Umaña Víctor

Víctor Umaña
ETH Zurich
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  • Political economy of preferential trade agreements
  • Trade and sustainable development
  • Trade policy and agricultural reform in developing countries



Víctor Umaña is a doctoral student at ETH Zurich. He joined the International Political Economy group as a PhD student in spring 2011. His research focuses on the political economy of preferential trade agreements and the effect of trade provisions and potential trading partners on individual preferences. His research is embedded in the NCCR Trade Regulation.


He has a master’s degree in International Law and Economics (Magna Cum Laude) from the World Trade Institute and obtained a Licentiate degree in Agricultural Economics (honours) from the University of Costa Rica. His master’s thesis analyses agricultural and trade policy coherence for sustainable development in Costa Rica.


He has been a researcher for the Latin American Center for Competitiveness and Sustainable Development – CLACDS – at INCAE Business School since 2001, where he managed research and training projects in competitiveness, trade and sustainable development. He developed and coordinated the Program for Regional Economic Integration in Central America in 2011 with the support of the World Bank and the Government of Spain.


Víctor served as Trade Negotiator at the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Counsellor at the Mission of Costa Rica to the World Trade Organization (WTO) in charge of negotiations on market access – including agriculture and industrial goods; sanitary and phytosanitary measures, and technical barriers to trade. He also was trade policy specialist at the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture. He has acted as a consultant for various organisations in Latin America, the Caribbean and Africa, including IDB, GTZ, the World Bank, The Brenthurst Foundation and InWEnt.