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Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Oct. 21, 2016

Mexico Moving Forward is an occasion for business leaders, civil society, scholars and policymakers to celebrate Mexico’s achievements and discuss the challenges ahead. This year, our symposium focused on innovative approaches to supporting entrepreneurs and solving complex social problems. The event was held in Mexico City at the Casa de California. View photos from the event.


4:30 p.m. Registration

5:00 p.m. Panel: Innovation and Entrepreneurship

6:00 p.m. Keynote – Francisco Gonzalez, ProMexico

6:30 p.m. Reception


Molly FisherMolly Fisher
Executive Director, Escalera Foundation
Fisher centers her career on social innovation, impact, education and outdoor recreation. A former educator, founder and CEO with more than 16 years of experience working in Mexico in senior management and education roles, she has served as co-founder of 360Retreats, director of operations for Worldfund and founder of PEACE Mexico.Full Bio

Francisco GonzalezFrancisco Gonzalez
CEO, ProMexico

Gonzalez’s professional experience spans activities in the private sector in biotechnology, nutrition, banking and finance. In the public sector, he has held positions related to the promotion of Mexico abroad, both at Bancomext and ProMexico, and as Ambassador of Mexico to Germany. He also holds the honorary chairman position of the Guadalajara Digital Creative City Council.

Leticia JaureguiLeticia Jauregui
Founder, CREA
Jauregui is the founder of both CREA, which trains and advises low-income women microentrepreneurs in rural and marginalized communities to strengthen and grow their businesses, and HubDF, a platform for entrepreneurs in Mexico to collaborate. She has been named one of Echoing Green’s top social entrepreneurs of the world, Architect of the Future by Waldzell Institute and was the Latin American finalist of the Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards.

Maria Novales-FlamariqueMaria Novales-Flamarique
Mexico Generation Director, McKinsey Social Initiative
Novales-Flamarique directs Mexico Generation, where she works to place more than 100,000 young people in Mexico in employment within the next five years through the creation of an open source, replicable and scalable methodology. Novales-Flamarique joined McKinsey & Co. in 2005, where she has guided multiple engagement teams in developing recommendations for global Fortune 500 companies.

Alfonso TamesAlfonso Tames
CEO, Materiam
Tames is a co-founder of the crowdfunding Internet platform Fondeadora. He also is CEO of MATERIAM, a digital production facility in Naucalpan, Mexico, with the mission to democratize innovation and productivity in Mexico by offering students, entrepreneurs and small businesses advanced technologies for digital production as well as skills and knowledge needed to generate innovative projects and entrepreneurship ideas that increase value to Mexico’s economy.

Media & Press

Transforming Mexico through Innovation

Oct. 27, 2016 | By Anthony King | UC San Diego News
Mexico Moving Forward travels to Mexico City, highlighting young entrepreneurs and strengthening ties to UC San Diego



Additional Events

Learn about additional Mexico Moving Forward events below and watch videos from the series

2015 Mexico Moving Forward

The 2015 symposium overarching theme was a discussion 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.” 

Download the summary (PDF)

View photos from the event

2014 Mexico Moving Forward

The 2014 symposium engaged business leaders, policymakers and scholars in discussions on Mexico's progress and future goals 20 years after the signing of NAFTA. 

Download the summary (PDF)

View photos from the event

2012 Mexico Moving Forward

The 2012 symposium overarching theme was promoting development in Mexico by addressing the issues of regulation, human capital, social protection, informal economy and entrepreneurship. The theme was inspired by a paper written by IR/PS Professor Gordon Hanson titled "Why Isn't Mexico Rich?" Throughout the day guests enjoyed the Mexico Street Fair and concluded with the Best of Baja Expo reception highlighting the culture and food of Baja California. 

Download the summary (PDF)

2011 Mexico Moving Forward

This first event was designed as part of UC San Diego’s 50th Anniversary campus-wide programming. The day-long symposium with Mexico’s visionary leaders celebrated the excellence of their country and generated a rare and open dialogue on Mexico’s future. Sessions focused on arts and culture, museums and the culinary arts, science and the environment, philanthropy and the corporate community. Throughout the day guests enjoyed the Mexico Street Fair and concluded with the Best of Baja Expo reception highlighting the culture and food of Baja California. 

Download the summary (PDF)