Juan Carlos Alvarez became the new World Bank Representative in Ecuador from August 2018. Juan Carlos Alvarez studied law at the Universidad Autónoma de Centro América and pursued graduate studies in international law at the American University in Washington, D.C.
Before joining the World Bank, Alvarez worked in the public and private sectors in Costa Rica. He joined the World Bank in 2000 as an attorney for the Legal Vice-Presidency for Latin America and the Caribbean, where he collaborated with Bolivia, Ecuador, Peru, Guatemala, Mexico and Colombia. Beginning in 2005, he was based in the regional offices of Mexico, New Delhi and Dubai, advising the units of each country on World Bank legal and policy issues.