Wild Card winner brings Latin American perspective to global Schmidt-MacArthur Fellowship

March 24, 2014

In January this year, the SMF Wild Card Competition was launched to find one exceptional postgraduate student to join the Schmidt-MacArthur Fellowship 2014 from any university in the world.

Today we can announce that the winner is Federico Apestegui from Costa Rica, a masters student in Business and Sustainable Development at HEC Paris.

The Fellowship programme, which currently works with universities across three continents, including US, Asia and Europe, will now welcome the addition of a Latin American perspective for 2014. Federico intends to focus on the developing economy of his home country in his Circular Economy Innovation Project.

Alongside the sixteen other student-mentor pairings for 2014 Federico and his academic mentor will contribute to this global innovation platform paving the way for a circular economy.


Costa Rica is a small country with big ambitions and bold ideas, proof of which are the abolition of the army and the protection of 25% of our territory under different conservation schemes.
However, global and internal forces are now challenging us to redefine our development model. Most of my current stands and opinions on sustainability and development have come from questioning where we are headed as a region and what changes must be undertaken at a business and policy level by rethinking our current systems in aims of procuring a sustainable future.

Federico Apestegui

Find out about the full cohort of 2014 Fellows here

Watch Federico's winning video entry:

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