Vice President for Strategy & New Initiatives; Senior Advisor to the Mexico Institute, focuses his research and publications on supply chain policy, critical minerals, Mexican politics and U.S.-Mexican ties. He regularly gives testimony to Congress and other national legislatures, and has published 12 books and is a widely quoted source in national and international media.
From 2013-2020, he was Director of the Wilson Center’s Mexico Institute and now serves as a Senior Advisor to the Institute. He is an internationally renowned specialist on supply chain policy, the geopolitics of critical minerals, Mexican politics and US-Mexican ties. He regularly gives testimony to the US Congress, is a widely quoted media source, and has published extensively on a wide range of global issues. He is the author or editor of 12 books and more than 30 chapters and articles. He is a board member of Transparency International, Signos Vitales (a Mexican public policy research organization) and Foreign Affairs Latinoamerica, and is an editorial advisor to El Universal newspaper.
Over the past decade he has served as co-chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Transparency and Anti-Corruption, has worked closely with the WEF on energy policy. From 1996-2012, he was a professor and the director of the International Relations Program at the Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico (ITAM) in Mexico City. Over the course of his 30 year career he has been a Fulbright Fellow and a Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS); an editorial advisor to Reforma newspaper; Technical Secretary of the Red Mexicana de Energia; a consultant with McLarty Associates, the Economist Intelligence Unit, Horizon and Eurasia Group; and owner of a speakeasy in Mexico City. He studied in the UK and Canada, receiving his Doctorate in Political Studies from Queen’s University, Canada, is a life-long fan of Liverpool Football Club and will hopefully Never Walk Alone.