Mercedes Gutierrez

Head of Communities Engagement, Ingka Group (IKEA)

Mercedes Gutierrez Alvarez is Head of Communities Engagement at Ingka Group, a strategic partner in the IKEA franchise system, operating 380 IKEA stores in 30 markets. Born in Spain and now based in Malmö (Sweden).

She is leading the community engagement agenda in the People and Planet Positive Strategy for the world’s largest home furnishing retailer. Ingka Group has three business areas: IKEA Retail, Ingka Investments and Ingka Centres.

Former head of sustainability at IKEA Spain. Fifteen years’ experiences working on CSR, sustainability and social entrepreneurship as innovation drivers to transform business models, mainly for the energy and retail sectors. Passionate, believer and activist on empowering everyone as change-makers to tackle inequality and climate change. She holds a degree in chemistry and masters in ESG accountability, CSR, social audit and civil society development.