Ana Palacio
  • Senior Vice President of International Affairs and Marketing, AREVA (June 1, 2008-present).
  • Senior Vice President and General Counsel of the World Bank Group, Secretary General of the International Center for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), (June 2006-May 2008)
  • She was the first woman to serve as Spain’s Foreign Minister (2002-2004) and, at the time, held the most senior post ever filled by a woman in the Spanish government. She has served as member of the Spanish Parliament, where she chaired the Joint Committee of the two Houses for European Union Affairs (2004-2006).
  • As Prime Minister Aznar’s representative to the European Convention and the Convention’s Presidium (2001- 2002), Ana Palacio was at the forefront of the debate on the future of the European Union and actively participated in the drafting and legal discussions pertaining the reform of the European Treaties.
  • As member of the European Parliament (1994-2002), she has chaired the Legal Affairs and Internal Market Committee and the Justice and Home Affairs Committee, and was elected by her peers to chair in two half legislatures the Conference of Committee Chairmen, the Parliament’s most senior body for the coordination of its legislative work. Inspired by legal legitimacy as the mark of identity of the EU, her main addresses and reports have pinpointed the legislation on internal market as well as the security area, especially focused on justice and home affairs and human rights.
  • A lawyer by profession, specializing in EU internal market law, Ana Palacio 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 is 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.
  • 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’.