Feb 22, 2010

Ricardo Stein Heinemann's Talk on the Development of Guatemala (Video)


He was the Special Advisor to the Resident Coordinator of the United Nations System in Guatemala, political advisor to the International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG), consultant to the National Human Development Report, and a consultant of the Latin America Program of the Open Society Institute.

Since May 2006 he has been the President of the Board of Trustees of the Centro de Investigaciones Regionales Mesoamericanas (CIRMA), and a member of the Advisory Board of the Dutch Multiparty Institute for Democracy (nIMD).

From September 1998 to April 2006 he was the Executive Director of the Soros Foundation Guatemala, a member organization of the Open Society Network devoted to support the Guatemalan transition towards a more open, democratic, inclusive society, respectful of human rights in accordance with the Peace Accords of December 1996.

He was the Technical Secretary for Peace of the Government of Guatemala (1997-1998), responsible for the implementation and technical coordination of compliance with the Peace Accords, and, in that capacity, Advisor to the President: member of the Political Cabinet and the Political Council for Peace, Secretary of the Accompanying Commission for the Implementation, Compliance and Verification of the Peace Accords and government representative to several other peace commissions. During 1996 he acted as Chief of Staff of the Office of the Presidency.

He has been a national and international consultant for the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), and the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO).

He lived in El Salvador for 15 years until 1989, where, amongst others, he founded and directed the Center for Information, Documentation and Support to Research (CIDAI) at the Central America University (UCA); was the Deputy Executive Director of the Salvadoran Foundation for Development and Popular Housing (FUNDASAL) and member of the International Commission for the Reconstruction and Development of Central America (ICCARD), also known as the Sanford Commission.

He has held teaching positions at the Universidad de San Carlos and Universidad Del Valle in Guatemala; at the Universidad Centroamericana (UCA) in San Salvador, and at the University of California, Berkeley, U.S.A.

He holds a PhD. in Education (Boston University), a MSc. in Mathematics (Tufts University), both in Massachusetts, U.S.A; and a Bachelors’ degree in mathematics and physics from the Universidad Del Valle in Guatemala.


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