Ana Palacio

Spain, 1948

Ana Palacio is a lawyer, politician and stateswoman. After studying Law, and Political Science and Sociology, she became a highly influential lawyer in Madrid and at the European Bar. From 1994 to 2002 Palacio was a Member of the European Parliament, before becoming Spain’s first female Minister of Foreign Affairs in the People’s Party government. In 2006, Palacio was appointed Senior Vice-President and General Counsel of the World Bank, and in 2012 she was appointed Member of the Spanish Council of State.