Senior Director of the World Bank Global Practice on Trade & Competitiveness (2014-2017); Minister of Foreign Trade of Costa Rica (2010-2014).
Anabel Gonzalez, has promoted job creation and economic growth For over 25 years through international trade, regional integration, foreign investment and competitiveness.
At the World Bank, she led the Bank’s global positioning and operations in the areas of trade, investment climate, competitiveness, entrepreneurship and innovation. With her 500 people team, she directed the design and implementation of projects for over $5.5 billion, in more than 100 countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Europe.
Previously, Anabel held the position of Minister of Foreign Trade of Costa Rica where she led Costa Rica's efforts to join the OECD; negotiated and implemented six free trade agreements, including with China and the European Union; enhanced the investment climate and contributed to the attraction of over 140 foreign direct investment projects; also had a lead role in Costa Rica's Competitiveness and Innovation Council, and acted as President of the Export Promotion Board. In her more than 15 years of service at the Ministry of Foreign Trade, she held several positions, including Ambassador and Chief Negotiator of the Free Trade Agreement between Central America and the United States, Vice-minister, and Director General of Trade Negotiations.
Anabel has also been Director of the WTO Agriculture Division, Senior Consultant on Trade and Integration at the Inter-American Development Bank, and Director-General of the Costa Rican Investment Promotion Board.
Anabel is a member of World Economic Forum Global Future Council on Trade & Foreign Investment and of several boards. She has lectured in over 50 countries around the world and writes regularly on these topics.
Economist, Founder and President of the Liberty and Democracy Institute
Former President of the CNMV (Spanish Securities & Exchange Commission)
Prime minister of Ireland (1997-2008)
Top Five Speaker USA 2010-2013: The Change Specialist