Special Guest and Chief Operating Officer of the Panama Canal Authority, Ilya Espino de Marotta, joins the Dec. 15, 2019 departure of Costa Rica & the Panama Canal aboard the National Geographic Quest. Previous to being named, chief operating officer, Ilya oversaw all phases of the Panama Canal Expansion Project, becoming the first woman to hold such a role at the Panama Canal Authority. She was featured on the cover of the July 2017 issue of Forbes magazine, listed as one of the 50 most powerful women in Central America. Her leadership on the Panama Canal Expansion Project allowed the canal to double its capacity, allowing even larger vessels to move through the locks.
She is accompanied by her husband, Peter Marotta, dredge captain at the Panama Canal Authority. Together, their wealth of experience and knowledge will enhance the guest experience, especially while the Quest cruises through the canal’s waterways.
Join us Dec. 15, 2019, for what promises to be an enlightening voyage with one of the Panama Canal’s leading experts.
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