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“Maria, a community leader, showed me that we needed to invest in actions that guarantee women like her in the most vulnerable and excluded conditions, the opportunities and resources necessary to fully participate socially, economically, politically, and culturally.”

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Ms. María Eugenia Brizuela de Avila initial years were with family businesses, La Auxiliadora Funeral Home. Founded Internacional de Seguros in 1997 becoming the first woman President of an Insurance Company. In 1999 became the first woman Minister of Foreign Affairs in El Salvador, serving 5 years. August 2004 elected first woman President of a private bank keeping this position when HSBC acquired a controlling majority in 2006.  In 2007 pioneered a new function in the region Corporate Sustainability Head till 2015. 

Ms Avila currently serves on the Board of nonprofits: University of Miami External Advisory Board on Latin America; Universidad Dr. Jose Matias Delgado; Commissioner of the International Commission on Missing Persons based in The Hague.and Non-Executive Director on Business Boards: El Salvador Stock Exchange, Davivienda Financial Conglomerate El Salvador and Honduras.