Roman Macaya, Costa Rica's ambassador to the United States, will give an overview of the policies that allowed his country to achieve many important economic, social and environmental goals. He will also describe the challenges Costa Rica faces in these areas today.
Macaya has lived and worked as a scientist, businessman, advocate, politician, academic and, now, diplomat in both Costa Rica and the U.S. As ambassador since 2014, he has promoted collaboration between Costa Rica and the U.S. in education, health, science, culture, energy, conservation, security and human rights. He has also promoted foreign direct investment in high-value services and in the life sciences, trade, ecotourism and medical travel.
Macaya holds a bachelor of arts in chemistry from Vermont's Middlebury College, a master in business administration in health care management from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business, and a doctorate in biochemistry from UCLA.
The talk is open to the public and is sponsored by the University of Arizona Foundation; the Science, Health, and Engineering Policy and Diplomacy Initiative; the UA Department of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics; and the UA College of Engineering.