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Ana Cristina Canales

Economist, Veterinarian & Food Expert

37 years

Professional situation

Interested in receiving recruitment information

Professional aspiration

Regulatory and Policy Advisor
From 6 to 10 years
Desired salary
Between 28 k and 35 k€
Type of contract
- Netherlands
- Policy officer
- Freelance consultant
- NGOs
- Agriculture and food
- Health and life science
- Non-profit and public service


Veterinarian and economist with experience in Regulatory Affairs, International Negotiations, and Pharmaceutical sector. Currently undergoing Development Studies Master of Arts, with economic development major and specialization in econometric impact analysis of public policies. Interest in development, regulatory affairs, trade and food policies; aiming to pursue a challenging career in Europe, with relevant social impact. Specializations: Public Policy; Regulatory Matters; Economic Development; Social and Labour Policies; and Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Professional experiences

Consultant: expert in food safety management

FAO , Roma - Temporary contract

From November 2017 to Today

"E-certification of food products: the way forward": Consultant for the analysis of the Regulatory Frameworks for electronic commerce in food and global analysis of the electronic certification current state of affairs. The expected outcome of this consultancy is to provide policy recommendations through an electronic certification report for food and food products, which covers current investment, potential risks and emerging issues, and regulatory and capacity building guidance needs of developing countries.

Advisor regulatory department

General Directorate of International Economic Relations (DIRECON) , Santiago - Permanent contract

From July 2013 to August 2015

The Regulatory Department of DIRECON is responsible for promoting a regulatory framework for international trade that is transparent and efficient.
" In charge of regulatory- TBT, SPS and Regulatory Coherence- matters related to agrifood products for Asia, Africa and the Middle East;
" Negotiation and implementation of Bilateral and Regional Trade Agreements;
" Chilean representative and Head of Delegation at the Codex Alimentarius Commission and its Subsidiary Bodies; APEC FSCF and its Steering Committee; and the SPS Committee of the WTO.
" Achievements include initiation of work for Chile as Co-Chair of the working group for the establishment of NRVs for EPA and DHA; resolution of STCs regarding poultry meat from Chile during 2014 dioxin detection; successful negotiation of Latin American Regional position as Head of Delegation for the Codex Committee of General Principles.

Additional training

MoA Development Studies

Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam - Major Economics of Development; Specialization Econometric Analysis of Development Policies

2016 à 2018

The International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) was established in 1952 by the Netherlands Ministry of Education, Arts and Sciences and the Netherlands Universities. Its task is to promote study of the problems of social change in the developmental world in their international context. The MoA programme includes 5 majors, a major is a linked series of courses which together constitute a coherent whole and an opportunity to study an area in depth. The Economics of Development (ECD) major provides students with the theoretical knowledge, policy awareness, and analytical techniques to tackle many of the key issues facing their countries in respect of economic development and economic policy analysis. The major integrates macroeconomic issues with the underlying microeconomic processes, emphasizing the importance of, on the one hand, the global economic environment and, on the other hand, domestic institutions, regulatory frameworks and socio-economic groups. It pays particular attention to the impact of international and domestic economic policies on growth, poverty and income distribution in developing countries, and seeks to bring out the fundamental linkages between economic growth and human development.
The Econometric Analysis of Development Policies specialization provides students with an appreciation of the role of incentives and institutions in driving sustainable economic growth, reducing inequality and poverty, and enhancing human development. The specialization deals with the econometrics of time series, panel data and methods of impact evaluation. Empirical applications will be drawn from a variety of areas including the effect of trade, remittances, aid and foreign investment on growth, and evaluations of policies in the area of education and labour markets, health and nutrition, prevention of corruption and rent-seeking.


NL – Erasmus University Rotterdam – 2018


Espagnol - Native language

Anglais - Native language

Néerlandais - Notion