As executive vice president and chief strategy officer, Ana Ariño is responsible for the development and implementation of industry partnerships that drive innovation in strategic sectors of New York City’s economy. This includes making historic investments and forging public-private partnerships in areas such as cybersecurity, life sciences, data science, blockchain and urban tech, all of which will create future middle-class job opportunities for New Yorkers. She previously led NYCEDC’s strategy team, which is tasked with advising the organisation’s president and New York’s City Hall on a range of economic development issues. Before joining NYCEDC, Ana was a consultant at the Boston Consulting Group, where she counselled financial services companies on their strategy and operational efficiency, and worked at Natsource, a carbon asset management firm. She holds an MA in international economics from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and a degree in economics from the Universidad Autonóma de Madrid. She is fluent in English, Spanish, and French.