Leire Pajín Iraola

Photographer: Melisa Margarita

Photographer: Melisa Margarita

Current ISGlobal International Development Director, Chair of REDS (Spanish chapter of the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network-UNSDSN), member of UNSDSN’s strategic and leadership council, initiator of the EU-LAC Women's International Network.

Before being elected as President of the EU-LAC Foundation, Leire Pajín Iraola served as Senior Advisor at the United Nations Development Program on post-2015 development agenda (New York, 2013-2014) and the UNDP Regional Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean) (New York 2014-2017), as Special Advisor UN Partnerships, WHO/PAHO (Pan-American World health organization) office at UN New York (2012-2013).

In Spain, she also served as Minister of Health, Social Policy and Gender Equality (2010-2011), as Secretary of State for International Cooperation (2004-2008), and Congress and Senate member (2000-2012). Former President of the non-governmental organization, International solidarity (2000-2004).

Expert on Sustainable Development Goals and Social Corporate Responsibility. Master's degree in Direction of Companies and Organisations in the Knowledge Economy at UOC and Bachelor's Degree in Sociology at the University of Alicante.

  • Gran Cruz de la Real y Distinguida Orden Española Carlos III. 2011 (Royal and Distinguished Spanish Order of Charles III).

  • Orden del Águila Azteca, México. 2011 (Order of the Aztec Eagle Award).

  • La Gran Cruz de la Orden del Mérito Civil. 2008 (Order of Civil Merit).