Erika Mouynes is the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Panama. She has also served as Vice Minister of Multilateral Affairs and Cooperation and Chief of Staff of the Ministry of Trade and Industry, under two administrations. During her time at the Ministry of Trade and Industry, Mouynes served on the negotiating team responsible for the US-Panama Free Trade Agreement. Prior to her role in government, Minister Mouynes worked at a leading global law firm in New York. She also managed the business and legal affairs of a multi-billion-dollar investment company in her role as Chief Legal Officer. Mouynes has served on the board of several publicly traded companies, as well as women-focused not-for-profit organizations. This past year she led a team of Panamanian experts who successfully designed and negotiated the country’s vaccine portfolio based on scientific criteria, making it one of the first countries in Latin America to secure vaccines for its entire population, with Pfizer as the main provider. She is also the head of “Mission Panama” a governmental strategy to raise international visibility of the country’s initiatives and mission-driven investments which are transforming its economy and have enabled Panama to achieve carbon negative status.