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James Padilla-DeBorst

James Padilla-DeBorst

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James Padilla-DeBorst is a lot of things including a husband, father of 6, a researcher, a professor and development practitioner. James is currently the President at CEtl at in Costa Rica. He was an adjunct Professor of International Development at Eastern University Philadelphia, PA, USA while he teaches in their Capetown, South Africa campus. He has spent nearly 20 years as a development practitioner both in Africa and Latin America, mainly in El Salvador where he made his home for 14 years. His current research focuses on transnational development institutions. He holds a Masters degree in Nonprofit Management from Regis University Denver, CO, USA and a Masters degree in Public Administration with a concentration in Political and Economic Development for the Harvard Kennedy School. James was a Visiting Research Fellow with the Program on Science, Technology and Society (STS) at the John F. Kennedy School of Government in 2006-08.

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