Bernard Kilian | INCAE Master Programs


Professor Bernard Kilian is from Germany. He has a doctoral degree in environmental resources economics and a masters in agricultural sciences with emphasis in economics, both from Hohenheim University, Germany.  

Before joining INCAE, he was in charge of the economics portion of a national Project in Germany called Precision Agriculture. At the same time, he taught graduate courses at Hohenheim University and was a visiting professor at the University of Minnesota.  He is currently the Production and Research Manager for CIMS Foundation, located at INCAE, Costa Rica. He has led numerous market research studies for sustainable products in international markets. 

As associate profesor of the MBA programs at INCAE, he has gained a lot of teaching experience, supported by several years of professional experience. Professor Kilian teaches Microeconomics and Operations Management at the Costa Rica campus. 


Personal Information

Full Professor
Country of Origin:
Country of Residence:
Costa Rica
Office Phone:
+506 2437-2266
Office Fax:
+506 2433-9101
INCAE Del Vivero Procesa #1, 2 km al oeste La Garita, Alajuela, Costa Rica
P.O. Box: 
INCAE, Campus Walter Kissling Gam 960-4050, Alajuela, Costa Rica

Academic Degrees

  • Doctorado - Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics, University of Hohenheim, Germany

Teaching areas

  • Agribusiness
  • Economics
  • Operations Management


  • Gerencia de Operaciones
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Supervisor Management Consulting Project


Work Experience

INCAE Business School, Campus Walter Kissling Gam, Costa Rica
Faculty Member, Professor for Operations Management and Sustainability
Starting May 2005, full time.

Centro de Inteligencia sobre Mercados Sostenibles CIMS, Costa Rica Production and Research Manager
Starting May 2003, full time. Since May 2005, part time.

Universidad de Hohenheim, Department of Agricultural Economics.
Project Manager of the Economic Subproject within the National Research and Development Project Management system for precision agriculture to increase the efficiency of farming and promote its environmental compatibility, Promoted and directed by the Ministry of Education and Science of Germany.
March 1999 - July, 2002. Full-time. From July 2002 until December 2003, as independent consultant. -Responsible for the applied methodology and financial affairs of the economic subproject
-Consultant for farmers to improve farm management and directed meetings with farmers in different regions of Germany.
-Presentations on Economic Aspects of Precision Agriculture in national and international conferences

Graduate and Undergraduate Studies Professor 1999-2000. Part-time.
-Courses: Applied Resource Economics and Operations Management

Departments of Farm Management and Agricultural Policy and Agricultural Markets
Research Assistant 1993-1994. Part-time. -Concentration: in Empirical data analysis of market studies and Linear Programming

Consultant Activities:
Agriculture Ministry of Denmark,
Experts Workshop: Long-term effect of a permanent reduced supply of N and P.
John Deere, Mannheim,
2002 (Contact person: Dr Neuhaus)
-Consulting on economic impacts of Precision Agriculture.
BASF Ludwigshafen,
1998 - 2000 (Contact person: Dr Zerulla)
-Economic evaluation of significantly reduced fertilizer application.

International Experience:

INCAE. Alajuela, Costa Rica. Joint Seminar of Carlson School of Management (University of Minnesota) and INCAE.
Attended the seminar covering the following topics: Business, resource economics, environment, sustainable development and management in Latin America.
Local case studies, 7-18 January, 2002.

European Commission, Agriculture Direction. Brussels, Belgium.
Acted as a representative for Germany to inform the European Commission about the introduction of Precision Agriculture at an Applied Economist viewpoint, 25th-27th November 2001.

University of Minnesota - Department of Applied Economics
Exchange Assistant Professor, Concentration: Econometrics
Starting November 2000 - April 2001. Full-time.
-The objective of the visit was to exchange the methodological approach to proof a higher profitability of precision farming.

Timirjasew-Akademie. Moscow, Russia, 20th-28th May 2000

State University of Tbilisi. Tbilisi, Georgia, 19th-26th October 2001
TEMPUS-Project: Restructure of the economic program at the universities in Eastern European Countries, Pro-moted by the European Union,.
-The purpose of the exchange was to support universities in Eastern European countries in the development of Economic Departments and to offer courses on Natural Resources Economics.

Workshops Promoted by European Union:
Concerted Action: Policy Measures to Control Environmental Impacts from Agriculture
Representative for Germany and presented the country report:
Thessalonica, Greece

Workshop on Nutrient Management Legislation in European Countries, 17th-19th May 2000

Oslo, Norway
Workshop on Mineral emissions form agriculture, 25th-28th January, 1996


German, English, Spanish and French.