María Eugenia Brizuela de Ávila

Mayu Avila has broken many barriers. An El Salvadoran lawyer who served as the first woman Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1999 to 2004, she is also the first woman to become president of a private bank and an insurance company in El Salvador, and one of the first to sit on the regional Board of INCAE Business School. For a decade after 2007, she was Head of the pioneering Corporate Sustainability function at HSBC Latin America.

Ms Avila has a solid academic background in Art, Insurance and Law, with a Masters in Business Administration and a postgraduate qualification in Sustainable Business from the University of Cambridge. She has actively participated in service institutions: Vital Voices for women’s development, the FUSADES think tank, the PLAN International Board and the Junior Achievement Global Board of Governors. She is currently an Executive Coach and serves on banking, insurance, and non-profit Boards.

Mayu Avila has been an ICMP Commissioner since February 2019.