Global Perspectives Guest Speaker
The former Foreign Minister of Spain, Ana Palacio was the first woman to serve in the position and, at the time, held the most senior post ever filled by a woman in the Spanish government. She previously served as a member of the European Parliament from 1994 to 2002. She was at the forefront of the debate on the future of the European Union and actively participated in the drafting and legal discussions of its reform. She has been recognized by The Wall Street Journal as one of the “75 Global Opinion Leaders,” and currently serves on the Council on Foreign Relations in New York.
Inspired by legal legitimacy as the mark of identity of the EU, Palacio served as a member of the Board of Trustees and former Executive President of the Academy of European Law (ERA), and was a Distinguished Professor of the European College in Parma. Her reports have pinpointed the legislation on internal market as well as the security area, especially focused on justice and home affairs, as well as human rights. In 2006 she was appointed as Senior Vice President and General Counsel of the World Bank. She is an honorary member of the Bar of England and Wales, and served as Secretary General of the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes.
Palacio has received several awards and honors, among them: the 2004 American Jewish Committee Ramer Award for Diplomatic Excellence, which recognizes her role in upholding democracy and the values of open society; and being named “Europe’s Lawyer” and one of the “12 Influential Players on the World Business Stage” by The Wall Street Journal in 2001.
She is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Carnegie Corporation of New York and sits on the Advisory Boards of such organizations as Foundation pour l’ Innovation Politique and CSIS Initiative for a Renewed Transatlantic Partnership. She is member of the Global Advisory Council of the American Interest and the Revue de Droit de l’Union Européenne.
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