Minister Erika Mouynes, a diplomat and senior business executive, is the Atlantic Council's Latin-American Center Chair. She brings over two decades of high-level government and private sector experience. She has held several high-ranking governmental positions, practiced as a senior attorney in a top global law firm, and been responsible for executive management of the business and legal affairs of a multi-billion investment company on Wall Street. As Panama's Minister of Foreign Affairs, she achieved notable "first female" milestones for the Latin-American region and received distinctions for her unwavering commitment to empowering women. As Chief Diplomat, she earned recognition by brokering global alliances to protect the largest Pacific marine corridor, contributing to the protection of global biodiversity. During her roles in the private sector, she provided strategic counsel on intricate corporate transactions, including cross-border infrastructure and investment projects in emerging markets.
She graduated with honors from Panama, receiving a law degree from the University of Santa Maria La Antigua and a bachelor's degree in business from the Latin-American University of Science and Technology. She received a postgraduate certificate in Business and a Master of Laws from New York University and a Master of Laws from the University of California, Berkeley. She is a fellow of the Advance Leadership Initiative of Harvard University.
Erika Mouynes' study group will take a look at trust in political systems, using both international and domestic examples. Her study group will take place on Tuesdays, 4:30pm-5:30pm.