Mónica Elizabeth Costales-Vasquez

Partner of the Ecuadorian British Chamber & International Trade Expert

Monica is the Founder & CEO of IBD-MC Ltd, a company which focuses on Strategic Financial & Commercial Analysis in the Retail & FMCG sectors, Consultancy in International Business Development; and, Trading of Latin-American products.

Monica has strong financial retail experience with the British Heart Foundation (BHF), Marks & Spencer (M&S), and Swarovski (UK), where She could develop strategic retail analysis & reporting for the UK & Ireland. At M&S, Monica was part of the International Business Development team, examining a new franchise market in Latin America (macro-micro economics, pricing, competition, ease of doing business, business plan, etc.) & additional ad-hoc projects.

In Ecuador, Monica was head of FP&A at Mondelez Int., Acting Manager & Branch Office Manager at Moore Stephens Profile Consultores; and, Senior Consultant at Ernst & Young.

Monica is a strategic Partner of the Ecuadorian British Chamber, working together to strengthen and increasing business and commercial opportunities between Ecuador and the United Kingdom.

Monica has a MSc with distinction in Marketing and International Business (London), a MBA with specialization in International Business (Maastricht), a Diploma with distinction in Financial Management (Maastricht); and, a degree as Commercial Engineer with specialization in Finance (Quito).

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