After finishing his Presidential term (1)
President Figueres has dedicated himself to pioneering the
linkage between Technology and Sustainable Development, in
the realms of business, public service, and large non-profit
Figueres helped create and lead the United
Nations Information and Communication Technologies Task Force
(ICT), first as the Special Representative of the Secretary-General
to the Information and Communications Technologies Advisory
Group and then as the ICT Task Force’s first Chairperson.
Together with Nicolas Negroponte and Jeffrey Sachs, José
María is a founder of the Digital Nations Program at
the Media Lab, MIT. To pursue these efforts, he established
Costa Rica para el Desarrollo Sostenible (Entebbe) in
In September 2000 Figueres moved to Geneva,
Switzerland, upon becoming a Managing Director of the World
Economic Forum, overseeing the Center for the Global Agenda.
He became the first CEO of the World Economic Forum in 2003,
having amongst his responsibilities the overall coordination
of the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum, at Davos,
which gathers prominent business leaders and Heads of State
and Government, as well as respected academic personalities.
One of his main achievements as CEO was strengthening global
corporate ties to social and governmental sectors by identifying
their common long-term interests.
Evidence of his ability to bring together
the best of the governmental and non-profit sector with the
private sector at an international level is seen in current
and previous advisory and board of directors’ positions.
Currently he serves on the boards of World Resources Institute
(USA), Earth Council Geneva (Switzerland), Discovery Channel
Global Education Partnership (USA), Talal Abu-Ghazaleh Organization
(Jordan), the Dubai Recycling Park, the ACIPP Qualification
Advisory Board Committee of the Arab Society for Intellectual
Property and Grupo San Cristobal SAISC (Costa Rica), among
others. Together with President Carter he is also an International
Advisor at Global Environmental Action (Japan). In addition,
Figueres is a Member of the Dean’s Alumni Leadership
Council at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard
University and a founding Member of the Club de Madrid. He
previously served on the Boards of the World Wildlife Fund
(WWF), The Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), and FUNDES
Today he continues to work in the fields
of technology and development, and is currently the CEO of
CONCORDIA 21, based in Spain, dedicated to supporting organizations
which promote development and democratic values around the
(1) The Costa Rican Constitution stipulates
that Presidents can only serve one term. This, however, was
amended in 2003, allowing former Presidents to again stand
for election after a minimum of two periods out of office.