Ana Palacio

Ana Palacio, is a lawyer by profession, specialised in European Community Law. She served as a Member of the European Parliament from 1994 to 2002.

During her mandate, she chaired the Committee on Legal Affairs and Internal Market, as well as the Committee on Justice and Home Affairs. She was for two terms elected by her peers to chair the Conference of Committee Chairmen, the Parliament’s most senior body for the coordination of its legislative work.

In 2002, she became the first woman to take office as Foreign Affairs Minister of Spain. From May 2004 to April 2006, she chaired the Spanish Parliament Joint Committee of the two Houses for European Affairs.

From May 2006 to May 2008, she has been the General Counsel of the World Bank Group and Secretary General of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID). Among her recent previous positions, she was Senior Executive Vice President, Foreign Relations and Member of the Executive Committee of AREVA SA.

Ana Palacio is Founding Partner, Palacio y Asociados and Senior Strategic Counsel, Albright Stonebridge Group (USA).