Executive Director

Sonia Montenegro serves as responsible for articulating CIAM’s legal strategy,representing the organization at public events,  as well as directing and coordinating all actions, activities, and internal and external processes, as well as those external to the organization.  She monitors local developments in the country’s environmental agenda and maintains international contacts with partner organizations and potential funding sources. Represents the organization at public events. Sonia has more than 25 years of experience in development programs. 


Throughout her professional career, she held a wide range of responsible positions related to Project Management,andGeneral Management, Institutcional Developetment, International and Government Relations, Marketing and Communications. She served in different capacities at several Panamanian environmental,non-governmental governmental and economic organizations a selection of governmental and economical organizations including Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture of Panama, Red de Reservas Naturales Privadas (Network of Private Nature ReservesPrivate Land Owners), ANCON –Asociación Nacional para la Conservación de la Naturaleza, the Presidency of the Republic of Panama-National Bureau of Science and Technology (SENACYT), Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Embassy of Japan in Panama.


She holds a degree in International Relations from University of Panama, an MBA from Santa María La Antigua Catholic University, a Project Management degree from the University of Louisville, and studies in Partners in Global Governance at the Diplomatic Academy of the Federal Republic of Germany. 

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Registered Charity: On April 28, 2010, the Ministry of Economy and Finance recognizing CIAM´s non-profit status issued Resolution No. 201-1508 whereby donations to the Center can be deduced from Panama’s income tax return.

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