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Women’s Leadership in Trade Costa Rica-United States

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(Press Release) Gisela Sánchez assumes the presidency of the Board of Directors of AMCHAM Costa Rica, the largest multi-sector chamber in Costa Rica, to strengthen the essential objectives that since its foundation in 1973 have recognized AMCHAM, to promote commerce and investment between Costa Rica and the United States.

Gisela Sanchez’s leadership is evident in the projects and initiatives she has executed at FIFCO since 2008, making her one of the most recognized companies in the region. This experience allows her to have a broad vision of how to improve the commercial relationship between Costa Rica and the United States and how to support companies so that the can grow and increase their competitiveness.

This appointment also highlights how more and more women are occupying leadership positions. “I am committed to promoting women’s leadership, in this case by articulating the 90 productive sectors that make up AMCHAM, to promote business growth and foreign direct investment, as well as commercial linkages. I hope to represent in the best way possible the women of the country” Gisela Sanchez, Chairman of the Board of AMCHAM and Director of Corporate Relations of FIFCO.

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Since 2010 Gisela Sanchez is a member of the Board of Directors of AMCHAM and since January 28th she will be the President.

Gisela is the Director of Corporate Relations of Florida Ice & Farm Co. (a Costa Rican company with operations in Central America and the United States). Prior to joining this company, she worked as a consultant for governments, NGOs and companies in Central America in the areas of competitiveness and corporate social responsibility.

In 2006, she published two books: “10 Casos sobre Buenas Prácticas en Responsabilidad Social Empresarial” and “El Potencial Competitivo de Guatemala”. In 2001, she began her work with Fundación AVINA in Latin America where she held the position of manager of strategic initiatives supporting the development of social and environmental leaders in the Latin American region.

Before joining AVINA, she worked as a researcher and project coordinator at the Latin American Center for Competitiveness and Sustainable Development at INCAE Business School.

Gisela a Costa Rican woman, an industrial engineer, and obtained her master’s degree in business administration from the Kellogg School of Business at Northwestern University, with an emphasis on marketing and strategy. She is a CALI (Central American Leadership Initiative) Fellow, received the Stephan Schmidheiny Award for Innovation in Sustainability in 2013 and received the John Mc Nulty Award in 2015.

Gisela has been nominated twice as one of Central America´s 50 most influential women by Forbes Magazine.

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Press contact: Angélica Zamora

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