Fellows - Carmen Irene Alas

Carmen Irene Alas


Carmen Irene Alas is currently CEO and founder of CIA Consulting Group, a firm that specializes in providing clients from across various industries in Central America with innovative research, and with the development of communications, social media and corporate affairs strategies.
She also works in the area of big data analysis as partner for Central America of Predictvia, a company that specializes in market research, public opinion surveys, and political polling through artificial intelligence and predictive analytics.
Before founding CIA Consulting Group, Carmen Irene served two years as General Manager & Partner for Newlink Group Central America. This opportunity enabled her to work with clients in the region, focusing in public relations and strategic communications.
In 1998, she co-founded Group E&N, an editorial group that specializes in business magazines and online products. By holding the Executive Director position until 2013, she was responsible for directing and coordinating the group’s editorial content, the creation of innovative editorial products, the business intelligence unit, and the development and promotion of vital and complementary online content. The group’s most recognized product is Estrategia & Negocios, a market leading business magazine tailored for the Central American business man.
She has organized panels and round tables with Key Opinion Leaders from the academia, think tanks, government, business leaders and civil society, in an effort to identify challenges and solutions for the region. Her vast experience in working with local and foreign Corporations and Institutions in the region include regional and multinational companies, chambers, associations, the European Union, PAIRCA, The Central America Integration System (SICA), The Copenhagen Consensus Center, USAID, IDB, amongst others.
Carmen Irene held the position of Executive Director for the Central American Leadership Initiative from 2010 to 2012. She also served as President and Co-Founder of the Vital Voices chapter for El Salvador, from 2008 to 2012.
Her educational titles and experiences include two bachelor degrees, one in Business Administration and one in Economics from Dr. José Matías Delgado University in El Salvador. This same institution recognized her with the “Distinguished Professional” award in 2008 for her professional contribution on both local and regional level. She is also a Fellow of the second class of the Central American Leadership Initiative (CALI), a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network
She currently holds several board positions, which include the Business Foundation for Education and Development (FEPADE), Vital Voices, The Salvadoran Chamber of Commerce, and INCAE Business School National Committee.

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Following the cost-benefit methodology of the Copenhagen Consensus Center (CCC) which identified challenges and solutions for the world and then for Latin America, through the “Consulta San José”, the Central American Dialogue was designed to focus the exercise in a smaller region in order to obtain more accurate results. 
The dialogue took place in Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua and Costa Rica in September 2008. Bjorn Lomborg from the CCC traveled to the region to support the events. The question to be answered was: With limited resources, how can we do the best possible in the region? Discussion roundtables were held to propose solutions to four of the region’s most difficult challenges.

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Grupo E&N (Estrategia y Negocios)


Directora Ejecutiva


Fellow CALI 2