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Beatriz Nofal

Former Argentina G20 Sherpa 2017
ECO-AXIS, Founding Partner
I am an expert on economc develoment, trade, investment, innovation. I have been an "entrepreneur" in public policy in all these areas. I am at presently developing and participating in a number of international initiatives in these fields.
During the first semester of 2017, I held the position of Argentina´s G20 Sherpa, Special Representative for G20 Affairs, with the rank of Secretary of State, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Worship. As part of Minister Susana Malcorra´s team, I fulfilled this responsibility during the three Sherpa meetings under Germany´s G20 Presidency in 2017, until the Hamburg Summit, and collaborated closely with the engagement groups (W20, B20 and T20), contributing also to the definition of the priorities for the future agenda of G20 in 2018 under the presidency of Argentina.
Previously, in government, I was, since 2006 until 2010, Head of Argentina’s National Investment Development Agency, with rank of Secretary of State; Member of the House of Representatives (1999-2001) and Deputy Secretary of Industry and Foreign Trade (1986-88), with a leading role in the negotiation of the integration programs between Argentina and Brazil and Uruguay, which constitute the founding pillars of Mercosur.
In the academic sector, I have been tenure-track professor at MIT, visiting professor at Johns Hopkins and Toronto Universities and in the country in Universidad Católica, Universidad de Bologna and Professor of Economics of Innovation at the Masters Business and Technology Executive Program, at Instituto Tecnólogico de Buenos Aires (ITBA).
Consultant at the World Bank and Interamerican Development Bank . I recently led a research project for INTAL (www.iadb.org/intal) on “Technological change and the future of work: its impact on Productive development and Integration in the World Economy”.
Member of the academic consulting board of Argencon
(www.argencon.org/consejo/consultivo), an institution integrated by the largest knowledge based technology and professional service companies.
In the business sector. Founding partner of ECO-AXIS, leading economic consultant (on investment and trade), member on the board of international companies (2005/6 and 2011/2) and General Manager and Director of Arthur D. Little in Argentina 1998/2000).
Board Member of the International Women’s Forum (www.iwforum.org) during 2011-2013, President of the Argentina’s Chapter of IWF in 2008-12.
Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University specialized in Development Economics, with Post-Graduate Diplomas from the Institute of Social Studies, The Hague, and the University of Paris.
Distinguished by the French Republic with the Order of the Legion of Honor, by the Federal Republic of Brazil with the Order of Rio Branco with and by the Republic of Chile with Great Order of Merit. Author of several publications, books and consultancy studies