Contributing Expert, Latin America Initiative
Office Phone: (202) 473-8204
Roberto Echandi is a contributing expert for the Baker Institute Latin America Initiative and the global product leader of the Investment Policy Program at the World Bank Group’s Investment Climate Department. Previously, he was director of the Program on International Investment at the World Trade Institute of the University of Bern.
Echandi served as the ambassador of Costa Rica to Belgium, Luxembourg and the European Union from 2007 to 2010, and was Costa Rica’s chief negotiator in the Association Agreement between the European Union and Central America. From 2002 to 2005, he served as special adjunct ambassador for U.S. trade affairs. He was also Costa Rica’s lead negotiator in services and investment in the U.S.-Central America Free Trade Agreement, and was involved in reforming the state monopolies in telecomunications and insurance. He also served as director-general for international trade at the Ministry of Foreign Trade of Costa Rica.
He has published widely on the legal and political economy dimensions of investment issues, dispute settlement, trade in services and regional economic integration in the Americas. He has served as a consultant to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, the World Bank, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, the Organization of American States, the Inter-American Development Bank and the World Trade Organization.
Echandi holds an LL.M. in international trade law from the University of Michigan School of Law, an M.Phil. in Latin American studies from the University of Oxford and a bachelor’s degree in law from the University of Costa Rica.