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JOSÉ MARÍA FIGUERES
Former President of Costa Rica

PROFESSIONAL INFORMATION:
• Former President of Costa Rica (1994-1998);
• Grupo Felipe IV, based in Spain, dedicated to supporting organizations which promote development and democratic values around the world, CEO;
• World Economic Forum, Managing Director (2000);
• World Economic Forum, CEO (2003),
• Helped create and lead the United Nations Information and Communication Technologies Task Force (ICT);
• Special Representative of the Secretary-General to the Information and Communications Technologies Advisory Group;
• ICT Task Force, Former Chairperson;
• Minister of Foreign Trade (1987-1988); and
• Minister of Agriculture (1988-1990);

AWARDS, BOARD MEMBERSHIPS AND AFFILIATIONS:
• Inter-American Dialogue, co-Chairman;
• Fundación Costa Rica para el Desarrollo Sostenible (Entebbe), Costa Rica, Founder;
• Digital Nations Program at the Media Lab, MIT, co-Founder;
• Club of Madrid, Founding Member;
• World Resources Institute, Board Member;
• Earth Council Geneva, Board Member;
• Discovery Channel Global Education Partnership, Board Member;
• Talal Abu-Ghazaleh Organization, Board Member;
• San Cristobal (Grupo SAISC), Board Member;
• Global Environmental Action, International Advisor;
• John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, Member of the Dean’s Alumni Leadership Council; and
• Sustainability Award (Switzerland).

EDUCATION:
• US Military Academy at West Point (Industrial Engineering Degree); and
• John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University (Masters in Public Administration).

 

 
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