Pilar Saborio de Rocafort

Former Costa Rican Diplomat, Chair of Aurissey


Former Costa Rican diplomat and now Chair of Aurissey, a diplomacy consultancy firm. During her diplomatic career she was Ambassador of Costa Rica to the International Organisations in Vienna, and Governor for Costa Rica to the 2016-2018 IAEA’s Board of Governors (BoG). Her prior ambassadorial positions include ambassador of Costa Rica to Austria, the United Kingdom, where she served as Dean of the Latin American Ambassadors to the Court of St James’s, as well Iceland.

She was also the first ever appointed ambassador of Costa Rica to Ireland. In addition to her role in the BoG, during her time in Vienna, Ambassador Saborio chaired the 8th Conference of Parties of United Nations Convention against Transnational Organised Crime, UNIDO’s Programme and Budget Committee 2015-16, and was a founding member of the Troika that launched the Gender Champions Initiative Vienna Chapter. She has both participated and moderated several gender-related discussion panels organised by different international organisations, UN bodies and NGOs.

Ambassador Saborio de Rocafort holds a BA in International Relations/Geography from the University of Miami, a MPhil in Development Studies from the University of Cambridge where she also undertook research towards a PhD on The Transnational Networks of Latin American Elites in South Florida. She started her professional career working in international development in Central America, in projects supported by the US Agancy for International Development, the Costa Rican Investment & Development Agency, and INCAE.