Álvaro Umaña is Senior Research Fellow of the Environment and Development initiative Center for Central America. He has an important role in promoting the activities for the center, especially for policy makers, and making alliances with international institutions. Umaña was the first Energy and Environment Minister of Costa Rica from 1986 to 1990. He received international recognition for his contributions to nature conservation and achievements such as the creation of the National Bioersity Institute (INBio). Recently he has worked with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) as lead counsel for the Executive Director’s office for Central America, Mexico, Spain and Venezuela in Washington, DC.
He has had extensive experience in academia, as professor at INCAE Business School in Costa Rica, visiting professor at Yale and a visiting lecturer at universities including American University, UC Berkeley, Duke, Harvard, Johns Hopkins, University of Maryland and University of Washington. He received his master in Economics and a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering and Science from Stanford University. He is the author of numerous books and scholarly articles.