Martha Herrera

Global Responsible Business Director for CEMEX

Martha Herrera has been part of the CEMEX family for 24 years now. She is currently the Global Director of Social Responsibility at CEMEX and Director of the CEMEX-Tec Center for Sustainable Development, President of the Mexican UN Global Compact network, President of the ARISE network in Mexico – which is focused on developing resilient cities, NEO Nuevo Leon a multisectoral Alliance for the employability of youth in Latin America, RedEAmérica in Latin America to promote sustainable communities in Latin America, and President of the Human Development Committee focused on strategic planning for the state of Nuevo Leon in Mexico.

Martha has a strong academic background on government, public policy, and social development, with professional experience in both the public and private sector.  She graduated with honors from the first generation of International Studies from Universidad de Monterrey (UDEM). She obtained two scholarships to study a master’s in political science, with a specialty in Comparative Politics of Developing Countries at McGill University of Montreal, Canada, and a multinational MBA with a dual-degree program from Adolfo Ibáñez University in Miami and Deusto School of Business in Bilbao, Spain.  She is participating in the International Women Forum Fellows program by Havard and INSEAD, representing Mexico amongst other women business leaders from around the world.

Throughout her career, she has developed more than 500 active alliances with government, academia, multilateral organizations, NGOs, citizens and the private sector. She participates in more than 20 councils of civil society organizations, international entities and academia such as: CEMEFI (Mexican Philanthropy network), Civic Council of the State of Nuevo Leon Mexico, Salinas Consultation Group, University of Monterrey Council (UDEM), Council of “Cómo vamos, Nuevo León”, USEM Council in Monterrey,  Co-Chair of the UN ARISE Network, Red SumaRSE Council, Global Values Council (EMV), International Festival of Santa Lucia Council, “Hagámoslo Bien” Council, Council of Women World Leaders – Promujer, Women Council “Paseo de la Mujer”, Chipinque Council, IAVE Council, The Conference Board Council, GRI Working Group, CCE-Private Sector Council as coordinator of active citizen participation, Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship member of executive forum, and FSG Shared Value.

Through her leadership journey she has led programs that have positively impacted more than 16.1 million people globally as of 2018, through the creation of shared value and the improvement of well-being and quality of life in different communities around the world. The programs impacts have been acknowledged and awarded by the United Nations (UN), HABITAT, Mexican Stock Exchange (Bolsa Mexicana de Valores), Organization of American States (OAS), Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), The Mexican Centre of Philanthropy (CEMEFI), The Confederation of Industrial Chambers (CONCAMIN), FORTUNE among others, showing a responsible business culture as a key part of the business strategy, creating shared value and improving well-being and quality of life in different communities around the world.

She has been recognized for her social leadership with more than 20 awards, both in Mexico and around the globe by international organizations, academia, government, influential publishers and civil society for her positive impact and social transformation in people, including her as one of the most prominent business leaders in ratings such as “EXPANSIÓN” and Forbes. Recently recognized as the “Leading Women Awards” by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) in Switzerland, for being one of the 10 Women Leaders in the business world that contributes to the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN, the “Social Leader award” by Premios Compartir Mexico, the Stevie Awards for innovation and executive of the year in New York, “Flama, Vida y Mujer Award” by the Autonomous University of Nuevo León, “STEP AHEAD Award” to outstanding women in the Industry by the Manufacturing Institute in Washington and the “Ramón Mullerat Prize 2018” by the Corresponsables Foundation, which highlights the best CSR, sustainability and communication initiatives in Ibero-America.