Alvaro Salas is a native of Costa Rica and has a Master’s degree in Public Administration with a concentration in Science, Technology and Infrastructure from Cornell University as a recipient of the highest honor fellowship by the Cornell Institute for Public Affairs.
He also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Foreign Affairs, Bachelor of Arts in Law, and a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in finance, economics and sustainable development from INCAE Business School as the recipient of the scholarship Leaders for Change and member of the consulting team that won the first place of the best Management Consulting Project (equivalent to thesis).
He is currently a PhD candidate in Public Administration and International Affairs at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs working and researching about collaborative governance, technology, public and private partnerships and civic engagement.
While at Cornell, he was the first Latin American to serve as President of the Cornell Public Affairs Society.Mr. Salas is currently serving at Cornell University as Special Advisor of the Cornell Program in Infrastructure Policy and the Cornell Institute for Public Affairs.
He became a Presidential Fellow at the Center for the Study of Presidency and Congress in Washington DC, was inducted into Phi Alpha Alpha national honor society for public affairs and management, and was the recipient of Cornell’s Adams Award for exemplary scholarship, outstanding academic performance and service in the field of public affairs. He created an scholarship fund, strategic alliances for capacity building and transfer of knowledge with NGOs and think tanks with different countries in Latin America.
He has previous experience in myriad areas such as business, law, diplomacy, public policy, academia and the non-profit sector. He worked as a business development officer in a corporate law firm, as a Vice President of Business Development for Latin America of an insurance company, as Special Advisor to the Government of Costa Rica, Panama, a political party in Honduras and as an academic consultant and researcher for the Interamerian Development Bank, the Grameen Creative Lab, legal advisor of Youth Action Foundation, Gallaudet University in Washington DC, a major Latin American private equity firm and the United Nations (UNDESA) in New York City, Division of Public Administration and Development Management assisting the Chief of Staff of the Division.
Alvaro current research in Public Administration and International Affairs focuses on the role of technology to foster innovation in collaborative governance, public and private partnerships and civic participation in Latin America. He currently works with the noteworthy scholar Prof. Tina Nabatchi at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at the Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration (PARCC).