Sylvia Martinez

Board Member

Chairman of the Board
Directors of Zurich Insurance Mexico

Sylvia Martinez is a transformational leader, who has driven business growth across multiple countries bringing innovative strategies and execution through her broad Insurance and Consumer Banking experience across Latin America. A strategic thinker and collaborative leader who identifies talent, assembles, and engages interdisciplinary teams to build a common vision and deliver end to end business transformation. She has extensive business leadership expertise in Colombia, Chile, Mexico and Ecuador within both insurance (Zurich) and international banking (Citibank, Banco Santander and Banco de Colombia). 

Sylvia currently is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Zurich Insurance Mexico, an active member of the Board of Directors of the ZZF Zurich Foundation in Switzerland which focuses on Climate Resilience, Mental Health, and Equity in addition member of the Board of Directors of Fenix Holding an Investment firm dedicated to acquiring and consolidating targeted outpatient clinics in Mexico.

Sylvia holds a BS in Business Administration from Universidad de los Andes in Bogota Colombia, and has completed leadership courses in Marketing, Strategy, and Negotiation at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and Harvard Business School. Sylva is tri-lingual with fluency in English, Spanish and Portuguese. She has been happily married for over 40 years and has a son Diego and daughter Valentina who bring her tons of joy.

Why Imagina?

I believe education is the way to instill self-worth in children. Doing so through culture, science and arts provides them with a lifelong tool kit of experiences and discipline, vital learnings for them to pursue their dreams. After retiring from my corporate job I was searching how to give back to the community. Alejandro passionately talked to me about Imagina’s mission and it just clicked with what I was looking for. Today, as I learn more from Lulis and this great team of committed individuals, its impossible not to become passionate as well, and work to expand our impact. Thank you for the opportunity of being a member of the Board of ICF.