Executive President

Gisela Sánchez

Gisela Sánchez, current Executive President of the Central American Bank for Economic Integration (CABEI), has an outstanding career in the strategic and corporate realm. Prior to leading CABEI, she held the position of Director of Strategy and Corporate Affairs at BAC. Her experience includes significant roles at the Florida Ice and Farm Company (FIFCO) and as a consultant in key areas such as competitiveness, strategy, and sustainability for governments, NGOs, and companies in the region.

Recognized for her contribution to corporate social responsibility, Gisela published "10 Cases of Good Practices in Corporate Social Responsibility" and "The Competitive Potential of Guatemala" in 2006. Before earning her MBA at the Kellogg Graduate School of Management, she worked strategically at the AVINA Foundation and Citibank.

An industrial engineer with an MBA in Strategy and Marketing, she is a Fellow of the Central America Leadership Initiative (CALI) foundation and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network (AGLN). Awarded the Stephan Schmidheiny Sustainability Innovation Award, the John McNulty Award, and being the first woman to preside over AMCHAM Costa Rica, Gisela is recognized as an Unusual Pioneer and "Intrapreneur of the Year" by the Schwab Foundation in 2022. Forbes has included her three times among the 50 most influential women.

In her presidency at the BCIE, Gisela leads with excellence, driving the strategic role of the bank in regional development and consolidating its position as a reference in economic integration and sustainable growth in Central America. Her leadership marks a historic milestone by focusing on fundamental principles such as transparency, ethics, accountability, and austerity. These values strengthen CABEI and establish a new era of effectiveness in the pursuit of solutions to the challenges of the region.

Executive Vice President

Jaime Roberto Díaz Palacios

Mr. Diaz Palacios has a solid professional career of more than 15 years in the field of Economics and Finance for Development, in the public sector and in economic development from a think tank with cross-cutting impact, leading the program of National competitiveness of Guatemala (between 2012 and 2015) and in the World Bank with the position of Senior Advisor for the Executive Director (between 2015 and 2019). 

 His work experience is additionally supported by a robust professional training of undergraduate studies in Economics from the Francisco Marroquín University of Guatemala, a Master in Economics from the LSE, followed by a Master in Public Administration from Harvard University.