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Itaipu director will receive the Business for Peace Award
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Award recognizes the work of Margaret Groff in promoting peace and building shared values ​​with society. Committee which selected the prizewinners is composed of winners of the Nobel Peace Prize and the Nobel Prize in Economics.
Chief financial officer, Margaret Groff, is one of five business leaders chosen among professionals worldwide to receive the Oslo Business for Peace Award 2013, considered the highest form of recognition of business leaders for their efforts in promoting peace in relationships between companies and society. Margaret is the first Brazilian to receive the honor.

The list of winners of the award was announced simultaneously in Oslo and during the 8th World Chambers Congress, in Doha, on Wednesday (24). The award will be presented at the Business for Peace Summit, which will be held on May 14, at Oslo City Hall.

"It is a great honor to receive this award, which is sponsored and supported by such important organizations in the world, which seek to encourage regional leaders to pursue business sustainability, based on the guiding principle of solidarity and respect for people," said the director.

"It is truly very meaningful to me and motivates me to continue developing, with an even greater sense of responsibility, initiatives that promote sustainable business management and contribute to balance in organizations, resulting in a better, more humane, more just and more supportive world for everyone, both men and women," she added.

The winners were chosen by an independent committee, comprised of winners of Nobel Peace Prizes and Nobel Prizes in Economics. According to the foundation responsible for the award, the selection criterion is based on the work of the executives, which should serve as an example to the general public and inspire other companies on how to achieve success in a responsible and ethical manner. Prizewinners must have received national or international recognition for adopting practices that generate new values ​​for their business and also represent values shared with society.

Margaret was chosen for her involvement in gender equality initiatives, which have contributed to enhancing the role of women on the staff of Itaipu over the last ten years. The director is also noted for her outstanding role in adopting and promoting Women's Empowerment Principles, from the UN Global Compact.

In addition to Margaret, others receiving the award include: Connie Hasemann, founder and CEO of Telehandelshuset AS, from Denmark; Arif Masood Naqvi, founder and chief executive of the Abraaj Group, from Pakistan; Dean Cycon, founder and owner of Dean's Beans Organic Coffee Company, from the United States; and Nadia Al-Sakkaf, editor-in-chief of the Yemen Times.

Margaret and the others selected will join another 20 business leaders who have already won this award, which is sponsored by the Business for Peace Foundation, based in Oslo, Norway, the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Oslo Chamber of Commerce and the International Herald Tribune (IHT).

First career employee to hold an upper management position at Itaipu, Margaret Mussoi Groff has been a senior executive of the company since 1987. Civil engineer graduated from the Federal University of Paraná (UFPR), with graduate studies in Economic Engineering from Unifae and an MBA in Finance and Business Management from IBMEC and ESADE.

At Itaipu, in addition to her duties as Chief Financial Officer, Margaret is the coordinator of the Itaipu-Health Working Group and executive coordinator of the Management Committee for the Itaipu Electric Vehicle Project.
She is the founder and current president of Espaço das Mulheres Executivas do Paraná ("Executive Women's Venue"), president of the Fraternidade do Grande Oriente do Brasil-Paraná and vice president of the Council of the Coge Foundation, among other activities. Margaret represents Itaipu in the Leadership Group of the UN Global Compact (Women) and was recognized in 2007 by Gazeta Mercantil as one of the most influential women in Brazil in the Economy and Finance category.