Dr. Fernando Felipe SÁNCHEZ CAMPOS
Rector, Universidad Católica de Costa Rica
Fernando Felipe Sánchez Campos has worked in the public sector as a diplomat, representing the Republic of Costa Rica as Ambassador to the Holy See (The Vatican), to the Sovereign Order of Malta, and as Permanent Representative to the United Nations Rome-based agencies (Food and Agricultural Organization—FAO—, International Fund for Agricultural Development—IFAD—, and the World Food Program—WFP—). Moreover, he was elected by popular vote as a Deputy to the Legislative Assembly, where he served as President to several central legislative commissions such as: the Permanent Commission for Social Affairs and the Special Permanent Commission on Foreign Affairs and International Trade.
In terms of academic experience, he has served as rector, professor, tutor, researcher, guest speaker, and consultant at several academic institutions such as the University of Costa Rica and INCAE Business School, as well as at the University of Oxford, the University of Salamanca, and the Catholic University of Valencia. In addition, he has worked as a consultant for the Inter-American Institute of Human Rights (IIDH), specifically at the Centro de Asesoría y Promoción Electoral (CAPEL). Nowadays he serves as Rector of the Catholic University of Costa Rica (UCAT), the official university of the Costa Rican Episcopal Conference (CECOR). Likewise, he is currently the Second Vice-President of the Organización de Universidades Católicas de América Latina y el Caribe (ODUCAL), and—just recently—member of the Board of Directors of the International Federation of Catholic Universities (IFCU).
Mr. Sánchez holds a Ph.D. in Politics by the University of Oxford (UK), a Master’s degree in Business Administration by INCAE Business School (Costa Rica), and a BA in Political Science by the University of Costa Rica. He has published eight books and has another one in progress, and has also written several chapters in different books and various academic articles. Likewise, he is a regular contributor for different newspapers of national scope in Costa Rica, and has been awarded several prizes, distinctions and honors (in Costa Rica and abroad). Fernando Sánchez is a Spanish native speaker and also has fluent knowledge of English and Italian.