The panel, including Dr. Jorge Jimenez,  Dr. Alvaro Umaña, and Bernardo Aguilar,will discuss sustainable development in southern Costa Rica, a region that National Geographic calls "the most biodiverse place on Earth."

Dr. Jorge Jimenez is the General Director of MarViva, an NGO dedicated to the conservation and sustainable use of costal marine ecoystems in the Eastern Tropical Pacific. Prior working at MarViva, Dr. Jimenez worked at various scientific institutions including CATITE (Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center), the Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS), and the National Biodiversity Institute (INBio). He is well-known for his publications on mangroves.

Dr. Alvaro Umaña is currently based at CATIE, the Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center. Prior to CATIE, Dr. Umaña served as Costa Rica’s first Minister of Energy and Environment and worked for organizations such as UNESCO, UNDP, and the World Bank. Dr. Umaña earned both a Masters in Economics and a PhD in Environmental Engineering at Stanford.

Bernardo Aguilar is the Director of the Neotrópica Foundation, an NGO with the mission of contributing to the sustainable use of natural resources of the region through research, implementation and dissemination of actions. Mr. Aguilar is the President of the MesoAmerican Society of Environmental Economics, and was a professor for over 17 years both at Prescott College (Arizona) and the Center for Studies on Sustainable Development (Costa Rica).

Followed by a reception.