A lawyer by training, specializing in international and European law, arbitration, and
mediation, Ana Palacio was the first woman to serve as Foreign Minister of Spain (2002-
2004), the most senior post ever filled by a woman in the Spanish government at that time.
In March 2012, Ana Palacio was appointed to serve as a member of the Consejo de Estado,
the supreme consultative body on legislation and governmental acts.
As a Member of the Spanish Cortes, she chaired the Joint Committee on the European Union
in the two houses of the parliament.
Ana Palacio has served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel of the World Bank