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Arancha González

Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs

Arancha González was appointed Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs in January, 2020. From 2013 to 2019, Ms. González was Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations and the Executive Director of the International Trade Center (ITC).

Previously, from 2005 to 2013, Ms. González served as Chief of Staff to WTO Director-General Pascal Lamy. During her tenure at the WTO, she played an active role in launching the WTO’s Aid for Trade initiative and served as Mr. Lamy’s representative at the G-20.

Prior to working at the WTO, Ms. González held several positions at the European Commission, conducting negotiations of trade agreements and assisting developing countries in trade-development efforts. Between 2002 and 2004, she was the European Union spokeswoman for trade and adviser to the European Union Trade Commissioner.

Ms. González has extensive knowledge about international trade and economics, coupled with broad experience in trade and development matters in the public and private sectors, as well as in management at multilateral organizations.

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Articles by Arancha González

#SheTrades: Global Actions to Empower Women to Trade

It is time to unlock women’s economic potential!

August 7, 2016

Can Africa Maintain its Economic Growth?

Smart Industrialization for Africa’s Economic Transformation.

August 4, 2014