Special Representative to the G7 and G20 at the Women’s Forum for the Economy & Society
Chiara Corazza is the Special Representative to the G7 and G20 at the Women’s Forum for the Economy & Society, the world’s leading platform that brings together some of the most outstanding leaders, men and women, from around the world. Previously, she was the Managing Director of the Women’s Forum for the Economy & Society (2017-2021). Headquartered in Paris with global influence, the Women’s Forum for the Economy & Society is a do-tank, promoting women’s leadership and initiatives all around the world not only on gender issues but on topics that concern the whole of humanity. In 2018, she created a Strategic Committee, comprised of international key players accelerating the Women’s Forum ambition and launched the Daring Circles, cross-industry working groups dedicated to bringing the added value of women on crucial topics such as STEM, AI, climate change, access to health and business. In 2019, following the G7, Chiara Corazza was given the mission by the French government to provide a national action plan to foster the attractiveness of STEM for girls and women and prepare them to the jobs of the future. Her proposals contribute to the French law for women’s economic empowerment, and beyond.
From 2002 to 2017, Chiara Corazza has been the Managing Director of the Greater Paris Investment Agency (GPIA), in charge of attracting foreign investors to the Greater Paris Region and enhancing its attractiveness by mobilizing political and economic decision makers. Under this framework, she was the “Economic Ambassador” of the French Capital Region. She elaborated investment strategies, launching international road shows abroad with large companies, and organized global forums in Paris and worldwide. She was also a pioneer in conducting regular global benchmark studies that became a reference worldwide, and organized impactful task forces. The success of the “Grand Paris” economic development project has always been at the core of Chiara Corazza’s activities.
From 1999 to 2002, Chiara Corazza has been Director of International Affairs of Paris 2008, in charge of promoting the Paris bid for the 2008 Olympic Games. From 1985 to 1999, Chiara Corazza initiated and implemented the international affairs policy at the Greater Paris Region, specializing in government affairs, urban management and education. At first (1985-1992), Chiara Corazza has been appointed the Special Counselor for International Affairs to the President of the Greater Paris Region. In this position, she launched Metropolis, the first association of large metropoles. Later in 1992, she created the International Affairs Direction in the Greater Paris Region that she managed until 1999.
During these 15 years, Chiara Corazza negotiated, and successfully achieved economic bilateral cooperation agreements with Capital Regions. The first were Beijing and Montreal in 1987, followed by Tokyo, Mexico, Buenos Aires, Moscow, Warsaw, Budapest, Hanoi, New Delhi, Madrid, Santiago, Johannesburg, Beirut, Dakar, among others. In 1993, she founded a unique Solidarity Fund, to put in place cooperation in Mali, Mauritania and Madagascar. In 1994, she launched the Greater Paris Region Representation in Brussels and initiated a network uniting Europe’s Capital Regions in order to successfully obtain European funds in dedicated sectors. In 1995, she also created the Agency for International Investments in the Greater Paris Region.
Prior to her arrival in France, between 1980 and 1984, Chiara Corazza was an international political and economic journalist at Il Globo in Rome. She started her career at 17 years old, teaching German at the French Lycée in Rome and writing in the Daily American.
Since 2010, Chiara Corazza is member of the AIWF Board (Arab International Women’s Forum). She also served as an independent member of the Board of Directors of APRIL insurance company (2011-2019) and as a representative of the economic sector on the Board of the RATP (2012-2019).
Member of the French Foreign Trade Advisors, Chiara Corazza is also the Private Sector Representative for France to the G20 EMPOWER Alliance, and, since 2020, Member of the European Economic and Social Committee for France. In 2019, she has been nominated as one of the top 100 women who changed the world by D La Repubblica.
Chiara Corazza is a British-Italian dual citizen. She holds a degree with honors in Political Science from the University of Rome La Sapienza. She is married to Professor Bernard Poujade and she has two adult children. She speaks Italian, French, German, English and Spanish fluently.
Chiara Corazza was awarded Chevalier de la Légion d’honneur by Minister Christine Lagarde in 2009 and Ufficiale dell’Ordine della Stella d’Italia by President Sergio Mattarella in 2015.