Miguel Carabaguiaz

Miguel Carabaguiaz

Senior Project Development Consultant

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Professional Summary

  • Experience 

    Private Sector:

    CK Consultores S.A. (2016-Present)

    Senior Consultant

  • Consulting company specialized in strategy, competitiveness & commercial execution. 
  • Currently working on a project with IDB to create an inclusive distribution network in Costa Rica.

    Techshop Internacional S.A. (2014-2016)

    Chief Finance and Administrative Officer

  • This is a metal mechanic company that produces machinery and equipment for the PVC and petroleum industries.
  • I was in charge of all the finance responsibilities including: budget, P&L and Cash Flow management, expenses administration (accounting and treasury).  In addition, I had the Human Resources and the relationships with banks and Government officials.
  • I accomplished a revaluation of assets and I was in charge of the implementation of an efficiency program that brought an important reduction in G&A costs.
  • I implemented a productivity initiative as well as a debt redefinition that were critical for the company´s financial results.

    El Cafetal Society S.A. (2004-2005).

    Strategy, Operations and CSR Consultant

  • Company that imports home appliances and furniture.
  • I designed a program to reduce import costs as well as to get the optimal import volume.  In addition, the project increased the variety and profitability of the sku´s imported.
  • I developed a discount program that was implemented with excellent results.  
  • I developed a CSR strategy for a company that included                               stakeholders‘dialogue, social and environmental footprint analysis as well as a strategic social investment plan.

    The Greek & Company (1994-1999)

    General Manager

  • Food Company
  • We accomplished an important growth in the product portfolio, sales and profits.
  • We started exports to all Central America with great success.
  • Sales Manager (1986-1989)

  • Important growth in sales (beyond 20% CAGR)
  • Negotiations to have a national distributor: CIAMESA from Constenla & Co.
  • Beginning of exports to El Salvador, Nicaragua and Guatemala

    Helénica S.A. (1994-1999)

    General Manager

  • Food company
  • R&D and development of new products
  • Implementation of a CSR strategy
  • Implementation of a new distribution strategy that allowed a doble digit growth in sales.
  • Human resources strategy to create a culture based on organization values and leadership model

    Public sector:


    Executive President of INCOFER (Train Authority in Costa Rica) (2005-2014)

  • I developed the strategy and lead the implementation to reopen the train system in Costa Rica.
  • We created 4 routes: Pavas-San Pedro, San José-Heredia, San José-Belén, San José-Cartago. In addition, I started rebuilding the railroad between Heredia and Alajuela , leaving the technical and financial resources to launch the project.
  • The train transports more tan 3.4 million people per year
  • I developed the feasibility study to build and electric train in Costa Rica.  This project will increase transportation efficiency as well as a reduction in carbon emissions.
  • I reduced the institution debt from 1 million dollars to almost zero and I developed permanent income streams of 2 million dollars.
  • I began the implementation of a recycling program as well as a CSR initiatives

    General Secretary of the Latin American Association of Railways (ALAF) (2010-2012)

  • First Central American to lead this regional institution

    National Institution to Fight Poverty (IMAS) (2003-2004)

    General Manager

  • I opened a first duty-free store in the Juan Santamaría Airport without any investment from the Government.  All through strategic alliances with companies and other Government Institutions.
  • Benchmarking study with duty-free stores in Central America and definition of a new pricing strategy.
  • Implementation of a program to improve the efficiency of the poverty relief initiaitives in top 20 geographical areas of Costa Rica

    Economics, Industry and Commerce Vice Minister (1999-2002)

  • I was responsable for the organization, coordination and implementation of the first National Plan to support SMEs in Costa Rica.  This program had the participation of more than 20 organizations including universities, Ministry of Education, Banks, ONGs, Private Chambers, etc.
  • I was in charge of the creation and implementation of the Costa Rican SMEs´ Law.
  • Member of the Board of Directors of the Regional Center for Productivity (CEFOF).

    Deputy Chief of the Mission in Brussels (1992-1994)

  • Senior Negotiator of the Main Agreement (Acuerdo Marco) between the European Union and Central America

    General Consul (1992-1994)

  • To Belgium, Luxemburg and Denmark.

    Business Attaché (1990-1991)

  • To England.


Vice President of the Costa Rican Chamber of the Food Industry (CACIA) (1996-1999)

  • I coordinated the training program between INA and CACIA


Member of the Board of the Costa Rican Chamber of the Food Industry (CACIA) (1988-1990)

  • Organizer of the First National Food Industry Congress in Costa Rica

Member of the Board of the Costa Rican Chamber of Industry (CICR) (1998-1999)

International Observer in the Presidential Election of Nicaragua (1990)

Member of the Board of Directors of the Soccer Sport Team: Liga Deportiva Alajuelense (LDA) (1989-1990)


  • Brokerage: Landlord Representation
  • Brokerage: Tenant Representation
  • Corporate Solutions
  • Real Estate Management Services

Property Type:

  • Office
  • Retail


Universidad Autonoma de Centroamerica


Memberships & Involvements:

  • Keynote speaker in national and international events organized by multilateral organizations, Goverments and Civil Society:
    • SMEs development
    • Poverty relief
    • Corporate Social Responsability
    • Strategic Social Investment 
    • Public-Private Strategic Partnerships
    • Competitiveness and infrastructure
    • National Railways Systems


  • I have published articles in national and international magazines and journals.



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