The Board

Arancha González

Executive Director, International Trade Centre (ITC)

Arancha González portrait photo

Arancha González, an expert in international trade issues with 20 years of experience, serves as Executive Director of the International Trade Centre (ITC), the joint development agency of the United Nations and the World Trade Organisation, since September 2013.

Ms. González, a Spanish national, has extensive knowledge about international trade and economics, coupled with broad experience in trade and development matters in the public and private sectors, as well as in management at multilateral organizations.

Before joining ITC, Ms. González served as Chief of Staff to World Trade Organization Director-General Pascal Lamy from 2005 to 2013. During her tenure at the WTO, she played an active role in launching the Aid for Trade initiative and served as Mr. Lamy’s representative (Sherpa) at the G-20.

My career highlights

Blessed with a rich and diverse career, I would highlight 3 achievements:

  1. Government official in Costa Rica: led the negotiation of a free trade agreement with the US which resulted in the opening of a long-standing public telecom monopoly
  2. Spearheading Costa Rica’s initiative to join OECD
  3. Attracting140 greenfield FDI projects in life-sciences, IT and knowledge services and other sectors into Costa Rica

An unusual hobby or interest

My no.1 interest is my daughters! After that, I’m a big fan of dogs, exotic places and new people, Zumba, great food and books on the global economy.

Something funny?

When I was Trade Minister, every time I went to China, I delivered the first 2-3 paragraphs of my speech in mandarin… despite not speaking the language! It was a great way to connect with the audience.