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Mexico as a Global Player

Council on Foreign Relations

58 East 68th Street (at Park Avenue)
New York, NY 10065

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Thank you for your interest in this event. On May 15, 2014, we welcomed senior executives, analysts, and policymakers to discuss Mexico's challenges and opportunities as it continues its exceptional growth and development.

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Opening Remarks: Gideon RoseEditor, Foreign Affairs

José Antonio Meade Kuribreña, Secretary of Foreign Affairs (SRE), Mexico
Shannon O'NeilSenior Fellow for Latin American Studies, Council on Foreign Relations


Opening Remarks: Francisco Nicolás González DíazCEO, ProMéxico

Presiding: Jodi Hanson BondVice President, Americas, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Michael C. CamuñezPresident, ManattJones Global Strategies, LLC
Antonio Carrillo RuleChief Executive Officer, Mexichem SAB
Adrián Fuentes Villalobos, Secretary for Economic Development, State of Mexico
Luis Robles Miaja, Chairman of the Board, BBVA Bancomer 


Opening Remarks: Javier Garciadiego DantánPresident, El Colegio de México 

Presiding: Sergio M. Alcocer Martínez de CastroUndersecretary for North America, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mexico

Luis ArnalCEO, Insitum
Fernando León-García
President, CETYS University  
Kim A. Wilcox, Chancellor, University of California, Riverside


Opening Remarks: Kevin K. McAleenanActing Deputy Commissioner, U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Presiding: Christopher Sabatini, Senior Director, Policy, Americas Society/Council of the Americas

Jorge Astiazarán OrcíMayor, Tijuana, Baja California
Eduardo Medina MoraAmbassador from Mexico to the United States
Christopher Wilson, Senior Associate, Mexico Institute, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars


Presiding: Richard KatzmanManaging Director, HVS Mexico City 

Rep. Agustín Barrios GómezSecretary of the Tourism Committee, LXII Congress of the United Mexican States
Frank Carrillo, President & CEO, Sistemas Medicos Nacionales, S.A. (SIMNSA) 
Agustín García Villa-Río, General Manager, Investment and Project Financing, Ministry of Tourism, Mexico

5:00pm | Concurrent Breakout Sessions

Breakout 1: The Role of Multinational Corporations in Mexico's Economic Growth


Presiding: Jaana RemesPartner, McKinsey Global Institute, McKinsey & Company

Frédéric GarciaPresident, Airbus Group México
Antonio Junco GoicoecheaDivision President, Mexico and Central America, MasterCard
Juan Manuel Valle Pereña, Executive Director, Mexican Agency for International Development Cooperation (AMEXCID)


Breakout 2: Logistics for Competitiveness: A Global Vision 


Presiding: Gustavo Almaraz Montaño, Managing Partner, Grupo Estrategia Política

Germán Ahumada Alduncin, Managing Partner and Co-Founder, Artha Capital
Adrián Fuentes Villalobos, Secretary for Economic Development, State of Mexico 


Breakout 3: Leveraging Human Capital for Innovation and Growth


Presiding: Luis Miguel GonzálezEditorial Director, El Economista

Roberto Calvet, Director of Construction, ICA Construcción Urbana, ICA Group
Enrique Esparza, Jr., CEO, Co-Production International (CPI)
Xavier Peniche, Secretary of Economic Development, City of Tijuana


Germán Ahumada Alduncin is Managing Partner and Co-Founder of Artha Capital. During the past 18 years, Germán has specialized in strategic planning and operations in the real estate sector. He held the position of CEO at Consorcio ARA from 2005 to February 2009. Since 1994, he occupied several positions at Consorcio ARA from strategic planning to land acquisition, project planning, construction management, sales, entitlement, and post-sale process. German managed the income producing JV platform with O'Connor Capital Partners. He has been a member of the BBVA Bancomer board since 2004, former president of the Asociación de Desarrolladores Inmobiliarios de la República Mexicana (A.D.I., Mexican Real Estate Developers Association), vice president of the Cámara Nacional de Vivienda (CANADEVI, National Housing Chamber), and vice president of the Urban Land Institute (ULI). Germán obtained his graduate degree in executive management at the Instituto Panamericano de Alta Dirección de Empresa (IPADE, AD2), and has completed management postgraduate studies at the Wharton School of Management, University of Pennsylvania, and at Stanford University.


Sergio M. Alcocer Martínez de Castro is a civil engineer from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and holds a PhD in Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. Since January 2013, Dr. Alcocer has served as Undersecretary for North America at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mexico. In the public sector, he has previously served as Undersecretary for Energy Planning and Technology Development at the Ministry of Energy, and as research director of the National Center for Disaster Prevention at the Ministry of the Interior. Dr. Alcocer has also been Secretary General–Provost, Coordinator for Innovation and Development, and Director of the Institute of Engineering of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). As an academic, Dr. Alcocer has been a member of the National System of Researchers since 1994. He is the vice president of the Mexican Academy of Engineering and member of the Mexican Academy of Sciences and various technical societies. He has received several honors and awards for academic achievement, including the National University Distinction for Young Scholars in the area of Technology Innovation and Industrial Design, and the Research Award from the Mexican Academy of Sciences in the area of Technological Research (2001). Recently, he was distinguished by the Mexican Society of Civil Engineers (CICM) with the José A. Cuevas Award for the best technical paper of 2012.


Gustavo Almaraz Montaño is Managing Partner and Founder of Grupo Estrategia Política. Mr. Almaraz has a degree in law and more than 40 years of experience in the fields of public service, law, and academia. He currently serves as Vice President of Government Affairs and Law of the Mexican Association of Oil Services (AMESPAC). He sits on the legal committee of the National Confederation of Industrial Chambers (CONCAMIN), and is a member of the Public Affairs Council in WDC, the Interel Group, and the Academy of International Law (AMDI). His firm has an exchange agreement with the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah. Mr. Almaraz served as Director of the Mexican Association of Industrial Parks (AMPIP). He is a former member of the International Association of Gaming Attorneys (IAGA), and former president of the National Lobbying Association (PROCAB). He served as federal senator for the State of Baja California during the 54th Legislature (PRI), chairman of the Regional Development Committee, and member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, Finance, Tourism, and Fisheries. Mr. Almaraz also served as a member of the Commission for the negotiation of NAFTA, and was twice a member of the Standing Committee in the Senate, and Secretary of the same, as well as Secretary of the Board of the Senate during the legislative year 1990-1991. Mr. Almaraz served as Private Secretary for the Governor of the State of Baja California, and ran for mayor of Tijuana (PRI). He was Chief of Staff of the Office of the Secretary of Public Education and Social Welfare for the government of the State of Baja California, and the founding director of the Faculty of Humanities of the Autonomous University of Baja California, Professor of Law at the different schools of law of public and private universities, and Head of the Contemporary Mexican History Seminar at the School of Humanities. His legal practice focuses on: civil, corporate, and labor law, and he is Partner of the Carral, Rubio del Cueto y Monroy, S.C. law firm. His publications include El Congreso Mexicano en la aprobación de los Tratados Internacionales and El Código Penal único párrafo la República Mexicana. He is a political analyst who writes for several national and regional newspapers, including Uno Más Uno and Semanario Z in Mexico City; Ocho Columnas in Guadalajara Jalisco; and El Sol de Tijuana, among others, and was interviewed by “The Business Year” magazine (2013) on “Our Policy.” 


Luis Arnal is President and Founder of INSITUM, the leading innovation consulting firm in Latin America. He  is currently responsible for the global growth of the company. An entrepreneur by nature, he co-founded INSITUM in 2002 and today has more than 100 employees and offices in Mexico, Brazil, Colombia, Argentina, Peru, and the United States. INSITUM helps the biggest companies in the world create an innovation culture by envisioning new products, developing new services, designing better customer experiences, and crafting better strategies. He has been involved in more than 1,000 innovation projects for a wide variety of sectors including: banking & insurance, FMCG, telecommunications, pharmaceuticals, oil & mining, real estate, and B-to-B. Before founding INSITUM, he worked for seven years as a strategy consultant for DiamondCluster in Barcelona and E-Lab (now Sapient) in Chicago. Luis holds a bachelor's degree in Industrial Design from Universidad Iberoamericana (UIA) in Mexico City and earned a scholarship from Conacyt to study for his master's degree in Innovation Planning from the Institute of Design, IIT, in Chicago. He has been a professor at several universities including ITESM, UNAM, and UIA, guest speaker at more than 20 universities worldwide, and a member of the committee for various conferences on innovation and research including: HBR 10 years (Tokyo), ESOMAR Congress (Cannes, Athens), EPIC Conference (Boulder, Tokyo), IDB Forum Mexico-China (Hangzhou), and others throughout Latin America.


Jorge Astiazarán, MD is Mayor of the City of Tijuana. He is a medical doctor by profession and studied medicine at the Instituto Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, graduating with honors in 1987. He earned his internal medicine specialty at Hospital 20 de Noviembre in Mexico City, from which he graduated with honors as well. As a professional, he conducted his social services in the City of Hermosillo; then he returned to Tijuana, where he started his professional career with outstanding performance. From the age of 11, Dr. Jorge Astiazarán expressed a love of medicine which led him to join the Mexican Red Cross, performing different activities from maintenance and logistics tasks, allowing him to be in contact with what later became part of his new professional challenge. Currently Dr. Astiazarán continues to serve voluntarily in the Meritorious Institution. His work with the Tijuana Red Cross has earned awards like the Medal of Civic Merit in 1995 for his participation and work for the city of Tijuana. In 2012, the vice president of the Mexican Red Cross awarded him a medal for his 38 years of dedication and commitment to the institution in Tijuana. In December 2004, Dr. Astiazarán joined the XVIII City of Tijuana where he served as Secretary of Social Development, and was responsible for the public and their most pressing needs, and how to support the most vulnerable and disadvantaged in the city of Tijuana. His training as a physician, his local career, his constant contact with people through his work in Tijuana Red Cross, and his passage by the public administration, have allowed Dr. Astiazarán to get in touch with the most important city needs and with those who live in it. The trajectory of Mayor Astiazarán is synonymous with service, passion, and commitment to the community of Tijuana.


Rep. Agustín Barrios Gómez (PRD-­‐DF) is Secretary of the Tourism Committee of the LXII Congress of the United Mexican States. As the son of a Mexican Ambassador, Congressman Barrios Gómez was raised in Canada, Switzerland, and the United States, as well as his native Mexico. He graduated from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service and received his master's degree from the Madrid Law School. He is a founding member of the Mexican Council on Foreign Relations and has spent many years in radio, television, and print as a specialist in public sector marketing and public diplomacy. A frequent speaker on Mexico, he has lectured at most of the key institutions that have to do with international affairs in both Mexico and the United States, including the Woodrow Wilson Center, Rice University's Baker Institute, the Center for Hemispheric Policy at the University of Miami, and the Council on Foreign Relations, among many others. In government, he has been adviser to the Minister of Public Security in Mexico City, and he ran for Mayor (“Jefe Delegacional”) of Miguel Hidalgo, DF, in 2003. In July 2012, he was elected Congressman for this same borough. COngressman Barrios Gómez serves on the Foreign Relations, Tourism, and Metropolitan Area Development committees.


Jodi Hanson Bond, vice president of the Americas for the International Division at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, manages teams dedicated to policy and advocacy services for Chamber clients with business interests in the Americas. Her portfolio includes management of the Brazil-U.S. Business Council, the U.S. Mexico-Leadership Initiative, and the Association of Chambers of Commerce in Latin America (ACCLA) initiatives. Prior to joining the Chamber, Ms. Bond was managing director and co-CEO of Global Governance L.L.C. In the corporate arena, Ms. Bond served as vice president of Global Government Relations and Country Management for the Motorola Corporation. While at Motorola, she was regional director of country management for the Americas and Israel and managed advocacy teams across the globe. Before Motorola, Ms. Bond was vice president of Fontheim International. There, she advised Fortune 500 companies on global tax, energy, and corporate social responsibility matters. Ms. Bond was appointed deputy assistant secretary at the U.S. Department of Energy in 2001; she co-managed an office of 125 employees while serving as the conduit for the U.S. secretary of energy and administrator of the National Nuclear Security Administration to the U.S. Congress. Earlier in her career, Ms. Bond held positions with Hopkins & Sutter and Foley & Lardner law firms, the U.S. House of Representatives, and in the Washington state House of Representatives and Office of the Secretary of State. Ms. Bond holds a B.A. in politics from Whitman College and an M.A. in government from Johns Hopkins University. She also studied comparative and international politics at the University of London. Ms. Bond is an appointed member of Women Corporate Directors and the Economic Club of Washington. She resides in Washington, D.C., with her husband and daughter.


Roberto Calvet is director of construction at Grupo ICA. He was born in Mexico City, and has an undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering from the Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City, where he was also elected president of the Civil Engineering Student Society. He then completed programs in corporate finance and business administration, also at Universidad Iberoamericana and Tec de Monterrey. In 2012, he completed the Executive Officers Management Program AD-2 at IPADE Business School in Mexico City. Since 1990, Mr. Calvet has participated in multiple projects in construction, engineering, consulting, and project management roles. He has experience in different sectors including hospitality, residential and housing developments, commercial, retail, and offices, as well as industrial sectors such as manufacturing, chemical, and pharmaceutical. He has managed energy, water, and environmental programs. In recent years he added experience in design-build programs for social infrastructure. His participation at professional associations include two serving periods as National Vice President of the Mexican Construction Chamber (CMIC), Vice President of the National Consulting Chamber of Mexico (CNEC), board member of the North American Construction Federation (NACF), and alternate board member of the Mexican Association of Tourism Developers (AMDETUR). Mr. Calvet began his professional activity in 1990 at Grupo ICA, as Field Supervisor and Superintendent. Four years later he joined PMI construction company as Construction Director. In 2000 he started working for Rocal Project Management Company as Managing Director for 8 years; then he joined the U.S.-based CH2M HILL group as Managing Director for Mexico. In 2010 he returned to Grupo ICA as Construction Director for the Urban Construction Division. Recently, in January 2014, Mr. Calvet was appointed Director for ICA's corporate program UNIFICA.


Michael C. Camuñez is President of ManattJones Global Strategies, LLC, which provides strategic advice and advocacy to help clients identify new opportunities and resolve problems in the international marketplace, with a particular emphasis on Mexico and Latin America. ManattJones is the international consulting subsidiary of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, where Mr. Camuñez is also a partner in the firm's Government & Regulatory division in both the Los Angeles and Washington, D.C., offices. Mr. Camuñez has significant experience as a senior executive, counselor, and advocate advising U.S. companies in domestic and global markets. He has an intimate knowledge of the workings of the U.S. government, strong relationships with a range of economic policy makers around the globe in key markets, and he possesses a unique combination of political, legal, economic, and international expertise. Prior to joining Manatt, Mr. Camuñez served from 2010 to 2013 as Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Market Access and Compliance, where he managed a global portfolio to lead the U.S. government's efforts to open new markets for U.S. goods and services, identify and eliminate significant market access challenges and non tariff barriers, and monitor and enforce U.S. trade agreements and commitments. As Assistant Secretary, Mr. Camuñez visited more than 30 countries to advance U.S. trade and economic policy and held key leadership positions in a wide range of bilateral trade dialogues with developed and emerging markets in Sub-Saharan Africa, Europe and Eurasia, Asia, and Latin America. He is widely recognized for playing a critical role in rebalancing U.S. economic policy toward Mexico, leading numerous trade and policy missions to Mexico and helping to lead efforts to update and modernize a range of initiatives to enhance cross-border trade and investment. He was the chief architect of the recently established U.S.-Mexico High Level Economic Dialogue, which he proposed, coordinated, and later helped launch during President Obama's visit to Mexico in May 2013. Mr. Camuñez was appointed by President Obama to the U.S. Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (a.k.a. the Helsinki Commission) to lead the Economic Dimension of the Commission's work through the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) in Vienna. Prior to assuming his role at the Department of Commerce, Mr. Camuñez served in the Obama White House as Special Counsel to the President in the Office of the White House Counsel as well as Special Assistant to the President. Before joining the White House staff, Mr. Camuñez was a partner at O’Melveny & Myers LLP, where he counseled and represented companies and financial institutions in foreign international litigation and international corporate compliance, including Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and Anti-Money Laundering counseling. Previously, he served as a Senior Policy Advisor in the first term of the Clinton Administration, where he was part of the original team that created and launched the AmeriCorps program in 1993.


Antonio Carrillo Rule is the Chief Executive Officer for Mexichem SAB (Mexichem), global leader in plastic piping systems and a leader in the chemical and petrochemical industry. Throughout his career he has developed extensive experience in the industrial, energy, transportation, and construction sectors in countries such as Mexico, Brazil, and the United States. Before joining Mexichem in 2012, he served as Group President of the Energy Equipment Group for Trinity Industries Inc. in Dallas, Texas, since 2009, and he was appointed Senior Vice President for Trinity Inc. in 2011. Formerly, he served as President of Mexico Trinity Industries for six years where he developed the strategies for growing Trinity's low-cost manufacturing base. During his career, Mr. Carrillo has coordinated mergers and acquisitions of various sizes and complexities. He has also served as a Finance Professor at ITAM, one of the top universities in Mexico in Finance and Accounting. Originally from Mexico City, Mr. Carrillo began his career at Electrodos Infra S.A. de C.V. in 1988 and holds a master's degree in business administration with a major in finance from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He earned his bachelor's degree in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering from Anahuac University in Mexico City.


Frank Carrillo is President & CEO of Sistemas Medicos Nacionales, S.A. de C.V. (SIMNSA) Health Plan. Mr. Carrillo has dedicated much of his career to helping Latino workers and families get cross-border healthcare. In 1998, he was primarily responsible for the development and passage of legislation that amended California law and created opportunities for true cross-border health plans in this state. Today his award-winning company, SIMNSA, stands a leader in cross-border healthcare coverage. SIMNSA is the only cross-border health plan that works in collaboration with the San Diego County Health Department. His generous Fundación Simnsa, A.C., a Mexican nonprofit organization, donates funds to needy organizations, special education services, and underprivileged youth and families. Mr. Carillo's dedicated group also supports Maria Inmaculada, an orphanage for abandoned and abused children.



Enrique Esparza, Jr. has been in the manufacturing industry for over 25 years, with expertise in establishing and administrating new companies in Mexico. Enrique grew up in the manufacturing business, supporting his father who was dedicated to managing foreign operations. Beginning his career with Assemble in Mexico in 1988, now Co-Production International, Inc. (CPI), Enrique's binational business experience and education bridges both the United States and Mexico and includes a BA in Business Administration from the University of San Diego in 1995. After taking over CPI in 2009, Enrique contributed to bringing foreign investment to Mexico and has helped established over 220 companies in the Baja California region. He was a founder and now serves on the Board of Directors for Call Center Services International (CCSI); Enrique has cultivated infrastructure in these sister firms providing turnkey services to U.S. and international manufacturers seeking to expand or move operations to Mexico. Enrique is deeply entrenched in the business of global manufacturing; his passion lies not only in bringing foreign investment to Mexico but, more importantly, contributing to job growth on both sides of the border. This in turns leads to a healthy and more stable community. Maintaining long-standing relationships with U.S. and Mexico government officials, business leaders, trade associations, and economic development organizations, he is a frequently invited guest representing Mexico's industry in conferences and panel discussions to share his expertise on managing foreign operations in Mexico. Currently, Enrique serves as CEO of Co-Production International, Inc. and volunteers his time as Chairman of the Tijuana Economic Development Corporation (Tijuana EDC/DEITAC), supporting Tijuana's industrial development through various promotion activities and in collaboration with both U.S. and Mexican authorities at all levels of government. In addition to actively participating in the U.S.-Mexico Chamber of Commerce (LA Chapter) and Otay Mesa Chamber of Commerce (SD County), he has supported the Asociación de Industriales de la Mesa de Otay (AIMO) and the Asociación de la Industria Maquiladora y de Exportación (AIM).


Adrián Fuentes Villalobos is Minister of Economic Development of the State of Mexico. He was born and raised in San Bartolome Coatepec, Huixquilucan County, in the State of Mexico. He holds a bachelor's degree in Administrative Computer Science. As a professional, he became an IT entrepreneur in 1993, developing crucial government projects in various institutions. He is currently a board member and partner of several companies in information technology and real estate. He specialized in IT intelligence insecurity combat. Until 2002, he represented a variety of international IT firms for analysis and investigation. As a public servant, before becoming minister, he was a Congressman in the Federal Chamber of Deputies, Mayor of Huixquilucan, and a Congressman in the Local Chamber of Deputies. As Congressman in the Federal Chamber of Deputies in the LIX Congress of the Union Legislation, he served as a Human Rights Justice Commission Secretary, as a member of National Defense of the Public Security Commission, and as a member of the Special Political Concentration Board in the federal government. He was mayor of Huixquilucan, State of Mexico, from 2006 to 2009; president of the State of Mexico and Center Regions of Mexico's most important local government organization that represents the majority of mayors in the country (FENAMM); local congressman of the Honorable LVII State of Mexico Legislature, where he was President of the Environment Protection Legislative Commission; Secretariat of Agriculture and Forestry Development; member of the State of Mexico High Auditing Office Legislative Commission, Hydraulic Department, County Administration Legislation, Interior Ministry and Constitutional Matters, and the Special Committee for Monitoring, Assessment, and Restructuring of the State of Mexico Public Debt. He was also president of the LVII Third Special Session Legislation, the congressman responsible for the submission of the Electoral Reform which eliminates common candidacies and strengthens political electoral coalitions, and for the submission of the Environmental Damage Fund in the State of Mexico, among others. 


Frédéric Garcia has a Masters in International Project Management from the École Supérieure de Commerce de Paris (ESCP), as well as an Engineering degree from the École Nationale Supérieure d'Arts et Métiers (ENSAM) and a Major in Industrial Systems Management. Since October 2009, he has been CEO of Airbus Group for Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru. Since 2007 he has been Chairman of Airbus Defence and Space Mexico, and a board member of Airbus Helicopters Mexico. From 2004 to 2009, he was CEO of EADS Mexico. In 2002, Frédéric Garcia created a Consultancy Company called LAATSA (Latin American Aviation Training S.A.)--Mexico. He was General Manager of ITA (Inversiones y Técnicas Aeroportuarias) and from 1992 to 1999, he held the position of Business Development Manager in GTM (Grand Travaux de Marseille). Since April 2012, he has been vice president of the Global Business Executive Council in Mexico. Since October 2007, he has chaired the COMCE Mexico-France Bilateral Committee. He is CCEF (Conseilleur du Commerce Extérieur Français), and from 2006 to 2012 was CCEF vice president of the Mexico Section. From 2003 to 2004, he was Honorary Consul of France in Quintana Roo, Mexico. He is a "Chevalier de l'Ordre Nacional du Mérite".


Javier Garciadiego Dantán holds a bachelor's degree in Political Science from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), a master's and PhD in Latin American History from the University of Chicago, and a PhD in Mexican History from El Colegio de México. His field of specialization is the Mexican revolution, particularly its political and cultural aspects, focusing on the late-19th to mid-20th century. He has taught at the UNAM, ITAM, and El Colegio de México, and has been visiting professor at universities including Chicago, Florence, Dublin, and Spain. He has lectured at Brown, Chicago, Harvard, Princeton, Stanford, Yale, The Sorbonne, Cambridge, and Oxford, and in Paris, Berlin, Bonn, Cologne, Hamburg, Leipzig, Vienna, Madrid, Athens, Brazil, Buenos Aires, Bogota, Caracas, Havana, Montevideo, Quito, Santiago, and Jerusalem. He has received prestigious awards from the National Institute of Historical Studies on the Mexican Revolution and won the "Biografías para Leerse" contest organized by the National Fund for Culture and the Arts. In 2011, he was distinguished with the prestigious chair "Cátedra Latinoamericana Julio Cortázar" at the Universidad de Guadalajara. He is a member of the National System of Researchers, the Mexican Academy of History, the Mexican Academy of the Spanish Language, and the Board of Governors of the UNAM. He holds two honorary doctorates  from the Universidad Nacional de General San Martín and the University of Athens. He is author of articles and books, including: Así fue la Revolución Mexicana; Rudos contra científicos. La Universidad Nacional durante la Revolución Mexicana (1996); Porfiristas eminentes (1996); Alfonso Reyes (2002); and La Revolución Mexicana. Crónicas, documentos, planes y testimonios (2003). He is also author of a chapter on the Mexican Revolution for Nueva historia mínima de México (2004) and Nueva historia general de México (2010), published by El Colegio de México. He also prefaced and edited books by exiled Spanish intellectuals such as Eugenio Ímaz and Alberto Jiménez Fraud and Mexicans including Gastón García Cantú and José E. Iturriaga. Since 2004, he has been the main speaker for the weekly national radio program Conversaciones sobre historia. He has served as Director of the Center for Historical Studies at El Colegio de México and Director-General of the National Institute of Historical Studies on the Mexican Revolution (2001-2005). As of September 2005, he has held the office of President of El Colegio de México, where he has been a professor-researcher since 1991.


Francisco N. González Díaz leads Mexico's efforts to promote exports, attract foreign direct investment, and internationalize Mexican companies. On June 10, 2013, Francisco González was appointed CEO of ProMéxico by the Minister of Economy, Ildefonso Guajardo Villarreal, as a request of President Enrique Peña Nieto. After graduating with a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México, Francisco González went on to obtain two master's degrees: one in Business Administration from the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, and one from the University of Texas at Austin. His career spans more than 20 years in the private and public sector, committed to the growth of the country. Within the public sector, this is highlighted by his participation as Chief of Protocol of the Uruguay GATT Round. He also served as Director of Innovation and Quality of Nacional Financiera and Deputy Director General of Strategic Planning at the Mexican Ministry of the Interior. Mr. González has extensive experience in promoting Mexico abroad. Since 2002, he has held important positions related to this task; among them, he served as Commercial Counselor for Germany, Central, and Eastern Europe at BANCOMEXT; Regional Director for Europe, Middle East, and Africa at ProMéxico; and Ambassador of Mexico to the Federal Republic of Germany. In the academic sector, he has served as Professor of Finance at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México and the Instituto Politécnico Nacional. Furthermore, he was decorated with the Commander's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in 2004.


Luis Miguel González Márquez is the Editorial Director General of El Economista. He appears twice a week with remarks and analysis on both radio (Radio Fórmula) and television (Foro TV) on economics and business. He also lectures on economic journalism at Fundación Nuevo Periodismo Iberoamericano (Cartagena de Indias, Colombia). He is author of books entitled The 2012 Candidates, Ernesto Cordero, Minister of Finance, and The Unfinished Transformation: 25 Years of Mexico seen through the eyes of El Economista. He has previously held positions including: Editor in Chief of Público-Milenio newspaper (2006-2009), Deputy Editor of Público Milenio (1999-2005), Special Editor on Business News at Grupo Milenio (2003-2005), Business Editor at Público (1997-1999), Research Unit Coordinator of Siglo 21 (1995-1997), Reporter at Cinco Días de Madrid (1994), and Reporter at Siglo 21 (1991-1993). He is part of several associations: Council for the Institutional Redesign of the “Nuevo Periodismo Iberoamericano” Foundation; Mexicana de Periodismo de Investigación, Communication Committee of the Mexican Centre for Philanthropy, and the Advisory Committee for the Development of Digital Journalism at Guadalajara University. In the past he was member of the Council for Transparency of Guadalajara City, and of the Advisory Council on Economic Matters of the National Commerce Chamber of Guadalajara. He was awarded with the Citibank Award for Excellence in Economic Journalism in 1998 and the Fernando Benitez Cultural Journalism Prize in 2002. He has a major in Economics from Guadalajara University, a master's in Journalism from the Autonomous University of Madrid, and has attended a program on Economic Journalism at Columbia University.

juncoAntonio Junco is division president for Mexico and Central America at MasterCard. In this role, he is responsible for leading a multifunctional team in developing and managing the business in the region and the relationships with current and prospective financial institutions. Prior to joining MasterCard in August 2011, Mr. Junco worked in the retail banking division of Ixe Banco, where he worked for ten years and led the branch network and several business units, including credit card, insurance, SMEs, marketing, customer service, and quality assurance. Previously he was responsible for the credit card, debit card, and product development areas at Banco Santander. Mr. Junco actively participated in the Mexican Banks Association, where he co-chaired the Payments Commission and headed the Interchange Committee. Mr. Junco has over 25 years of experience in the financial services industry in different countries in LAC in positions ranging from consulting (with Booz Allen) to working directly with banks and other financial intermediaries. Mr. Junco has a bachelor's degree in Economics from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM) and an MBA from the Kellogg School at Northwestern University.


Richard Katzman is Managing Director of HVS Mexico City, and has been involved in hotel and real estate advisory services in Mexico and other Latin American countries since 1992. HVS is a leading hotel consultancy group with presence around the world, specializing in the preparation of market studies and appraisals of hotel and tourism-related projects, among other services. Richard was the founder of Grupo Inmobiliario Inova, a real estate advisory boutique sold in 2001 to Insignia/ESG, then among the world's most prominent real estate service companies. In 2003, Richard formed a new real estate service platform that led to the 2007 formation of HVS's office in Mexico City. Richard's professional experience includes positions with Laventhol & Horwath (now Horwath Consulting) and Fischer-Macleod Associates, a New York-based developer of regional shopping centers. Richard later joined The Yarmouth Group (now Morgan Stanley), where he executed acquisitions of office buildings, regional shopping centers, and hotels, and managed real estate portfolios on behalf of U.S. and Japanese institutional clients. In addition, he participated in establishing the firm's presence in Europe, opening an office in Paris and overseeing investment and asset management assignments in Germany, Spain, and the U.K. Richard was born and raised in Mexico City. He completed his undergraduate studies at Cornell University's School of Hotel Administration and earned his MBA from The Wharton School. He is fluent in English, Spanish, French, and Portuguese. Richard has served on the Board of Trustees of The American School Foundation, A.C.


Fernando León-García has been President of CETYS University since 2010. Prior to that, he served as Chancellor of City University of Seattle's International Division, covering programs, campuses, and sites across the Americas, Europe, and Asia. Before joining City University, he served as Chief Academic Officer of Apollo International/University of Phoenix International. From 1974 to 2000 Dr. León-García served in diverse capacities at CETYS including Chief Academic Officer/ Provost. Dr. León-García is current vice president and formerly president of CONAHEC (Consortium for North American Higher Education Collaboration), Chair of the Accreditation Evaluation Committee of FIMPES (Federation of Mexican Private Universities), member of the Council of Presidents of AGB (Association of Governing Boards), member of the Eligibility Review Committee of WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges), member of the Executive Committee of the IAUP (International Association of University Presidents), member of the Board of HACU (Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities), former chair of the Council of Fellows of the ACE (American Council on Education), and former Faculty/Mentor of the WISE (World Innovation Summit Program for Education) Leadership Program 2011 and 2012. Dr. León-García holds a doctoral degree in Educational Administration and Policy Analysis and an M.A. in International Development Education from Stanford University, as well as a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from CETYS University.


Kevin K. McAleenan was named acting deputy commissioner, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, effective March 30, 2013. As such, he is the chief operating official of the 60,000-employee border agency. Previously, McAleenan served as the acting assistant commissioner of the CBP Office of Field Operations, leading the agency's port security and facilitation operations. He previously served as deputy assistant commissioner, Office of Field Operations. OFO is the largest component in CBP and is responsible for securing the U.S. border at ports of entry while expediting lawful trade and travel. With OFO, McAleenan was responsible for overseeing CBP's antiterrorism, immigration, anti-smuggling, trade compliance, and agriculture protection operations at 20 major field offices, 329 ports of entry, and 70 international locations in more than 40 countries. He administered a staff of more than 28,000 employees, and an operating budget of more than $3.5 billion. As deputy assistant commissioner, McAleenan was particularly involved in the development of CBP's Advanced Air Cargo Screening program, the development of CBP's new trade agenda, and efforts to optimize management of resources though business process transformation and modeling. Prior to assuming these positions with CBP Field Operations, McAleenan served in several leadership capacities at CBP and the former U.S. Customs Service. In the aftermath of September 11, McAleenan played an integral role in the development and implementation of CBP's antiterrorism strategy. In August 2003, McAleenan was named Director, Office of Anti-Terrorism, where he was responsible for ensuring that CBP maximized its antiterrorism efforts with regard to CBP's border security mission, and within the federal law enforcement community, national intelligence community, and homeland security structure. He coordinated the establishment of CBP-wide antiterrorism policy directives, including procedures for responding to encounters with potential terrorists seeking to enter the U.S., and protocols for resolving radiation detection alarms, as well as the development of CBP’s incident management and operations coordination capabilities. From 2006 to 2008, McAleenan served as the area port director, Los Angeles International Airport, where he managed more than 1,000 employees and directed CBP's border security operations at LAX and 17 other airport facilities. Combined the facilities screened 9 million passengers and more than 1.5 million cargo shipments annually. McAleenan received a Service to America Medal, Call to Service Award, in 2005 and was selected as a member of the Senior Executive Service in 2006. Prior to his government service, McAleenan practiced law in California. He received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Chicago Law School after earning a Bachelor of Arts Degree, cum laude, from Amherst College.


José Antonio Meade Kuribreña is an economist from the Mexican Autonomous Institute of Technology (ITAM), a lawyer from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), and holds a doctorate in Economics from Yale University. Since December 2013, Dr. Meade has served as the Secretary of Foreign Relations of Mexico. In the public sector, he has previously worked as secretary of energy (2011) and as secretary of finance during the government of President Felipe Calderón (2011-2012). He was also appointed as Director General of Financial Planning in the National Commission of the Retiring Savings System (CONSAR), and as Director General of Banking and Savings in the Ministry of Finance. In 2006, he worked as chief of advisers of the Secretary of Finance, Agustin Carstens. As an academic, Dr. Meade has been professor of Economics at ITAM and Yale. He has taught courses on economic analysis of law, a topic on which Dr. Meade has published several articles along with others on microeconomics. He has received several awards, including the Honorific Mention of the National Tlacaélel Price for his undergraduate thesis and other distinctions for his investigation on economic analysis of law.

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Ambassador Eduardo Medina Mora Icaza has built a distinguished career in both the public and the private sectors. Before coming to Washington, Ambassador Medina Mora was Ambassador of Mexico to the United Kingdom (2009-2012). Previous to that appointment, he held cabinet-level positions in the Mexican federal government. He was Attorney General (2006-2009). He also served as Secretary for Public Security (2005-2006), and as Director General of the Center for Investigation and National Security (CISEN), the Mexican Civil Intelligence Agency (2000-2005). In these capacities he served as a member of the Public Security Cabinet and of the National Security Council. In his posts, Ambassador Medina Mora has had important responsibilities in international fora and negotiations, including negotiator for the Alliance for Prosperity and Security in North America (2004-2005); Chief Negotiator for the Mexico-U.S. Border Partnership Agreement in 2002; member of the High-Level Group on Border Security Mexico-Guatemala and Mexico-Belize; and he has been a key member of many delegations and bilateral task forces on security cooperation between Mexico and the United States, Canada, Colombia, and Guatemala. In the private sector he was Corporate Director of Strategic Planning and Deputy Director General of DESC Group (1991-2000), a large Mexican conglomerate in the fields of automotive parts, petrochemicals, agribusiness, and real estate. He also coordinated the legal advisory team to the Mexican government during the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) negotiations. Ambassador Medina Mora has lectured at conferences and international seminars in Mexico, Latin America, and Europe on trade and development, national security, terrorism, public security, organized crime, and human rights. He is co-editor of the book Legitimate Use of Force, published by Mexico's National Institute of Criminal and Forensic Studies (INACIPE) in 2008, and author of the book Fisheries in the Exclusive Economic Zone, published by the Ministry of Fisheries in 1989. He has also been a member of the Mexican Bar Association and of the American Bar Association. He is married and has three children.


Shannon O'Neil is Senior Fellow for Latin America Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). Her expertise includes U.S.-Latin America relations, trade, energy, and immigration. She is the author of Two Nations Indivisible: Mexico, the United States, and the Road Ahead (Oxford University Press, 2013), which analyzes the political, economic, and social transformations Mexico has undergone over the last three decades and why these changes matter for the United States. She also directed CFR's Independent Task Force on U.S.-Latin America Relations: A New Direction for a New Reality. Dr. O'Neil has testified before Congress on U.S. policy toward Mexico and she is a frequent commentator on major television and radio programs. She has also spoken at numerous academic, business, and policy conferences. Her work has been published in Foreign Affairs, Foreign Affairs Latinoamérica, Americas Quarterly, Política Exterior, Foreign Policy, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and USA Today, among others. Her blog at analyzes developments in Latin America and U.S. relations in the region. She has lived and worked in Mexico and Argentina, and travels extensively in Latin America. She was a Fulbright scholar; a Justice, Welfare, and Economics fellow at Harvard University; and has taught Latin American politics at Columbia University. Before turning to policy, Dr. O'Neil worked in the private sector as an equity analyst at Indosuez Capital and Credit Lyonnais Securities. She holds a BA from Yale University, an MA in International Relations from Yale University, and a PhD in Government from Harvard University.


Xavier M. Peniche Bustamante is a bilingual executive management professional with over 30 years experience in the hospitality, commercial, industrial, and residential real estate management, retail and business development sectors. He has been in charge of projects with high added value as a Family Enterprise and business involved in the hospitality sector (luxury hotel – Grand Hotel in Tijuana, Mexico) and management of large-scale commercial real estate development projects. Recognized a leader in the Mexico and U.S. Baja border region with a successful track record of developing and growing operations, penetrating new markets, and maximizing profit, Mr. Peniche has participated as Board Member of the Tijuana Tourism Board, Board Member of the Tijuana Firemen Association, Founder and President of “Grateful Tijuana Organization,” established to recognize outstanding municipal policemen, and as Executive Board Member of Red Cross-Tijuana, Mexico. In the field of local political activity, Mr. Peniche has participated as candidate for Baja California State Congress Representative in District XVI, and currently, he is the Secretary of Economic Development of the City of Tijuana. Secretary Peniche received his degree in Business Administration at Menlo College and Hotel Management Diploma from San Diego State University.


Jesús Pablo Peralta García has been the Operations and New Projects Director at Grupo IUSA since 2010. He started working in Grupo IUSA in 1997, and since then he has held several positions in this conglomerate: Chief Executive Officer of Ing. Alejo Peralta y D.C. Foundation; General Manager of VPN México; General Manager of IUSACOM; General Manager of Consorcio Inmobiliario Lomas; vice president of the Board and General Manager of Alma de México; Deputy General Manager of Precisión; General Manager of Grupo Industrial Cierres Ideal; Executive President of Grupo Caratt and Plant Manager of Tubos IUSA. He holds a major in Business Administration from Anáhuac University and a master's in Business Management (Executive MBA) from Arizona State University and the Mexico Autonomous Institute of Technology (ITAM). He has undertaken several courses: “Entrepreneurial Development for the New Millennium” at Wharton; Finance Courses at New York University (“Financial Statement Analysis, Management Use of Financial Statements, Accounting Principles, Management Planning, Control and Effective Budgeting”); and “Italian Technologies for the Production and Transformation” at the Italian Institute for Foreign Trade.


Jaana Remes is a Principal at the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI), McKinsey & Company's business and economics research arm, based in San Francisco. MGI's research combines McKinsey's microeconomic understanding of companies and industries with the rigor of leading economic thinking to derive perspectives on global economic issues. Since 2003, Dr. Remes has led MGI's research on productivity, competitiveness, and growth. Her most recent research looks at the rising urban consuming class and shifting economic power of cities across the globe, as well as the patterns of urban growth and renewal across the Americas. Other recent research sheds light on the changing global manufacturing landscape through case studies of diverse industries and draws implications for companies and policy makers. Her previous research includes an in-depth analysis of how different policies have contributed to industry competitiveness and growth; the impact of multinational companies on emerging economies; as well as in-depth assessments of the barriers to competitiveness and growth across a range of economies, including the United States, Canada, UK, Finland, Sweden, Brazil, and South Korea. Dr. Remes advises global business and government leaders on related topics and frequently contributes to policy debates through articles in leading international publications and presentations at conferences around the world. Prior to joining MGI, Dr. Remes was a consultant on McKinsey corporate finance and strategy projects in the United States and Mexico, primarily working with software, semiconductor, and financial sector clients. Before joining McKinsey, Dr. Remes worked as a research fellow and consultant at several international development agencies and universities. She has a PhD in Applied Economics from Stanford University and a master's degree in economics and philosophy from the University of Helsinki, Finland.


Luis Robles Miaja was born in Mexico City on April 28, 1960. He obtained his B.A. in Law from Mexico's Free School of Law (Escuela Libre de Derecho) in 1984. From 1984 until 1993, he was Managing Partner of Robles & Zaldivar. In 1993, Mr. Robles was appointed Chief Legal Officer of Mexico's BBV Financial Group. In 1998, he was appointed Chief Legal Officer of Banco Bilbao Vizcaya (BBVA) for Latin America. In 2000, Mr. Robles became BBVA's Chief Legal Officer for the Americas. In 2007, he became BBVA Bancomer's vice chairman of the Board of Directors, and since October 2012 has been chairman of the board of directors. Luis Robles is also a member of several boards of directors representing Mexican and foreign financial institutions. Mr. Robles coordinated the legal committee at the Mexican Banking Association (ABM) from 1995 to 1998; from 2003 to 2005, he presided over its regulatory commission; from 2005 until 2009, he acted as co-president for the aforementioned commission; and later that year he became ABM's Executive Chairman until April 2013. In 2010, he was appointed vice chairman of the Federación Latinoamericana de Bancos (Felaban). Mr. Robles has also participated in professional associations, and has published several articles on finance and banking law. Mr. Robles is married to Monica Santamarina and has four children.


Christopher Sabatini is the senior director of policy at the Americas Society and Council of the Americas (AS/COA) and founder and editor-in-chief of the hemispheric policy magazine Americas Quarterly (AQ). Dr. Sabatini chairs the AS/COA Rule of Law working group, which published a report on rule of law in the hemisphere entitled Rule of Law, Economic Growth and Prosperity (also available in Spanish). He also chairs the AS/COA Cuba Working Group. In 2007, Dr. Sabatini launched AQ and has since maintained a regular blog on policy in the Americas on the magazine’s website ( From 1997 to 2005, Dr. Sabatini was the Director for Latin America and the Caribbean at the National Endowment for Democracy. From 1995 to 1997 he was a Diplomacy Fellow with the American Association for the Advancement of Science, working at the U.S. Agency for International Development's Center for Democracy and Governance. He has served as an advisor to the World Bank and the U.S. Agency for International Development. He has published numerous articles on Latin America, democratization, political parties, and the effectiveness of international programs to support democratic development. His work includes an article in the March/April edition of Foreign Affairs titled “Rethinking Latin America”, and an article on about regional diplomacy titled “The Land of Too Many Summits.” Dr. Sabatini regularly provides interviews for The New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor, PBS's World Focus, The Lehrer News Hour, NPR, The Miami Herald, The Washington Post, and CNN en Español, and is a regular contributor to CNN-GPS and to NTN24's TV news program Efecto Naim. He has a Ph.D. in Government from the University of Virginia and is an adjunct professor at the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) at Columbia University.


Juan Manuel Valle Pereña is Executive Director of the Mexican Agency for International Development Cooperation (AMEXCID) at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, from where he leads and coordinates the efforts of Mexican policy on international development cooperation in accordance with the national priorities for sustainable human development. Mr. Valle Pereña holds a BA in Economics from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM), and a master's in Public Policy in economics from Princeton University. Prior to joining the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, he was Head of the Banking, Securities, and Savings Department at the Mexican Ministry of Finance, where he was responsible for designing and implementing public policies to develop the Mexican financial system, including improving access to financial services, strengthening consumer protection, and financial education. Moreover, on behalf of the ministry, he was responsible for works at the Financial Stability Board, the G20 Global Partnership for Financial Inclusion and the Committee on Financial Markets of the OECD. He was the Chairman of the OECD Task Force on Financial Consumer Protection and was a member of the Governing Council of FinCoNet (International Financial Consumer Protection Network). Mr. Valle Pereña has a distinguished career in the public sector. He has worked at the National Commission for the Pension System, as regulator and supervisor of Mexico's pension system, at the Institute for the Protection of Bank Savings, which is Mexico's deposit insurance agency, and at Financiera Rural, a development bank focused on economic programs for rural areas. Mr. Valle Pereña has contributed to many legal reforms in Mexico's financial system.


Kim A. Wilcox was appointed ninth chancellor of the University of California, Riverside in August, 2013. Before coming to UC Riverside, Chancellor Wilcox spent eight years at Michigan State University, serving as provost, executive vice president, and professor of communicative sciences and disorders. Initiatives during his Michigan State tenure included the university's selection as one of seven institutions chosen as members of USAID's Higher Education Solutions Network, a multidisciplinary research and development effort. During the same period, MSU expanded and refocused its international programs, including strengthening institutional partnerships in Africa, China, Brazil, Turkey, Central Asia, and Southeast Asia. In spring of 2013, while on leave from Michigan State, he was on special assignment in Washington D.C. with the Partnership to Cut Hunger and Poverty in Africa, assisting this non-profit organization in restructuring and strategic planning to further its mission of helping to create a more sustainable agricultural future for Africa. Previously, Chancellor Wilcox served in leadership roles at the University of Kansas and the Kansas Board of Regents. He began his career at the University of Missouri. A first-generation college graduate, he earned a bachelor's degree in audiology and speech sciences from Michigan State University and a doctorate in speech and hearing science from Purdue University. At UC Riverside, Chancellor Wilcox is deeply committed to supporting scholarly excellence, providing students with access to a world-class higher education, and promoting meaningful public engagement. His priorities include growing the faculty, enhancing facilities, diversifying revenues, and positioning the campus as a truly global institution. UC Riverside has recently been asked by UC President Janet Napolitano to lead a system-wide initiative that is intended to broaden and deepen UC's engagement with Mexico. UC Riverside's student body is among the most diverse in the nation and nearly 60 percent of undergraduates are the first in their families to earn college degrees. The university's nearly 22,000 students include representatives from more than 60 countries. Its 650-member faculty, many with research interests abroad, is recognized internationally for its teaching, research, and public service in a wide variety of fields.


Christopher Wilson is Senior Associate at the Mexico Institute of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, where he leads the Institute's research and programming on regional economic integration and U.S.-Mexico border affairs. He is the author of Working Together: Economic Ties between the United States and Mexico (Wilson Center, 2011) and coauthor of the State of the Border Report (Wilson Center, 2013). Chris has testified before the United States Congress and is regularly consulted by national and international media outlets regarding U.S.-Mexico relations. He has written opinion columns for the Wall Street Journal, Politico, CNN, and Reuters, among others. Chris previously worked as a contractor doing Mexico analysis for the U.S. military and as a researcher at American University's Center for North American Studies. In Mexico, he worked briefly with the international trade consultancy IQOM, Inteligencia Comercial, and with American students studying regional political and social issues. He completed his M.A. in International Affairs at American University, focusing on U.S. foreign policy and hemispheric relations.

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