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Costa Rica, a Geopolitical Crossroads: Drugs, Refugees, and Terrorism

Thu, May 12, 2016, 3:00pm - 4:30pm

You are cordially invited to a lecture on the topic of 

Costa Rica, a Geopolitical Crossroads: 
Drugs, Refugees, and Terrorism 

Ambassador Roman Macaya
Ambassador of Costa Rica to the United States of America    

Thursday, May 12
3:00 PM

The Institute of World Politics
1521 16th Street NW
Washington, DC 20036



MacayaRoman Macaya was sworn in as Ambassador of Costa Rica to the United States of America on August 20, 2014. He has developed a multidisciplinary career as a scientist, businessman, advocate, politician and academic.  As a chemist and biochemist by training, Roman has led R&D teams in the fields of biotechnology and biomedical research and he has also authored numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals in the life sciences. 

His awareness of the implications of many innovations to health care, led him to seek an MBA in healthcare management. His interest in the Costa Rican healthcare system, intellectual property, agriculture and development turned him into a frequent media source for the last 15 years and has given over 200 international presentations on these topics. 

He has participated in panels and meetings organized by the World Health Organization (WHO), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the World Trade Organization (WTO), and been an invited speaker at both the University of Pennsylvania´s Wharton School and Law School and the University of Costa Rica.  He has also been a visiting professor at Middlebury College in Vermont. Roman holds an MBA in Health Care Management from the Wharton School of Business (University of Pennsylvania), a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from UCLA and a B.A. in Chemistry from Middlebury College. He is married and has four children.