AREVA Senior Executive Vice President Ana Palacio and Inter-American Development Bank President Luis Alberto Moreno to Address M

May 11, 2009

Graduates will be honored during commencement ceremonies on May 15 and 16

By Teresa Mannix

Ana Palacio, senior executive vice president, foreign relations, and member of the AREVA executive committee, and Inter-American Development Bank President Luis Alberto Moreno will serve as commencement speakers for Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business. Palacio will address graduates of the school's MBA program on May 15 and Moreno will address the undergraduates on May 16.

Prior to joining AREVA, an energy company that offers solutions for nuclear power generation and electricity transport, Palacio was senior vice president and general counsel of The World Bank Group. Her distinguished career also includes serving as a member of the Spanish Parliament from 2004 to 2008 and as Spain's first female foreign minister from 2002 to 2004, a post that was the most senior position ever filled by a woman in the Spanish government at that time. She was a member of the European Parliament during the fourth and fifth legislatures from 1994 to 2002, serving as chair of the Legal Affairs and Internal Market Committee, the Justice and Home Affairs Committee, and the Conference of Committee Chairman, the group's most senior body for the coordination of its legislative work. A lawyer by profession, Palacio has held the highest positions in the governing bodies of the Madrid Bar and the European Bar. In 2004, she was listed among the Wall Street Journal's 75 "global opinion leaders."

Moreno has been president of the Inter-American Development Bank since 2005. Previously, he served as Columbia's Ambassador to the United States for seven years, where he oversaw a dramatic improvement in relations between the two countries and the awarding of $4 billion in U.S. assistance programs for Columbia. Prior to his post as ambassador, Moreno served a distinguished career in both the public and private sectors in Columbia as a representative for the Andean Region of WestSphere Capital, senior advisor to the Luis Carlos Sarmiento Organization, president of the Instituto de Fomento Industrial, Minister of Economic Development, and executive producer of the award-winning news program "TV Hoy." Among his many honors is the "Orden de Boyaca en el Grado de Gran Cruz," the highest distinction given by the Colombian state, which was awarded by the President of Colombia in 2002.

The May 15 commencement will be held at 11 a.m. on the Healy Lawn on the university campus. The graduation ceremony on May 16 will be held at noon on the Healy Lawn. The McDonough School's graduation ceremonies are part of Georgetown University's 210th commencement exercises, scheduled from May 14 to 17. For more information about Georgetown University's commencement activities, visit

About Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business
Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business is a premier business school in the nation's capital. Founded in 1957 to educate undergraduate business students through the integration of liberal arts and professional education, the school annually welcomes some 1,400 undergraduates, 1,000 MBA students, and 500 participants in its executive education programs. For more information about Georgetown's McDonough School of Business, visit