Arancha Gonzalez

Executive Director, International Trade Centre

Arancha González is the Executive Director of the International Trade Centre (ITC), the joint development agency of the United Nations and the World Trade Organisation, since September 2013.         

In 2005-2013, Ms. González served as Chief of Staff to World Trade Organization Director-General Pascal Lamy. During her tenure at the WTO, she played an active role in launching the Aid for Trade initiative and the Enhanced Integrated Framework and served as Mr. Lamy’s representative (Sherpa) to the G20.

Prior to joining the WTO, Ms. González held several positions at the European Commission and, in 2002-2004, was the European Commission spokeswoman for trade and adviser to the European Commissioner for Trade.

Ms. González holds a degree in law from the University of Navarra and a postgraduate degree in European Law from the University of Carlos III, Madrid.

Ms. González co-chairs the World Economic Forum (WEF) Agenda Council on the Future of Trade and Investment. Ms. González is the Chair of the Board of the International Gender Champions.

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CEPR Policy Research


  • 17 - 18 August 2019 / Peking University, Beijing / Chinese University of Hong Kong – Tsinghua University Joint Research Center for Chinese Economy, the Institute for Emerging Market Studies at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, the Guanghua School of Management at Peking University, the Stanford Center on Global Poverty and Development at Stanford University, the School of Economics and Management at Tsinghua University, BREAD, NBER and CEPR
  • 19 - 20 August 2019 / Vienna, Palais Coburg / WU Research Institute for Capital Markets (ISK)
  • 29 - 30 August 2019 / Galatina, Italy /
  • 4 - 5 September 2019 / Roma Eventi, Congress Center, Pontificia Università Gregoriana Piazza della Pilotta, 4, Rome, Italy / European Center of Sustainable Development , CIT University
  • 9 - 14 September 2019 / Guildford, Surrey, UK / The University of Surrey