Arancha González Laya

Arancha González Laya

Dean of the Paris School of International Affairs at Sciences Po

Arancha González Laya is the Dean of the Paris School of International Affairs at Sciences Po. She has extensive knowledge of international relations, trade and economics, coupled with broad experience in European institutions as well as in multilateral organisations.  

She was Minister of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation of Spain (2020- July 2021). Ms. González served as United Nations Assistant Secretary-General and Executive Director of the International Trade Centre, the joint trade development agency of the United Nations and the World Trade Organisation (2013 to 2019). Between 2005 and 2013 Ms. González was Chief of Staff to World Trade Organization DirectorGeneral Pascal Lamy and his representative (Sherpa) at the G-20.  

Prior to that Ms. González held several positions at the European Commission in the area of external relations. She was advisor to the European Commissioner for Trade and European Commission spokeswoman. Ms. González began her career in the private sector as an associate in a German law firm advising companies on trade, competition and state-aid matters.  

She serves in the Mission Committee of Danone and is a member of the International Advisory Council of the European House-Ambrosetti.  

A Spanish national, 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.