Mohit Mukherjee

Mohit is the Founding Director of the UPEACE Centre for Executive Education, which he launched in 2006. He is a passionate educator who has been designing and delivering impactful learning experiences to professionals from around the world in the areas of Social Entrepreneurship, Positive Leadership, and Organizational Happiness – to name a few. The topics have evolved over time, but his purpose remains to “Help facilitate transformational experiences”.

Mohit’s professional background includes management consulting, teaching high school, working with a global non-profit with a focus on sustainable development, leading a venture-funded private-public partnership, and being VP of Programs at an incubator for social entrepreneurs. Throughout the past fifteen years, he designed and delivered programs in a dozen countries to 3500+ participants. Mohit finds that leaders who create the conditions for well-being in their teams enjoy the journey more and also get better results.

Mohit has a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University and did his Master’s at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He was born in Greece to Indian parents and currently lives in the United Sates, but you can often find him in Costa Rica.

Julia Delafield

Julia is the Director of the UPEACE Centre for Executive Education. She has dual master’s degrees from UPEACE and American University in Washington DC in International Relations and Affairs and Natural Resources and Sustainable Development. Before joining the Centre, Julia spent three years working with a social enterprise dedicated to bringing volunteers and Spanish learners to Latin America.

She also is a co-founder of Lafaza, a sustainable vanilla importing venture with her brothers, and spent the first half of her career with Rainforest Alliance and Fair Trade USA working on development and environmental certification programs through Latin America. Julia is from the United States but has lived in Costa Rica since 2009, as well as spending significant time in Mexico and Brazil.

Hannah Benson

Hannah is the Program Manager for the Centre for Executive Education, in charge of managing the online and onsite open-enrollment programs and, of course, contributing to the rest of the organization’s mission as well. Hannah’s last position was with Discovery, working as a Research Analyst on the Latin American market.

She also worked with Maximo Nivel, an Intercultural Center hosting volunteers in Costa Rica, where she was in charge of managing and supervising volunteers and the projects with which they worked. Hannah holds a BA in Psychology from Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia.

Esmeralda Bolaños

Esmeralda is the Program Specialist for the Centre for Executive Education, in charge of online and onsite program enrollment and logistics, as well as hosting university groups. Esmeralda’s last position was also with UPEACE, working at the office of the Dean of International Cooperation in charge of managing logistics for educational programs in Human Rights, Sustainable Development and Environment.

Esmeralda holds a BA in International Relations and Affairs from Costa Rica National University, a Diploma in Social Innovation and a Global Leadership Diploma from the Centre for Executive Education and she is currently finishing a PM4R Master Professional with a Gender focus with the Inter-American Development Bank.

Paula Piazza

Paula is the Program Manager for the Centre for Executive Education and manages online and onsite open-enrollment as well as study abroad and university groups. Paula previously spent 5 years as the Director of Admissions with an international study abroad organizational in Latin America and before that as the General Manager for language and volunteer programs in San Jose, Costa Rica.

Paula holds a BA in Spanish & Portuguese Studies and Management from the University of Minnesota. She is from the United States but has lived in Costa Rica since 2010.

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