27th April 2018
Amaya Briner, Partner at MGI Worldwide international accounting firm MGI Briner Asociados, s.c. in Maracaibo, Venezuela, has recently completed two terms as president of the Maracaibo Chamber of Commerce. This was the first time in its 100-year history that a woman was elected to lead this non-governmental trade organisation.
In 2016, the Maracaibo Chamber of Commerce (MCC), one of the biggest trade associations in Venezuela, reached a milestone in its institutional history. After 121 years of representing and promoting the city’s economic causes, a woman was elected as its president. Amaya Briner de Foglio MSc., Partner at MGI Briner Asociados, one of the country’s two MGI Worldwide global accounting network member firms, became the first female to lead this historic organisation.
From her induction, Amaya was committed to working on rebuilding Venezuela, focusing primarily on strengthening and defending private companies and initiatives.
“Employees must be determining factors in promoting trust. We must all make an effort within our roles, to re-establish our democracy and set an example for the world with regards to rebuilding and reconciliation”, stated Briner, during her 2017 presidential Annual Report and Accounts speech.
Amaya actively advanced the role of women in business, focusing on driving, promoting and coordinating “female empowerment” within the economy. Together with several national organisations, she succeeded in empowering more than 30 women from Venezuela’s Zulia region, thanks to the “Training Programme for Entrepreneurial Women” (Programa de Formación para Mujeres Emprendedoras).
Amaya helped found the Alliance of Venezuelan Companies for the Leadership of Women (Alianza de Empresas Venezolanas por el Liderazgo de las Mujeres - AVEM) and together with the British Embassy of Venezuela and global business leaders, she participated in two AVEM Forums in Caracas and Maracaibo, whose goal was to encourage companies to adopt policies enabling women to attain managerial positions.
During Amaya’s two terms as president, the MCC completed 13 of the 17 UN-sponsored, Global Compact initiatives, aimed at encouraging businesses worldwide to adopt sustainable and socially responsible policies, and to report on their implementation.
Amaya stepped down as President of the MCC in March of this year. Despite the country’s severe economic crisis, Amaya remained committed throughout her presidency, to developing initiatives aimed at helping and supporting the Venezuelan entrepreneur.
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