Ernesto Zedillo

Mexico  |  Chair Emeritus

Director, Center for the Study of Globalization, Yale University, Former President of Mexico

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Ernesto Zedillo served as president of Mexico from 1994 to 2000. Presently, he directs Yale University’s Center for the Study of Globalization. Zedillo began his career in public service in 1978 at Mexico’s Central Bank, where he worked until his appointment as undersecretary of planning and the budget in 1987. In 1988, Zedillo was named secretary of planning and the budget, a position he held until 1992, when he was appointed secretary of education. Zedillo has remained active in international affairs since leaving the presidency. He served as chair of the Global Development Network from 2005 to 2011 and as a member of the International Commission on Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament, which released its final report, Eliminating Nuclear Threats: A Practical Agenda for Global Policymakers, in December 2009. He is currently chair of the oversight board of the Natural Resource Charter and vice chair of the Global Commission on Elections, Democracy and Security. Zedillo is also a member of the Foundation Board of the World Economic Forum, the Trilateral Commission, the International Advisory Board of the Council on Foreign Relations, the G30, the Global Elders, the Club of Madrid, and the Board of Directors of the Institute for International Economics.

Zedillo is the recipient of honorary degrees from Yale and Harvard Universities, the University of Miami, and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He is also the recipient of the 2011 International Award of Lifetime Achievement by the Cristobal Gabarron Foundation of Spain, the Franklin D. Roosevelt Freedom from Fear Award, the Gold Insigne of the Council of the Americas, the Tribuna Americana Award of the Casa de America of Madrid, the Berkeley Medal, and the 2006 Sustainable Development Leadership Award presented by the Energy Resources Institute (TERI) in New Delhi. Zedillo earned his bachelor’s degree from the School of Economics of the National Polytechnic Institute in Mexico and his MA and PhD at Yale University. Two books he edited, Global Warming: Looking Beyond Kyoto (Brookings/YCSG) and The Future of Globalization: Explorations in Light of Recent Turbulence (Routledge), were published in 2008.


Zedillo joined the Dialogue as a Member in 2003.

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Member in the News: Ernesto Zedillo

Ernesto Zedillo speaks with David Dollar on the importance of globalization for developing countries, the erosion of multilateralism, and NAFTA.

How Mexico and Canada saved NAFTA

At the end of the day, it was Mexico and Canada that won the hard-fought battle to preserve most of NAFTA, writes former Mexican president Ernesto Zedillo in The Washington Post.

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