EARTH Futures is a new global platform at EARTH University.
EARTH University is a private, non-profit, international university based in Costa Rica and created with support from the Costa Rican government, U.S. Agency for International Development and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Since 1990, EARTH University’s innovative educational experience has prepared more than 2,200 young people from Latin America, the Caribbean and Africa to act as enlightened and effective leaders for rural areas.
In 2018, the University decided to create EARTH Futures, a global platform for advancing leadership to transform rural areas in developing regions. EARTH Futures builds on EARTH University’s core strengths in leadership education and the development of community-driven solutions to increase direct impact on institutions, policies and rural livelihoods.
Arturo is the President of EARTH University. Prior to joining EARTH in 2017, Arturo was the President of INCAE, a leading business school and think-tank in Latin America, where he also served as Dean of the MBA Program, Dean of Innovation and Development, and Director of the Latin American Center for Competitiveness and Sustainable Development (CLACDS). In 2007, Arturo was recognized as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, and he is an active and passionate speaker, advisor, and mentor for young people and organizations across the globe. EARTH Futures is a key element in Arturo’s vision for the University. Arturo is of Ecuadorian origin and lives in Costa Rica.
Chair, Global Advisory Council
Anne is the Chair of the Global Advisory Council of EARTH Futures and a member of the University Board of Directors. She served as the U.S. Ambassador to Costa Rica from 2010 to 2013 and is currently a strategic investor and advisor for clean energy businesses, including being a founder of the agro-technology company TerViva LLC. Anne serves on the Board of Directors of Ad Astra Rocket Company in Houston, Texas, and is a member of the Board/Executive Committee for the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), and the Telluride Foundation, Colorado. Additionally, she is an active member of the Council of American Ambassadors.
Emily Fintel Kaiser
Emily is Strategic Advisor to EARTH’s President and is leading the launch of EARTH Futures. Emily is a senior alliances, philanthropy and sustainable development executive with more than 20 years of experience working with foundation and civil society leaders across Latin America and the US. Prior to her involvement with EARTH, she served 12 years in leadership and executive roles at Fundación Avina, historically one of the largest foundations in Latin America. Emily is currently based in the US and has spent 15 years living in Latin America, Europe and Africa.
Daniel is the Program Director for Leadership Education at EARTH Futures. From 2007 through November 2018, he served as Provost for EARTH University and was responsible for daily management of the University, the academic program, student affairs, admissions and many other University operations. Daniel also has led the University’s efforts to promote to promote innovation in agricultural higher education programs in Africa, which now will be enhanced with his direction of the Leadership Education program at EARTH Futures. Prior to his role as Provost, Daniel served as Dean of Academic Affairs at EARTH and also in a number of other roles including Professor, IV year Academic Coordinator, Director of Internships, and Director of Admissions. He also collaborates closely with the Mastercard Foundation Scholars program at EARTH and is a member of their Learning Partnership Advisory Group. He is originally from the United States and has lived in Costa Rica for nearly three decades.
Javier serves as a Project Consultant at EARTH Futures. He is a graduate of EARTH University and also has a Master’s in Planning and Land Management from the University of San Carlos in Guatemala. Javier specializes in water and environmental risk management in rural areas as well as gender inclusion and multicultural integration. Prior to his involvement with EARTH Futures, he led the socio-environmental management components of a multi-year water compensation project with participation by the Costa Rican government, the Inter-American Development Bank, the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and 16 local communities.
Karina is leading development of a new model at EARTH Futures to support women’s economic empowerment (WEE) in sustainably managed agricultural value chains. She is a graduate with honors from EARTH University. Prior to her involvement with EARTH Futures, Karina worked as a researcher at the Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center (CATIE) on issues related to the environment and climate change.
Moisés serves as Project Consultant for EARTH Futures. He is a graduate of EARTH University (2003) with vast experiences in the international cocoa sector, having worked in London for 11 years as Project Officer for the International Cocoa Organisation (ICCO). Over his years of experience at ICCO, Moisés specialized in the formulation and implementation of multi-country projects in Africa, Latin America and Asia, tackling many sustainability issues affecting the cocoa value chain. Over the last years, he focused on developing new criterions for cocoa sustainability, farmers’ income, quality and traceability aspects and compliance with food security legislations in major consuming countries.
Franchesca joined EARTH in 2018, where she has working as a receptionist for lodging and reservations at EARTH University hotel. Since 2019, Franchesca has been in charge of the logistics and administrative management required for the execution of EARTH Futures impact projects.
Deivis has worked at EARTH since 2011, where he has served in different areas of the university such as the admission unit, where he participated in the institutional promotion processes and the search and selection of new students. Deivis is serving in the carbon neutrality unit, supporting the verification and training processes related to greenhouse gases emissions, and he also collaborates with the EARTH Futures team giving operational support for the execution of EARTH Futures impact projects. He has a degree in Public Accounting from the Universidad Latina de Costa Rica.
Our Partners and Investors
EARTH University Foundation
EARTH University Foundation was formed to support the educational vision of EARTH University through generous gifts from the global community and other programs and initiatives. The Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) public charity headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia.