Laura Chinchilla

Former President of Costa Rica
Global Board Member

Laura Chinchilla sits on sits on the Movement Health Global Board, which focuses on Movement Health policy issues, its long-term goals, and overall positioning, and on the LATAM Growth Committee, which is focused on scaling the pilots, anticipating challenges related to scalability, and sharing strategic recommendations. The former President and Vice-President of Costa Rica, and the first woman to be elected president of her country, Laura is a political scientist that has dedicated her career to public service.

As a Congresswoman, Laura worked on judicial reform and public security, including police, drug trafficking and organized crime. She also promoted children and youth programmes, political and institutional reform, trade and investment, competitiveness, innovation and technology.

Laura also has extensive experience working as a consultant in Latin America and Africa for various international agencies, including for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). She has written and published extensively on judicial reform, police reform and crime prevention.

Laura attained her bachelor’s degree at the University of Costa Rica and her Master's in Public Policy from Georgetown University. She holds Honorary Doctorates from the University for Peace of the United Nations, Georgetown University, and Kyoto University of Foreign Studies.