Since 2008, Begoña Lasagabaster Olazabal has worked as a specialist and advisor on women’s leadership and political participation at the United Nations, first with UNIFEM and currently with UN Women as the Chief of Leadership and Government. She served as a special Envoy for Ms. Michelle Bachalet. Having studied European High Law at the University of Salamanca, Olazabal is a Spanish lawyer specializing in Community, Civil and Private International Law. She was in charge of International Relations of her National Executive and was elected Deputy for the House of Deputies of Spain for Guipúz in 1996, 2000 and 2004 during which time she held the position of spokesperson for a large variety of Commissions, most notably the Mixed Commission (Congress-Senate) for the European Union and Development Cooperation and Aid. She was also Vice-President of the Basque Council of the European Movement.