On May 8, Costa Rica will swear-in the country’s youngest president ever; He is 38 years old.
Costa Rica just sworn in a surprising new president: a former fiction novelist and minister. He won a land slide victory at the April 2018 election to become the country’s youngest president ever and he has promised various reforms that would transform various sectors of the economy as part of preparation to celebrate the country’s 200 years of independence. One of such plan is to end use of fossil fuel in transportation.
“When we reach 200 years of independent life we will take Costa Rica forward and celebrate … that we’ve removed gasoline and diesel from our transportation” plans, Carlos Alvarado promised in his victory speech this month.
According to Wikipedia, Carlos Alvarado Quesada was born on January 14, 1980. Before his election as the president, he previously served as a federal minister of labour and security. He has a Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree from University of Costa Rica and another Masters degree from University of Sussex.
Business and Political Career
- He served as an advisor to the Citizen Action Party’s group in the Legislative Assembly of Costa Rica in the 2006-2010 period.
- He was a consultant to the Institute of Development Studies of the United Kingdom in financing SMEs.
- Department Manager of Dish Care & Air Care (Procter & Gamble Latin America).
- Director of Communication for the presidential campaign of Luis Guillermo Solís.
- Professor in the School of Sciences of Collective Communication of the University of Costa Rica and in the School of Journalism Of the Universidad Latina de Costa Rica.
- During the Solís Rivera administration, served as Minister of Human Development and Social Inclusion and Executive President of the Joint Social Welfare Institute, institution charged with combating poverty and giving state aid to the population of scarce resources.
- After the resignation as minister of Víctor Morales Mora, Alvarado was appointed minister of Labor.
- On April 1, 2018 Alvarado won the presidential election with 61%.