Ernesto Zedillo

Mexico |  Director, Yale Center for the Study of Globalization

Chair Emeritus, Former President of Mexico

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Ernesto Zedillo is the director of the Yale Center for the Study of Globalization; professor in the Field of International Economics and Politics; professor of International and Area Studies; and professor adjunct of Forestry and Environmental Studies at Yale University. He served as president of Mexico from 1994 to 2000.

In August of 2020, he was invited to join the Independent Panel on Pandemic Preparedness and Response, mandated by the World Health Assembly to analyze the Covid-19 pandemic’s early emergence, global spread, health, economic and social impacts, how it has been controlled and mitigated, and to support the international community by making recommendations for now and in the future. He is a member of The Elders, an independent group of global leaders using their collective experience and influence for peace, justice, and human rights worldwide and is chairman of the Rockefeller Foundation Economic Council on Planetary Health.

He serves on the Global Commission on Drug Policy; the Kofi Annan Commission on Elections and Democracy in the Digital Age; the United Nations High-level Advisory Board on Economic and Social Affairs; and on the Selection Committee of the Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity and the Hilton Humanitarian Award. Formerly, he served as chair of the Board of the Natural Resource Governance Institute and co-chair of the Inter-American Dialogue.

He is a member of the Group of 30, a consultative group on international economic and monetary affairs. In 2011 he was elected an international member of the American Philosophical Society. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the School of Economics of the Natìonal Polytechnic Institute in Mexico and his MA and PhD from Yale University. His edited volumes include: Trade in the 21st Century: Back to the Past? (forthcoming, 2020); Africa at a Fork in the Road: Taking Off or Disappointment Once Again? (2015); Rethinking the War on Drugs through the US-Mexico Prism (2012); Global Warming: Looking Beyond Kyoto (2008); and The Future of Globalization: Explorations in Light of Recent Turbulence (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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