Anabel González


Senior Director of the World Bank Group Global Practice on Trade and Competitiveness since July 2014. In this capacity, she leads a team of 500 people to design and implement the World Bank Group's global and country agenda in the areas of trade, investment, competitiveness, innovation, and entrepreneurship.

Anabel has extensive national and international experience formulating and implementing trade and investment policies, negotiating and executing agreements and building trade-related institutional capacity. She has also worked to further enhance the country’s investment climate and attract foreign investment.

As Costa Rica’s Minister of Foreign Trade (2010-14) she lead the country’s efforts to join the OECD; negotiated, approved, and implemented six major free trade agreements; promoted investment climate reforms that contributed to attracting over 140 investment projects; and strengthened the country’s competitiveness.

Positions held throughout her career:

During her more than 15 years of service with the Ministry of Foreign Trade, Anabel has held various positions including:

  • Director General of International Trade Negotiations (1990-97)
  • Vice-Minister of Foreign Trade (1998-2001)
  • Ambassador-Chief Negotiator for the Free Trade Agreement with the United States (2003-2004).
  • Director of Costa Rica's Investment Promotion Agency (2001-2002)
  • Director to the Agriculture and Commodities Division of the World Trade Organization (2006-09)
  • Senior International Consultant on Trade and Investment at the Inter-American Development Bank (2009-10).


Her work at the World Economic Forum:

She currently heads the Global Agenda Council on Competitiveness of the World Economic Forum, being previously head of the Council on Trade and Investment (2012-2014).

She has also lectured in over 40 countries and written extensively on many trade, investment and commerce.


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