Secretary for Political Affairs
Organization of American States (OAS)
Kevin Casas-Zamora is Senior Fellow of Foreign Policy at The Brooking Institution, a private non-profit organization providing research, policy recommendations and analysis on public policy issues. Most recently, Casas-Zamora served as Costa Rica's Minister of Planning and Economic Policy and the country's second Vice-President. A lawyer and political scientist, he has been actively involved in issues around human development and governance. He also served as Associate Professor of State Theory at the Law School, University of Costa Rica. Previously, he was General Coordinator of Costa Rica’s National Human Development Report and an Adviser on governance issues for the United Nations Development Programme, a Consultant and Adviser to the International Foundation for Electoral Systems and a Consultant for the United Nations Latin American Institute for the Prevention of Crime and the Treatment of Offenders. Casas-Zamora’s law studies were carried out in Costa Rica. He then went to the United Kingdom where he earned an MA in Latin American Government and Politics (with Distinction) and a doctoral degree in Politics at the University of Oxford.