René Castro Salazar

Title: Assistant Director-General

E-mail: [email protected]


Mr Castro Salazar, a national of Costa Rica, holds a Doctorate in design with emphasis in Natural Resources, Policy and Environmental Economics, and a Master’s degree in Public Administration, both awarded by Harvard University. In addition, he has a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the Universidad de Costa Rica. He was a Professor in the fields of Natural Resources, Environmental Economics and Policy at the post-graduate INCAE Business School, Costa Rica. He also lectured at the Harvard Institute for International Development and was a Fellow of the Mossavar-Rahmani Centre for Business and Government, Harvard University.

He also lectured in prestigious universities such Harvard, Tokyo, Yale, Zurich Tech, LSE, INCAE and several Latin American Universities. He was a Fellow of the Mossavar-Rahmani Centre for Business and Government, Harvard University.

Mr Castro-Salazar has held ministerial positions in Costa Rica as Minister of National Resources, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Minister of Environment, Energy and Telecommunications between 1994 and 2014. In February 2016, Mr Castro-Salazar was appointed Assistant Director-General of the the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Forestry Department (FO).

By decision of the Council 164th FAO works now with a modular and flexible structure aiming to ensure efficiency, effectiveness and cross-sectoral collaboration. Mr Castro-Salazar is currently leading policy and strategy related to climate change, biodiversity and environment.


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