Robert Artavia | INCAE


President and founder of Roberto Artavia Consultoría Internacional; President of Viva Trust, the largest productive-philanthropic trust serving Latin America and of Fundación Viva Idea, an organization for knowledge management on issues of strategy, leadership, social responsibility and sustainable development.

He is president of the Board of Directors of INCAE Business School; he chairs the Board of Directors of Fundación Marviva; the Board of Directors of Mapfre in Costa Rica and the Board of Directors of Fundación Victoria in Nicaragua.

He is the author of several books and academic articles focused on the measurement of development; in sustainable development, in regional integration and in matters of competitive strategy, corporate governance, social responsibility and agro-industries. He was a columnist for El Financiero for more than 10 years.

PhD from Harvard University Business School (1992); MBA from INCAE Business School (1982) and Naval Mechanical Engineer from United States Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point (1980). Married to Marcella Cuadra Miranda for 39 years, he has 3 children and four grandchildren. He resides in Costa Rica.


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Country of origin:
Costa Rica
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  • PhD - Harvard University School of Business
  • MBA - INCAE Business Administration
  • Engineering - Naval Engineer from the United States Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point

Teaching areas

  • Agribusiness and Food
  • Strategy
  • Production

Work experience

Roberto Artavia is Director of Industrias Cerveceras Centroamericanas, SA and his company Compañía Cervecera de Nicaragua, as well as Chairman of the Audit and Risk Committee of Corporación Castillo Hermanos in Guatemala; as well as a member of the boards of the Saprissa Foundation, the People Foundation, the Technological Research Club, and the Horizonte Positivo Association, among others. He was Director of Copa Airlines, in which he also chaired the Audit Committee and was a member of its Governance Committee; and was Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee of the World Resources Institute in Washington, DC; He was also a Director and member of the Board of Directors of Diebold, Inc. in the United States and Masisa, SA in Chile, as well as a member of their respective audit and risk committees; both companies listed on the stock market of their respective nation.

He was Rector of INCAE Business School, Director-Founder of the Latin American Center for Competitiveness and Sustainable Development; and in the past he was Vice President of CINDE, Costa Rica's investment promotion agency. He was Founder and Vice President of the Social Progress Imperative, the organization that publishes the social progress index worldwide.

He has served as an advisor and consultant to dozens of non-profit organizations including Fundación Acción Joven in Costa Rica; Paraguayan Foundation, FUNDESA in Guatemala, the Institute of Liberty and Democracy in Peru; FUSADES in El Salvador; UCCAEP in Costa Rica; the Panama Canal Authority and the Panama Transparency Commission (Panama Papers Commission); FIDE and COHEP in Honduras; Fedepricap at the Central American regional level, and ORREDES in the Argentine Northwest, among many others. He was an advisor to the Costa Rican Tourism Institute and the National Chamber of Tourism in the formulation and deployment of Costa Rica's national tourism strategy for more than 20 years; He has advised the Government of Paraguay, especially its Planning Secretariat and the Ministries of Economy and Commerce, Finance and Labor, Employment and Social Security in the articulation and deployment of the National Development Plan 2030.

He has been a consultant for governments and integration organizations in Central America, Southeast Asia (Cambodia, Vietnam, the Philippines, and Thailand) on issues of competitiveness and development; and from various governments of Latin America on issues of competitive strategy, innovation, tourism, and / or investment attraction.

In the business field, he has been a consultant to companies in all the nations of the Central American region and in several of South America, including CODACA-Grupo Hino, Grupo Pellas in Nicaragua, Grupo Cóndor in Paraguay, Purdy Motor, Grupo Nación, Alimentos Pro-Salud , Costa Rica Stock Market, ILG Logistics, America Free Trade Zone, Auto Mercado, Zona Franca del Coyol, Garnier&Garnier, and many others.