Last month Jill Ni ’18 traveled to Costa Rica to attend INCAE Business School’s Global Network Week module, “Doing Business in Latin America: The Competitiveness and Sustainability Challenge.” Ni was one of 16 students from Global Network for Advanced Management member schools who participated in the module. Here are some photos from her trip.
With fellow Yale SOM students at INCAE. The group was excited to see alumnus Lawrence Pratt ’93 at INCAE, who provided an overview of the sustainable development and economy of Costa Rica, a deep dive into the impact of tourism on development, and a discussion on the choices facing coffee businesses. Photos by Jill Ni ’18
A red-eye tree frog spotted during an ecological night tour
In class discussing rice production in Costa Rica and the trade dispute at WTO, which has an ongoing impact on the country.
Professor Bernard Kilian discussed whether fair trade and other certifications are beneficial to coffee producers.
Students met Alonso Jesús Luna Alfaro, deputy mayor of Alajuela, the city in which INCAE is located. Professor Víctor Umaña and an INCAE alum are working closely with the local government to help build a smart and sustainable city.
After an in-class discussion of the coffee industry, we went to Doka Coffee Farm to see the whole process of coffee production, from seed to fruit to bean.
Jaime García, a methodological expert at the Social Progress Imperative, discussed the Social Progress Index, which measures the social and environmental performance of an economy beyond GDP. We later ran a simulation by team trying to increase both GDP and SPI for an economy.
Another must-see attraction in Costa Rica: the sloth