Fellows - Carmen Irene Alas

Carmen Irene Alas


Carmen Irene Alas is a senior executive with over 25 years of experience and sound knowledge of the Central American region. Throughout her ventures, she has established strong relationships with Companies, Institutions, NGOs, Academia and Guilds.

She is currently Executive Director of CIA Consulting Group, a regional firm which, over the course of eight years, has built ad-hoc ecosystems for its clients, through the design and implementation of communications, PR, Corporate Affairs and social media strategies which have contributed to value creation and sustainability.

For Carmen Irene, the key is innovation and delivery of creative solutions for her clients. Alongside the firm Statknows, she added marketing and public opinion surveys through the use of artificial intelligence and machine learning to her portfolio.

In 1998 she co-founded Estrategia & Negocios Magazine. By holding the Executive Director position until 2013, she was responsible for directing and coordinating the group’s editorial content, the business intelligence unit, and the development and promotion of vital and complementary online content.

Carmen Irene has 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 a Fellow of the second class of the Central American Leadership Initiative (CALI), a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

In addition to her professional experience and academic background, she is Vice President of the Board of Directors of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of El Salvador, member of the National Committee for INCAE Business School and member of the Board of Directors of the Corporate Foundation for the Development of Education (FEPADE). She also served as President and Co-Founder of the Vital Voices chapter for El Salvador, from 2008 to 2012.

She is a proud grandmother of Julian and Sebastian, and mother to three children, María José, Juan Diego, and Javier.

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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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Directora Ejecutiva


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