Director, Technical Cooperation Bureau, ICAO
Mr. Jorge Vargas was appointed Director of the Technical Cooperation Bureau of ICAO in May 2018.
Mr. Vargas has over twenty-eight years of experience in the international scope and context of civil aviation and has held several leadership positions including Executive President of the Central American Corporation for Air Navigation Services (COCESNA), Director of the Agency on International Safety for Central America (ACSA), Director General of Civil Aviation of Costa Rica, Member of the Technical Council of Civil Aviation (CETAC), Flight Standards Coordinator, Chief of Air Navigation and Air Traffic Controller.
Throughout his career in civil aviation, Mr. Vargas has exercised leadership responsibilities in managing complex portfolios including, among others, civil aviation master planning, economic regulation of air transport, multilateral strategies and negotiations, and capacity building of civil aviation authorities. Mr. Vargas has been a champion in promoting efficient, safe, sustainable and environmentally responsible civil aviation sector. He also has extensive experience in project management and audit of States’ civil aviation capabilities on safety and security based on international civil aviation standards and recommended practices.
Mr. Vargas holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the Universidad Latina of Costa Rica and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from INCAE Business School in Managua, Nicaragua.