José María Figueres
José María Figueres served
as President of Costa Rica from 1994 to 1998. As such, he
was the youngest President of a Central American country in
modern times. During his presidency, he created a comprehensive
national Sustainable Development strategy combining sound
macroeconomic indicators, together with strategic investment
in human development, and a strong alliance with nature through
the implementation of innovative environmental policies. Prior
to serving as President he was Minister of Foreign Trade (1987-1988)
and Minister of Agriculture (1988-1990).
In the international arena he has pioneered
the linkage between Sustainable Development and technology,
in the realms of business, public service, and non-profit
organizations. He helped create and lead the United
Nations Information and Communication Technologies Task Force
(ICT) and is the founder of the Fundación
Costa Rica para el Desarrollo Sostenible (Entebbe) in
Costa Rica. In 2000, President Figueres joined the World
Economic Forum and became its first CEO in 2003, where
he strengthened global corporate ties to social and governmental
sectors by identifying common long-term interests.
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 the support
of organizations which promote development and democratic
values around the world.
He holds an Industrial Engineering Degree from US Military
Academy at West Point, and a Masters in Public Administration
from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.