Paulina Beato is graduated in Economics from the Universidad Complutense, Master and PhD in Economics from the University of Minnesota, Professor of Economic Analysis and Trade Expert and State Economist.
In 1979 she joined the Instituto Nacional de Industria (INI) of Spain and soon after, between 1983 and 1984, she was part of the team that designed the National Energy Plan. She was also a CAMPSA counselor between 1983 and 1985 and the first President of Red Eléctrica of Spain between 1985 and 1989.
In the financial sector, she was counselor of the Spanish Credit Bank from 1989-1993, an economist in the Division of Banking Supervision of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) between 1994 and 1995. From 1995 to 2005 she worked in the Department of Sustainable Development of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) in Washington.
She is currently a counselor of Repsol and president of the Audit and Control Comitee of the Company, advisor of the Iberoamerican General Secretary (SEGIB). She is also professor at several universities, a member of the Special Council for the Promotion of the Knowledge Society in Andalucia and Vice President of the Energy Expert Group of the Department of Economics and Finance of the Generalitat de Catalunya.