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The Global Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Benchmarks

2021 GDEIB Expert Panellists

Zaida Morales Torres

Maria Zaida Morales Torres, is Project Consultant, United Nations Womens Guild, Peru; President of the Standing Committee Women in Engineering and Technology in Peru-WIE; involved in the World Federation of Engineering Organizations; an Accredited Educational Agency in Peru; and a Member of Educational Agents of English UK, ICEF and Alphe Director’s Club.  A Peruvian citizen with a degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Lima-Peru and a Masters Degree in Research & Development Projects from the Tokyo International Centre, she is proficient in Spanish, English, and French. With more than 20 years experience leading international development projects throughout Peru, her main areas of expertise include Training Programmes, Business Process Re-engineering, Total Quality, Environmental Awareness and Strategic Change. She has led Development Programmes sponsored by NGO´s, PNUD, USAID, ONU, BID, AECI, Swiss Co-operation & Development Agency and local financial institutions. Since 1994, her main focus has been performance improvement projects within small and medium enterprises guided by an adequate training with specialized workshops improving working practices, productivity, and performance that have resulted in reduced operational costs and increased profits. She was in charge of tailoring special courses for the small and medium enterprises with its respective monitoring in order to get the correct feedback of the target market. She says: ”I think the best way to eradicate poverty here in countries like mine is creating micro enterprises managed by people who have been educated not only in the technical field, but also in financial awareness. Therefore I made changes in our educational system to educate our population in technical careers that they can apply in our market, not traditional careers.”