Dr. Oscar Acuna is the Training and Capacity Building Coordinator for NSSPI, and he is principally involved in organizing workshops and training activities and serving as a liaison with our client institutions and agencies for training and capacity-building.
Dr. Acuna has over 30 years of combined experience in international diplomacy, technical cooperation programs, project management, and international development, both for the private and public sectors. He most recently served as the section head for the Division for Asia and the Pacific of the Technical Cooperation Department of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), where he was responsible for the overall management of the Technical Cooperation Programme for 22 Member States in the South East Asia Region. Dr. Acuna spent close to 20 years at the IAEA promoting cooperation with developing countries of various regions for the utilization of nuclear techniques in the food and agriculture, environment, health, energy, and industrial sectors to support their national development programs. He also provided assistance to newcomer countries in building their nuclear power infrastructure, including issues surrounding nuclear safety and security. Prior to joining the Agency, he served in various diplomatic roles for the government of Costa Rica.
Dr. Acuna studied industrial engineering at the Universidad de Costa Rica and has a Master’s of Business Administration with a concentration in strategic planning/management from Warwick University in England and a Ph.D. in International Nuclear Policy and Communication from the University of Lincoln in England.