Carmen Gisela Vergara
Directora Ejecutiva de PROPANAMA
Expert in International Trade, Business Development, Trade Negotiations, Trade Integration and Facilitation. Ambassador Vergara holds a bachelor’s degree in Law and Political Science from the University of Panama, a Master’s Degree in Bankingand Financial Law from the University of Externado in Colombia and a Postgraduate Degree in International Trade Negotiations from the University of Santiago de Chile.
Prior to the position of Executive Director of PROPANAMA, the Authority for Investment and Export Promotion of the Panamanian Government, Ambassador Vergara served as Secretary General of the Secretariat of Central American Economic Integration SIECA, making important progress in the Central American integration process with the implementation of the only Customs Union in the Continent.
Mrs. Vergara has also served as Minister of Trade and Industries, Deputy Minister of Foreign Trade and National Director of Investment and Export Promotion of the Ministry of Trade and Industries of the Republic of Panama, Director to the Board of the Central American Bank for Economic Integration – CABEI; Executive Director of the Federation of Chambers and Industrial Associations of Central America and the Dominican Republic –FECAICA and Manager of the Business Technological Accelerator of the City of Knowledge; among other positions
Ambassador Vergara has represented Panama as an Alternate Delegate to the Inter-American Commission of Women and a member of the Non-Permanent Specialized Commissions of the Organization of American States – OAS, in the areas of Diversification, Market Access and Economic Integration.
At the private level, she is a member of the Panama Arbitration Center and has served as a Trade Lawyer, as a Court appointed Public Defender, as an Advisor on investment issues and as a Consultant on multiple topics, including: business development, gender, exports, social responsibility, trade negotiations, competitiveness and trade facilitation; among others.
On the academic side, has served as Facilitator of the Master for International Management (MIMLA) offered by the University of Thunderbird and the Monterrey Institute of Technology, on the subject of International Trade Negotiations.
She has been a local and international speaker on several subjects and for four years she was one of the 50 must powerful women in Central America, according to Forbes Magazine. She has published several articles in international publications.