Patricia Peña is the director general for Economic Development at Global Affairs Canada (formerly Department for Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada). She is responsible for Canada’s institutional relationship and programming with the World Bank Group and regional development banks globally. She also oversees the department’s sectoral policy on sustainable development and economic growth, governance and natural resources, and provides leadership to these communities of practice. Recently, Ms. Peña has represented Canada at the G7 Working Group on Women’s Economic Empowerment.
Ms. Peña has over 15 years’ experience in the field of democratic governance internationally. Between 2009-2013, she was director of democratic governance and economic growth at the Canadian International Development Agency.
Prior to joining the Canadian public service, Ms. Peña worked at the UK Electoral Commission for seven years in a variety of policy and management roles, including as director of regulatory services overseeing the financial regulation of political parties and elections in the UK, and leading preparations for a referendum on the creation of regional government in the North of England. She has served in her personal capacity as a scientific expert for the Council of Europe, Group of States Against Corruption since 2005 and participated in formal peer evaluations of six member states.
Ms. Peña has a Master’s degree in Government from the London School of Economics and Political Science and undertook a Master of Business Administration at Henley Business School in England.