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Marisol Fernandez & Kathryn O'Driscoll

Marisol Fernández - Mexico | EVP of Social Investment, Nacional Monte de Piedad IAP

Marisol Fernández is the Executive Vice President of Social Investment for Nacional Monte de Piedad, based in Mexico City, Mexico. In this role since 2017, she is responsible for the design and implementation of the company’s social investment strategy, which aims at maximizing the social impact of investments made, contributing to Mexico’s sustainable development and exercising the rights of people in conditions of social exclusion. Monte de Piedad is a nonprofit network of 320 pawn shops and the second-largest grant maker in Mexico; the residuals of the financial activity are invested into more than 630 grassroot organizations that tackle societal issues, ultimately reaching 1.9 million people in vulnerable conditions.

Marisol’s professional career began in the communications field, working as a researcher, broadcaster and screenwriter with Chanel 40, where she launched several cultural and economic feature stories. Later, she assumed the position of Deputy Director of the Information Department for the Commercial Office of the Spanish Embassy in Mexico. In 2003, she founded REDEES, a consulting company specializing in foreign trade and strategic relationships. She was the General Director for 13 years, during which she represented numerous foreign governments and business associations. Marisol was also the Head Expert for Mexico for the Europe Latin America Network program of the European Union. Marisol is an expert in strategic philanthropy and social investment for sustainable development. She has 16 years’ experience in business development and internationalization, and an extensive career in public relations and communication. She has been a businesswoman, executive, representative of international organizations and television communicator. Her professional topics of interest are poverty, inclusion, equity and diversity, as well as the new economic and social models for reaching the UN Sustainable Development Goals. She aspires to be an agent of social change.

Marisol has an Executive MBA from the IPADE Business School in Mexico City and a bachelor’s degree in Economy from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM). She has been married for 26 years and has two daughters.

Kathryn O'Driscoll - IWF Washington | Cheif People Officer, Zymeworks Inc. 

Kathryn O’Driscoll joined Zymeworks in October 2019 and currently serves as Chief People Officer. She brings a wealth of experience in the software and global health sectors. Prior to joining Zymeworks, she held a variety of Human Resource leadership positions for Microsoft and served as Chief Human Resources Officer for PATH, a global organization working to accelerate health equity. Most recently, she served as Vice President of People for Snowflake, the data warehouse built for the cloud. Kathryn recently served on the Board of Social Venture Partners as part of her long and continuing engagement with the organization. She invests her time and resources to support organizations working toward equity and inclusion. She is a graduate of Pacific University in Oregon.


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