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Anabel Gonzalez

Costa Rica
Former Minister of Foreign Trade (Costa Rica); Senior Fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics – PIIE

Non-resident senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics (Washington, USA), she is an international consultant on trade, investment and economic development. Former Senior Director of the World Bank’s Global Practice on Trade & Competitiveness (2014-18), she led the Bank’s agenda on trade, investment climate, competitiveness, innovation and entrepreneurship. She previously served as Minister of Trade of Costa Rica (2010-14), where she led the country’s strategy to join the OECD, negotiated several free trade agreements, and contributed to attract over 140 foreign direct investment projects. In her more than 15 years of service at the Ministry of Foreign Trade, she served as Ambassador and Chief Negotiator, Vice-minister, and Director General for Trade Negotiations. She has also worked as Director, Agriculture Division, World Trade Organization; Senior Consultant on Trade, Inter-American Development Bank; and Director-General, Costa Rican Investment Promotion Board. She is a member of the World Economic Forum Global Future Council on Trade and Investment and has presented on these topics in over 60 countries around the world.