Costa Rica In the World Today

HE Mr Armando Vargas Araya

Thursday, 24 June 2021 5:40pm - 7:00pm

Wellington

Government Buildings, Lecture Theatre 2 (GBLT2), Victoria University of Wellington, Pipitea Campus, 15 Lambton Quay, Wellington

His Excellency Mr Armando Vargas Araya is the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Costa Rica to the Commonwealth of Australia, since 7 August 2019.

A writer and historian awarded with the National History Prize and a member of five national or foreign learned academies, he is the author of 31 books on different aspects of communications, culture and politics.

He has been a university professor and guest speaker at professional events and academic centres in some twenty countries of the Americas, Asia and Europe.

A former cabinet minister in the Communications Portfolio, he has served as Ambassador on Special Missions to Argentina, El Salvador and Cuba. Five Latin American and European countries have decorated him.

With a considerable international career in the private sector as a strategist on communications and IT, he has been a vice-president or director in satellite communications corporations both in the UK and the US.

In his presentation to the Wellington Branch, Canberra-based Ambassador Araya will provide an overview of Costa Rica's foreign policy and engagement with New Zealand.

Please note, Old Government Buildings, Lecture Theatre 2 has wheelchair access.

Contact the Wellington branch

KARIM DICKIE, CHAIR

karim@dickie.org.nz

His Excellency Mr Armando Vargas Araya is the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Costa Rica to the Commonwealth of Australia, since 7 August 2019.

A writer and historian awarded with the National History Prize and a member of five national or foreign learned academies, he is the author of 31 books on different aspects of communications, culture and politics.

He has been a university professor and guest speaker at professional events and academic centres in some twenty countries of the Americas, Asia and Europe.

A former cabinet minister in the Communications Portfolio, he has served as Ambassador on Special Missions to Argentina, El Salvador and Cuba. Five Latin American and European countries have decorated him.

With a considerable international career in the private sector as a strategist on communications and IT, he has been a vice-president or director in satellite communications corporations both in the UK and the US.

In his presentation to the Wellington Branch, Canberra-based Ambassador Araya will provide an overview of Costa Rica's foreign policy and engagement with New Zealand.

Please note, Old Government Buildings, Lecture Theatre 2 has wheelchair access.

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