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Eduardo Hernandez-Salazar

  • PhD International Development Studies
  • Postdoctoral Senior Research Associate, Jesus College, Intellectual Forum
  • University of Cambridge
  • 8PublicationsNumber of items in Eduardo's My Publications folder on Mendeley.
  • 1ReadersNumber of instances of Eduardo's publications in Mendeley libraries. Updated daily.


Dr Eduardo Hernandez-Salazar is a senior leader with 20+ years of professional experience, currently transitioning into an academic career after having graduated with a PhD in international development studies in 2017 in Canada. His research explores unconventional approaches to development, building on a Wittgensteinian ontological and epistemological framing of the social sciences. The findings of this work will be presented in a forthcoming book entitled Development as Limits. At the University of Cambridge, Eduardo will be collaborating with Joe Studwell on distilling lessons learned from socio-economic and political stories of developmental success in Africa. Eduardo has held director positions at the International Rescue Committee in New York, as well as at The Jane Goodall Institute headquarters in Virginia. Previously, he had a long career at the World Bank Group in Washington, D.C., where he served as a senior specialist in development effectiveness. Eduardo has worked as well as an evaluation expert for several organizations of the United Nations; advised non-governmental organizations (NGOs) on development effectiveness matters; and led his country’s—Costa Rica—investment and export promotion efforts in North America and in the Caribbean, respectively. Before his career focus shifted to international development, Eduardo held senior management positions at several multinational corporations, both in Costa Rica and in the United States. His initial academic background is in management, holding both a BSc and an MBA in International Business.

Recent publications

  • A very lucrative liquid: the emerging trade in human milk as a form of reproductive exploitation and violence against women

    • Steele S
    • Hernandez-Salazar E
  • Multinational Corporations in Costa Rica: The Hidden Conflict

    • Hernandez-Salazar E

Professional experience

Postdoctoral Senior Research Associate, Jesus College, Intellectual Forum

University of Cambridge

February 2019 - Present

Evaluation Consultant

United Nations

June 2015 - Present

Director, Organizational Measurement

International Rescue Committee

May 2017 - April 2018(a year)

Monitoring & Evaluation Consultant

Nuru International

April 2016 - August 2016(4 months)

Evaluation Consultant

United Nations Conference on Trade and Development

June 2015 - August 2015(2 months)

Director, Monitoring & Evaluation - Africa Programs

Jane Goodall Institute for Wildlife Research Education and Conservation

October 2011 - August 2013(2 years)

Senior Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist

The World Bank

April 2004 - September 2011(7 years)

Commercial Director - CARICOM

Foreign Trade Corporation of Costa Rica

February 2003 - January 2004(a year)

Investment Promotion Executive - North America


November 1999 - December 2001(2 years)

General Director

WorldCom / SkyTel

July 1997 - October 1999(2 years)

Advisor to the Director - Shared Services Center

Unisys Corporation

January 1990 - June 1997(7 years)


Executive Data Science

Johns Hopkins University

June 2018 - July 2018(a month)

PRINCE2 Foundation Certificate in Project Management

Axelos / PeopleCert

June 2018

PhD International Development Studies

Saint Mary's University

September 2013 - September 2017(4 years)

Certificate - Model Thinking

University of Michigan

March 2015 - May 2015(2 months)

Certificate - Scuola Estiva di Lingua e Cultura Italiana (B2)

Alma Mater Studiorum

July 2007

Certificate - International Program for Development Evaluation Training (IPDET)

Carleton University

June 2007

MBA International Business

Universidad de Costa Rica

July 1996 - January 2004(8 years)

Bachelor of Business Administration

Universidad de Costa Rica

February 1988 - November 1995(8 years)