María Eugenia Brizuela de Ávila
El Salvador |  Former Minister of Foreign Affairs, El Salvador,
María Eugenia Brizuela de Ávila is a Salvadoran lawyer who served as Minister of Foreign Affairs for the country from 1999 to 2003. She was the first woman to become president of a private bank, first woman to run an insurance company, the first sit on the Board of the Central American Institute of Business Administration (INCAE), and the first female Minister. She is currently director of Corporate Sustainability at HSBC for Latin America and is based in Mexico City.
She attended the University of Geneva, where she studied French and earned a degree in French language and civilization from the Sorbonne in Paris in 1976. She went on to study law at the José Matías Delgado University and in 1982 graduated with honors. She then earned a master’s degree in Business Administration from the Central American Institute of Business Administration.
Brizuela was an event speaker at the Dialogue.