Anabel González is a Senior Advisor in Boston Consulting Group’s Global Advantage and Social Impact practices, based in Washington DC. She is an international consultant on international trade, foreign direct investment (FDI), and economic development, and is a non-resident senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics in Washington DC. She is also the host of a virtual event series Trade Winds.

Anabel has consulted with governments, firms, and organizations across all regions on FDI strategies, investment promotion strategies, investment promotion agencies, investment incentives, nearshoring, site selection, national trade strategies, negotiation and implementation of trade agreements, services trade strategies, e-commerce, inclusive agricultural trade, export promotion strategies, medtech and pharma ecosystems, and economic development, among other topics.

A former Senior Director of the World Bank’s Global Practice on Trade & Competitiveness, Anabel led the Bank's agenda on trade, investment climate, competitiveness, innovation, and entrepreneurship, to expand market opportunities, enable private initiative, and develop dynamic economies. She has also served as Minister of Trade and Investment, Costa Rica; Director, Agriculture Division for the World Trade Organization; Senior Consultant on Trade and Investment for the Inter-American Development Bank; and Director-General of the Costa Rican Investment Promotion Agency.

Anabel is a member of the World Economic Forum Global Future Council on International Trade and Investment and has presented on these topics in over 60 countries around the world. Anabel contributed a chapter to the Oxford University Press book, "Industrial Hubs and Economic Development," as well as a chapter to the book, "Women Shaping Global Economic Governance," published by the International Trade Centre.

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

  • Globalization
  • International trade
  • Global value chains
  • Foreign direct investment
  • Trade agreements and WTO
  • Economic development
  • Special economic zones

EDUCATION

  • LLM, international business, trade, commerce, Georgetown University
  • JD (equivalent), Universidad de Costa Rica

HONORS AND AWARDS

  • List of Most Powerful Women in Central America, Forbes Mexico, 2015 and 2016
  • Public Figure of the Year, El Financiero newspaper, 1998, 2003, and 2012
  • Inspiring Woman of the Year, Costa Rican Chamber of Commerce, 2012
  • Lead Competitiveness Champion, Costa Rican Association of Private Sector Chambers, 2011 and 2012
  • Medal, Governor General of Canada, 2009
Deep Expertise, Broad Experience