Interviews

Know the points of view of some intellectual, academic, social and technical leaders who have inspired and promoted transcendental actions to lead the country.

Mario Álvarez Ledesma

The relevance of implementing a judicial reform in Mexico

Mario Álvarez Ledesma graduated from the Universidad Anáhuac (Anahuac University, a private university in Mexico City) and holds a PhD from the Facultad de Derecho de la Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Law Faculty of the Complutense University of Madrid). He has been Assistant Attorney for Human Rights, Attention to Victims and Community Services of the Attorney General of the Republic; Director General of Protection of Human Rights at the Attorney General of the Republic from December 2000 to July 2003. At present he is Director of Juridical and Social Sciences at the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (Technological and Graduate Studies Institute of Monterrey) Mexico City campus.

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Lourdes Arizpe

Mexican Culture: strong enough to survive in the Era of the Internet

Lourdes Arizpe is a leading anthropologist in Mexico and is a historian by the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México UNAM; Master in Ethnology by Escuela Nacional de Antropología e Historia (National School of Anthropology and History) and earned her Doctor’s degree from the London School of Economics in social anthropology. She was awarded the Fullbright and Gugenheim fellowships, is a faculty member of the Davos Economic Forum and advisor to the United Nations Economic and Social Council. Arizpe has written several books and articles, among which are: Patrimonio cultural inmaterial de México: Ritos y Festividades. Mexico: Cámara de Diputados, Crim-Unam and MA Porrúa, Culturas en movimiento: interactividad cultural y procesos globales. (2006). Mexico: Senado de la República, CRIM-UNAM y MA Porrúa, comp. The Cultural Dimensions of Global Change: an Anthropological Approach, Paris: UNESCO (1995). She was science director of the Informe Mundial de Cultura de la UNESCO, vols. 1 and 2. (1998 and 2001), translated into English, French, Chinese, Arab and Russian.

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Oscar de Buen

Growing through the enhancement of the country’s infrastructure

Oscar de Buen Richkarda is a civil engineer by the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (National Autonomous University of Mexico) and Master of Science specialized in Transport by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Throughout his career he has held diverse positions at the Secretaría de Comunicaciones y Transportes (SCT) (Secretariat of Communications and Transport). Currently, he is Deputy Secretary of Infrastructure in that same Secretariat. He is a Permanent Member of the Mexican Academy of Engineering, Member of the Executive Committee of the PIARC Road Association and heads the Commission for Technological Interchange and Development of that same Association, and also performs as SCT Representative before the Technical Committees for diverse trust funds related with highway and is in charge of the follow-up of the technical, operational and preservation aspects of the national highway net.

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Hugo Lara

The challenge of building and sustaining world class business

Hugo Lara is a chemical engineer by the Universidad La Salle (La Salle University) in Mexico City; Master in International Affairs, Master in Business Administration by Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (Technological and Graduate Studies Institute of Monterrey) State of Mexico Campus. He is the Executive Director General of Vitro, a Mexican glass manufacturer, and has also been Director of the Bottling Business; Director of Glass and Crystal Businesses and Director General of Flat Glass
(2006-2008).

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Lorenzo Meyer

Constructing citizenship through the implementation of transparency

Lorenzo Meyer is one of the most reputed analysts and historians in Mexico. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree and Doctorate from El Colegio de México (Mexico College) and his Post-doctorate in Political Science from the University of Chicago. Among his most recent awards are the Award of the Decoration of the Order of Isabelle the Catholic bestowed upon him by the Spanish Government in 2010, and in 2011 he received the National Science and Arts Award from the President of Mexico for achievements in history, social sciences and philosophy.

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Mario Molina

Reconciling urban development with sustainability

Mario Molina is a chemical engineer by the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico (UNAM) (National Autonomous University of Mexico), with graduate studies at the University of California, Berkeley and University of Friburg. Co-author with F.S. Rowland of the original article (1974) predicting the ozone layer thinning as a consequence of which they were awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry. Also, his research and publications on that subject lead the Montreal Protocol of the United addressed the environmental issue at a global scale and anthropogenic origin. Dr. Molina has researched the chemistry of atmospheric pollution in the lower atmosphere especially in groups of air pollutants in urban zones, thus contributing to the knowledge of pollution in the atmosphere and to its solution in the zona metropolitana of the Valle de Mexico.

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Federico Ortíz Quesada

Health systems in Mexico’s past, present and future

Federico Ortiz Quesada, writer and physician, trained at the National School of Medicine at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, (National Autonomous University of Mexico), and specialized at transplant in Mexico and has held the positions of Chief Director of the Urology Practice at Centro Médico Nacional (National Medical Center), Advisor-Coordinator for the Ministry of Health; Member of the Committee of Former Professors of the Hospital de Especialidades del Centro Médico Nacional Siglo XXI (21st Century National Medical Center Specialties Hospital), among many others. The transplants operating theatre of the latter Hospital was named after him. He was awarded the Medical Excellence Prize by the Government of the Mexican Republic in October 2000, and is author of many books. He has published more than the following are outstanding: Código A(H1N1) (2009), Amor y desamor (2007), and Muerte, morir, inmortalidad (2005).

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Carlos Miguel Prieto

Music as a Mexican Ambassador

Carlos Miguel Prieto is a graduate from the University of Princeton and received a Masters from Harvard. At present he is the Conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra but has also worked with guest artists such as Lang-Lang, Yo-Yo Ma, Isaac Perlman, Plácido Domingo and Joshua Bell. He is often invited as the guest conductor in orchestras around the world and was recently invited to Carnegie Hall in New York and the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires.

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