Ambassador Elayne Whyte Gomez
Ambassador Elayne Whyte Gomez is a diplomat and academic from Costa Rica. She served as the Ambassador from Costa Rica to the United Nations in Geneva 2014-2020. In 2017, Ambassador Whyte presided over the proceedings of the United Nations Conference that negotiated and adopted the landmark Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. Facing extraordinary time pressure, and, at times, contentious debate, Ambassador Whyte facilitated the adoption of this landmark agreement by a vote of 122 nations in favor, one against, and one abstention. Among her many accomplishments, Ambassador Whyte is also the first woman and the youngest person ever to serve as vice minister of Foreign Affairs in Costa Rica. Currently on academic sabbatical, she is Adjunct Professor at the United Nations - mandated University for Peace and also serves as Executive in Residence at the Geneva Center for Security Policy.