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Ana Palacio

Vice-President of the World Bank (2006-2008), Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs (2002-2004)

Rated by the Wall Street Journal as one of the most relevant worldwide opinion leaders in 2004 and one of the 12 most influential global players in business, Ana Palacio was the first woman in charge of the Spanish Government's Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She was MP in the European Parliament, where she presided the committee for legal affairs, internal market, justice and national affairs. Ana Palacio serves as a member of the international advisory board of the Council on Foreign Relations in New York.

"Europe's Lawyer" The Wall Street Journal

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In detail

In 2008 she was named Vice-President of the French public group AREVA, one of the three global players in energy transmission (nuclear) and distribution, with broad responsibilities, especially in the fields of Marketing and International Affairs. She was at the forefront of the debate on the future of the European Union and actively participated in the reform of the treaties governing the European Union. In 2006 she assumed the Vice-presidency of the World Bank, becoming the maximum authority on legal affairs in the Bank and the main advisor on this area.

What she offers you

Ana Palacio provides fascinating insights about her tremendous influence on the legislation on internal market as well as the security area, especially focused on justice and home affairs, as well as human rights.

How she presents

Ana Palacio is a concise and eloquent orator, who has a remarkable understanding of the nuanced priorities and agendas throughout the European Union.


She presents in English and Spanish.

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Speaking topics

  • Globalization and Democracy
  • Sustainable Development
  • Climate Change
  • Marketing
  • Geopolitics
  • Nuclear Energy
  • International Justice


  • 2004
    Recognition as one of the "75 Global Opinion Leaders" by The Wall Street Journal
  • 2001
    Named "Europe's Lawyer" and one of the "12 Influential Players on the World Business Stage" by The Wall Street Journal

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