Carlos Alvarado Quesada

Carlos Alvarado Quesada 

Carlos Alvarado Quesada
President of Costa Rica
Taking office
May 8, 2018
Vice President Epsy Campbell Barr
Marvin Rodríguez Cordero
Succeeding Luis Guillermo Solís
Minister of Labor and Social Security
In office
March 29, 2016 – January 19, 2017
President Luis Guillermo Solís
Preceded by Víctor Morales Mora
Succeeded by Alfredo Hasbum Camacho
Personal details
Born 14 January 1980 (age 38)
San José, Costa Rica
Political party Citizens’ Action Party
Spouse(s) Claudia Dobles Camargo
Alma mater University of Costa Rica
University of Sussex

Carlos Alvarado Quesada  is a Costa Rican writer, journalist, political scientist and politician and the President-elect of Costa Rica. He previously served as Minister of Labor and Social Security. Alvarado has a Bachelor’s degree in communication and a Master’s degree in political science from the University of Costa Rica, as well as a Master’s degree in development studies from the University of Sussex and is a member of the Citizens’ Action Party.

Early political career

He served as an advisor to the Citizen Action Party’s group in the Legislative Assembly of Costa Rica in the 2006-2010 period. He was a consultant to the Institute of Development Studies of the United Kingdom in financing SMEs. Department Manager of Dish Care & Air Care (Procter & Gamble Latin America). Director of Communication for the presidential campaign of Luis Guillermo Solís, professor in the School of Sciences of Collective Communication of the University of Costa Rica and in the School of Journalism Of the Universidad Latina de Costa Rica. During the Solís Rivera administration, served as Minister of Human Development and Social Inclusion and Executive President of the Joint Social Welfare Institute, institution charged with combating poverty and giving state aid to the population of scarce resources. After the resignation as minister of Víctor Morales Mora, Alvarado was appointed minister of Labor.

In this portfolio it was noted for reducing the benefits of state collective agreements of the Bank of Costa Rica, JAPDEVA and RECOPE in successful negotiations with the unions. No previous government had negotiated collective bargaining to the downside. During the management of Alvarado a reduction of the time of seven to two months in the procedures of pensions of the teaching profession was achieved. It also managed to renegotiate the wage formula of the private sector in a unanimous agreement among workers, employers and the government, as well as a tripartite agreement among the same sectors to reduce informality, according to International Labour Organization (ILO) recommendation 204. As minister he also promoted the implementation of laws that cut luxury pensions, as well as the Ministry of Labor’s defense of these laws before the Constitutional Court after appeals filed by several former deputies. Alvarado guaranteed that the Ministry of Labor will have the budget and the new places for the entry into force of the Labor Procedure Reform in July 2017.


On April 1, 2018 Alvarado won the presidential election with 61%.

Literary career

In 2006 Quesada published the anthology of stories Transcripciones Infieles with Perro Azul. That same year he obtained the Young Creation Award of Editorial Costa Rica with the novel La historia de Cornelius Brown.In 2012 he published the historical novel Las Posesiones that portrays the dark historical period in Costa Rica during which the government confiscated the properties of Germans and Italians during World War II.

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