AIESEC Peacebuilder

70th Anniversary Edition

Mauricio Viales

Head at United World College Costa Rica Foundation | Costa Rica

AIESEC Experience

Mauricio was involved in AIESEC for four years, two of them as National Marketing Director and two of them as National President. During his term, AIESEC in Costa Rica received the award as the country with the most progress in the Region and hosted the Americas Leadership Development Seminar with the attendance of about 200 participants. As a AIESEC alumni he has been in contact with different generations trying to pay forward part of the huge transformation AIESEC made in his life.

Contributions to AIESEC’s Vision of Peace and Fulfillment of Humankinds Potential

Mauricio’s contribution to AIESEC’s vision lies a lot in founding UWC Costa Rica pre-University College and driving initiatives that have had a huge impact. As the founding Head of the UWC Costa Rica pre-University College, he contributed to graduating about 900 young leaders coming from a diverse range of backgrounds and bring together students coming from more than 90 countries, most of them on partial or full scholarships.

UWC Costa Rica has been able to intentionally help young leaders (coming from a diverse community from the geographical and the socio-economic point of view) develop competencies in six main areas: leadership, diversity with an emphasis on intercultural communication, sustainability, conflict transformation, social responsibility, healthy lifestyles. Their work has allowed us to develop relevant partnerships and received important recognition from different organizations. They have been recognized by the Ashoka organization as one of the few Ashoka Changemaker Schools in Latin America. They have also contributed through preparing almost 1,000 alumni to become agents of change and peacebuilders in their communities all around the world. They are involved in different fields of society supporting initiatives that have a local, national, regional or global impact. Mauricio has also contributed to other inclusion oriented initiatives like ASOBITICO (with the objective to reduce the gap of the quality in education between public and private schools by providing public schools the possibility to offer the worldwide known International Baccalaureate).


Having 30 years in the non-for profit and social entrepreneurship field, Mauricio worked eight years for the SOS Children’s Villages Organization for the Regional Office for Central America, Mexico, and the Caribbean. He has been honored to be selected as the Founding Head of UWC Costa Rica 12 years ago. Within the UWC movement, he has played different roles as Head of UWC Costa Rica and has been in the UWC International Board.

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