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Beatriz Nofal

Beatriz Nofal was Argentina’s G20 Sherpa in 2017 and Special Representative for G20 Affairs, with the rank of Secretary of State, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Worship. She fulfilled this responsibility during Germany’s G20 Presidency, until the Hamburg Summit. In this position she collaborated closely with Germany’s G20 Presidency, and with with Germany’s Sherpa, Lars Hendrik Roller, as well as with the Engagement groups (particularly T20, W20, and B20). At the same time, she contributed to the formulation of the priorities for G20 Argentina 2018 and led the preparatory work. Among contributions which left a legacy in the G20 process were her strong support and consensus building for the Women’s Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative (We-Fi), the proposal of the Future of Work priority, and the proposal and negotiation to launch the joint G20 meeting of the Ministers of Education and Employment, as well as the support of the Global Solutions Initiative, having participated in the concluding panel of Global Solutions Summit 2017. 

Presently, she is Co-Chair of T20 Saudi Arabia 2020 TF3 on “Infrastructure Investment and its Financing” and was Co-Chair of T20 2019 Japan TF 4

She is a member of the Bi-national Argentina- Chile Strategic Advisory Council 2030. She is both a member of CARI Think Tank in Argentina and of the academic council of Boletín Techint. She also sits on the academic board of Argencon, an institution integrated by knowledge based technology and service companies.

Previously, in government, Nofal was Head of Argentina’s Investment Development Agency (2006-10), elected Congress woman in 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 private sector, Nofal is the founder and CEO of Eco-Axis S.A., an economic research and management consultant firm (specialized on sustainable development, investment, trade, innovation, and strategic consulting in Mercosur) and partner of Bodega Nofal (a three generation family owned boutique winery). She was on the board of international companies and was General Manager and Director of Arthur D. Little in Arg. 

In the academic sector, Nofal has been tenure-track professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), visiting professor at Johns Hopkins and Toronto Universities and in Argentina professor at Universidad Católica, Universidad de Bologna and Instituto Tecnólogico de Buenos Aires.

Consultant at the World Bank and Interamerican Development Bank. She led in 2016 a research project for INTAL on “Technological change and the future of work”. She was Board Member of the International Women’s Forum in 2011-2013 and President of Argentina’s IWF in 2008-12. 

Nofal was 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. She has authored several publications, books and consultancy studies. 

Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University specialized in Development Economics, with Post-Graduate Diplomas from the Institute of Social Studies, The Hague, and the École des Haute Études en Sciences Sociales, University of Paris.

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