Ana Palacio keynote speaker

Ex Vice-President of the World Bank and Ex Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs
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Ana Palacio, a former Spanish foreign minister and former Senior Vice President of the World Bank, is a member of the Spanish Council of State and a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the United States.

Ana Palacio is an international lawyer and the founding partner of Palacio y Asociados, a law firm with offices in Madrid, Brussels and Washington DC.

As a lawyer she has held the most senior positions in the governing bodies of the Madrid Bar, as well as the European Bar (CCBE). She is an honorary member of the Bar of England and Wales. She also served as a member of the Board of Trustees and former Executive President of the Academy of European Law (ERA); and Distinguished Professor of the European College in Parma. She has worked as a practicing lawyer specializing in EU internal market law.

Since 2013 Ana Palacio has been a member of the Advisory Group on Foreign Affairs and Security established by the President of the European Union. She is a member of the Article 255 Panel, established by the Treaty of Lisbon, which is responsible for vetting Judges and advocates General for the EU/Luxembourg court system.

Ms. Palacio sits on the Boards of various think tanks and public institutions, including: The Atlantic Council of the United States (2008), the European Council on Foreign Relations (2012), the Institute for Strategic Dialogue (2005), the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council (2008), and Fundación para el Análisis y los Estudios Sociales – FAES (2004).

Ms Palacio has been a distinguished professor at the European Collegio Europeo di Parma (2004-2010) and Senior Fellow and Lecturer in Global Affairs at Yale University (2011-2012). Presently, Ms Palacio is an Adjunct Professor at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.

On 12th March 2014 Ms Palacio was appointed European Coordinator for the TEN-T Rhine-Alpine Corridor, a multimodal corridor connecting the North Sea ports of Rotterdam and Antwerp to the Mediterranean basin in Genoa, via Switzerland and some of the major economic centers in the EU.

In January 2004 she was listed among the Wall Street Journal’s 75 ‘global opinion leaders’.

In October 2001 the same newspaper, under the heading ‘Europe’s Lawyer’, published an extensive feature article on her in its supplement on ‘12 influential players on the world business stage’.

She is the recipient of the 2004 American Jewish Committee Ramer Award for Diplomatic Excellence, which recognizes her role in upholding democracy and the values of open society.

Ana Palacio serves as an Honorary Co-Chair for the World Justice Project.

She was the first woman to serve as Spain’s Foreign Minister and, at the time, held the most senior post ever filled by a woman in the Spanish government.

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