Costa Rican. Fernando is a law graduate from the University of Costa Rica with a degree in Public Law. He earned a master's degree in International Political Economy from the London School of Economics and also studied at the Center for Law and Trade Policy in Ottawa, Canada and the World Trade Institute in Bern, Switzerland.
He is currently an international consultant specializing in investment, foreign trade, economic integration, negotiation, trade facilitation and trade policy. Fernando also works with national and international institutions such as the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, the Organization of American States and the Secretariat for Central American Economic Integration (SIECA), among others.
He worked at the Costa Rican Ministry of Foreign Trade for more than 15 years and held the position of Vice Minister from 2010 to 2014. His professional career also includes being appointed as Chief Negotiator for the Market Access Group during the Dominican Republic-Central America-United States Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR) negotiations. Fernando served as chief negotiator during the Free Trade Agreement signed between the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and Costa Rica, as well as the Costa Rica-China and Costa Rica-Singapore FTAs. He was Deputy Chief of Commercial Affairs during EU-Central America Partnership Agreement negotiations.
Additionally, he coordinated Costa Rica’s technical participation throughout the process to create the Free Trade Area of the Americas (ALCA) and chaired the Public Sector Procurement negotiating group. He coordinated Costa Rica’s participation during the Central American economic integration process and led the process to modernize Costa Rican border crossings.
He has authored and co-edited works such as El desafío de un Acuerdo de Asociación entre Centroamérica y la Unión Europea (2008) and Ensayos temáticos sobre el TLC República Dominicana – Centroamérica – Estados Unidos (2005).
A university lecturer, Fernando is constantly publishing articles on foreign trade and integration and has given conferences in more than 15 countries. He is the Dean of Lead University.
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