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Maria Peña Mateos

Chief Executive Officer, ICEX Spain Trade and Investment

Ms. Peña is Chief Executive Officer of ICEX Spain Trade and Investment, a State-Owned Enterprise whose mission is to promote the internationalization of Spanish companies and to foster foreign direct investment into Spain.

Ms. Peña holds a degree in Economics from the Universidad Complutense in Madrid and is a Spanish State chartered economist and foreign trade expert.

She has developed her professional career in several positions in the Spanish public administration, mainly in the economic and commercial spheres. Abroad, she has served as Head Economic and Commercial Counsellor of the Spanish embassies in Senegal, Morocco, Uruguay and Ivory Coast. She also held the Alternate Executive Director for Spain position at the African Development Bank.

ICEX Spain Trade and Investment (ICEX)

ICEX Spain Trade and Investment is a public corporation at the national level to promote the internationalization of Spanish companies, support their competitiveness and add value to the economy as a whole, as well as attracting foreign investment to Spain. ICEX Spain Trade and Investment renders its services through a network of 31 Provincial and Regional Divisions in Spain along with almost 100 Economic and Commercial Offices around the world. It offers services on market analysis, business contacts’ provision, business opportunities’ information, target market access conditions, export readiness, training and advisory, strategy formulation and development, investment promotion, export promotion events, legal and financial assistance, lobbying and advocacy.