The Vice President of the Republic Panama and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Isabel de Saint Malo de Alvarado, has over 20 years of experience in consulting, development and implementation of public policies in Latin America. Following her election as Vice-President and her appointment as foreign minister, she became the first woman to hold both positions in the history of her country.
She was part of the Panama mission to the United Nations in New York and worked for 15 with the United Nations Development Program in Panama. From this office, she coordinated the team that designed and executed the Agreements called Panama 2000 (“Acuerdos Panamá 2000”), where the framework to draft the legislation of the Panama Canal Authority was created, to receive the waterway once it reverted to Panamanian hands. She was awarded by the Harry S. Truman Institute for the Promotion of Peace, for the achievements in building dialogue and consensus throughout her career, and for the role played by the Government of the Republic of Panama, preparing the stage for the meeting between the presidents of Cuba and the United States, in the framework of the VII Summit of the Americas. The Vice-President is the first person in Latin America to receive this recognition. She also received from the Panamanian Business Executives Association (APEDE) the award of “Woman of the Year 2012”, for her contributions in building national consensus for over two decades. She was distinguished by the World Economic Forum as a global leader on transparency and anti-corruption participating in the Global Agenda Council. The Vice President has been part of the board of directors of several organizations such as: BBVA Bank, Fundación Democracia y Libertad, the Women Corporate Directors Association of Panama, among others.
Currently, in her capacity as Vice-President of the Republic, and based on the priorities of the Government of Panama, she presides the Social Cabinet (“Gabinete Social”) and supports the National Council for Development (“Concertación Nacional para el Desarrollo”), where she seeks to articulate social policies, around the strategic objective of eradicating poverty and social inequality through the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals. In that same course of action, from her office she promotes matters related with transparency, national consensus on education and health and gender equality. As Minister of Foreign Affairs, she promotes the project of modernization and institutional strengthening of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, whose main objective is to encourage the professionalism of Panamanian diplomacy. Her vision is to inspire a foreign policy where Panama serves as a country of dialogue; consensus building, a country who is positioned at the forefront of the global development agenda.
She has a Degree in International Relations from Saint Joseph´s University and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Nova Southeastern University.
She is married and has 3 children.