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After being President

Trabajo Internacional de José María FigueresAt the end of my term as president, I made the decision to continue expanding my knowledge about the world, which is how in 2000 I accepted an invitation to work as the World Economic Forum Manager in Geneva, Switzerland. There I was for almost 5 years; I also became the first World Economic Forum CEO. Then I assumed as ABU-GHAZALEH Group Manager, based in Sultanate, Oman. But nevertheless; By mid-2005, Mr. Diego Hidalgo, Club of Madrid Founder, asked me to be responsible for a Global Forum in Spain creating new alternatives against terrorism. I worked in Spain until 2009, supporting civil society organizations founded by Don Diego Hidalgo that promoted democratic values ​​in the world: Club de Madrid, FRIDE and DARA, which I continue to be part of today.

By 2009, global entrepreneur Richard Branson, Virgin Group founder, established the Carbon War Room, an organization focused to fight the Climate Change by lowering carbon emissions in a way that would be profitable, create jobs and new business models. Richard invited me to be the President of this organization and accompany him in a battle that far from projecting the fight against climate change as something negative and expensive, would project it as a great opportunity to reinvent our lives and create welfare opportunities immersed in an economy more efficient and low carbon world. In 2014, seeking to maximize the impact of our work, we successfully merged the Carbon War Room and the Rocky Mountian Institute (https://rmi.org/), which I'm still part of.

My work with the Carbon War Room forced me to constantly travel around the world, at that time I lived in Madrid, from there I attended all my international responsibilities, but at the end of 2011 I returned to Costa Rica, from where I fulfill my global commitments and at the same time I can be closer to my family: my wife, Cinthia Berrocal Quirós, my children Eugenia and José María, my grandson José María the fourth, my mother, brothers and nephews.

Back in Costa Rica, I was excited to create a group with resources from different society sections that would build a medium / long-term actionplan to guide national development. This is how Vía Costarricense Proyecto País was born, which became a citizen meeting platform through which country proposals were proposed.

In 2012, along with David Miliband and Trevor Manuel I co-chaired the Global Ocean Commission (https://missionocean.me/), where we sought to raise awareness about oceans importance, as well as help restore their health and productivity. In 2015 Richard Branson formed a team of global citizens called Ocean Unite (https://www.oceanunite.org/) a conservation voice for oceans, traveling around the world and meeting with political figures that have the capacity of transforming and influencing ocean protection.

Currently I'm part of an international group called Antarctic 2020, since 2020 is the year we celebrate 200 years of its discovery. We want to celebrate that date by declaring as a marine reserve all the ocean that surrounds this beautiful continent.

José María Figueres Olsen Ocean Unite

José María Figueres Olsen Global Ocean Comission