Global expert and practitioner on trade, investment and economic development
For over 25 years, Ms. Gonzalez has promoted job creation and economic growth
through international trade, regional integration, foreign investment and
competitiveness. She also has extensive experience in management in government
and at multilateral organizations.
Most recently, as Senior Director of the World Bank Global Practice on Trade &
Competitiveness (2014-17), she led the Bank’s global positioning and operations in
the areas of trade, investment climate, competitiveness, entrepreneurship and
innovation. With her 500 people team, she directed projects for over $5.5 billion, in
more than 100 countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Europe.
Previously, she held the position of Minister of Foreign Trade of Costa Rica (2010-
14) where she led actions to join the OECD; negotiated and implemented six free
trade agreements; enhanced the investment climate and contributed to the
attraction of over 140 foreign direct investment projects; also had a lead role in
Costa Rica's Competitiveness and Innovation Council, and acted as President of the
Export Promotion Board. In her more than 15 years of service at the Ministry of
Foreign Trade, she held several positions, including Ambassador and Chief
Negotiator, Vice-minister, and Director General of Trade Negotiations.
Ms. Gonzalez has also been Director of the WTO Agriculture Division, Senior
Consultant on Trade and Integration at the Inter-American Development Bank, and
Director-General of the Costa Rican Investment Promotion Board.
She is a member of World Economic Forum Global Future Council on Trade &
Foreign Investment and of several boards. She has lectured in over 50 countries
around the world and writes regularly on trade and competitiveness.