Alfio Piva

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Alfio Piva Mesén
First Vice President of Costa Rica
In office
8 May 2010 – 8 May 2014
President Laura Chinchilla
Preceded by Laura Chinchilla
Succeeded by Helio Fallas Venegas
Personal details
Born January 7, 1940
San Jose
Nationality Costa Rican
Political party National Liberation Party
Children Alfio, Alessandro, Giancarlo
Alma mater Universita degli Studi di Parma
Profession Scientist

Alfio Piva Mesén (born 1940) is a Costa Rican politician, scientist and environmentalist. He was the First Vice President of Costa Rica from 2010 to 2014.[1][2] The Second Vice President during that interval was Luis Liberman.[3]

Piva obtained a Ph.D in animal physiology from the University of Milan in Italy and co-founded the Veterinary School of the National University of Costa Rica. In 1995 he won the Prince of Asturias Award in Technical and Scientific Research along with his colleagues from INBio.[4]