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Carlos Umaña Alvarado


Costa Rica

Carlos E. Umaña is from Costa Rica.  He obtained his undergraduate degree in Economics from the University of Costa Rica in 2005. Subsequently, he initiated his Master Degree in Economics.  He is currently an LL.M. candidate for the International Economic Law and Policy Program (IELPO) at the University of Barcelona. Carlos is a fluent speaker in both Spanish and English, and has good grasp of several computer programs - including Windows (Excel, Word, Power Point), Eviews and Stata.

Regarding his labor experience, Carlos worked as an advisor and Trade Negotiator in the Ministry of Foreign Trade of Costa Rica, at the Trade and Investment Analysis Unit (2007-2008). Additionally, Carlos worked as a research assistant at the Academia de Centroamérica (2005-2006), the Instituto de Investigaciones en Ciencias Económicas at the University of Costa Rica (2005), and the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (2006).

Carlos has taken some technical courses related to trade: the Latin American Regional Training Course on Key Issues on the International Economic Agenda, organized by UNCTAD, in Lima, Peru (2007), and the BID/Intal-WTO Course-Workshop for Latin American countries about Negotiations on Market Access for Non-Agriculture Products (NAMA) in Quito, Ecuador (2008). In addition, the on-line WTO Courses entitled "Agricultura y la OMC" and "Technical Barriers to Trade in the WTO".

Carlos participated in the edition of the following publications: (i) Los Sistemas de Pensiones: Presente y Futuro (2006) and Inversión Extranjera en Centroamérica (2006). He had also written for the Universidad del Pacifico academic publication Punto de Equilibrio (Peru, 2007).


Carlos worked as an intern at the Embassy of Costa Rica in Brussels. He is now a member of the market access team of the Ministry of Foreign Trade of Costa Rica and has been involved in the negotiations of the EU-Central America Association Agreement.

Carlos has attended several courses on Market Access for Non-Agriculture Products in Panama (2010) and the BID/INTAL WTO Course on Agriculture in Buenos Aires (2010).  In 2011 he started a specialization programme at the INCAE Business School on regional economic integration, a course in which several IELPO faculty members lecture.

Carlos is a MSc. Candidate in Economics from the University of Costa Rica, and expects to finish his thesis in 2011.

(Last update: August 2012)

Secretaria del Estado de Turismo y Comercio Universitat de Barcelona Departament Economia i Finances de la Generalitat de Catalunya Ajuntament de Barcelona