Laura E. Flores

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Laura Elena Flores Herrera (born 1968) is a Panamanian politician who has served as the country's Permanent Representative to the United Nations since September 2014.

Early life and education[edit]

Flores was born in 1968 and raised in Panama.[1] Her grandfather was a member of Panama's first delegation to the UN in 1946.[1] She has a Bachelor of Arts in Economic and International Relations from Brown University and an MBA from the Haas School of Business at University of California, Berkeley.[2]


Flores worked in Washington, D.C. at the Academy for Educational Development from 1995 until 1997.[2] She returned to Panama, working at the Interoceanic Region Authority from 1995 until 1997 and in the Ministry of Trade and Industry in 1998 and 1999.[2]

Flores was Executive Direct of the Business Initiatives Office of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute from 1999 until 2002, and then worked for the World Wildlife Fund from 2002 until 2006.[2]

Flores was Assistant Representative to the United Nations Population Fund in Panama from 2006 until 2014.[2] She was appointed as Panama's Permanent Representative to the UN by President Juan Carlos Varela on September 4, 2014.[2] She co-founded the Ambassadors Kids Club, a network that brings UN Ambassadors together around play dates for their children.[1] She is an advocate for gender equality.[3][4]

Personal life[edit]

Flores is divorced and has a son.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Stephens, Autumn (Summer 2015). "Uniting Disparate Worlds". Berkeley Haas. Haas School of Business, University of California Berkeley.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "New Permanent Representative of Panama Presents Credentials". United Nations. 4 September 2014. Retrieved 3 September 2017.
  3. ^ Edwards, Victoria (May 26, 2016). "St. Ignatius girls receive a special visitor". The Hunts Point Express. Retrieved September 3, 2017.
  4. ^ Hoey, Kelly (November 19, 2015). "Show Women Entrepreneurs The Role Models!". Inc. Retrieved September 3, 2017.