Born and raised in Costa Rica, Paulo is a horticultural specialist with a robust background in plant breeding. He studied Plant Biotechnology at the Costa Rica Institute of Technology and graduated from an Erasmus Mundus joint Master program in International Horticulture. With several years of experience in a global leading fresh produce company, he joined the team that successfully developed and commercialized the first GM pineapple with improved nutritional characteristics. Before joining CIOPORA, Paulo worked as Senior Researcher for the famous Gardens by the Bay in Singapore, where he had the opportunity to contribute to the scientific needs of the organization and its ornamental breeding program. Most recently, he became passionate about agriculture, and he has dedicated himself to hands-on farming projects and consulting on different topics related to horticultural production.