WTO deputy director-general, a global economic development and macroeconomics expert
Anabel Gonzalez Campabadal has a diverse career behind her. Over 25 years of working experience has seen her promote job creation and economic growth. This she has done by means of international trade, foreign integration, international trade, and foreign investment. Her special interest is microeconomics.
Her position at the World Bank saw Annabel Gonzalez lead the institution’s global position and operations. Areas covered include entrepreneurship, innovation, and investment. Her time there saw her direct and design various projects in over 100 countries. These initiatives were not limited only to Latin America, but include Europe, Asia, and Africa as well.
Prior to this, Annabel Gonzales held the position of Minister of Foreign Trade for Costa Rica. This period saw her lead the country’s efforts with regards to joining the OECD. She negotiated and implemented six free trade agreements, managed to enhance the investment climate, and helped attract more than 140 direct foreign investment projects. This time also saw her act as President of the Export Promotion Board and take a leading role in the Competitiveness and Innovation Council.
Her time as Minister of Foreign Trade also saw her fill the roles of Ambassador and Chief Negotiator of e the Free Trade Agreement between Central America and the US, and Vice-minister and Director General of Trade Negotiations.
Other past positions filled by Annabel Gonzalez include:
Annabel Gonzalez is currently a member of the World Economic Forum Council on Trade and Foreign Investment. She is also a member of several boards, a regular article writer, blog contributor, and Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics
As a public speaker, Anabel Gonzalez has addressed global audiences in such diverse part of the globe as China, Brazil, Jamaica, Pakistan, Spain, South Africa, the United Kingdom, the USA, Vietnam, Switzerland, Rwanda, and France, to name but a few. She is bilingual, and presents in both English and Spanish, while she regards her French as at a conversational level. She brings to her audiences a unique combination of analytical thinking, political expertise, and hands-on experience in public policy development.
"Felicito a Anabel Gonzalez por su incorporación al prestigioso PIIE en su reconocimiento a su solida trayectoria en materia de comercio e inversión."
Anabel Gonzalez "Great discussion on the value of a rules-based system of international cooperation. Main points made: 1. gains from trade are large, trade wars costly and WTO role in preventing trade wars very important." WTO "The multilateral trading system "receives its inspiration from economists primarily by lawyers, but most operate within the limits that the politicians set," as said by PIEES Anabel Gonzalez
"The time is ripe for Latin America to explore fresh options to take its trade-and-investment relationship to the next level” Excellent debate at the @AtlanticCouncil today with @_AnabelG. Will Brazil listen? That remained an unanswered question..."