Maria Nelly Rivas

Maria Nelly Rivas
  • Assistant Resident Representative
    United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

BA in Communications, Queens College; MBA, Harvard Business School. Former: Senior Strategic Media Planner, McCann-Erickson, New York City and Buenos Aires; Minister of Tourism of Nicaragua, the youngest to hold that post in Latin America, in charge of developing and expanding tourism in Nicaragua; responsible for tourism becoming the top revenue generator for the country; Associate Director, PRONicaragua, Nicaragua's investment promotion agency. Former Regional Coordinator, Latin American ST-EP and MDG-F, United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), managing sustainable tourism projects that seek to contribute to the elimination of poverty. Currently, Assistant Resident Representative, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Service Leadership Fellow, Harvard Business School; Central America Leadership Initiative Fellow, Aspen Institute; Rising Talent, Women's Forum on the Economy and Society.