Member of the Council of State; former Foreign Minister; former Vice President and General Counsel of the World Bank Group
A lawyer by training, specializing in international and European law, arbitration, and mediation, Ana Palacio was the first woman to serve as Foreign Minister of Spain (2002-2004), the most senior post ever filled by a woman in the Spanish government at that time. In March 2012, Ana Palacio was appointed to serve as a member of the Consejo de Estado, the supreme consultative body on legislation and governmental acts. As a Member of the Spanish Cortes, she chaired the Joint Committee on the European Union in the two houses of the parliament. Ana Palacio has served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel of the World Bank Group and as Executive Committee member and Senior Vice President for International Affairs of AREVA. As a Member of the European Parliament, Ana Palacio chaired the Legal Affairs and Internal Market Committee, the Justice and Home Affairs Committee, and the Conference of Committee Chairs. She is a member of the boards of different companies, think tanks and public institutions. In 2011, she was appointed Senior Fellow and Lecturer at Yale University’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs.