Research, Training, and Mentoring

Yanire Braña

Yanire is the CEO and Founder of MET Community, a non-profit organization that supports and promotes women entrepreneurship through training, mentoring and networking activities. She has more than fifteen years of experience in strategic definition, launching and implementation of new initiatives and projects for the Work Bank Group, IDB, Banco Popular, Accenture and Booz Allen.

Yanire worked for the World Bank Group and the Inter-American Development Bank as an Organizational Communications Leader and before that, she worked as a Corporate Development Manager at Banco Popular Group in Madrid, Spain.

She also worked as a professor for various prestigious academic institutions such as IE Business School. She combines this activity with research projects, reports and articles since 1998. She is always in search for new opportunities to develop innovative and technological processes that can support professionals in today’s dynamic business environment.

Training 98%
Strategy & Innovation 95%
Mentoring & Coaching 90%
Marketing & Communications 90%
Gender & Diversity 88%

Research and Publishing

 Yanire has continuously shared her expertise and knowledge through articles, reports and research projects since 1998. She has an extensive experience in change readiness assessments, benchmarking reports, and change communications strategies.

Training and Development

Yanire teaches innovation, communications and technologies courses for various prestigious academic institutions such as IE Business School in Madrid, Getulio Vargas in Brazil, Sergio Arboleda in Colombia or the University of Chile.

Mentoring and Coaching

Yanire developed a four steps Mentoring Process that promotes and support successful entrepreneurship. The Program works with the differing needs of participants and with an International Community of institutions, trainers, mentors and collaborators.

Professional Experience

IFC- World Bank Group | 2012-2015

Change Management Specialist

-Support the implementation of Change Initiatives in coordination with other groups across the World Bank Group.
-Support the implementation of the Change Management Office (CMO) Agenda.

INTER-AMERICAN Development Bank | 2009-2012

Org. Communication Leader

-Defined & developed Bank´s communications strategies to foster organizational changes
-Implemented communications plan; defined and developed new marketing and multimedia materials to reinforce the corporate identity; and managed online communications channels
-Designed and oversaw implementation of processes and corporate channels to systematically gather information for Bank´s employees (Latam)
-Assessed and developed strategies and templates to simplify, streamline and maximize communications effectiveness
-Supervised, mentored and trained staff to develop technical expertise in communication

Blackberry & IE Business School | 2008-2009


Founder & Program Director – MET

-Designed, launched and implemented of MET Program, an initiative of BlackBerry and IE Business School & Blackberry
-Responsible for managing, planning and budget controlling
-Developed marketing and communication plan.
-Mentored and trained community members

Banco Popular Group Financial Services | 2004-2008


Strategy & Corporate Development Manager

-Participated in the development of the new corporate strategy
-Support and contribution in defining the corporate strategy in Banco Popular Group.
-Identified new areas for improvement through benchmark and strategic consulting
-Participated in the branding and corporate identity redefinition
-Researched, analyzed and developed new business opportunities
-Participated in the conduct of due diligence processes in connection with evaluations of company acquisitions

ACCENTURE & IE - Consulting and Research | 2002-2004

Executive Director IMRC (Information Management Research Center)

-Participated in the launch of IMRC, a joint venture between Accenture and IE Business School.
-Responsible for marketing, communications, planning and budget control, reporting to the Executive Commitee of both IE and Accenture.
-Monitored and compiled reports on related management and innovation trends among the most relevant companies in the area of Customer Relationships Management (CRM) and Supply Relationships Management (SRM)

IE Business School - Executive Education | 2000-2002

Associate Director IT MBAs

-Directed and managed Information Technologies (IT) Master´s programmes at IE
-Responsible for managing the program, including planning and monitoring activities
-Coordinated marketing campaigns and communication activities to attract new students
-Performed market opportunities analysis

Yanire's Articles and Publications

Articles & Publications

Women and Employment

 More than 30 successful women leaders were interviewed to identify what are the options and the decision process to get a job.

Infoempleo Report

This report analyzes the Employment Situation and trends. Statistics by region, industry and type of employment.

El Tiempo Latino. The Washington Post

Yanire is the Founder and CEO of MET Community, a non-profit organization to promote and support women entrepreneurship.