Received Sylff fellowship in 2013
Current affiliation: Costa Rica Íntegra
Mauricio Artiñano is a foreign affairs and diplomacy expert with specific focus on the United Nations (UN), UN peace operations, Latin America, and the UN Security Council. He has served in UN peace operations in South Sudan (UNMISS), Somalia (UNSOM), and, most recently, in Colombia (UNMC and UNVMC), in a variety of roles supporting the implementation of the Colombian Final Peace Agreement, including as senior advisor to two different UN Special Representatives (SRSG) to Colombia. Mauricio coordinated a project to support a group of former FARC-EP guerrilla fighters and their local community in establishing a thriving whitewater rafting business as part of the former combatants’ reintegration process.
From 2008-2009, Mauricio was a diplomat for Costa Rica during its term on the UN Security Council, focusing on sub-Saharan Africa and peacekeeping issues. He was appointed as the youngest-ever Political Coordinator for a Security Council member. Mauricio also has an ample background in corporate social responsibility and public-private partnerships through his work with the Alliance of Businesses for Development (AED) in Costa Rica. Mauricio has a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations (summa cum laude) from Tufts University and a Master’s in Public Affairs (MPA) from the Princeton University School of Public and International Affairs.
He is also a dedicated HIV/AIDS activist, co-founding HIV awareness campaigns in Colombia and Costa Rica, and delivered a TED talk on his experience living with HIV (https://www.ted.com/talks/mauricio_artinano_viviendo_en_positivo). Mauricio has travelled to over 55 countries in every continent, as well as Antarctica, and is fluent in Spanish and English, and intermediate in French.