Political Speaker Carlos Alvarado Quesada

Carlos Alvarado Quesada

48th President of the Republic of Costa Rica; Awarded the 2022 Planetary Leadership Award by the National Geographic Society

Speaker Carlos Alvarado Quesada, former President of Costa Rica, joined Tufts University in 2022, praised for his sustainable energy and climate policies, including a significant COVID-19 response. Internationally recognized, Alvarado received the 2022 Planetary Leadership Award and the U.N.'s Champion of the Earth Award. He launched Costa Rica's National Decarbonization Plan and focused on climate change, human rights, and economic reforms during his presidency.

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    Carlos Alvarado Quesada biography

    Speaker Carlos Alvarado Quesada, the esteemed 48th President of Costa Rica, concluded his term in May 2022 with significant accomplishments. Subsequently, he embarked on a new academic venture by joining Tufts University on July 1, 2022, as a Professor of Practice in Diplomacy and a Senior Fellow at the Edward R. Murrow Center for a Digital World within The Fletcher School. Notably known for his innovative approach to sustainable energy, ambitious climate policies, and successful management of the COVID-19 pandemic, speaker Carlos Alvarado Quesada now significantly contributes to Fletcher’s faculty. His efforts are primarily focused on diplomacy for small states and preparing future leaders to tackle global challenges effectively.

    Moreover, at the United Nations Ocean Conference in Lisbon in 2022, the National Geographic Society honored Alvarado with the 2022 Planetary Leadership Award for his unwavering commitment to ocean conservation. Additionally, TIME magazine featured him as one of the 100 Next emerging leaders in 2019, further acknowledging his impact. In the same vein, the United Nations Environment Program recognized Costa Rica with the Champion of the Earth Award for policy leadership during his tenure.

    Under Alvarado’s guidance, Costa Rica made strides in combating climate change, advocating for human rights, democracy, and multilateralism. Importantly, his administration spearheaded the National Decarbonization Plan, aiming for a carbon-neutral economy by 2050, and played a crucial role in facilitating Costa Rica’s historic accession to the OECD, marking it as the first Central American country to achieve this milestone.

    Before his presidency, Alvarado’s contributions to the social welfare and labor sectors in Costa Rica were substantial, demonstrating his commitment to social progress and economic reform. His educational background in journalism, political science, and development studies, coupled with his advisory role in the Legislative Assembly, laid a robust foundation for his influential political career.

    Carlos Alvarado Quesada Speaking Videos

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    Carlos Alvarado Quesada - Costa Rica's Decarbonization Efforts

    Carlos Alvarado Quesada Keynote Topics

    Carlos Alvarado Quesada shares his journey of integrating democratic values with environmental stewardship, highlighting Costa Rica's global leadership in sustainable policies.

    Alvarado emphasizes the urgency of addressing climate change, drawing on Costa Rica's proactive measures and decarbonization efforts as a blueprint for global action.

    Exploring the balance between economic growth and environmental preservation, Alvarado presents Costa Rica's model of sustainable development as an example for the world.

    Reflecting on his experiences, Alvarado discusses the qualities and strategies needed for effective leadership in today's world, focusing on inclusivity, innovation, and commitment to future generations.

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