Professor, diplomat and politician, Luis Guillermo Solís Rivera served as President of Costa Rica from 2014-2018.
Prior to his election, he was a professor, researcher, Director of the Central American Masters Program in Political Science, as well as Deputy Director of the School of Political Science and Associate Dean of the School of Social Sciences at the University of Costa Rica.
He also worked at the Costa Rican Ministry of Foreign Affairs as Chief of Staff to the Minister, and later as Ambassador at Large for Central American Affairs and Director General for Policy. Between 2009 and 2012, he was representative of the Iberic-American General Secretariat for Central America and Haiti. In 2016 he was appointed co-chair of the UN Secretary General High Level Panel on the Economic Empowerment of Women. Solís is a graduate of the University of Costa Rica and has a master’s degree in history and political science from Tulane University. With 30 years as an educator, he has also taught in universities throughout the US and Europe. He has published extensively in books and professional journals on US-Latin American relations and Central American history and politics. Among others, he is co-author, with Mark B. Rosenberg, of The United States and Central America :Geopolitical Realities and Regional Fragility, (Routledge Press, 2007).
Professor Solis holds Doctor Honoris Causa degrees from Korean, Chinese, French, US and Costa Rican Universities for his leadership in championing Women Economic Empowerment and Equality, Human Rights, Peace and International Law throughout the world.