Costa Rica

100 Water Heroes: Dr. Arturo Condo


President of Earth University

Dr. Arturo Condo is the President of Earth University, an institution that works predominantly with students from Latin America, the Caribbean and Africa to “contribute to sustainable development of their home communities while constructing a prosperous and just global society.”

In addition to leading this sustainability-focused university, Arturo has had a successful career in Business and Leadership. He has a PhD in Business Administration from Harvard University, as well an an MBA from INCAE. Arturo also served as President of INCAE Business School for 9 years, and has committed over 24 years of his career to teaching and researching the fields of strategy, competitiveness, and sustainable development.

Arturo was also the prior Dean of Innovation and Development and Director of the Latin American Center for Competitiveness and Sustainable Development (CLACDS). He has had great success in promoting sustainable development in rural communities of Costa Rica, Argentina, Honduras and Ecuador, collaborating with both private and public sectors to further this cause.

Testament to his positive impact, Arturo was named one of the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders. As part of this role, Arturo co-founded the YGL Business Oath and continued on to become a founding member of the Advisory Board of the Global Business Oath Project. Both of these projects seek to positively transform the ethical behaviour of business leaders throughout the world.

Arturo is one of our #100WaterHeroes for his impactful leadership of Earth University, and for his contributions to sustainable development throughout the world.


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100 Water Heroes: Christian Golcher

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Researcher at the National University of Costa Rica

Christian Golcher is an EARTH University graduate, from the class of 2008. He works at the Central American and Caribbean Water Resources Center based at the National University in Costa Rica.

His two areas of expertise in research at this centre are (1) the results of pressing human activities over the ecological conditions of rivers and (2) the study of water footprints on rice, banana, pineapple and coffee crops; both with methodologies developed by the Water Footprint Network Foundation.

He has worked in several research projects in Costa Rica, with his base centre in Guanacaste, the driest region in the country. Some of his projects include working with communities to develop their capacities and create procedures to control and restore bodies of water.

Christian’s main interest lies on the country’s rivers, specifically in the Chorotega region. These include the Liberia River and soon the Cañas, Bagaces and Abangares rivers. He also works in identifying the technical needs required for the proper monitoring of bodies of water and water treatment systems.

Christian is one of our #100WaterHeroes for his important water-focused research, and for drawing attention to various issues that affect our world’s water systems.


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