Chief Executive Officer, CEO
Susana Sierra is a Chilean businesswoman and entrepreneur, recognized in the compliance industry for her work and professional experience in integrity, anti-corruption, transparency, development of organizational culture, and implementation and the promotion of good practices within companies.
The World Economic Forum (WEF) recognized her as a Young Global Leader (YGL) in 2020.
She graduated with a bachelor’s degree as a Commercial Engineer from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, where she also obtained her Master’s in Business Administration (MBA).
She is a partner and CEO of BH Compliance, a pioneering firm that uses a technological platform to measure the effectiveness of corporate crime prevention programs. Her experience and knowledge are vast and diverse, having worked with companies in virtually every market, regulated or not, both in Chile and abroad, successfully promoting the value of a culture of doing things right.
Currently, she is Director of the Chilean-American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham Chile), where she is also Chair of the Corporate Governance and Compliance Committee; Director of the Financial & International Business Association (FIBA), an international banking association that includes prominent companies in the financial world; and member of Forbes Business Council, one of the most important networking organizations for entrepreneurs and leaders. Regarding the latter, she serves as a columnist for Forbes.
Between 2016 and 2022, she was a member of the board of the Chilean chapter of Transparency International, Chile Transparente, serving as President between 2020 and 2022, and Co-Chair of a high-level commission responsible for defining Transparency International’s strategy for 2030.
In addition, from May 2018 to May 2022, she was a member of the board of Correos de Chile S.A., putting into practice her knowledge of Corporate Governance and highlighting the importance of integrity as a fundamental value.
She also has interesting experience in the field of entrepreneurship. She is a director and founder of the Independízate Foundation, a civil society organization whose objective is to provide methodological support to entrepreneurs in various fields, mostly professionals who have decided to work for themselves and require support in their business models in a competitive environment and demanding market.
Throughout her professional career, she has received numerous awards, such as being one of the “100 Women Leaders” of El Mercurio and Women Entrepreneurs in 2015 and 2022; being the first Latin American woman to win the “Women in Compliance Awards” 2018, in the “Lifetime Achievement for Service to the Compliance Industry” category; and being chosen in March 2020 as one of the Young Global Leaders (YGL) by the World Economic Forum (WEF), whose objective is to work on the leadership of these young people to advance towards a sustainable future.
In the academic world, from 2014 to 2020, she was co-director of the Compliance and Corporate Best Practices Diploma at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile (PUC), where she continues to teach today. In addition, she is a part-time professor of Commercial Engineering at PUC, the MBA UC, the University of Los Andes, and the Fraud Diploma at the University of Chile.
At the same time, she is an academic in the Master in Compliance at the University of Castilla-La Mancha in Spain, the Executive Program in Ethics and Compliance LATAM 2021 in Argentina, and a professor at the Pacific University and Catholic University in Peru.
She regularly participates in seminars, congresses, and talks related to the topic of compliance, organizational culture, and good practices within companies, both in Chile and abroad. She is also a regular columnist in Voces de La Tercera and El Mostrador in Chile, and in Forbes and Daily Business Review, through which she disseminates her opinion on current issues related to corruption and organizational culture.
Currently, she is based in the United States, leading the expansion of BH Compliance, in order to offer diagnostic and monitoring services for compliance programs in transnational companies with subsidiaries in Latin America.
- Babson WIN Growth Lab Venture Accelerator, Miami, FL 2021
- Certificate in Business Excellence, Columbia University in the City of New York, NY 2021
- MBA-UC from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (PUC), Chile 2009
- Commercial Engineer, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (PUC), Chile 2004
- She is co-author with Tamara Agnic of the book “Corrupción a la Carta, las malas prácticas sobre la mesa” published in 2017, which describes bad practices in everyday business with more than thirty interviewees, including former presidents Eduardo Frei, Ricardo Lagos, Michelle Bachelet and Sebastián Piñera.
- “CEO of the Year” 2023, awarded by Women in Governance, Rik and Compliance in London, UK.
- “100 Women Leaders 2022”, awarded by El Mercurio and Mujeres Empresarias.
- “Hispanic Leadership Award” 2022 in the Business Award category by the South Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in Miami.
- “Young Global Leader 2020” by the World Economic Forum.
- “Women in Compliance Awards 2018”, award given by C5, which highlights women who have contributed to raising the role of Compliance departments in the world. C5 is an organization that works on business intelligence issues, integrated by The Canadian Institute, American Conference Institute and C5 Europe.
- “Women who make a Difference” in 2018, awarded by the International Women Forum in the United States, category “Woman who make a Difference”.
- “25 Influential Young Professionals 2017”, recognition given by Diario Financiero that recognizes the achievements, projection, and influence of professionals under 35.
- “Young Leaders 2016”, an initiative of Revista Sábado de El Mercurio and the Leadership Department of the Adolfo Ibáñez University Business School, which brings together, supports, and projects the work of women who have stood out in various fields, provoking changes in their environment and making a difference to make Chile a better country.
- “Young Entrepreneur 2015”, awarded by Mujeres Empresarias, thanks to her work in the dissemination and establishment of good practice models in companies.
- “100 Women Leaders 2015”, by El Mercurio and Mujeres Empresarias.
- Director of AmCham Chile from 2021 to present.
- Director of FIBA from February 2023 to present.
- President of Chile Transparente, the Chilean chapter of Transparency International, from 2020 to 2022.
- Treasurer of Chile Transparente since 2016.
- President of Correos de Chile S.A. from 2018 to 2022.
- Founder of Fundación Independízate in 2011.