Oscar Arias Sánchez

Oscar Arias

President of Costa Rica 1986-90, 2006-2010

Date and place of birth:

Born 13 September 1940 in Heredia, Costa Rica


  • Degrees in law and economics, University of Costa Rica
  • Doctoral degree in Political Science, University of Essex 

Professional and political experience:

  • Professor, School of Political Sciences, University of Costa Rica 1969-72
  • Financial Advisor to the President of the Republic 1970-72
  • Minister of National Planning and Economic Policy 1972-77
  • General Secretary of the National Liberation Party 1979-83
  • Member of the Board, Central Bank 1972-77
  • author of the Central American Peace Plan 1987
  • Nobel Peace Prize 1987
  • Founder of the Arias Foundation for Peace and Human Progress 1988