Director General, Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center (CATIE), Costa Rica
Since 2008, José Campos has been director general of CATIE (Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center), an international organisation for research, education and technical cooperation based in Costa Rica, overseeing some 100 research and development projects in 17 countries in Latin America. He has previously held many directorial positions at CATIE.
He has worked with international NGOs on integrated conservation and development projects; is a faculty member of the Graduate School of CATIE; is adjunct professor at Laval University in Canada; and is a member of the External Advisory Group (forestry) at the World Bank. He serves on boards and committees for IUFRO, the Iberoamerican Network of Model Forests (serving as chair), the International Network of Model Forests, and IUCN, among others. He has 30 years of professional experience and has published more than 100 publications. A Costa Rican, he graduated in forestry from the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil. He obtained a master’s from CATIE, Costa Rica, in management of natural resources and a doctorate in forest sciences from the University of Oxford, UK.