representative and vice president of the private sector in the National Accreditation Commission (CNA) of the CST program.

    He was a member of the board of directors of The International Ecotourism Society (TIES) for 11 years, and today he is the president of the Global Ecotourism Network (GEN) an organization created and formed in 2015 by all the ex-members of the board of counselor of TIES.

    He was also the president of the National Chamber of Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism in Costa Rica (CANAECO) for 7 years. In 2009, during his administration, CANAECO began and did the famous “International Conference of Sustainable Tourism: Planet, Persons, Peace” (P3) which is held every two years in Costa Rica.

    Héctor Guzmán

    Scientist at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute

    "Maritime Routes to Avoid Collision of Ships with Cetaceans. DISCUSSION GROUP"

    Héctor M. Guzmán is a permanent scientist at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) in Panama since 1994, and an adjunct professor at McGill University (Canada) since 2008.

    He obtained his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in biology in the University of Costa Rica, and his Ph.D. in marine biology in the University of Newcastle in England. His interest in general research includes ecology and the dynamics of the population in coral reefs, coral taxonomy, biology of conservation, human impact on marine ecosystems, coastal management, fishing, telemetry of migratory marine species, and marine pollution.

    Guzmán has published over 185 scientific articles. He has contributed to the development of approximately 25 international and local environmental policies based on his own research.

    For the last decade, his research efforts have focused on several topics: (1) long term monitoring of coral reefs, the study and implementation of a network of 33 sites in the Caribbean and Pacific coasts of Panama; (2) population dynamics and taxonomy of octocorals along the eastern Pacific, with colleagues from the UCR with whom they described over thirty new coral species; and (3) since 2007 he established a telemetry and acoustics laboratory at STRI to evaluate migratory patterns of highly migratory large pelagic species in the Eastern Pacific, which includes but is not limited to humpback whales, whale sharks, sharks and turtles, to understand local and migratory movement patterns that allow the implementation of local and regional policies for their protection and conservation.

    The results of those studies have been used to create new protected coastal and oceanic marine areas, as well as networks of marine conservation in Panama and the region.

    In the last years he managed to model the potential collision of humpback whales and merchant ships in the Pacific, which culminated in international regulations to organize maritime traffic in Panama and Costa Rica, adopted by the International Maritime Organization in 2014 and 2018, leading to the reduction of collisions with whales. Today he manages similar maritime organizations with scientists and the governments of Peru and Mexico.

    Irina Lvovna Katchan Katchan

    Researcher of the National Center of High Technology (CENAT)

    "Big Data for a Climatically Intelligent Agriculture. ROUND TABLE"

    Irina Lvovna Katchan studied meteorology. She is the founder and coordinator of the Climate Observatory of the National Center of High Technology (CENAT-CONARE) since 2010 to the present day.

    Some of the objectives of the observatory are providing national and international information on the perspectives of variability and climate change for the agricultural sector. All this focused in the decision-making processes based in scientific information.

    Katchan was the Chief of the Information Department of the National Meteorologic Institute from 1985 to 2010. She was also a professor at the National University (UNA), specifically in the School of Geographic Sciences, until 2015.

    Jackeline López

    Counselor at the Office of the Minister of Tourism

    "CST 2.0: Sustainability Transcends Frontiers. MASTER LECTURE"

    "Costa Rica as a World Reference: Tourism as a Virtuous Example of Public-Private Alliances. DISCUSSION GROUP"

    Jackeline López has a master’s degree in Environmental Management and Leadership from the University for International Cooperation (UCI). Today she is a counselor at the Office of the Minister of Tourism.

    She was the director, and still is an active member, of the Association of Professionals in Tourism (ACOPROT) of Costa Rica. She is also a member of the National Association of Eco-Tourism of Costa Rica, the National Tourism Climate Change Adaptation Strategy, the Costa Rica National Accreditation Commission for Tourism (CNA), and the 5C Citizens’ Consulting Council for Climate Change.

    She was the vice president of the National Chamber of Tourism of Costa Rica (Canatur), and the president of the Costa Rican National Chamber of Eco-Tourism and Sustainable Tourism (CANAECO).

    She has actively worked in the tourism sector implementing actions to accomplish the Quality Management, Environment, Health and Occupational Safety System.

    She received the 2008 Award for Professional Merit of the Association of Professionals in Tourism for her contribution to the development of good practices for tourism sustainability in Costa Rica.

    She was also recognized by the Latin American Quality Institute as the Entrepreneur of the Year 2009 for her excellent business management that guaranteed full quality.

    AShe actively participates in the tourism industry of the country, in the environmental and corporate social responsibility programs.

    She is also the representative of the Asociación Costarricense de Auto Rentistas - ACAR, in the Commission of the Code of Conduct for the Protection of Children and Adolescents against Commercial Sexual Exploitation.

    Jairo León García

    Academic Secretary of the World Energy Council in Colombia.

    "Energy Trilemma: The Potential and Challenges in Latin America to Offer Safety, Equity, and Sustainability. MASTER LECTURE"

    Jairo León García is an electrical engineer from the Universidad Industrial de Santander in Bucaramanga. He completed a professional development internship on electric energy transportation in Paris, France, and has a master’s degree in Political Sciences from the University of Antioquia.

    He was the Chief of Section of Transmission Lines in Electrical Interconnection S.A. ESP-ISA and a management coordinator in Grupos de Interés, and strategy management coordinator in the same company until 2005. Since then, he has dedicated to business consulting.

    He was a professor in the Eafit University and Universidad de Antioquía. He was also a guest columnist in journals and publications like Mundo Eléctrico, CIER and Andesco, as well as the economy journal La República. He has given interviews to the media like Diálogo Interamericano and the journal Energía Bolivia.

    He has authored many articles and essays on high-voltage transmission lines, geopolitics of energy, and citizen participation. Today he is the Academic Secretary of the World Energy Council in Colombia.

    Javier E. Del Campo

    Vice president of Human Playground for Cuestamoras

    "From the Company to the House: The Growing Impact of the Companies that Commit to Sustainability. ROUND TABLE"

    Del Campo has more than 25 years of experience in the fields of marketing and international trade; he studied Business Administration in the Universidad de Belgrano in Argentina, and International Negotiations in UNCTAD. Renowned specialist in topics of Green Marketing and sustainability programs, which allowed him to create the company Terra Partners, first of its kind in the Central American region, specialized in communication and development of Green Brands. He has worked with companies like HSBC and Wal-Mart.

    Jessica García

    Co-director at Gensler

    "From the Company to the House: The Growing Impact of the Companies that Commit to Sustainability ROUND TABLE"

    With more than 10 years of experience, Jessica García has become a workplace consultant for the main global and regional companies in Latin America. Today she is the co-director in charge of management and operations at Gensler, and in charge of talent innovation and development for Costa Rica.

    García is one of the leads of the “Research on Work Spaces in Latin America by Gensler”, the most important design study in the region, with nearly 4,000 polled people in the companies in Mexico, Central and South America, which had the objective of learning the tendencies and needs of the work spaces and finding relevant solutions for the region.

    She is a pioneer in the implementation of healthy and innovative work spaces through planning, research, and sustainable design strategies.

    García is a registered architect in Costa Rica, and a LEED credited professional. She is frequently interviewed in publications like La Nación, El Financiero and Casa Galería, among others.

    Furthermore, in 2015 she was appointed one of the ten “Women who Inspire, Women in Construction” by the Costa Rican Chamber of Construction.

    Jonathan Castro

    Specialist in innovation, natural resources, and climate change of the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA)

    "Innovating for a sustainable agriculture. FORUM"

    Castro is an agricultural engineer graduated from the University of Costa Rica, where he continued his studies with a Master's Degree in Technological Innovation Management. He researched for over eight years how organic and sustainable agriculture can help mitigate climate change, including financial mechanisms related to carbon neutrality.

    Since 2012 he has been working as a Specialist in Innovation, Natural Resources, and Climate Change at the IICA, first to represent Costa Rica, and now for the Unit of Hemispheric Projects.

    His work has led him to support regional Central American projects for agricultural innovation, as well as to provide technical cooperation in initiatives related to irrigation development and sustainable land management in Costa Rica.

    He actively participates in modernization processes and strategic guidance of entities in the farming sector, as well as the formulation of public policies. He also works in alliance with Microsoft to explore and create prototypes of technological solutions applied to agriculture.

    Jorge Mario Rodríguez

    Director of FONAFIFO

    "Payment for Environmental Services: Lessons from Costa Rica to the World. ROUND TABLE"

    Jorge Mario Rodriguez is the general director of the National Forest Finance Fund (FONAFIFO) since 1993.

    He has a licentiate degree in Agronomy from the University of Costa Rica, a master’s degree in Business Administration from the Latin American University of Science and Technology, and he graduated from the Sustainability Management Program of the Central American Institute of Business Administration (INCAE).

    He is a specialist in Environmental Services Payment (PSA) with over 19 years of experience in the development and implementation of novel financing mechanisms, and resource mobilization for PSA national and internationally.

    He has been the representative of Costa Rica in free trade negotiations (Environmental Chapter), in the Conference of the Parties of the United Nations on Climate Change, Biodiversity. He represented Costa Rica in the REDD+ negotiations and Focal Point REDD+ for the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF). He was also the representative of Costa Rica at the International Tropical Timber Association (ITTO).

    A conference speaker on the experience of Costa Rica in the PSA, greenhouse gas emission reduction projects and credit systems from micro, small and middle sized companies in the forest sector.

    He is a member of the Board of Directors of the College of Agricultural Engineers in Costa Rica and the Administration Board of the Fundación Banco Ambiental (FUNBAM) and a representative of FONAFIO in the Special Committee of the Sustainable Biodiversity Fund (FBS).

    He is the author and co-author of several publications on Payment for Environmental Services.

    Jorge Mario Montero

    Coordinador del Programa de Gestión de Carbono del ICE

    "Energía limpia como motor de ciudades inteligentes. MESA REDONDA"

    Jorge Mario Montero es licenciado en Ingeniería Civil por la Universidad de Costa Rica y graduado como el mejor de su grupo de una maestría científica en Planificación y Gestión Ambiental en Louisiana State University.

    Ha sido ingeniero de construcción de plantas hidroeléctricas y cuenta con 28 años de experiencia en planificación ambiental y desarrollo de proyectos de generación eléctrica renovable, especialmente hidroeléctrica, eólica, solar y en generación distribuida.

    Actualmente coordina el Programa de Gestión de Carbono del Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE) de Costa Rica y la adquisición de 100 vehículos eléctricos para uso del ICE.

    Jorge Moller

    Founder of Regenera

    "Speaking of Sustainability is also Respecting the Autochthonous Culture. DISCUSSION GROUP"

    Jorge Moller first got involved in eco-tourism in 1985, south of Chile, with the objective of approaching the tourism experience from a perspective of environmental education.

    He co-founded Regenera, in Chile, an organization with 20 years of experience providing sustainable and authentic local experiences to local consumers in Chile and South America.

    Moller works as a consultant with indigenous communities like Mapuches, Likan Antai and Rapa-Nui to given the tools for a sustainable development.

    As an ex-member of the Tourism Directorate in Chile, Moller promotes tourism destinations including all types of experiences in the Chilean territories. He was also a professor at the University of San Sebastian, where he taught courses on Indigenous Tourism, and is a strategic partner of Fedetur (which installed the Sustainable Distinction “S” in Hotels and Tour Operators).

    In 2013 he participated in the Early Adoption Program of GSTC in Chile and had the privilege of representing the Los Lagos Region, Chile at the AGM of the GSTC (Annual Meeting of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council) in Bonito, Brazil. He also co-founded and developed the South American of Sustainable Tourism Network (SAST Network), which was created after the AGM and the ESTC in Bonito, Brazil.

    Moller is also a representative, Director, and Trainer of the GSTC in Chile. In 2015 he organized the Adventure Tourism World Summit (ATWS) in Puerto Varas, Chile. He co-organized the Congress of Sustainable Tourism that took place in September 2017 in Aysén.

    Furthermore, since 2017 he became a member of the directory of the Institute of Responsible Tourism (ITR) in Spain, as well as the director of the Global Ecotourism Network (GEN).

    José Castro Nieto

    Science Director of Ad Astra Rocket Company Costa Rica

    "Clean Electricity to Mobilize Sustainable Transportation. ROUND TABLE"

    Jose Antonio Castro Nieto has more than 13 years of experience in experimental physics and engineering. Today he runs the science research initiatives at Ad Astra Rocket Company Costa Rica, including activities related to the plasma engine in Costa Rica, the VX-CR, which focuses in long-term thermal management and the interactions between plasma and surfaces for space applications.

    He also co-directs the development of renewable energy, including the first ecosystem of hydrogen-based transportation in Costa Rica, launched in November 2017.

    In 2016 Castro was the Co-President of the Local Organizing Committee and Program Committee of the United Nations Workshop / Costa Rica on Human Space Technology. This workshop was a joint collaboration between the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs, the Government of Costa Rica, and the International Academy of Astronautics.

    Before working at Ad Astra Rocket Company Costa Rica, Castro administered the Program of Knowledge Transference and Data Recollection for the Department of Energy at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. This meant modeling, collecting, analyzing, and reporting energy consumption data of all the Olympic and Paralympic venues.

    Furthermore, he supervised a group of engineers as part of the data collection program, including the remote in situ measuring, and developed the demand and consumption models to forecast energy and water consumption for the London 2012 Olympics.

    As a part of the local organizing committee of the London 2012 Olympics, he acted as the link with the International Olympic Committee and future organizing committees, coordinated the Program of Observers in Energy Services and co-authored the report of Energy Transfer of Knowledge of the International Olympic Committee.

    While studying for his PhD, Castro was the director of an international team of researchers who developed and implemented the experimental configuration to measure different properties of ultracold strontium ions. This team collected, analyzed, and modeled data, and assembled and maintained ultra-high vacuum systems, and the electrical, feedback circuits and the optical configuration of several cooling lasers at Rice University.

    Castro has been a physics professor at the University of Costa Rica. He is also the author of several revised publications, and has been a speaker at international conferences in the United States, Germany, Canada, and Brazil.

    José María Figueres

    Co-President of Ocean Unite and co-chair of Rocky Mountain Institute - Carbon War Room

    "Companies Are Protagonists in the Paris Agreement. DISCUSSION GROUP"

    After a successful business career, José María Figueres started his years of public service in 1987, when he was appointed Minister of Foreign Commerce and then Minister of Agriculture and Livestock.

    In 1994 he was elected President of Costa Rica when he was 39 years old. As a president, he created a national development strategy combining environmental, social and economic policies. He also helped create the bridge between sustainable development and technology.

    He received many international awards for his work, including the first Leadership Award of the Global Environment Facility (1999).

    After twelve years of public service, Figueres began his international career in 1999 when he was appointed President of the UN ICT Task Force. He was a member of the executive management of the World Economic Forum in 2000, and in 2003 he was appointed first Managing Director of the organization.

    In 2005, with Diego Hidalgo, Founder of FRIDE and the Club de Madrid, he became responsible for the organization of the Conference on Democratic Transition and Consolidation, in which 22 chiefs of state participated with the objective of finding an answer to the growing international terrorism.

    Then, in 2009 he joined Carbon War Room, created by Sir Richard Branson, first as Chairman and then as its President.

    Figueres helped establish the Global Ocean Commission in 2012, of which he later became co-president with David Miliband and Trevor Manuel. Today he is the co-president of Ocean Unite and co-chair of Rocky Mountain Institute - Carbon War Room.

    He is an engineer graduated from West Point, the Military Academy of the United States and he has a master's degree in Public Administration from Harvard Kennedy School.

    José Roberto Vega Baudrit

    Director of the LANOTEC laboratory of CENAT

    "Nanorefinery: In Search of New Materials and Combustion Sources. MASTER LECTURE"

    José Roberto Vega Baudrit is a doctor in nanotechnology from the Universidad de Alicante in Spain. In 2002, he specialized in biodegradable polymers at the National Institute of Materials and Chemical Research (NIMC) in Tsukuba, Japan.

    He has a master’s in sciences in chemical engineering in polymers from the University of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. He obtained his licentiate and bachelor's degrees at the University of Costa Rica.

    To date, he has participated in over 300 events like seminars, symposiums, workshops, congresses, and courses.

    Since 2006 Vega has been the director of the National Nanotechnology Laboratory (LANOTEC) in the National Center of High Technology (CENAT). He is also a researcher in the Laboratory of Polymers (POLIUNA) of the School of Chemistry of the National University. He is now a full professor and has an exclusive contract with the university.

    Since last year he has been a member of the board of directors of the National Council for Scientific and Technological Research (CONICIT). He is a founding member and is a part of the board of directors of CRBiomed, as well as the coordinator of the Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Area at ILSI Mesoamerica. He also founded the UCCr and is representative of Costa Rica in the IUCr of crystalography and the IUPAC. He is a representative of Costa Rica in the networks NANOANDES, NANODYF, NANOCELIA, BIORRECER, these last two belong to the CYTED.

    As a researcher he has participated in 200 projects and has authored 150 articles published in indexed scientific journals. He has 250 publications in events and congresses, he has also participated in 20 book chapters.

    Between 2012 and 2018 Vega created eight high technology companies. He is also the manager of five national and international patents.

    Two times winner of the “Innovation Champion” by the Ministry of Sciences, Technology and Telecommunications (MICITT) in 2013 and 2015.

    Juan Carlos Carrillo

    Eco-tourism coordinator at ACG

    "Beneficial or Harmful? The Limits of Doing Tourism in World Heritage Sites. ROUND TABLE"

    Juan Carlos Carrillo has a bachelor's degree in Ecological Tourism, a licentiate degree in Natural Resource Management and Protection, and a master’s degree in Sustainable Tourism Management.

    He has worked for 22 years in the areas of conservation and tourism in the National System of Conservation Areas of Costa Rica (SINAC), specifically in the Guanacaste Conservation Area (ACG).

    In the ACG he has been the assistant of the Eco-Tourism Program, the person in charge of the Planning Department, the Manager of Protected Areas, the deputy director, and today he is the Coordinator of the Eco-Tourism Program.

    He has coordinated different processes, like the creation of the ACG Management Plan, the Sustainable Tourism Plan of the Santa Rosa National Park, and the Sustainable Tourism Plan of the Bahía Junquillal Wildlife Reserve. He was also a member of the ACG team for the Strengthening Project for the Sustainable Tourism Program of SINAC, in the framework of the Loan from the Inter American Bank of Development.

    Internationally, he has participated in the analysis and technical cooperation processes of projects like Systematization and Analysis of the Contributions of the National Parks and Biological Reserves to the Social-Economic Development in Costa Rica, Benin and Bhutan. He also participated in the experience exchange process of the workshop Sustainable Natural Resource Management through Collaborative Management of Protected Areas, in Japan and Indonesia in 2015.

    He also provided consulting services to strengthen the management and monitoring of tourism sustainability in the Protected Natural Areas in NOA, Argentina.

    He wrote several technical reports related to conservation and sustainable tourism. He is a professor and regional tutor of the National Distance Education University (UNED), the National University (UNA), San Jose University, and the Project for Guides in Local Tourism Chorotega Region of the National Distance Education University.

    He was also an instructor for the class Foundations of Eco-Tourism for Young People from Guanacaste with specific profiles, and with a focus on customer service in the field of tourism, which was coordinated by the Association of Professionals in Tourism (ACOPROT) and developed by FORMATUR.

    Juan Diego Pacheco Polanco

    Executive Director of the Center for Cetacean Research of Costa Rica

    "Maritime Routes to Avoid Collision of Ships with Cetaceans. DISCUSSION GROUP"

    Juan Diego Pacheco has a master’s degree in Integrated Management of Tropical Coastal Areas, and today he is the executive director of the Center for Cetacean Research of Costa Rica.

    He has worked in the research and conservation of marine mammals since 2005, has wide experience in the study of the populations of the Golfo Dulce and the Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica.

    He is a member of the Network for the Study of Marine Mammals in Central America and the Caribbean (RIEMMCCA) and the Ecosystem Management Commission of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

    He has been a consultant for the Cetacean Monitoring Project in the Marine Areas of Multiple Use in the South Pacific and the Gulf of Nicoya, which has allowed us to generate the protocol for standardized data collection that can be used by competent entities (SINAC, INCOPESCA and Coast Guard) and organizations that do scientific research with this resource.

    Today he works with the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama in a project for Humpback Whale Satellite Tagging in the Pacific Littoral of Costa Rica. This research has generated the creation of exclusion areas for the separation of large scale traffic (cargo vessels) in the Osa Peninsula, Golfo Dulce and Nicoya to avoid collisions with humpback whales through the Executive Decree No. 41003-MOPT-SP-MINAE, which has allowed the protection of critical habitats for the reproduction and breeding in the country.

    Pacheco is one of the greatest specialists in Latin America of the skin disease Lobomycosis (LLD) which affects the resident population of bottled-nose dolphins, a coastal ecotype of the Golfo Dulce.

    During his professional career he has received financing for different projects from Rufford Small Grants and Earthwatch Shullman Award. He has authored three publications and co-wrote twelve publications related to marine mammals and one about shark whales in known journals like Revista de Biología Tropical, Revista de Ciencias Marinas y Costeras, Diseases of Aquatic Organism, Journal of Cetacean Research and Management and Journal of Mammology.

    Juan Robalino

    Researcher in the EfD initiative at CATIE

    "Payment for Environmental Services: Lessons from Costa Rica to the World. ROUND TABLE"

    Juan Robalino is a professor in the School of Economy of the University of Costa Rica, and a senior researcher of the initiative Environment for Development of the Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center (CATIE).

    He specialized in environmental economy, applied microeconomics and economic development. His research focuses on the causal and spatial effects of the environmental and development policies in Latin America.

    He worked as a consultant for the World Bank, the Inter American Bank for Development (BID), and the World Trade Organization. He was the deputy director of the School of Economy of the University of Costa Rica.

    He did his post-doctoral studies in the Earth Institute of Columbia University. He has a Ph.D. in Economy from the Department of Economy of Columbia University in New York.

    His researches have been published in international scientific journals like Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, Journal of Development Economics, Journal of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, Land Economics and Environment and Development Economics, among others.

    He was the director of the Latin America and the Caribbean Environmental Economy Program (LACEEP) and is a member of the editorial council of the journal Environment and Development Economics at Cambridge University Press.

    Furthermore, he evaluated presentations in the last three World Environmental and Resource Economy Congresses, and the last six congresses of the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists.

    He also reviewed several international scientific journals specialized in economy, environment and general interest.

    Juan Rodríguez

    Business Development Manager at Jinko Solar

    "New Opportunities of Solar Energy in Latin America. FORUM"

    He has experience in the Latin American market of renewable energy (solar and wind). Today he manages Business Development at Jinko Solar, the largest solar panel manufacturer around the world, and with them he has participated in the most important solar energy projects of the region.

    He has collaborated with important organizations, like the Inter American Bank of Development (BID), aiming to eliminate the obstacles of renewable energies and promoting their development. He has also been an international conference speaker in several Latin American countries.

    Karla Chaves

    Director at Próxima Comunicación

    "What do We Win by Aligning the Company to the Sustainable Development Objectives? ROUND TABLE"

    Karla Chaves studied Collective Communication Sciences with an emphasis in public relations at the University of Costa Rica.

    In 2003, Chaves began working as an independent consultant in strategic communications and the next year she founded Próxima Comunicación y Relaciones Publicas. This company specializes in communications for sustainability and is based in Costa Rica, Central America, and Dominican Republic; it also represents the international agency Edelman since 2015.

    Chaves has led the process to turn Próxima Comunicación into a carbon neutral agency (2015 up to date) and Esencial Costa Rica (2017). The company also implements a committed sustainability program that includes 100% work from home, inclusion and equality policies, and volunteer work.

    After two years of planning and developing, on April 2018 the agency launched the ecolones initiative, the first incentive program to promote citizen participation in terms of solid residues, with the support of the Law 8893 of Comprehensive Management of Wastes. This is an important public-private alliance with the Ministry of Health of Costa Rica, private companies and non-governmental organizations.

    Karla Huezo Zúñiga

    Subjefa de la Dirección de Cliente Corporativo del INS

    "Seguros agropecuarios frente al cambio climático. MAGISTRAL"

    Karla Huezo Zuñiga es comunicadora y administradora de empresas con énfasis en Seguros. Desde el año 2015 ha trabajado en el remozamiento y elaboración de nuevos seguros agrícolas y pecuarios amigables con el medio ambiente.

    Actualmente, el Instituto Nacional de Seguros (INS) es el único asegurador del mercado costarricense que ofrece estas pólizas.

    Todos los esquemas actuales que se ofrecen en la línea agropecuaria promueven la implementación de medidas de adaptación y mitigación al cambio climático.

    Kifah Sasa

    UNDP officer in sustainable development and resilience

    "Benefits of Monitoring with Satellite Imaging and Remote Sensors to Study the Agricultural Landscape. MASTER LECTURE"

    Kifah Sasa is the UNDP officer in sustainable development and resilience in Costa Rica. Since 2009 he has worked as a senior consultant for the Green Commodities Program, counseling governments and key partners in production chains across the world on how to improve the environmental development of raw matter.

    He has worked for social development and the environment for 17 years in different areas: he led and created organizations to support base and community groups voluntarily and counseled Central American ministers of Social Integration, Housing, and Health in topics of regional project management.

    He has worked with the UNDP in topics of biodiversity, marine conservation, environmental economy and sustainable production chains in agricultural commodities.

    For the past five years he has been responsible of the Sustainable Development portfolio of this agency in Costa Rica.

    He studied in the United Kingdom (Middlesex, BA and MA), Netherlands (ISS, Post Dip), and Costa Rica.

    Leida Mercado

    Lead of the Research Program in Development, Economy and Environment (IDEA) at CATIE

    "Innovating for a sustainable agriculture FORUM"

    Leida Mercado leads the Research Program in Development, Economy and Environment (IDEA) at CATIE. Her work focuses on agricultural adaptation to climate change, and on identifying and analyzing finance flows that promote a sustainable management of the natural resources. This includes identifying the adaptation measures of small producers and the use of international mechanisms, like the Green Fund for Climate and the Environment Fund, to support the implementation of these measures. Another area of interest for her is the use of methodologies to assess goods and environmental services.

    Before working at CATIE, Mercado worked with the United Nations Program for Development, where she was the chief of the Sub-Regional Office for the English Caribbean and a Counselor in Environmental Economy for Latin America and the Caribbean.

    Mercado has experience working in the public sector, and has been a consultant for the World Bank, the Inter American Bank for Development, and The Nature Conservancy.

    She graduated from agricultural engineering at the Universidad Central de Venezuela, and has a MPS and a PhD from Cornell University in the United States.

    Lenin Corrales

    Expert in climate change at CATIE

    "Redrawing Latin America: Climatic Sceneries 2050-2100. MASTER LECTURE"

    Lenin Corrales studied Biological Sciences, Marine Biology, and has post-graduate studies in Natural Resources Management and Information Technology.

    He has over 30 years of experience in environmental research, and 18 years working in climate change. He is an expert in projects related to the Climate Technology Center & Network (CTCN) in several Latin American countries. He also participated as an expert in several discussions with the Work Group II (GT II) of the Fifth IPCC Report (AR5) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) for South and Central America, as well as in the Report on Global Warming of 1.5 oC.

    Today he leads the Ecosystemic and Hydrological Modeling Unit of the Program for Forests, Biodiversity and Climate Change of the General Director of the Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center (CATIE).

    Luis Mastroeni

    Sustainability Manager BAC Credomatic

    "The Environment in the Agenda of Banks. DISCUSSION GROUP"

    Luis Mastroeni has a bachelor’s in Journalism, a licentiate degree in Marketing Communication, and an MBA with an emphasis in Marketing. He also has a certification in Management of Corporate Social Responsibility (RSE) from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso in Chile and the Chamber of Industries of Costa Rica (CICR).

    Mastroeni has worked as a journalist, public affairs executive and in advertising. He also has experience as a company executive, consultant, director of non-governmental organizations, university professor, and, since May 2015, he is part of the sustainability team at BAC Credomatic in Costa Rica.

    Manuel Zúñiga

    President AED

    "Sustainability is a Good Business. ROUND TABLE"

    Manuel Zúñiga is the founder of Purpose Mine, a strategic consulting boutique company.

    He has over 20 years of experience in high management, and stands out in strategic business development, mergers and acquisitions, and integration, creation and execution of innovative business models.

    He was the executive president of Cuestamoras up until 2018, where he designed the new strategy of the company and built four new business areas around the industries of health, real-estate development, energy, and forest creation, and he also established a strong culture and purpose through the organization.

    He was also the executive vice president of operations in Walmart Central America, in charge of over 500 stores in Central America and 28 thousand employees.

    Today, Zúñiga is the president of the board of directors of Alianza Empresarial para el Desarrollo (AED), a Costa Rican non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of sustainable development.

    He is also a part of the National Committee of INCAE Business School, where he graduated with honors with a master’s degree in Business Administration.

    Marcello Hernández

    Independent consultant

    "Economic Assessment of Nature: A Tool to Meet the Sustainable Development Goals. ROUND TABLE"

    Marcello is a Ph.D. candidate of the Australian National University, where he studies ecological economics under the supervision of Dr. Robert Costanza. His research focuses on an economic and ecological assessment of the benefits society obtains from healthy ecosystems. On this topic, he has led pioneering studies in Costa Rica on valuing the ecosystem services of wetlands and forests.

    Today he is an international consultant in sustainable development with more than 10 years of experience, and he specializes in the areas of natural assets, corporate management of biodiversity, and climate change.

    He is a part of the group of experts of America of the Inter-Governmental Platform of Biodiversity and Ecosystemic Services (IPBES), where he leads the section of climate change.

    Hernández is also a professor at the Long Island University in the topics of environmental sustainability of the Global Studies program, he collaborates as Climate Leader for The Climate Reality Project where he was trained by Al Gore and is a photographer specialized in conservation photography as an instrument to bring awareness and inspiration.

    He used to work as a consultant for the CEGESTI Foundation, where he was involved in over 20 national and international projects on sustainable development.

    María José Ventura

    Coordinator at Costa Rica Limpia

    "Clean Electricity to Mobilize Sustainable Transportation ROUND TABLE"

    María José Ventura is the Coordinator of Costa Rica Limpia, an initiative for citizen involvement in the transition to a post-petrol society. Among the activities she has coordinated there is the co-organization of the first and second Citizen Festival of Electric Mobility in the country. She has collaborated with electric mobility studies in Guanacaste and has done research on the electric transportation market in South America and Mexico.

    She administers the page www.movilidadelectrica.org, the first website in Spanish dedicated to consumer education.

    She graduated from International Relations at the Universidad Lationamericana de Ciencia y Tecnología.

    Ventura is also a founding member of the Asociación Costarricense de Movilidad Eléctrica (www.asomove.com) (Costa Rican Association of Electric Mobility) founded in 2017, and an active member of the user community.

    Mauricio Blandino

    Manager of Biodiversity Partnership Mesoamerica in Costa Rica

    "Biodiversity as a Protagonist in Business. ROUND TABLE"

    Mauricio Blandino has a licentiate degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Costa Rica, and a master's degree in Environmental Studies from Essex University in the United Kingdom. He also has several certification courses in Japan, Germany and the Netherlands in topics like clean production and climate change.

    He has over 15 years of professional experience as a consultant in non-governmental organizations, as well as in the public and private sectors in project management of cleaner production areas, management of solid residues, climate change, social responsibility, biodiversity and business.

    Today he is the manager of Biodiversity Partnership Mesoamerica in Costa Rica, which has the purpose of mobilizing the private sector in the Mesoamerican region to keep biodiversity and use it in a sustainable fashion.

    Mauricio Ventura

    Tourism entrepreneur, ex Minister of Tourism

    "Tourism: A Tool to Improve Social Development Indicators. MASTER LECTURE"

    Mauricio Ventura is a known tourism entrepreneur who has been involved with this industry since he was very young because his family pioneered in hotel development in Costa Rica since 1911.

    His wide experience in tourism activities endorsed his appointment as the Minister of Tourism of Costa Rica from 2015 to May 2018, a period in which he excelled in his position and was granted the acknowledgment of Public Officer of the Year, an important award that El Financiero granted for the first time to a Minister of Tourism.

    Ventura created and implemented a tourism strategy that helped reach transcendental accomplishments for the country, like a rapid and never-before seen increase of new airlines coming to the country, the construction and inauguration of the National Center of Congresses and Conventions of Costa Rica, the development of new tourist products like wellness tourism, meetings and cruise tourism, market diversification, and an unparalleled positioning worldwide as a leading destiny for tourism.

    His vision and leadership helped Costa Rica become the first country in the world to measure the Social Progress Index in Tourist Destinations, in the framework of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, promoted by the World Tourism Organization of the United Nations; and, thanks to this initiative, the country was recognized by the World Tourism Organization with the awards for Innovation and Excellence in Tourism.

    Furthermore, Ventura was granted the Forum Lationamericano award, the most important acknowledgment of the meeting industry, which was granted for the development of a comprehensive strategy to promote the tourism product in the country.

    A touristologist, panelist, and international conference speaker, Ventura graduated from the American University in Washington, D.C., as a Master in Business Administration with an emphasis in finance. He has an important career as a financial analyst in the area of investment; he was directly involved with the stock market and later, in the banking sector for several years.

    As a tourism entrepreneur he managed and directed the Hotel Radisson Europa and later the Tourism Division of the group BAC-Credomatic, he also worked as an independent consultant for several companies and governmental and professional entities.

    He was also the only representative of Latin America in the board of directors of Radius Travel (from 2008 to 2011), one of the largest and most important networks of travel agencies in the world.

    His trajectory allowed him to work as the director and president of several board of directors of professional associations and national and international organisms like the board of directors of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the Central American Board of Tourism (CCT), the Agency of Tourist Promotion of Central America (CATA), the Federation of Chambers of Tourism of Central America (FEDECATUR), the National Chamber of Tourism of Costa Rica (CANATUR), the Costa Rican Association of Travel Agencies (ACAV), and he was also a member of the Costa Rican Union of Chambers and Associations of Private Companies (UCCAEP), the Foundation of National Parks of Costa Rica (FPN), the National Institute of Biodiversity (INBio), the board of the Tourism Development Golfo de Papagayo (PTGP), and the Tourism Board of San José.

    His vision, professionalism, and leadership in the tourism industry have contributed to the wellbeing and development of tourism as an engine for development, which also granted him the Turismo sin Fronteras award, the most important tourism award given in Central America.

    Michael Smith-Masis

    Co-director at Entre Nos Atelier

    "How to Guarantee Green Homes for the Middle Class? ROUND TABLE"

    Michael Smith-Masis is an architect graduated with honors from the School of Architecture of the Veritas University. In 2008 he graduated with a master’s degree in Sustainable Environmental Design at the Architectural Association in London, England.

    Winner of several international awards and recognitions, like the Young Architects Latin America award, 2018 Venice Biennale, International Biennale Award of Buenos Aires 2015, CICA Award for Young Architects in the International Biennale of Buenos Aires 2017, the Archiprix International in 2007, the Grand Biennale Award of Architecture and the National Biennale Award in 2016 of the Architect’s Association of Costa Rica, and the ICOMADERA award of the Costa Rican Institute of Wood in 2016 and 2014.

    He has worked in prestigious architecture and urban design firms in Costa Rica. In 2010 he became a co-founding partner of Entre Nos Atelier, and in 2015 a co-founding partner of Maderotec S.A.

    In 2011 he incorporated as a partner and architect in SHINE Architecture (www.shinearchitecture.com), a firm focused in experimenting and developing sustainable and alternative design proposals.

    In 2009 he co-founded Sustainable Architectural Advisors International (www.saa-i.com), an international consulting office focused in sustainable environmental design with projects in Europe, Asia and America.

    He is a professor and researcher of the Tecnológico de Monterrey, Veritas University and University of Costa Rica. Some of his publications are the book Estrategias de Diseño Sostenible para el Clima Cálido Húmedo de Costa Rica (ISBN-10: 3838374932), El manual para el diseño de la Red de Cuido para Costa Rica and several scientific articles in international journals like Arquitectura Viva, revista Plot, Escala, among others.

    A tutor, national and international speaker, his work has been presented in many events and places like the BIAU 2014, Taller social Latinoamericano 2013, Venice Biennale, Archiprix International, PLEA, Ecobuild, MOYA Annuale, and the New Jersey Institute of Technology, Maryland University, Harvard University, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Universidad Nacional de la Plata, Universidad Gran Colombia, Tecnológico de Monterrey and La Salle University in México, el Bajío among others.

    His work focuses in developing alternative designs that aim to connect with social themes, sustainability, biomimetics, manufacturing processes, climate response, and development of built environments.

    Milton Valencia Ortiz

    Researcher in the International Center of Tropical Agriculture (CIAT)

    "Agriculture of Precision: When Technology Enters the Plot. MASTER LECTURE"

    Milton Valencia Ortiz is an agricultural engineer graduated from the National University of Colombia, with a master’s degree in Agricultural Sciences.

    Today he is a researcher on the International Center of Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) where he focuses on the development of projects related to the selection of materials of genetically modified rice for an efficient use of nitrogen and tolerance to droughts.

    He also focuses in the selection assisted by molecular markers for the efficient use of water and nitrogen in rice.

    Valencia also researches the use of drones and remote sensors (visible, thermal, and multispectral chambers) for phenotyping rice and yucca, as well as the use of terrestrial penetration radar to phenotype roots.

    Muhammad Ibrahim

    Director of the Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center (CATIE)

    "The Change toward a Sustainable and Inclusive Cattle Industry. MASTER LECTURE"

    Muhammad Ibrahim has a Ph.D. in Agricultural Sciences and Environment from the Agricultural University of Wageningen in the Netherlands, and a master’s degree in Agricultural Sciences and Renewable Natural Resources with an emphasis in Ruminant Nutrition from the Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center (CATIE). He has a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Sciences from the University of Guayana.

    Since March 2016 he is the General Director of the Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center (CATIE). From 2012 to 2016 he worked as a Manager of the Innovation Program for Productivity and Competitiveness and was an associate director of the Technical Cooperation Program of the Cooperation Institute for Agriculture (IICA), where he had different positions and responsibilities.

    From 1995 to 2012 he led the Livestock and Environment Management Program of the Silvopastoral Unit at CATIE. He founded the environment management and livestock program at CATIE, which has been important for the transition from traditional systems to competitive and eco-friendly systems. He has also developed silvopastoral technologies and methodologies, and sustainable livestock systems that have been adopted by livestock breeders, which have contributed to improve sources of livelihood.

    He has 18 years of experience as a research professor in the post-graduate program at CATIE, where he has taught courses on fodder, ruminant nutrition, and silvopastoral systems.

    He has authored many scientific publications in regional and international journals. He is also a member of the editorial committee of Tropical Grasslands (international journal). He is a member of the Global Livestock Agenda, coordinated by FAO/ILRI and is the vice president of the organizing committee of the Latin American Congress on Agro-Forestry and Silvopastoral Systems.

    Nelson Mattie

    CEO de Aerial Robotixs

    "Los secretos del carbono: tecnología y métrica de vanguardia para calcular secuestro de CO2 en los trópicos. CONVERSATORIO"

    Nelson Mattie es cofundador y CEO de Aerial Robotixs, empresa de tecnología que ofrece soluciones basadas en vehículos aéreos no tripulados (UAV) para diferentes industrias.

    Con más de 16 años de experiencia trabajando con sensores remotos, fotogrametría y plataformas SIG, Mattie fundó Aerial Robotixs en 2014.

    Trabajó anteriormente en Mattie Engineers, Petróleos de Venezuela y la Fundación Andes Tropicales un organismo de cooperación internacional al desarrollo financiado por la Unión Europea.

    Posee un título en Ingeniería Forestal de la Universidad de los Andes en Venezuela, una maestría en administración de empresas de la Hult International Business School en San Francisco, California y una maestría en teledetección y SIG de la Universidad de Girona en España.

    Olga Sauma

    Executive Director at Alianza Empresarial para el Desarrollo (AED).

    Olga Sauma is the Executive Director at Alianza Empresarial para el Desarrollo (AED). She studied advertising and marketing in the Universidad Latina de Costa Rica, and graduated from the master’s degree program in Business Management with an emphasis in international business from the Fundepos University, Alma Mater.

    She joined the AED in 2008 as the Director of Communications and Marketing. Since June 2009 she is the director of Business Development. In August 2009 she also took on the coordination of the Executive Committee of Central American Integration for Corporate Social Responsibility (IntegraRSE), a regional network of organizations for the promotion of the RSE.

    She has been in the board of directors of non-profit organizations for the promotion of peace and multicultural understanding, and of the Asociación de Amigos del Museo de Arte Costarricense (AMARTE, Partnership of Friends of the Costa Rican Art Museum).

    Omar Prias Caicedo

    Director of Colombian Network of Knowledge in Energy Efficiency

    "Energy Efficiency: The Challenge for Latin America. MASTER LECTURE"

    Omar Prias Caicedo is an electric engineer, specialist in technology management and master in energy efficiency. Expert in energy efficiency, renewable sources and energy management systems.

    Today he is the director of the Colombian Network of Knowledge in Efficiency (RECIEE, for its acronym in Spanish), an associate professor at the National University of Colombia, and research project manager and international consultant in policies, plans, and programs related to energy.

    He conducts the National Strategic Program in Energy Management Systems in the industry in Colombia and the development of an Energy Observatory in Colombia. He also oversees the Energy Management Systems Implementation (ISO 50001) component of the program of Energy Efficiency in the Industry (EEI) of the ONUDI-UPME in 70 companies in energy consumption at a national level, in 4 regions of the country.

    He created the National Program of Rational and Efficient Use of Energies and Renewable Sources (PROURE, for its acronym in Spanish). He has been distinguished as a consultant for the Ministry of Mines and Energy, the BID, PNUD, IFC, ONUDI. He was the coordinator of the group of Rational and Efficient Use of Energy and renewable sources of the Unit of Energy Mining Planning (UPME, for its initials in Spanish).

    In Colciencias he was the director of the National Program of Research in Energy and Mining, Corporate Manager of Human and Administrative Management of the Aqueducts and Sewage Company of Bogota (EAAB, for its initials in Spanish). Director of the OPEN Opportunities in energy efficiency and clean energies, and ESCO-like financing schemes, with the Chamber of Commerce of Bogota (CAEM - Business Environmental Corporation) and the BID-FOMIN.

    Pablo Gordienko

    Owner of Macaw Ecolodge

    "Biodiversity as a Protagonist in Business. ROUND TABLE"

    Pablo Gordienko Mateo has Russian grandparents, a Spaniard mother, and he was born and raised in San Jose, Costa Rica. He is a passionate entrepreneur who is dedicated to promoting reforestation and sustainable agriculture, among others.

    His effort and vision culminates with the creation of Santuario de Macao, a private 400 hectares forest reserve located in Turrubares, in the Central Pacific area of Costa Rica. Its main objective is the protection of the red macaw through reforestation, agroforestry systems and conservation.

    He has a bachelor's degree in General Agriculture from Louisiana State University, and a master’s degree in Agricultural Business Administration from Santa Clara University. Gordienko gained knowledge and experience that helped him return to the country with a new mission and vision.

    He has worked many years in the field of agriculture for exportation of ornamental plants for the European market. He was the president of the Chamber of Producers and Exporters of Ornamental Plants of Costa Rica and the director of the Agricultural and Industrial League of Sugar Cane. He has approached reforestation by planting over 500 hectares of teak and melina wood, and is a partner in the company Protegiendo El Bosque S.A. which protects over 600 hectares of cloud forest.

    Today, the Macao Sanctuary is not only a reserve dedicated to the conservation, but is also the location of Macaw Lodge, a hotel specialized in promoting a sustainable life style that also teaches about sustainable agro-forestry systems. The Lodge is also an artisanal chocolate factory that uses cacao grown right there. Gordienko and his collaborators work hard to become a national and global example of sustainability and change.

    Rafael Gallo

    CEO, Ríos Tropicales and member of the Costa Rican Network of Natural Reservoirs

    "Conservation in Private Hands: Adding Up Agents of Change for the Lungs of the World. DISCUSSION GROUP"

    Owner and founder of Ríos Tropicales since 1985. Adventure tourism pioneer in Costa Rica, member of the Costa Rican Network of Natural Reserves, and promoter of the Blue Flag Ecology Program in the category of natural spaces.

    Gallo has seen how adventure tourism and eco-tourism have evolved in benefit of the tropical forest and the surrounding communities. Rafael’s calling is to preserve the Pacuare river.

    In the Pacuare Reserve, Ríos Tropicales preserves 975 hectares of tropical rain forest, which correspond to 10% of the area of the Barbilla - Destierro Biological Corridor, which is used by the fauna as a migration route through the Talamanca mountain range. Furthermore, this corridor connects the National Park Barbilla with the Indigenous Territory Nairi Awari.

    This concern of Gallo has led him to promote several reforestation projects, which have served as a compensation mechanism to the carbon neutrality certifications. This was the case of the farm Cráter de Río, its reforestation in 2016 helped compensate greenhouse gas emissions generated during the Adventure Travel World Summit in Anchorage that took place in Anchorage, Alaska, USA.

    Gallo also founded the International Rafting Federation. In fact, National Geographic Adventure considers Ríos Tropicales is one of the best rafting companies in the world. Not only this, his kayak teams have been world champions; and, thanks to Gallo's management, Costa Rica has hosted world championships.

    Rafael Izquierdo

    President at ECORED

    "Sustainability is a Good Business. ROUND TABLE"

    Rafael Izquierdo is the president of ECORED since 2016, a business association that aims to facilitate the incorporation of a culture of social responsibility and sustainable development in companies.

    He is a business administrator with university studies in insurance and a wide experience in the insurance and financing area.

    Today he is the executive vice president of administration, risk, and law of Grupo Universal. Here he has led high impact initiatives for the organization, like the sustainability and corporate social responsibility strategy, among others.

    He constantly works with other business associations, where he is a member of the boards of directors of Sanar una Nación, and Creando Sueños Olímpicos, as well as Fundación Loyocán. In the business sector he is the president of the Council at Fiduciaria Universal, a member of the Administration Council at Suplidora Propartes.

    Rafael Sánchez

    Head of Operations at Bahía Aventuras

    "Bahía Ballena Community in Osa: Adapting Tourism Activities to Climate Change. DISCUSSION GROUP"

    Rafael Sánchez was born in Ballena beach, on the community of Bahía Ballena in Osa, where he grew up close to the sea and the forest. Sánchez admits this helped him be a person with great respect for nature, and someone who values living in the southern zone of Costa Rica where the tropic is exuberant, and marine tourism, with whales as the main attraction, helps feed thousands of families.

    Since 2013 Sánchez is the Chief of Operations and Reservations of Bahía Aventuras, a sustainable company acknowledged with the Sea Star System seal. Before, Sánchez was a coastal guide in the same company.

    Rebecca Cole

    Director of the Biological Stations of the OET

    "The Future of Tropical Forest Restoration: Challenges and Opportunities. MASTER LECTURE"

    Rebecca Cole has a big data commitment to tropical research and conservation. She grew up in a small agricultural community in the south of Costa Rica, and saw firsthand the consequences of deforestation, the land degradation that follows and the challenges of the sustainable use of the land.

    She has a Ph.D. from the University of California in Santa Cruz, and works to find ways to restore the tropical forest in degraded lands in Costa Rica. She is also studying how reforestation could improve the local sources of livelihood. She was granted a NSF postdoctoral grant at the University of Colorado Boulder, where she worked with collaborators to study large scale patterns of nitrogen and carbon in one of the most productive and diverse tropical forests of the world in the Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica.

    In 2011 she co-founded a non-profit organization, ACSP, for voluntary research and conservation in remote and mountain environments worldwide. This work took her to the highest peaks in the tropical Andes to study the effects of pollution from biomass burning in the loss of glaciers, to high elevation valleys to test the impacts of grazing and climate change in Peruvian pastures, and through a transept of the Talamanca mountains in the International Park La Amistad to collect some of the first data of the region.

    At the beginning of 2016, Cole began working for the Organization for Tropical Studies (OET) as the director of the Biological Station Las Cruces, and today she is the director of the three biological stations the organization has in Costa Rica.

    Rudy Amador

    Regional Director of Custody and Sustainable Agriculture at Dole

    "Beyond Agricultural Certifications: Limitations and Innovative Tools. MASTER LECTURE"

    Rudy Amador has a licentiate degree in Agricultural Economy from the University of Costa Rica and an MBA from the University of Santa Clara in California, United States, where he was granted the Naumes Excellence Award.

    He has worked at Dole for 28 years, in different positions including financial analysis, special projects, supply chain management, environmental affairs, food safety and quality. Today he is the regional director of Custody and Sustainable Agriculture for Dole Tropical Products Latin America Ltd. and has a technical responsibility with the Latin American region.

    He led the implementation of environmental management systems in the region, participating in the first ISO 14001 certification of an agricultural operation worldwide (Dole Standard Fruit Company in Costa Rica, 1998). He later led the implementation of management and certification systems in Honduras, Ecuador and Colombia. He provided technical assistance to partner companies in Ivory Coast and Cameroon.

    Today his efforts focus on the expanse of good agricultural practices in Dole’s operational units, sustainability project development in the region, traceability and transparency in the production of fresh fruit products, food safety, international regulatory affairs, and the communication of Dole’s practices to internal and external clients in the United States and Europe.

    Ruth Shady

    Director at Zona Arqueológica Caral

    "Beneficial or Harmful? The Limits of Doing Tourism in World Heritage Sites. ROUND TABLE"

    Lessons from our Ancestors: Sustainability in the Pre-Hispanic Inca and Mayan Civilizations. DISCUSSION GROUP

    Ruth Shady studied Anthropology and Archeology in Education at the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos. She has done research internships at the Smithsonian Institution (1978-1979) and the Dumbarton Oacks Museum of Harvard University (1992-1993), United States.

    She was a senior researcher at the National Museum of Archeology and Anthropology of Peru (1973-1983), and its director in 1984, and the director of the Museum of Archeology and Anthropology of the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos between 1997 and 2002.

    Today she is the director of the Executing Unit 003 - Caral Archaeological Zone of the Ministry of Culture and the director of the Academic-Professional School of Archeology of the Faculty of Social Sciences at the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos.

    She was the president of ICOMOS-Peru between 2003 and 2012, and the Dean of the College of Archaeologists of Peru from 2006 to 2007.

    She began researching the following topics: formation of civilization; the Huari State and the role of interaction and exchange in national integration; the Regional State Lima and its importance in the relations with other Andean societies; Bagua and the Peruvian-Ecuadorian inter-cultural relation, presented in a series of publications.

    As a university professor, in 1994 she began researching the Sacred City of Caral, and in 2003 she managed to create the value enhancement program (research, conservation, and diffusion) for the archaeological patrimony of the Caral Civilization, and created an entity affiliated to the Ministry of Culture, Executing Unit 003, which she runs today. Throughout the years she has continued studying the Caral civilization with a comprehensive, sustainable, multi-disciplinary and social development focus. In 2009 the Sacred City of Caral was included by UNESCO on the World Heritage List.

    She has been a member of the National Academy of Sciences of Peru (ANC) since 2008. Since 2012, she was designated as a Peruvian Focal Point of the Program “Women for Science” of the Inter-American Network of Science Academies. In 2015 she was chosen as a member of the Governing Board of the National Academy of Sciences of Peru (ANC).

    Sandra Andraka

    National Coordinator of the National Platform of Sustainable Fishing of Large Pelagic

    "Fishing for Sustainable Markets and Conscientious Consumers. ROUND TABLE"

    Sandra Andraka is the National Coordinator and Fishing Consultant of the National Platform of Sustainable Fishing of Large Pelagic Animals in Costa Rica and a member of the Sustainable Global Supply Chain team of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) for the Marine Commodities Project.

    She has over 14 years of experience working in Latin America in marine conservation, fishing management (industrial and small scale), incidental capture, defense and political incidence work, both nationally and internationally, for the adoption of conservation measures for better fishing practices.

    Andraka worked 15 years for the WWF in terrestrial and maritime conservation projects until 2013; and, before joining the UNDP she had her own international consulting company.

    She obtained her advanced degree in Environmental and Rural Planning from the International Center of Mediterranean Studies (CIHEAM) and a licentiate degree in Biology from the Universidad Complutense in Madrid, Spain.

    Satoshi Ogawa

    Researcher in the International Center of Tropical Agriculture (CIAT)

    "Innovating for a sustainable agriculture. FORUM"

    Satoshi Ogawa has a Ph.D. in agriculture of the Tokyo University, Japan, and a master’s degree in biology from the Universidad del Valle, Colombia. He is an expert in the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) of the Tokyo University, and a researcher in the Tropical Agriculture International Center (CIAT).

    He is also an associate member of the project “Development and Adoption of Latin American Low-Input Rice Production Systems through Genetic Improvement and Advanced Field Management Technologies to Promote the Rice Sector in Colombia”, known as SATREPS, by the governments of Colombia and Japan together with the CIAT, FEDEARROZ, FLAR and the Universidad del Valle.

    His research is based in the characterization of the radicular system and identification of the QTL related to the tolerance to drought and nitrogen deficiency.

    He also works in the production of new rice lines with efficient use of water and nitrogen, through the modification of the radicular system by the assisted selection of markers.

    Sergio Arias

    Director of the Central American Bird’s Immigration Route

    "Central America Joined by a Bird's Immigration Route. MASTER LECTURE"

    Sergio Arias is the director of the Birding Hotspots Route in Costa Rica and the Central American Bird’s Immigration Route. He was a part of the board of directors of Futuropa and the Chamber of Tourism of Sarapiqui. He is an international conference speaker specialized in marketing and design of the bird tourism product.

    He graduated from Sustainable Tourism in the National University of Costa Rica, is an eco-tourism teacher graduated from the School of Education of UNED in Costa Rica, and has a professional master's degree in Business Administration from the Fundepos University, Alma Mater.

    Today he runs Birdwatching Central America, a receptive operator specialized in ornithological and sustainable tourism in the region, and collaborates with the eBird platform in Costa Rica.

    Silvia Chaves

    Vice president of Florex

    "Carbon Neutrality For Business Profitability and the Optimization of its Operations. ROUND TABLE"

    Silvia Chaves is a lawyer and notary public graduated from the University of Costa Rica. She has a master’s degree in environment and a certification course from the Business Administration Program of the Monterrey Institute in Mexico.

    She has eight years of business experience. She owns and is the general manager of the company Florex Productos de Limpieza S.A., she is a designer, developer and manufacturer of chemical cleaning products that are eco-friendly, and of Distribuidora Florex Centroamericana S.A., a company that markets the products from the FLOREX brand. At the moment the products can be found in Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, and Panama.

    FLOREX is a company that pioneered in eco-friendly products and sustainable production process, it has the carbon neutral and ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certifications.

    Since 1990 she has been working in different projects and programs with an emphasis in environmental and land management, and organization topics in Costa Rica, the Central American and Latin American regions.

    She was the president of the Center of Rights of Environmental and Natural Resources (CEDARENA) for over ten years, until 2009. She also worked as a consultant lawyer in environmental issues, with a special emphasis in environmental law and policies, as well as land management and organization for international organisms and local organizations in Latin America.

    She is a professor at the University of Costa Rica in different post-graduate programs with an emphasis in sustainable development and environmental law, like the Master’s Program in Environmental Law, Master’s in Geography and the Master’s in Sustainable Development.

    She did a Master’s in Geography with an emphasis in land and environment organization, and her thesis project was about the analysis of the limitations and strengths of environmental institutional management in Central America.

    Today she is a member of the Association for the Cleaning Industry Worldwide ISSA. She was the vice president of the board of directors of the Chamber of Industries in Costa Rica, and the coordinator of the Commission of Foreign Commerce and Economic Affairs of this Chamber until August 2015.

    She has been a member of the board of directors of the Council for the Promotion of Competitiveness in Costa Rica for three consecutive years. She is also a member of the board of the Business Association for Development (AED) and the board of directors of the Technical Institute of Standardization of Costa Rica.

    Silvia Chaves Herra

    Director of Corporate Social Responsibility at the National Bank of Costa Rica

    "Financial Mechanisms to Promote Conservation Projects. DISCUSSION GROUP"

    "How to Guarantee Green Homes for the Middle Class? ROUND TABLE"

    Chaves Herra is the Director of Corporate Social Responsibility at the National Bank of Costa Rica. She led the construction process of the sustainability plan of the organization, and her strategic vision helped focus the actions of the institution toward a threefold strategy, Green Bank, Productive Bank and Bank for Everyone, with the objective of improving the quality of life of the largest possible number of people, managing the actions of the organization in a way that is both, socially and environmentally responsible.

    In previous years she was the manager of political strategies, and was in charge of communications, and the corporate image of the Inter American Bank of Development in Costa Rica, her participation was important in community involvement projects that had a great impact on the social-economic growth of the country.

    She was also a member of the government of the former president of the republic and Nobel Prize winner Oscar Arias Sánchez, where she was in charge of the image and communications of the Presidential House, and was also a counselor and in charge of the relationship with different communities in the management of topics like: Construction of the Caldera highway, Costanera Sur, and International Airport Juan Santamaría.

    Stanley Motta

    President of Sumarse

    "Sustainability is a Good Business. ROUND TABLE"

    Stanley Motta is an entrepreneur, philanthropist, and promoter of corporate social responsibility in Panama and the region, with an outstanding business trajectory of more than five decades.

    With his brother Alberto Motta Jr. (1946-2016) he is a part of the second generation that runs the family business. His father, Alberto C. Motta (1916-2006) founded Motta & Motta in the 40’s and is considered the “father” of the tax-free shops in America, when he established the first store in the hemisphere in the International Airport of Tocumen in 1949.

    Since 2009, Motta is the president of Sumarse, an organization that promotes Corporate Social Responsibility (RSE) and has over 230 member organizations which include companies, NGOs, syndicates, and universities in Panama.

    Sumarse aims to promote a permanent CSR culture in the Panamanian corporate community and to contribute to the sustainable development of the country. The organization represents locally two of the most important sustainability initiatives in the word: the Global Pact of the United Nations and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD).

    Furthermore, he is a part of the Central American Network for the Integration of Corporate Social Responsibility (INTEGRARSE), an alliance of organizations that promotes Corporate Social Responsibility in Central America and the Caribbean.

    Tatiana Espinosa

    Director at ARBIO-PERÚ

    "Conservation in Private Hands: Adding Up Agents of Change for the Lungs of the World. DISCUSSION GROUP"

    Tatiana Espinosa is an engineer in Forest Sciences with a master's degree in Management and Conservation of Tropical Forests and Biodiversity at CATIE, with an emphasis in environmental socioeconomics and climate change. She has developed research projects on the impact of human activities on the wildlife and management of the Brazil nut (Bertholletia excelsa) in Tambopata. She has also focused in social adaptation strategies to face climate change in rural communities in Costa Rica and Nicaragua.

    Espinosa has 12 years of experience in forest management in the Peruvian Amazon, and in the topic of climate change adaptation and ecosystem services in Peru and the Mesoamerican region. She was credited by the International Analog Forestry Network as a trainer in “analog forestry as a restoration system for life support ecosystems in the planet”.

    Today she is the director of ARBIO-PERU association, which proposes to implement conservation mechanisms for the Amazon ecosystem involving the civil society and the private sector in the conservation of 916 hectares of Amazon rain forest.

    She won the Jane Goodall Hope and Inspiration Ranger Awards due to the work she has been doing in the Madre de Dios region, in the areas where deforestation threats from single-crop farming and illegal felling are a growing concern.

    Teo Mezger

    Landscape and urban architect at IBI Group

    "Clean Energy to Power Up Smart Cities. ROUND TABLE"

    Teo Mezger was born in 1984. He has lived in five countries and graduated from the Technical University of Munich in Landscape Architecture. He is Colombian, born in Medellin, but he lives in Costa Rica and San Jose is his city.

    He has experience in regulatory, strategic, and mobility plans for motorized and non-motorized vehicles. He has written articles for many magazines and newspapers, and has collaborated in several citizen participation processes.

    He is a consultant since 2016 of the Canadian firm IBI Group, and recently participated as a consultant of the Master Plan of Municipal Development: San Pedro Sula Smart City.

    He founded Movete por tu ciudad, a program that aims to democratize the space and offer current and future generations a better quality of life.

    Thomas Divney

    Technical Director at RAS

    "Beyond Agricultural Certifications: Limitations and Innovative Tools. MASTER LECTURE"

    Thomas Divney leads the technical unit of the Sustainable Agriculture Network (RAS) focusing on concepts, design, and implementation of state-of-the-art solutions for a more sustainable agriculture.

    He designs field assessment practices that are easy to implement and robust at the same time, he also makes an effort to conceptualize landscape and supply chain approaches for sustainability.

    He joined RAS in 2014 as the manager of technical assistance and in 2015 he became the Director of Security and Support, leading the certification management operations at RAS and the community technical learning efforts.

    Divney is an American expatriate who has lived in Costa Rica for over 30 years and has professional experience in 18 countries. Before joining RAS, he worked for a merchant and commercial producer of tropical fruits, and for international and non-profit organizations in the sectors of natural resources and environment.

    He has an MBA in Silviculture from Michigan Technological University and an MBA from the University of Costa Rica, as well as human resources management certifications.

    Todd Brady

    Director de Global Public Affairs and Sustainability de INTEL

    "Los secretos del carbono: tecnología y métrica de vanguardia para calcular secuestro de CO2 en los trópicos. CONVERSATORIO"

    Todd Brady es director de Global Public Affairs and Sustainability de Intel Corporation. En este puesto, lidera los asuntos del gobierno estatal y local, los medios y las relaciones con la comunidad, el voluntariado corporativo y la sostenibilidad en las principales oficinas de fabricación y administrativas en todo el mundo.

    Además de supervisar las estrategias regulatorias y de participación comunitaria en los EE. UU., China, el sudeste de Asia, Israel, Irlanda y América Latina, dirige las iniciativas globales de Intel para hacer que la compañía sea "inteligente y verde", liderando programas de sostenibilidad corporativos como clima y energía y la conservación del agua, el diseño ecológico y la integración de soluciones de Internet de las cosas (IoT) para crear oficinas, edificios e instalaciones inteligentes y ecológicas para el futuro.

    Durante sus más de 20 años en Intel, Brady ha representado a la empresa públicamente en numerosos foros y ha liderado iniciativas de toda la industria en muchos comités nacionales e internacionales. Es autor de más de 20 artículos en revistas científicas y actas de congresos sobre una variedad de temas de sostenibilidad.

    En 2009, fue nombrado por Scientific American como uno de los diez destacados líderes involucrados en actividades de investigación, negocios o políticas que han avanzado en ciencia y tecnología.

    Brady tiene una licenciatura en Ingeniería Química de la Universidad Brigham Young y una maestría en Ingeniería Ambiental de la Universidad de Illinois en Urbana-Champaign.

    Tomás José Barrientos

    Director of the Archaeological and Anthropological Research Center of Universidad del Valle, Guatemala

    "Beneficial or Harmful? The Limits of Doing Tourism in World Heritage Sites. ROUND TABLE"

    Lessons from our Ancestors: Sustainability in the Pre-Hispanic Inca and Mayan Civilizations. DISCUSSION GROUP

    Tomás José Barrientos has a licentiate degree in Archeology from the Universidad del Valle de Guatemala (1997) and a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the Vanderbilt University (2014). Today he is the director of the Department of Archeology (20015-2017) and the Archaeological and Anthropological Research Center from the Universidad del Valle de Guatemala (2011-2017).

    For the past 25 years he has done archaeological studies through Guatemala, focusing in the archeology of the lowlands, the highlands and the south coast, as well as in more specific topics like pre-Hispanic architecture, geopolitics of the lowlands, management of cultural patrimony, educational and outreach program on the Mayan culture, management of archaeological files and documents, identity studies, and sustainable and cultural tourism.

    Today, in a joint venture with Tulane University, he is the co-director of the Archaeological Regional Project La Corona (2008-2017), where the longest Mayan hieroglyphic text discovered so far was found in Guatemala (2012). He was also the director of the Archaeological Regional Project Cancuén (1999-2017), a project carried out by the Vanderbilt University, which laid the groundwork to integrate the development of indigenous communities as a comprehensive part of the archaeological research. In other regions of Guatemala he worked as a researcher in the Kaminaljuyu, Piedras Negras, Marinalá, Ujuxte and Montana/Los Chatos sites, and he supervised the researches in the Semetabaj, El Soch, Río Seco, and Taltic sites.

    He has been a teacher of archeology, anthropology, and tourism in the Universidad del Valle de Guatemala (1997-2017), Universidad Nacional de Trujillo (2017), CIRMA (1994, 2011), Universidad Tecnológica of El Salvador (2010), INTECAP (1993-2007) and Popol Vuh Museum (1994-2014), as well as an assistant professor at the Vanderbilt University (1997-2008) and the Universidad de Alcalá (1996). He has participated in over 225 conferences, workshops, and round tables in Guatemala, El Salvador, United States, Mexico, Canada, Colombia, Peru, Spain, Italy, and China.

    His publications include over 90 scientific articles and 15 technical project reports. He also published a book with Dr. Ernesto Arredondo, 2012: Mayan Calendars and Origins of the End of the World (2012), and participated in the Elaboration of the Cultural Component of the Master Plan of the Maya Biosphere Reserve (2013).

    Victor Hugo Morales

    EARTH Researcher

    "Innovating for a Sustainable Agriculture. FORUM"

    Morales is a forestry engineer, M.Sc. in Forest Management with an emphasis in Genetic Improvement of Forests of the Postgraduate Forestry and Environmental Center of Studies of the Universidad de Los Andes in Venezuela.

    He has experience in forest inventory, environmental project management, environmental impact studies, and university teaching.

    He is a professor in Tropical Silviculture and the professor in charge of the Forest Scenario of the course Work Experience in EARTH University. These courses aim to create opportunities that will help the student learn new skills, knowledge, and behaviors (significant learning), through self-exploration and experimentation.

    His main research focus is spatial analysis (geostatistics), forest biometrics, forest genetic improvement, silviculture of plantations and agro-forestry systems.

    Today he is in charge of the forest inventory of biological assets at EARTH, and coordinates three research projects at the Guácimo campus and La Flor campus.

    Viviana Luján

    Partner at Wolfs Company

    "Economic Assessment of Nature: A Tool to Meet the Sustainable Development Goals. ROUND TABLE"

    Viviana Luján is an environmental lawyer and a consultant with great experience in nature management and environmental financing for both, the public and private sectors. Among other things, she has counseled a wide array of actors in topics like climate change and finance transactions. She has more than 15 years of experience, having worked with public, private, and financial entities, non-governmental organizations and multilateral organizations.

    At Wolfs Company she leads the area of sustainable finances, and works with natural asset applications for the private and financial sectors. Since 2015 she has also been a legal consultant for the Green Fund for Climate.

    She is a Kinship Conservation Fellow (2015) and a member of the Conservation Finance Alliance and Natural Capital Coalition.

    She regularly participates as a speaker and facilitator in workshops and seminars, like the presentation during the consultation workshop of the Finance Sector Supplement to the Natural Capital Protocol in Amsterdam (2017); she was a conference speaker and facilitator in Advocacy Bootcamp and two trainings in Sustainable Finance during the World Parks Congress in Sydney (2014); she was a facilitator in the sustainable finance workshop of the Seminar on the Effective Implementation of Ecosystem Assessment in Bonaire (2014); and a speaker in several Carbon Expo and in the Latin American Forum of Carbon (2007 -2013).

    Wilkie Mora

    Gerente general de Geocycle

    "Energía a partir de biomasa: aprovechando los residuos para generar electricidad. FORO"

    Wilkie Mora es máster en Administración de Negocios, graduado del Programa de Alta Gerencia de INCAE y licenciado en Química Orgánica de la Universidad de Costa Rica.

    Tiene más de 25 años de trayectoria en diversos sectores industriales. Actualmente se desempeña como gerente general en Servicios Ambientales Geocycle, empresa del Grupo Holcim, especializada en la gestión integral de residuos para su conversión energética por co-procesamiento.

    Carlos Meza

    President of the Asociación Costarricense de Energía Solar

    "New Opportunities of Solar Energy in Latin America. ROUND TABLE"

    Carlos Meza Benavides is an electrical engineer with an MSc in Design of Integrated Building Systems from the Lugano University, Switzerland, he also has a diploma in advanced studies in Dynamic Systems of the Universidad Politécnica de Cataluña, Barcelona, Spain, and a PhD in Advanced Automation and Robotics from the Universidad Politécnica de Cataluña, Spain.

    He has been a visiting researcher of the Groningen University, the Netherlands, and a postdoctoral researcher in the Institute for Applied Sustainability to the Built Environment, Cannobio, Switzerland.

    He was also a senior postdoctoral researcher in the International Center of Theoretical Physics at UNESCO in Trieste, Italy.

    He has been a consultant in topics of renewable energy in Latin America for European Projects and for the Organization of the American States.

    He participated in the design of a photovoltaic module characterization system for the Swiss company PASAN. The final product won the award for the European Solar Industry 2012.

    He has written over 25 technical reports, published in scientific journals and international congresses on the power processing units for photovoltaic systems.

    Today he is in charge of planning renewable energy projects for the Technological Institute of Costa Rica and is the coordinator of the project Sostenibilidad TEC.

    He is also the president of the board of directors of the Asociación Costarricense de Energía Solar.

    Carmen Roldán

    Director of Environmental Services Development and Marketing at FONAFIFO

    "Biodiversity as a Protagonist in Business. MODERATOR"

    Carmen Roldán graduated in Tropical Biology with a PhD in Education with an emphasis in pedagogic mediation.

    She has worked for over 30 years in activities focused on biodiversity conservation, as a researcher and a professor in public and private universities.

    Since 2011 she has been the director of Environmental Services Development and Marketing at the National Forest Finance Fund (FONAFIFO), a department created to establish agreements with organizations or companies that finance environmental projects as a strategy to compensate impacts or to contribute with the support of the necessary resources for their production processes.

    This department is also responsible for transforming contracts for Payment for Environmental Services (PSA) into marketing projects with the purpose of capturing more resources for the PSA and to develop innovative ideas.

    In 2018 she was selected by the plenary of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) as a member of the Multidisciplinary Expert Panel (MEP) of the IPBES. These terms last for three years.

    Cristina Sánchez

    Researcher at Fundación Keto

    "Maritime Routes to Avoid Collision of Ships with Cetaceans. DISCUSSION GROUP"

    Cristina Sánchez graduated from the University of Costa Rica with a master’s degree in Biology with an emphasis in Marine Biology, specifically in coral reef ecology.

    She has collaborated in scientific researches to monitor coral reefs, specifically the group of corals and fish in the Pacific and the Caribbean. She participated in the current state assessment of 130 reefs in the Caribbean that belonged to 12 countries or territories.

    For the past 10 years she has been a part of the research team at Fundación Keto, in the area of coral reef monitoring, she does social work with coastal communities for climate change adaptation.

    During this time she has run projects like the training of local guides to monitor reefs with the REEF Check and REEF methodologies, and the biological assessment of the Barra del Colorado, the assessment of reef systems, fish and marine invertebrates in the South Pacific, and responsible consumption projects of marine resources. She participated in the adaptation of the REEF Check methodology to the eastern Tropical Pacific.

    She has recently developed a joint project with SINAC, where she has trained and implemented the protocol of Coral Formations with over 20 officers from the different protected areas (ACLA-C, ACG, ACT, ACTo, ACOPAC, ACOSA, ACMIC): Santa Rosa National Park, Cahuita National Park, Gandoca Manzanillo National Wildlife Refuge, Isla del Caño Biological Reserve, Marino Ballena National Park, and Isla del Coco National Park. She has been a professor in the University of Costa Rica for over two years.

    Eduardo Ulibarri

    Consultor internacional

    "Empresas son protagonistas en el Acuerdo de París. MODERADOR"

    Eduardo Ulibarri Bilbao es periodista, analista y académico, dirigió el diario La Nación entre 1982 y 2003. Fue embajador y representante permanente de Costa Rica ante las Naciones Unidas entre agosto de 2010 y junio de 2014.

    En la actualidad se desempeña como profesor universitario, consultor internacional en análisis sociopolítico y estrategias de comunicación, articulista de prensa y miembro de juntas directivas de empresas y organizaciones sin fines de lucro.

    Sus más recientes libros son Costa Rica global (2017) y La ONU que yo viví (2015).

    Ha recibido la Medalla por Servicios Distinguidos en Periodismo de la Universidad de Missouri, en 1989; el premio María Moors Cabot, de la Universidad de Columbia (Nueva York), en 1996, y el Premio Nacional de Periodismo de Costa Rica, en 1999.

    En 2002 la Asociación Latinoamericana de Consultores Políticos (ALACOP) lo distinguió “por su contribución al desarrollo de la investigación en opinión pública en Costa Rica”.

    Estudió en las universidades de Costa Rica, Missouri y Harvard.

    Katiana Murillo

    Coordinator at LatinClima

    "Beneficial or Harmful? The Limits of Doing Tourism in World Heritage Sites. ROUND TABLE"

    Katiana Murillo is a Costa Rican journalist specialized in topics of environment and development.

    She has a master’s degree in Ecological Tourism and a specialization in Social Responsibility. Today, she is the coordinator of the Network of Communication in Climate Change for Latin America (LatinClima), that carries out training initiatives in topics related to climate change for Latin American journalists and communicators, she also helps diffuse information on this topic for decision makers and the general public in the region.

    The network is an initiative of the Ministry of Environment and Energy of Costa Rica, the Ministry of Housing, Territorial Planning and Environment of Uruguay (MVOTMA), and the Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center (CATIE), with the support of the Agencia Española de Cooperación (AECID).

    As a journalist, Murillo has covered the climate summits in Lima (COP20) and Paris (COP21) for El Financiero in Costa Rica, she was the author of an opinion column in this same publication, on topics of sustainability.

    She was also a part of the Delegation for Costa Rica in the climate summits in Doha (COP18) and Warsaw (COP19), and was responsible for the communications of the Independent Association of Latin America and the Caribbean (AILAC) for the Marrakech summit (COP22).

    She is the author of environmental education books and a communications consultant for international cooperation organisms.

    Marco Quesada

    Director of International Conservation in Costa Rica

    "Fishing for Sustainable Markets and Conscientious Consumers. ROUND TABLE"

    Marco Quesada Alpízar graduated in Biology from the University of Costa Rica (UCR). His thesis project for his MSc Focused on the ecology of marine plankton in the Golfo Dulce, and he complemented it with studies in the State University of Portland (USA).

    He completed additional postgraduate studies on taxonomy of micro zooplankton at the Rochelle University in France. In 2011 he got a PhD in marine resource management from the Department of Marine Affairs of Rhode Island University. His dissertation on the participation of the fishing management was based on field work done in fishing communities in Costa Rica and Kodiak, Alaska.

    He has given pre and postgraduate university courses in the University of Costa Rica and the University for Peace based in Costa Rica.

    He is a member of Acting Council of the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), the International Blue Carbon Initiative, the National Council on Wetlands and the Cocos Island Conservation Area Regional Council, among others. He also represents International Conservation in the First Debt for Nature Swap and the Sustainable Biodiversity Fund.

    He has worked with International Conservation (IC) since 2005, and today is the executive director of the IC program in Costa Rica.

    Mercedes Gómez

    Director of the Environmental Engineering Career at the Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas

    "Conservation in Private Hands: Adding Up Agents of Change for the Lungs of the World. MODERATOR"

    Mercedes Gómez has a master’s degree in Corporate Social Responsibility from the Universidad Castilla La Mancha. She also has a master’s degree in Forestry and Forest Resources Management from UNALM. She is a specialist in Quality Management and Environmental Auditing, and forestry engineering from the Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina.

    She has been an environmental and forestry consultant in sustainable development projects with experience in implementation, supervision, training and auditing for Management Systems under the International Standards. She has also studied environmental impacts, and given technical counseling on environmental quality for eco-tourism activities in the Madre de Dios region, and helped with the analysis and development of alternate sustainable economic proposals in the project: “Conservation of the Amazon forest in the influence area of the inter-oceanic highway - Río Piedras”, and in topics related to Corporate Social Responsibility.

    She has also created development projects with the purpose of improving the quality of life of the indigenous and rural communities in Peru.

    She is an active member of Caminos a la Producción Más Limpia en las Américas: Un Enfoque Colaborativo a la Educación en Desarrollo Industrial Sustentable.

    She was given a grant for the program “International Visitor Leadership Program” by the Department of State of the United States.

    Today she is the director of the Environmental Engineering Career at the Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas. Before, she was the director of the Business Environmental Management Career and the academic coordinator for Social Responsibility at the Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola in Peru.

    Michelle Soto Méndez

    Collaborator at LatinClima

    "Bahía Ballena Community in Osa: Adapting Tourist Activities to Climate Change. MODERATOR"

    Michelle Soto is a journalist graduated from the University of Costa Rica. Her professional interests are informing on topics of science and the environment.

    She was worked for publications like Semanario Universidad, Perfil, Su Casa, SoHo and La Nación. She also worked for Fundación Marviva, where she was in charge of the press.

    Her journalistic work has been acknowledged with national and international awards. She has covered climate summits and international conferences in environment topics. She has interviewed important figures like Jane Goodall, Sylvia Earle, Alexandra Cousteau, Christiana Figueres, Thomas Stocker and Jean Pascal Van Ypersele, among others.

    She received a grant from the International Visitor Leadership Program of the Department of State of the United States, UN Foundation, UNFCCC Secretariat, Blue Peace, Council for the Advancement of Science Writing, Federal Foreign Office in Germany and Earth Journalism Network.

    In 2016, in a joint project with Ojalá Ediciones she published her first book called Grandes Espectáculos Naturales.

    Today she collaborates with the network of communications on climate change for Latin Clima, and is the academic curator of this congress.

    Octavio Ramírez Mixter

    Resident Coordinator of FAO in Costa Rica

    "Innovating for a sustainable agriculture FORUM"

    Octavio Ramírez is a rural social-economist. He has a master’s degree in Rural Development from the University of Bahía Brazil, a master’s degree in Planning and Development from the State University of Morelos, and a master’s in Development Project Management of the ICAP.

    Before, he was the coordinator of the Rural Development of MIDEPLAN, and the project director of Agricultural Reorganization and Rural Development of the Commission of European Communities.

    Since 1986 he works at FAO, and today is the resident coordinator of FAO in Costa Rica.

    Pablo Rojas

    Director of Environmental Dimension, AED

    "From the Company to the House: The Growing Impact of the Companies that Commit to Sustainability. MODERATOR"

    Pablo Rojas is an engineer in biotechnology and has a master’s degree in industrial engineering, as well as diplomas in climate change and innovation.

    He has over 10 years of experience managing projects in the region, where he has worked with organizations like the UNPD, UNEP, CEPAL, GIZ, UNIDO and the European Union. He has experience in sustainability, climate change, innovation, renewable energy and biotechnology.

    Today he is the director of the Environmental Area of the Alianza Empresarial para el Desarrollo (AED), where he leads the design of tools and methodologies to incorporate the environmental area in the definition of corporate strategies, the promotion of public policies and public-private alliances.

    He is the vice president of the Executive Committee of LEDS LAC, a regional platform with over 13000 members that promotes resilient development initiatives and low emissions in Latin America and the Caribbean.

    He is a member of the board of directors of the Centro para la Sostenibilidad Urbana (CPSU), the National Commission of the Ecologic Blue Flag Program (PBAE), the Counseling Committee of the Greenhouse Gas Effects of the Costa Rican Accreditation Entity (ECA) and the Advisory Council on Ecodesign of Latin America (EcodAl).

    He is an innovation manager credited by the Ministry of Science and Technology of Costa Rica (MICIT), a jury of the Social Responsibility in Action Award of the Costa Rican - North American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) and jury of entrepreneur skills of the organization Yo Emprendedor.

    He has been a speaker in several international forums in countries like Germany, Portugal, Israel, India, Chile, Mexico and Central America. He is a collaborator in Ojo al Clima, where he has a blog called Clima Empresarial. He has published articles in recognized media in Costa Rica and Latin America.

    Rebeca Chang

    Directora de DAO Arquitectura y Diseño Colaborativo

    "¿Cómo garantizar una vivienda verde para la clase media? MODERADORA"

    Rebeca Chang Ugarte es licenciada en arquitectura graduada de la Universidad de Costa Rica en el año 2013, tiene una especialización en Administración de Proyectos del Instituto Tecnológico de Costa Rica del 2017.

    Ganadora de varios premios a nivel nacional como el Gran Premio Bienal de Arquitectura y Premio Bienal Nacional en la Bienal Internacional de Arquitectura 2018 del Colegio de Arquitectos de Costa Rica. También es ganadora del premio al uso del color en la Bienal Estudiantil del Colegio de Arquitectos de Costa Rica 2014.

    En el 2016, fundó DAO Arquitectura y Diseño Colaborativo. Asimismo, desde 2014, forma parte de Re- Arquitectura como socia y arquitecta.

    Ha trabajo 7 años en la construcción, ejecución y administración de proyectos públicos como privados. Ha ejecutado y construido proyectos de vivienda, comerciales, culturales e industriales, para grandes firmas de arquitectura nacionales e internacionales.

    En el 2014, junto a un equipo de jóvenes arquitectas, diseñó, planificó, dirigió y ejecutó el Festival Internacional de las Artes 2014 en el sector de La Sabana para el Ministerio de Cultura y Juventud.

    Sus trabajos han sido publicados en la revista HABITAR, Plataforma Arquitectura y revista Dwell. Es apasionada por la naturaleza, el diseño optimizado y la sostenibilidad.

    Rocío Fernández

    Director of the National Museum of Costa Rica

    "Lessons from our Ancestors: Sustainability in the pre-Hispanic Inca and Mayan Civilizations. DISCUSSION GROUP"

    María del Rocío Fernández is a journalist and cultural manager. She is the general director of the National Museum of Costa Rica since July 2014, a position she also had from March 2008 to May 2010. She was also the director of the Museum of Costa Rican Art between 1992 and 1996, and between 2002 and 2004.

    She graduated from Collective Communication Sciences at the University of Costa Rica. As a journalist, she was the cultural writer of the Excélsior newspaper, the writer and deputy director of the section Inactuales of La Nación newspaper. She was in charge of the cultural supplement Áncora, from that same newspaper for seven years, and for this job she was awarded the National Cultural Journalism Award Joaquín García Monge in 1985.

    She was the editor of the Foro Económico Banex, of the weekly journal El Financiero, and the director of La Nueva Escuela Center of Visual Arts, a private education project for fine arts studies.

    She was a communication consultant and the director of the Cultural Extension of the University of Costa Rica.

    Ronald Sanabria

    Independent Consultant

    "Costa Rica as a World Reference: Tourism as a Virtuous Example of Public-Private Alliances. DISCUSSION GROUP"

    Ronald Sanabria has worked in the tourism industry in the areas of certification, productivity, quality and sustainability insurance since 1992.

    He joined the Rainforest Alliance in 1998, first working with the Sustainable Agriculture Division. Two years later he was in charge of developing the Sustainable Tourism project.

    Sanabria has coordinated projects in a dozen countries in Latin America, supporting trainings in sustainable tourism and technical assistance for hundreds of tourism companies and community operations, as he connects them to the market.

    He created the Sustainable Tourism Certification Network of the Americas (STCNA) and was its secretary from 2003 to 2010. He helped created the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) and was a member of its board of directors from 2010 to 2012.

    Today he is an independent consultant; he supports government agencies and the UN, conservationist NGOs (including the Rainforest Alliance) and tourism companies that work with sustainability projects.

    He also represents the Rainforest Alliance in the UN One Planet Tourism Program, as a member of its Multi-stakeholder Advisory Committee.

    Sanabria received the 2008 EXPOTUR Friend of Nature award in recognition of his efforts to promote sustainable tourism in Costa Rica.

    During his time in the Rainforest Alliance, his team was granted the Gallina de Oro award from the Asociación Costarricense de Turismo Comunitario Rural in 2008 for their support to communities dedicated to tourism; the Travel + Leisure Global Vision award in 2009, and the Innovation award of the International Eco-Tourism Society in 2010.

    In 2017, to celebrate the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for the Development, the Brazilian Association of Tourism Operators recognized his work in the Rainforest Alliance as the international initiative that had inspired changes in tourism development in Brazil.

    He has been a teacher in the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Costa Rica since 1992.

    As a Fullbright Scholar, Sanabria has a BS in Industrial Engineering of the University of Costa Rica and an MA in Sustainable International Development from Brandeis University.

    Yanancy Noguera

    Consultant in Management and Communication

    "Carbon Neutrality for Business Profitability and the Optimization of its Operations. MODERATOR"

    Yanancy Noguera is a consultant in management and communication and a social entrepreneur. She is the founder and director of Punto y Aparte, a collaboration program of good journalism between students and experienced journalists. It aims to create journalism that reports situations that affect people and communities in Costa Rica, but that also diagnoses solutions for these problems. Social journalism, journalism for solutions. 10 of the most influential communication media publish the works of the students in the program.

    She was the director of the newspaper La Nación (2010-2014) and El Financiero (1999-2010), both from Costa Rica.

    She is a university professor at the School of Collective Communication Sciences in the University of Costa Rica (2005 to date) and of the School of Journalism of the Universidad Latina de Costa Rica (2014 to date). She has 19 years of experience in economic journalism and 14 years of experience as a director of communication media. She is a founding member and treasurer of the Instituto de Prensa y Libertad de Expresión.

    She graduated from journalism from the University of Costa Rica and has an MBA with an emphasis in finance from the National University of San Diego, California. She is a Fellow of the IV Class of the Central America Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

    VENUE

    Why is Parque Viva the best venue?

    Aside from being a mega venue with multiple facilities and versatility, Parque Viva implements and promotes sustainability in all its events.

    SUSTAINABILITY

  • We are surrounded by a secondary forest, which contributes to temperature regulation and is a green corridor for species.
  • 95% of our trees are native.
  • We have a collection center where we sort recyclable waste.
  • We have a sustainable system to recycle waters.
  • Our food and beverage products are biodegradable.
  • INFRASTRUCTURE

  • We are the only multiple-venue in Costa Rica with an amphitheater, convention center, and a racing track.
  • It can park 4,000 vehicles and can host more than 15,000 people per day.
  • We have the Esencial Costa Rica and Blue Flag certifications, as well as the tourism declaration of the Costa Rican Institute of Tourism.
  • HOW TO GET HERE?

    Address: La Guácima, Alajuela, Costa Rica

    Open route with
  • A little over 20 minutes away from the International Airport Juan Santamaria.
  • One hour away from national parks like Carara, Barva, Poás, and Braulio Carrillo.
  • One hour to the Pacific coast, with many beaches and ecotourism activities.
  • 37 minutes from the most important shopping mall in the country.
  • Minutes away from the best hotels in the country.
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