EARTH University Presidential Appointment
September 1, 2016
Dear Friends of EARTH:
In March of 2015, President José Zaglul announced his plan to retire on December 31, 2016 after 28 years of extraordinary leadership.
The Board of Directors named a Presidential Search Committee that has worked diligently to promote the position and to identify and evaluate potential candidates. The Committee was dedicated to selecting a candidate who is a global citizen with rigorous academic experience and, most importantly, who possesses the personal values, vision, and energy to lead EARTH into the future. After extensive deliberations over several months, the Committee presented its unanimous recommendation, and today I am very pleased to announce that the Board of Directors has appointed Dr. Arturo Condo as EARTH’s second president.
The Committee was extremely impressed with Dr. Condo’s warmth and wisdom as well as with his deep commitment to the fundamental values that define EARTH. His personal and professional interest in youth and in advancing opportunities for women also resonated strongly with the Committee. Dr. Condo has a PhD in Business Administration from Harvard University, with an MBA in the same discipline from INCAE. He was President of INCAE Business School from 2007-2015 and has dedicated the past 24 years to teaching and research in areas including strategy, competitiveness, and sustainable development. Originally from Ecuador, Dr. Condo has lived for many years in Costa Rica and has extensive knowledge and experience in academia, as well as a successful record in fundraising. Arturo is a global citizen with a strong Latin American identity and is very familiar with the socio-economic reality of the region. He is married to Leonor Gutiérrez Fernández from Costa Rica and has three children.
Dr. Condo will take office on January 1, 2017 and will lead EARTH with a firm commitment to the values, vision and mission that have guided the institution since its founding. His objective is to strengthen further our educational mission that has already had a tremendous impact on thousands of individuals and institutions around the world and to further advance EARTH’s recognition as a global institution.
José, Arturo, and I have agreed on measures that will ensure an orderly transition in the coming months. Between now and the end of the year, the Board looks forward to honoring José’s remarkable legacy and to expressing the appreciation that José and Rosario Zaglul so richly deserve. We hope you will be able to join us as we celebrate EARTH and the Zagluls, and we look forward to introducing Dr. Condo to our global community early in 2017.
Thank you for your continuing interest in and support of EARTH. The EARTH vision, developed more than 25 years ago, that promising young women and men from disadvantaged communities could become ethical leaders striving for a more prosperous and just future has become a powerful reality changing thousands of lives around the world. Never has there been a better investment in the future of our planet.
Chair, EARTH Board of Directors
Professor of Strategy and Competitiveness and former President of INCAE, a leading business school and think-tank in Latin America, Arturo Condo is a researcher, author, innovator, advisor and global citizen. He lives in Costa Rica, is married and has three children.
Ecuadorian by birth, Latin American by heart, Dr. Arturo Condo served as President of INCAE Business School between 2007 and 2015. Prior to that, he was Dean of the MBA, Dean of Innovation and Development and Director of the Latin American Center for Competitiveness and Sustainable Development (CLACDS). Through the years he led a team of professors and researchers to create and launch new versions of the school’s MBA and Executive MBA programs, renovated the leadership structure of the school, supported a new generation of Executive Education programs, attracted a renewed community of allies and donors, while sustaining INCAE’s commitment to the Central American integration process with a regional and global perspective. He is a founding member of the Central American Private Sector Initiative (CAPSI), a group of regional leaders focused on improving the lives of Central Americans through regional action. He also led INCAE’s involvement in the development of leaders for the public sector, the promotion of greater participation of women in top leadership and the adoption of the MBA Oath, a compendium of ethical principles for business leaders.
From INCAE and CLACDS, Dr. Condo and his teams worked with producers of corn and shrimp in Ecuador, banana in Costa Rica and Ecuador, forestry production in Honduras, coffee throughout Central America, and the association of tea producers in Sri Lanka so they could gain added value using their country brand and designation of origin. He has led processes that include social leaders, and the private and public sectors to promote sustainable development in rural communities in Costa Rica, Argentina, Honduras and Ecuador.
He has taught at INCAE’s MBA and executive programs and is author and co-author of a number of articles, books and teaching cases in business strategy, international business, competitiveness and sustainable development. He has a Doctorate from Harvard Business School in business strategy and competitiveness and was recognized as a “Distinguished Scholar” in his MBA at INCAE. Dr. Condo serves as Senior Institute Associate of Harvard’s Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness, a think-tank led by Prof. Michael Porter.
His research has focused on the development of sustainable competitive advantage by Latin American firms both locally, regionally and globally.
He has also worked as a consultant in strategic planning and global strategy for firms and industry organizations in Latin America and Asia. He has been advisor to multilateral organizations like the Inter- American Development Bank (IDB) and the Asian Development Bank. In 2014, he launched Keyword Centroamerica, a strategic information company where he serves as Chairman. He is also member of the Board of Directors of Bancolombia, the largest bank in Colombia.
In 2006, he was named to the Inaugural Class of the Central American Leadership Initiative (CALI), an Aspen Institute Fellowship. In 2007, the World Economic Forum (WEF) recognized him as a Young Global Leader (YGL), an honor bestowed to “recognize and acknowledge the most extraordinary leaders of the world under the age of 40”. As part of the YGL community, he was co-founder of the YGL Business Oath and later a founding member of the Advisory Board of the Global Business Oath Project, both projects that aspire to change ethical behavior of business leaders around the world. Dr. Condo became a key supporter for the creation of INCAE’s MBA Oath Club in 2011, which seeks to create awareness in the minds of INCAE students and graduates about the importance of personal ethics and sustainability values in the business world. His work also focuses on gender equality, having founded INCAE’s Center for Women’s Leadership.
As part of the World Economic Forum, he is a member of the Latin American Competitiveness Lab and the Global Agenda Council on the Future of Jobs, and since 2015 is a Member of the Inter-American Dialogue.
Dr. Condo is passionate about higher education and Latin America’s increasing role in the world. He is a strong believer in the power of youth to change the world. He is the Founding Curator of the San Jose Hub of the Global Shapers Community, part of the World Economic Forum.