Irvin A. Halman obtained a BS in Chemical Engineering, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, USA, an MBA at the University of Rochester, USA, and participated in the Kellogg School of Management Program at Northwestern University, Chicago IL.
He began his career in the Photographic Technology Division at Eastman Kodak Co. in Rochester, NY, followed by product development and marketing at the Motion Picture & Audiovisual Markets Division, and later served in management positions in “Industria Nacional de Artefactos, S.A.”, Leasing Panama, Kodak Panama, Kodak Export, Ltd. and Latin America Business Manager for the Clinical Diagnostics Division of Eastman Kodak Co. and Johnson & Johnson. Managing Director at DIASA and Commercial Director at ELGA.
President of the Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Agriculture of Panama (2012-13) and former President of the Institute of Corporate Governance - Panama (2009-12), Director of “Empresas Aliadas, S.A”. He also served as President of the Board of the “Consejo del Sector Privado para la Asistencia Educacional (CoSPAE)” - Private Sector Concil for Educational Assistance - during the period 2001-03 and is currently a member of its Board of Trustees. He is a member of the Board of the “Secretaría Nacional de Ciencia, Tecnología e Innovación” (SENACYT) – National Secretariat of Science, Tecnology and Innovation - and participated in the Board of Trustees of the “Centro Nacional de Competitividad” – National Competitivity Centre - representing the Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Agriculture of Panama.
Chaired Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Agriculture of Panama committees of Agenda Pais 2014-19, municipal and tax-related issues, Education, Fiscal Equipment and the Consumer and Competition Affairs, as well as participated in laws such as leasing, e-commerce, consumer protection, property tax, educational reform and decentralization of the education system.
Member of the Institute of Corporate Governance Panama, Panama ConSoc IDB Committee, Chess Committee for Social Action of the International Chess Federation (FIDE), Think Tank of the University of Panama and the Fundación Panameña de Ética y Civismo – Panamanian Foundation of Ethics and Civic-mindedness. He actively participated in other non-profit organizations such as Rotary Club Panama Sur, Rotary Foundation of Panama, founder and Director of the Global Compact Network. Board member of “Fundación Unidos por la Educación” – United for Education Foundation.
Participated in the Dialogue for the Integral Transformation of the Educational System of Panama (2002) on the education task force of the “Concertación Nacional para el Desarrollo” (2007) – National Agreement for Development - and the Fundación para el Desarrollo Social de Panama (FUDESPA) – Foundation for the Social Development of Panama - in 2008-09. He was a member of the working group on Decentralization and School Autonomy of PREAL. As coordinator of the Executives for Educational Excellence program of CoSPAE, he was invited to participate as an advisor to the Quality Schools Commission of the Ministry of Education.