Arancha González Laya
Government of Spain
Arancha González, an expert in international trade issues with 20 years of experience, has served as Executive Director of the International Trade Centre (ITC), the joint development agency of the United Nations and the World Trade Organisation, from September 2013 until January 2020. Ms González, a Spanish national, has extensive knowledge of 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 organisations.
Before joining ITC, Ms González served as Chief of Staff to World Trade Organization Director-General Pascal Lamy from 2005 to 2013. During her tenure at the WTO, she played an active role in launching the Aid for Trade initiative and served as Mr Lamy’s representative (Sherpa) 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 Commission spokeswoman for trade and adviser to the European Union Trade Commissioner. Ms González began her career in the private as associate in a German law firm advising companies on trade, competition and state-aid matters.
Ms González holds a degree in law from the University of Navarra and a postgraduate degree in European Law from the University of Carlos III, Madrid. She co-chairs the World Economic Forum (WEF) Agenda Council on the Future of Trade and Investment. In January 2020, Ms González was appointed foreign minister of Spain.