is a consultant and entrepreneur dedicated to integrating authentic leadership, exponential innovation and open governance into public service in Latin America. David left his role as director of innovation for the Costa Rican Ministry of Science, Technology and Telecommunications in 2018, where he worked with allies across sectors to build capacities in the innovation ecosystem. Prior to joining in 2014, David was based in other government offices, leading the Costa Rican Ministry of Foreign Trade’s work on innovation and global value chains and facilitating the development of the South Sudanese Ministry of Commerce’s first private sector development plan. Prior to his time in government, David worked in the social sector managing impact evaluations of programs intended to stimulate entrepreneurship in Peru with innovations for poverty action, and advising microfinance institutions in India as a consultant with access development services. Prior to living in India, he managed product and process innovation projects for Black and Decker in various positions in the United States and Mexico. In 2012, David received the Accenture Public Service Innovation award and was selected as a World Economic Forum Global Shaper. Is a member of the Costa Rica USA Foundation’s millennials committee, David has also been a member of the OECD´s Working Group on Technology and Innovation Policy and an advisor to the Presidential Council for Innovation and Human Talent. David earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, graduating summa cum laude from Messiah College, and later obtained a Master in Public Administration in international development from the Harvard Kennedy School. He lives with his wife Monica in Costa Rica, where he spends as much time as he can in nature. David is a Fellow of the fourteenth class of the Central America Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
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Ministry of Science, Technology & Telecommunications
Former Director of Innovation
Fellow CALI 14