Date: Monday, 28 August 2023, 06:00 pm
Location: Robert Bosch Stiftung, Französische Straße 32, 10117 Berlin
Moderated by: Leonie Schaefer-Osthues, Senior Project Manager, Robert Bosch Academy
  • Carlos Alvarado Quesada, former President of Costa Rica and Richard von Weizsäcker Fellow, Robert Bosch Academy


Carlos Alvarado Quesada served as the 48th President of Costa Rica from 2018 to 2022. Under President Alvarado’s leadership, Costa Rica contributed to global efforts to combat climate change, and defended human rights, democracy, and multilateralism.

In February 2019, President Alvarado launched Costa Rica’s National Decarbonization Plan, the first of its kind since the Paris Agreement of 2015 which established the road map to decarbonize the country’s economy by 2050. His administration also organized the run-up to the U.N. Climate Change Conference – COP25 in Madrid, while creating with France and the United Kingdom the High Ambition Coalition for Nature and People that now includes 190 member states that agreed to this goal during the biodiversity COP-15 in Montreal 2022.

In May 2020, Costa Rica launched with the World Health Organization the COVID-19 Technology Access Pool (C-TAP) initiative with the to facilitate faster, equitable, and affordable access to COVID-19 health products for people in all countries. Furthermore, his administration has overseen historic fiscal reforms to strengthen the country’s economy. He was responsible for Costa Rica’s accession to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), marking the fourth Latin American country and the first in Central America to do so.

He is Professor of Practice of Diplomacy at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy of Tufts University and currently spends a fellowship in Berlin as a Richard von Weizsäcker Fellow at the Robert Bosch Academy, an institution of the Robert Bosch Stiftung. The fellowship offers a residency in Berlin to outstanding personalities from around the world and provides fellows with the intellectual and physical space to pursue individual research and outreach activities on future-oriented topics in an international context.

As part of his Fellowship, he works on a conceptual framework for training diplomats of developing small states. He will present his ideas on his training concept and would like to exchange with future German diplomats on his ideas, diplomatic training and share his experience as a former President.

This event has been invitation only.

Registration for this event is closed.