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Jan Hurwitch


Jan Hurwitch believes that our conscious evolution and ethical leadership  are essential to successful organizational life, public administration and private enterprise responsibility, as well as a future based on cooperation, connection and compassion. Her personal commitment is to construct bridges among ideas, cultures, groups and individuals.


She grew up in Colombia, Bolivia, Peru, Chile, Laos, Germany and the Dominican Republic. In addition, as an adult, she has lived and worked in a number of other countries mentioned below. This multicultural life has convinced her of the importance of the role of compassion, tolerance and strengthening of human qualities in every type of initiative, be it profit or non-profit.


Summary of professional activities: Since 1975,  she has held management and leadership positions in NGO’s and at the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) where for 6 years she was the Director of Institutional Transformation, after having been the country director for Jamaica, country director for Haiti and director of Human Resources.

She has directed a five-country program for microenterprise training in Jamaica, Guyana, Barbados, St. Lucia and Trinidad and Tobago. Her workshops in leadership, creativity and scenario planning have been well-received in Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala and Colombia. And she has worked on institutional change management and conflict resolution in Mexico, Venezuela, Panama, Ecuador and Haiti.

Areas of competence: change management, leadership, scenario planning,  creativity, and ending existential poverty. In addition, local organization development, credit systems for rural women and microenterprise development are other areas of her experience.




BA organizational psychology, George Washington U, 1972

MPA public administration, George Washington U, 1973

Advanced Management Program, INCAE, 1995

PhD  education (candidate) U de La Salle, Costa Rica

Dissertation in progress: Ending Existential Poverty: an altruistic life

Certified in MBTI (Jungian-based personality assessment), Scenario planning (Global Business Network), training of trainers (various techniques)


Complementary areas of interest….


Managing psychological trauma, particularly among victims of armed conflict; mindfulness meditation, alternative healing practices, crystal healing, group spiritual practices, labyrinth walking meditation; nutrition and healthy eating, health and fitness, inventing new ways to improve the world together and creating alternative learning experiences which include embracing altruism.




The last link is to her book in English and Spanish, digital version, at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights library:

Ending Existential Poverty: 15 practices to live the way





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