Walther Navas Briones

AsBusiness Advisor, ResCA Nicaragua

Originally from Managua, Nicaragua, Walther earned a Master’s in Administration and Direction of Business with a specialization in Marketing and Finance from the Central American University (UCA), one of the principal Business Schools of the country in 2010. He also earned a Master’s in Agri-Business Marketing, which was a dual degree from Texas A & M University in the United States and the Central American University in 2003. He earned his bachelor’s in Business Economy from the Catholic University “Redemptoris Mater” in 2002.

Walther has 20 years of experience in programs and projects on rural development focused on business development and agri-business with PYMES and rural sector cooperatives. He speaks three languages including Italian, English, and Spanish (his native language). Since July 2018, he has worked as the Business Advisor for the ResCA Nicaragua TechnoServe project, that works to promote climate resilience and the development of business strategies with six livestock cooperatives in the departments of Boaco and Matagalpa. Between July 2017 and May 2018, he worked as an Advisor in Business Management and Marketing with three cooperatives in the Promotion of Competitiveness for a Sustainable Apiculture (FOCAPIS), which is an agency of Swisscontact whose work focused on Managua, El Sauce, Estelí, and other municipalities of the country. Since August 2016, he has worked as a business consultant in agro-industrial themes with different organizations including the InterAmerican Development Bank (IADB), the Global Food Program (PMA), Help and Action, and many more.

Between January 2015 and August 2016, Walther worked as Business Advisor with the Livestock Business Project (GANE) of TechnoServe, where he worked with eight cooepratives including 2 cheese processors in the Matiguas, Rio Blanco, Mulukuku, and Paiwas zones. Before that, between January 2010 and December 2014, he worked as an Agribusiness Specialist with the Center for Exportation and Investment (CEI), a private agency financed by the Government of Holland, to develop exporter capacity in the PYMES of Nicaragua.

Between March 2007 and March 2009, Walther worked as a marketing and Export Specialist, holding a position as the Manager of the Agriculture Conglomerate (PYMES Agroindustry) with their project on Rural Business as part of the Millennium Development Challenge in the departments of Leon and Chinandega in Nicaragua, which was organized by the Millennium Development Corporation (MCC) of the United States Department of State. Before that position, he worked four years as a post-harvest Specialist for the Nicaraguan Institute of Farming Technology (INTA). Between 1999 and 2001, he started as a Commercialization Assistant in a private coffee export company, where he oversaw controlling logistics for the export to countries like the United States, Germany, and Italy.