Ilya Espino de Marotta

Ilya Espino de Marotta

Ilya Espino de Marotta took office as Panama Canal Deputy Administrator on January 1, 2020, making history by being the first woman to hold the position. On January 23, 2024, Mrs. Espino de Marotta was also appointed as the Canal’s first-ever Chief Sustainability Officer (CSO).

She holds a bachelor’s degree in marine engineering from Texas A&M University and a master’s degree in economic engineering from Universidad Santa María la Antigua in Panama City. She participated in the Executive Development Program from INCAE Business School and in the Kellogg School of Management of Northwestern University; and holds a Project Manager Certification from the Project Management Institute.

Mrs. Espino de Marotta began her Canal career in the Panama Canal in 1985 as the only woman engineer in the Industrial Division shipyard. She recently served as Vice President for Transit Business and as Executive Vice President for Engineering during the Panama Canal Expansion Program.

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Panama Canal: Fostering a climate-resilient operational environment for a sustainable future

Ilya Espino de Marotta, who is the first Chief Sustainability Officer for the Panama Canal & Deputy Administration, reveals her priorities to address the challenges posed by climate change. The Canal has always been focusing on sustainability, however it now embarks on a new and more ambitious era. Following the implications of the recent drought, the Canal has implemented an operational strategy and has taken action with investments and collaborations to ‘’thrive in a new climate economy’’. 

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