Roberto Artavia | INCAE Master Programs
Roberto Artavia


He was recently appointed President of VIVA Trust and of Fundación Latinoamérica Posible.
He was Rector of INCAE Business School and founding Director of the Latin American Center for Competitiveness and Sustainable Development (CLACDS for its Spanish acronym).

He’s a member of the Board of Directors of INCAE and the World Resources Institute in Washington. Also, he’s co-founder of Costa Rica’s Digital Strategy Project and  member of the Competitiveness Committee of Costa Rica’s Chamber of Commerce.
He holds a doctorate degree from Harvard University’s Business School, a masters degree from INCAE, and a naval engineering degree.  He’s the author of several books and dozens of articles and case studies dealing with sustainable development, business strategy, strategy for non-profit organizations, agribusiness and corporate social responsibility.


Personal Information

Visiting Professor
Country of Origin:
Costa Rica
Country of Residence:
Office Phone:
+506 2437-2200
P.O. Box: 
Campus Walter Kissling Gam 960-4050 Alajuela Costa Rica

Academic Degrees

  • Doctorado - Harvard University’s Graduate School of Business
  • MBA - INCAE, with honors
  • Ingeniería - B.S. in Naval Engineering from the United States Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point

Teaching areas

  • Agribusiness
  • Strategy
  • Production

Work Experience

Rector of INCAE from 1999 to 2007, he was the first alumnus to reach the rectorship of the institute. Between 1995 and 1999 he served as Academic Dean of INCAE, overseeing the MBA programs, the Executive Development Center, the Research Center, and the supervision of operations. Founding director of INCAE’s Latin American Center for Competitiveness and Sustainable Development (CLACDS), a think tank for research, dissemination, and promotion of sustainable development in the region. He is a frequent speaker in the main regional and international fora on the topics of competitiveness and sustainability, having delivered his message in over 200 national and international meetings in the past years, including engagements in all of Latin America, the United States, Europe, and Asia. Advisor to governments, national development and private foundations, productive sectors, and companies in over 10 countries in Latin America, Asia and Eastern Europe; competitive strategy consultant for firms in the region and volunteer advisor to institutions and foundations in the areas of education, corporate social responsibility, and SME development. Founder and director of private enterprises, he is also President of MARVIVA de Costa Rica, a private association for the preservation of marine, insular and coastal life in his country. His academic work is in competitive strategy, agribusiness and production; areas in which he has published case studies, books, monographs and articles, mainly focused on Latin America.