Arancha González Laya

Sciences Po PSIA


Arancha González Laya is Dean of the Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA) at Sciences Po. She is an expert in international relations, trade and economics, with extensive experience in European institutions and multilateral organisations.

She was Minister of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation of the Government of Spain (2020 – July 2021). She held the position of Under-Secretary General of the United Nations (UN) and the International Trade Centre (ITC) from 2013 to 2019. From 2005 to 2013, she was Chief of Staff to the Director General of the World Trade Organization (WTO), Pascal Lamy, and its representative (sherpa) at the G20. Previously, she held various roles at the European Commission in foreign affairs, including serving as Spokesperson and Advisor to the European Commissioner for Trade.

She started her career in the private sector as an Associate in a German law firm, where she advised companies on trade, competition law and state aid. She is currently a member of the Mission Committee of Danone and a member of the International Advisory Board of The European House-Ambrossetti.

She holds a Law Degree from the University of Navarra and subsequently obtained a master’s degree in European Law from the Carlos III University of Madrid.

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