Mayra Souza

Head of Global Trade, IFF

Mayra Souza is an international trade expert on policy and operations, working to reduce trade barriers, facilitate cross-border commerce and improve market access. With over 20 years of experience in world-class organisations, she has led projects on a global scale across chemical, automotive and consulting companies.

Presently, Mayra sits at IFF as the Head of Global Trade, where she oversees the group strategy on trade compliance policy and program, ensuring synergy across trade activities.

Mayra actively participates in societal actions, championing efforts to achieve gender equality. She was featured by INvolve/HSBC/Yahoo as a HERoes Top 100 Women Executives 2021 & Top 20 Ethnically Diverse Women Role Models 2021. She also received the World of Difference Awards 2021 from TIAW.  

Mayra was recently a W50 leadership scholar recipient at the London School of Economics. She holds an executive certificate Mastering Trade Policy from Harvard Kennedy School, an MSc in International Business from the University of Birmingham, and a BA in International Relations from Universidade Estácio de Sá.