Ernesto Zedillo Ponce de León

Ernesto Zedillo, who became Presidential Counselor of Laureate Universities in 2015, is the Frederick Iseman ’74 Director of the Yale Center for the Study of Globalization; Professor in the Field of International Economics and Politics; Professor of International and Area Studies; and Professor Adjunct of Forestry and Environmental Studies at Yale University.

Doctor Zedillo earned his Bachelor’s degree from the School of Economics of the Natìonal Polytechnic Institute in Mexico and his M.A. and Ph.D. at Yale University.

From 1978-87 he worked at the Central Bank of Mexico; from 1987-88 he served the National Government of Mexico as Undersecretary of Budget; from 1988-1992 as Secretary of Economic Programming and the Budget; and from 1992-1993 as Secretary of Education. In 1994 he was elected President of Mexico for a six years term.

President Zedillo currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of the Natural Resource Governance Institute; and Co-Chair of the Inter-American Dialogue.

From 2010 to 2012 he served as Vice Chair of the Global Commission on Elections, Democracy and Security, Chaired by Kofi Annan; from 2005 to 2011, as Chair of the Global Development Network; and from 2008 to 2010 as Chair of the High Level Commission on Modernization of World Bank Group Governance. He previously served on the International Commission on Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament; and as Chair of the Commission to recommend the future course of the International Atomic Energy Agency.

He is a Member of the Group of Thirty and an Honorary Director of the Peterson Institute for International Economics. He is a Distinguished Practitioner of the Blavatnik School of Government at Oxford and in 2011 he was elected an international member of the American Philosophical Society. He holds honorary degrees from Yale and Harvard Universities; the University of Ghana; the Hebrew University of Jerusalem; the University of Massachusetts, Amherst; and the University of Miami.

President Zedillo is a member of The Elders, an independent group of global leaders using their collective experience and influence for peace, justice and human rights worldwide.

In 2015 Zedillo was among the top 20 World Post/Gootlieb Duttweiler Institute Thought Leaders Index.

Among other volumes he has edited, Africa at a Fork in the Road: Taking Off or Disappointment Once Again? (YCSG) that was published in 2015; and Global Warming: Looking Beyond Kyoto (Brookings/YCSG) and The Future of Globalization: Explorations in Light of Recent Turbulence (Routledge) that were published in 2008.

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