Laura is an EU Counsel and Former Foreign Service Officer for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs &Cooperation of Spain(MAEC) with expertise in Foreign Relations, Intl. Law, Public Policy, and Business Strategy. She combines 20-yearexperience across fields, cross-cultural proficiency, and an extensive network of national and international relationships to maximize the value of global engagement and effectively manage market and political risk for corporate clients. With knowledge of Common Law and Civil Code systems, and communication skills in English, French and Spanish, Laura focuses on Corporate Expansions, P3 Projects, International Client Management and Negotiation, and Strategic Partnerships.
In her most recent position, she served as the Executive Director of the International Business Council(IBC) at the Illinois Chamber of Commerce. In this capacity, Ms. Ortega worked with the state and federal governments, foreign agencies and business groups advocating for proactive international trade policies on issues of competition, market access, export facilitation, FTAs and FDI. She was a vital facilitator for business leads in the region helping companies to access, develop and implement international growth strategies through her branded Global Partners Program. Under her leadership, IBC was the recipient of the Governor’s Exports Award in 2016 and instrumented the creation of the Illinois Trade Policy Task Force,