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First Lady Claudia Dobles named as one of world’s greatest leaders

April 26, 2019

Costa Rica has one of the world’s greatest leaders in its midst.

First Lady Claudia Dobles is ranked No. 15 on Fortune’s list of “World’s Greatest Leaders,” which comprises “men and women [who] are transforming the world and inspiring others to do the same.”

Dobles’ profile describes how she helped Carlos Alvarado, her husband, win the presidency in 2018 and has spearheaded efforts to decarbonize Costa Rica by 2050.

“An architect and urban planner, she’s now in charge of turning that promise into reality —setting deadlines, brokering alliances, and raising money,” Fortune writes. “Job one: replacing the antiquated buses and trains that anchor the nation’s transit system with clean electric models.”

Atop the Fortune list are Bill and Melinda Gates, cofounders of the Gates Foundation.

In February, Dobles presented a new transportation system for Costa Rica, focused on walking, biking and an electric train. The train will serve as the spinal cord of San José, and by 2050, she wants it to run solely on electricity.

In early April, Dobles inaugurated the country’s network of charging stations for electric vehicles.

President Alvarado shared the Fortune article on Twitter and wrote he “is very proud and honored to have shared this journey with you.”

 

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