Anabel Gonzalez is Senior Director of The World Bank Group Global Practice on Trade and Competitiveness as of July 1st, 2014.
Previously, she served as Costa Rica’s Minister of Foreign Trade and the President's principal advisor, negotiator and spokesperson on trade and investment policy. During her tenure, Anabel led Costa Rica’s efforts to join the OECD, negotiated, approved and implemented six free trade agreements - including with China and the European Union - and implemented policies that significantly enhanced the investment climate in Costa Rica and contributed to the attraction of over 140 investment projects. She also had a lead role in Costa Rica’s Competitiveness and Innovation Council.
During her more than 15 years of service with the Ministry of Foreign Trade, she has held various positions including Director General for International Trade Negotiations and Vice-Minister of Foreign Trade. She has also served as the Director to the Agriculture and Commodities Division of the World Trade Organization, where she contributed to the Doha Round, providing advice and support to senior management and member countries in matters relating to agriculture negotiations. She also worked at the Inter-American Development Bank as Senior International Consultant on Trade and Investment, leading projects related to implementation of trade agreements, regional economic integration, Aid for Trade, and investment issues. Other positions she has held include Director General of the Costa Rican Investment Promotion Board.
For the past two years, Anabel has served as Chair of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Trade and Foreign Direct Investment. As from September 2014, she will lead the Global Agenda Council on Competitiveness.
Anabel holds an LLM from Georgetown University and a law degree from University of Costa Rica.