Country Champion

Yelena Rodriguez Trujillo

Independent Senior Consultant in Business Strategy

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Honorary Doctorate, Yelena Rodriguez Trujillo, was appointed to the IFAC Compliance Advisory Panel in January 2019. She was nominated by Colegio de Contadores Publicos Autorizados de Panama; and was member of the IFAC Membership Committee on 2020. Mrs. Rodriguez has more than 34 years of experience in accounting standards, management and administration, internal and external auditing, setting processes and control, establishing strategic plans and assuring compliance. She has been Chief Operating Officer and the Executive Director for the CCPAP for the past decade. She is currently and external consultant on Strategic Planning, Assurance and Business Continuity.

Liaison for Panama with IFAC, for the logistics and coordination of the 2010 CReCER event, was responsible since 2010, for the creation, development and updating of the Panama Action Plan for the CCPAP, in front of IFAC. Was also responsible as liaison with other international funding agencies. She was Director at various Inter-American Accounting Seminars; as well as Director of Several National Congresses of Accountants in Panama. Mrs. Rodriguez is the Technical Director for the IX Cumbre de las Americas-Panama 2022.

Mrs. Rodriguez is co-author of the book “Origin, Development and Foresight of the Accounting Profession in Countries of the American Continent”, published by Universidad del Valle, Colombia, in junction with the Interamerican Accounting Association. Mrs. Rodriguez is a member of the Institute of Internal Auditors and IIA-Panama Chapter since 2007.

She is also President of the Ethics and Professional Practice Commission of Interamerican Accounting Association (AIC), where she was reelected for 2021-2023 biennium. She’s also the National Director of the AIC National Coordination Committee representing Panama. Mrs. Rodriguez is a member of ALCAPA-Alianza de Calidad de Panama, member of Regulatory Committee of the Panama Quality Assurance Program; and pioneer in the establishment of the Panama Quality Assurance Program for the country. Previously, Mrs. Rodriguez was corporate internal audit manager for Central America and Caribbean for Pricesmart Inc., administrative / compliance manager for business contracts/controls at Telefonica Moviles Panama, and a senior auditor for KPMG-1992.

Mrs. Rodriguez studied Business Administration and Accountancy at the University of Panama, qualified as CPA in 2000. She obtained an MBA in Strategic Planning in Universidad Interamericana de Panama and received a certification from the Managerial Development Program of ADEN-School of Business (Academic Support of Francisco Vitoria University and University of San Francisco, US). Mrs. Rodriguez is also a certified internal auditor with a degree from Universidad Católica Santa María la Antigua MA, and has completed graduate studies on higher education from Universidad Especializada del Contador Público Autorizado.