Celestina Brenes Porras

2022/2023 Kirchner Food Fellow
Costa Rica Fellows

Celestina is a Political Scientist from the University of Costa Rica (UCR) and an Internationalist from the National University (UNA). Currently, she is pursuing a new degree in International Relations from UNA with a concentration in trade policy. She has experience in the analysis of draft legislation, international cooperation and trade, project coordination, and research.

She considers vital to consolidate the bioentrepreneurship generated from bioeconomy, promote innovation, and revive regional integration mechanisms to ensure the economic development of Latin American countries, safeguard food security, and adapt to climate change. She has also published several articles in the Observatory of International Policy, the Journal of International Relations, the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), and C3-Bioeconomy.

She is currently a specialist in IICA’s Innovation and Bioeconomy Program. One of her main functions is the co-coordination of the Innovation and Bioentrepreneurship Hub for Latin America and the Caribbean.