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Mexico Moving Forward 2015

Mexico Moving Forward

Recapturing the Mexico Moment

Oct. 30, 2015

Mexico Moving Forward is an occasion for business leaders, civil society, scholars and policymakers to discuss Mexico’s progress and future direction. Over the last three years, international news coverage on Mexico has zigzagged from sweeping accolades for structural reforms to strong condemnation over the disappearance of students from Ayotzinapa and the Casa Blanca corruption scandal. This daylong symposium is a forum for thoughtful discussions on the country’s achievements and challenges, as well as the opportunities to chart a course over the next three years to recapture the “Mexico moment.”

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Oct. 20, 2015, UC San Diego News Center


Welcome remarks
with Peter Cowhey and Denise Moreno Ducheny

Session I – Recapturing the Mexico Moment
Carlos Capistran, Pablo Chico Hernandez, Leonardo Curzio, Paz Consuelo Marquez-Padilla
Moderated by Chris Wilson

Afternoon remarks
with Remedios Gomez Arnau and William Ostick

Session II – The Progress and Pitfalls of Structural Reforms
with Ernesto Canales, Claudio X. Gonzalez, Judith Mariscal, Jeremy Martin
Moderated by David Shirk

Session III – Transforming Mexico
with Hernan Fernandez, Andrea Giralt, Jose Merino
Moderated by Alberto Diaz Cayeros


9 a.m. Registration and breakfast

10 a.m. Welcome remarks

10:30 a.m. Session I – Recapturing the Mexico Moment 

As President Peña Nieto begins the second half of his term, the much lauded “Mexico moment” seems to have largely disintegrated. This panel will discuss the challenges facing the country and the opportunities that exist to regain the momentum of the Mexico moment. Speakers include Leonardo Curzio and Paz Consuelo Marquez-Padilla.

12 p.m. Luncheon 

1:30 p.m. Afternoon remarks 

1:45 p.m. Session II – The Progress and Pitfalls of Structural Reforms

Unprecedented collaboration among Mexico’s political parties led to an ambitious package of reforms touching key sectors and issues including energy, telecommunications, education and the justice system. This panel will provide an overview of what the reforms have achieved to date, the practical challenges of implementation and the long-term implications for the country. Speakers include Ernesto Canales and Claudio X. Gonzalez.

3:15 p.m. Break 

3:30 p.m. Session III – Transforming Mexico

Innovations in the private sector and in citizen organization and participation are creating mechanisms for transformational change across Mexico. This panel explores the ways in which entrepreneurship, social media and investment create new spaces for dialogue and impact. Speakers include Pepe Merino and Hernan Fernandez.

5 p.m. Dia de los Muertos reception and mariachi


Ernesto Canales, Partner, Canales y Socios Abogados

Carlos Capistran, Chief Mexico Economist, Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Pablo Chico Hernandez, Division Director, Grupo Carrix

Peter Cowhey, Dean, School of Global Policy and Strategy

Leonardo Curzio, News Director and Anchor, Primera Emision, Enfoque Noticias

Alberto Diaz Cayeros, Professor, Stanford University

Denise Moreno Ducheny, Senior Policy Advisor, Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies

Hernan Fernandez, Managing Partner, Angel Ventures

Andrea Giralt, President, Giralt Consulting

Remedios Gomez Arnau, Mexican Consul General in San Diego

Claudio X. Gonzalez, President and Co-Founder, Mexicanos Primero

Judith Mariscal, Professor, Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE)

Paz Consuelo Marquez-Padilla, Professor, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM)

Jeremy Martin, Director of Energy Program, Institute of the Americas

Jose Merino, Director, Data4 and Professor, Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM)

William Ostick, U.S. Consul General in Tijuana

David Shirk, Director, Justice in Mexico Project

Chris Wilson, Deputy Director, Mexico Institute at the Wilson Center


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