Fernando Llorca Castro became ambassador of Costa Rica to the United States on Sept. 17, 2018. Ambassador Llorca has over 12 years of experience in international development throughout Europe and has held prominent positions transnational organizations as a health policy advisor, a medical and research manager, and a primary care medical practitionerin Spain and in Costa Rica. He also worked as a registered medical disability analyst in the United Kingdom.
In 2014, Ambassador Llorca was appointed by ex-President Luis Guillermo Solís Rivera as the deputy minister of health, subsequently becoming the minister and the stewardof the Health, Nutrition and Sports Sector in Costa Rica, where he established private and public safety regulations and best practices policies.
Amid a crisis of the largest public pension system in Costa Rica, he was asked to take on the role of executive president of the Costa Rican Social Security Fund (CCSS), the most important health care provider in the region.
Ambassador Llorca holds an advanced studies diploma in political economy from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, a master’s of science in health policy, planning and finance from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and the Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). He also holds two master’s degrees in health care management as well as health economics and pharmacoeconomics from the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona. He was trained in Costa Rica as a medical doctor, and has full license to practice medicine in Costa Rica, Spain and the United Kingdom.
Ambassador Llorca is married and has two children.
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