The Institute of the Americas is proud to welcome our two new members of the Board of Directors. Ms. Molina and Ms. MacDermott, based in Mexico City and New York City accordingly will bring their expertise to support our key programs in Energy and Sustainability, Environment and Climate Change and will support organization-wise strategic thinking to assure the Institute’s mission of “To be a catalyst for promoting economic development and integration, emphasizing the role of the private sector, as a means to improve the economic and social well-being of the people of the Americas.”
Manuela (Nelly) Molina Peralta
Ms. Molina is a Senior Executive with 23 years of experience in energy with roles in IEnova, a Sempra Company, and previously at Kinder Morgan, Inc (Mexico), and El Paso Corp (Mexico). Currently, she serves as Vice President of Investor Relations of Sempra Energy since September 2020. Previously, she was Chief Financial Officer of IEnova where she launched the IPO of the company seven years ago to become the first energy company listed in the Mexican Stock Exchange in 2013. The company is one of the largest issuers of the BMV/S&P Index and ranks among the top 10 companies in the BMV/S&P ESG Index. Her current business oversight experience is about US$10 billion of total assets, US$1.3 billion of revenues, and US$11 billion in financing transactions in the capital and bank markets for the first Mexico’s energy company listed in the Mexican Stock Exchange.
Some of her current Corporate Board Service and Committees include: President (First woman President), Security Issuers Committee at the Mexican Stock Exchange; Vice President, International Chamber of Commerce México; Independent board member, Mexico New International Airport (Nuevo Aeropuerto Internacional de México – NAIM); Founder investor and board member, NatGas Queretaro, S.A.P.I. de C.V.; Board member, Infraestructura Marina del Golfo, S. de R.L. de C.V. (formerly TransCanada); Board member, Ramones Norte Gas Pipeline joint venture; Board member, Energia Sierra Juarez Wind (joint venture of IEnova and Saavi); President, Mexican Institute of Finance Executives (Instituto Mexicano de Ejecutivos en Finanzas – IMEF); Independent board advisor, “Antes de Partir, A.C.”; Member, Women Corporate Directors organization; and Member, Corporate Governance Committee, Consejo CoordinadorEmpresarial (Business Council) in Mexico.
She holds a Masters in Finance (2009) from EGADE Business School at Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey and a bachelors Degree in Accounting (1995), Graduated with honors from Universidad de Sonora in Hermosillo, Mexico. Ms. Molina with her new seat at the Institute of the Americas’ board of directors will add value by sharing her executive level expertise in finance and operations in the energy and infrastructure sector.
Siobhan M. MacDermott, Global Managing Partner, Tata Consultancy Services
Ms. MacDermott serves as Global Managing Partner at Tata Consultancy Services. Before her current role, she served as vice chairman in Global Corporate & Investment Banking, focused on global technology at Bank of America as well as head of the Global Cyber Public Policy team at Bank of America ensuring to improve cyber resiliency of the global financial system. Ms. MacDermott joined Bank of America in July 2016 after leading the Cyber Economics practice at EY (Ernst & Young), and consulting to Fortune 500 boards on geopolitics and cybersecurity. Her international experience includes her serving as Chief Investment Officer for AVG Technologies in the Czech Republic, London and Netherlands and spent over 20 years working in Silicon Valley, running several IPOs and M&A deals. She has helped direct strategy for a number of financial services and technology companies around the globe. In addition, she’s an accomplished author, having just published her sixth book.
Some of her current Board Seats include: Vice Chair, Fund for Peace, Washington DC; Advisory Board Member, Free Trade Europa, Stockholm, Sweden; Associate Fellow, Global Fellowship Initiative, Geneva Centre for Security Policy, Geneva, Switzerland; Board Member, Edward R. Murrieta Center for a Digital World, Tufts University, Boston, MA; Member, Advisory Council of the Global Master of Arts Program, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Boston, MA; Board Member, Center for Global Risk and Security, RAND Corporation, Santa Monica, CA; Fellow, 2018 class, Finance Leaders Fellowship, Aspen, CO; Aspen Global Leadership Network (AGLN), Aspen, CO. She graduated from Temple University with a Bachelor of Arts in German Language and Literature. She holds a Master of Business Administration in International Business and Economics from Thunderbird School of Global Management and a Global Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University. She has worked in eight countries and speaks five languages.