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Turkey - Mexico Roundtable Meeting

Mexico City

June 23 - 24, 2014  

Joint Communiqué on Mexico - Turkey Relations



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    Vice Chairman of TASAM

    Academician, Lecturer, Faculty of Political Sciences, Marmara University

    Esra Hatipoglu is a Professor of International Relations at the Faculty of Political Sciences of Marmara University in Istanbul, Turkey. A specialist in International Relations, she conducts research in the fields of European Studies, Middle East Studies, and Russian and Eurasian Studies. She has published widely on these topics in Turkish and international scholarly journals. She also regularly contributes op-eds and analyses to the Turkish and international media outlets. Prof. Dr. Hatipoglu is a member of several professional associations and actively involved in the international scholarly exchange. She is also a member of editorial boards of several academic publications. Prof. Dr. Hatipoglu holds an MA in European Studies from Marmara University, MSc. in Russian and Post-Soviet Studies from LSE and PhD from Marmara University’s European Community Institute. She is also a recipient of a number of prestigious grants and scholarships, including a research fellowship at the European University Institute in Florence and a Jean Monnet Scholarship at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

    Ambassador of Turkey to Mexico

    Ambassador Ahmet Acet joined the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs  in 1973, after graduating from the School of Political Science and Public Administration of the American University of Beirut in 1972.

    His overseas appointments include the embassies in Vienna, Baghdad,  Bonn and the Permanent Mission of Turkey to the United Nations in New York, followed by appointments as Ambassador in Belgrade (1998-2002), Berlin (2008-2012) and Mexico City as of June 2012.

    In Ankara, he served in various departments in the Foreign Ministry as a junior officer, followed by his position as Chief Foreign Policy Advisor to the President (1994-1998), as Deputy Secretary General at the General Secretariat of European Union Affairs (2003-2006) and Deputy Undersecretary in Charge of Europe and the European Union at the Foreign Ministry (2005-2008).

    Vice Chairman of TASAM

    Scientific Board Member, Turkey’s Strategic Vision 2023 Project Director of Foreign Policy Platform, İstanbul Kültür University.

    He was born in 1942, in İstanbul. He finished his license at Ankara University, Faculty of Political Sciences. He was department manager of Ministry of Foreign Affairs, UN and Department of International Organizations, president of Department of Eastern Europe and Asia, department head of General Directorate of Information. He was the clerk of Tehran Embassy, consul of Stuttgart, undersecretary of USSR Moscow and East Berlin Embassy, consul general of Benghazi, Nurnberg and Salonika, President of Health and Welfare Department, consultant of Ministry, consultant of TGNA Foreign Affairs Commission. He is still the Vice President of TASAM, lecturer at Istanbul Culture University and director of Foreign Policy Platform.

    Advisor to the Chairman of Tasam

    Advisor to the Chairman of the Turkish Asian Center for Strategic Studies (TASAM). Previously, he was Ankara Representative of TASAM. He served as Special Envoy of the President of Turkey for Expo-2015. During his diplomatic career he was Ambassador of Turkey to the Democratic Republic of Congo and to Sudan. In Paris and Hanover, he was Consul General. Earlier, he was Head of Mission of the Turkish Embassy in Belgrade and Counselor of the Turkish embassies in London, Bangkok and East Berlin. He also was Deputy Permanent Representative of the Turkish Delegation at the UNESCO. In the Ministry of Foreign Affairs he was Adviser, Member of the Inspection Board, Head of the Multilateral Cultural Department, Chief of the Group at the Directorate-General of NATO, Deputy Head of Department of the Directorate - General of Bilateral Political Affairs and Third and Second Secretary at the Department of Culture. 

    He has been also a lecturer in the University of Gazi in Ankara, the University of Ankara, the University of Atılım in Ankara and the University of Çağ in Mersin.
    PhD in Political Sciences, University of Ankara. 

    Assistant Professor of Political Science, TOBB University of Economy & Technology

    She has a dual appointment at South Dakota State University (SDSU) in the US and TOBB University of Economy & Technology (TOBB-ETU) in Ankara, Turkey. She is a tenure-track faculty member at SDSU during the Fall and Spring semesters.  During the Summer semesters she works at TOBB-ETU.  Dr Celik Wiltse received her Bachelors and Masters degrees from Bogazici University in Istanbul, and her PhD from University of Massachusetts Amherst. At UMass, she worked under the supervision of Prof. Howard Wiarda. She specializes in political economy, development and democratization from a comparative perspective. She has published articles on ‘Globalization and Mexico’, ‘Emergence of Brazil as a Global Power’, and ‘The G20 and Global Economic Governance’.  An avid observer of democratic progress in Turkey, she also has publications on the headscarf and Kurdish issues. She served as the guest editor of a special International Political Economy (IPE) issue for the Perceptions (academic journal published by the Strategic Research Center of Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs). 
    Dr. Celik Wiltse is currently completing a book manuscript titled Democratic Consolidation in Mexico and Turkey. It will be published by the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) Press. Extensive fieldwork for this book project was conducted in Istanbul, Ankara, Trakya and north-eastern regions of Turkey, as well as in Mexico City DF, Morelos, and Guanajuato regions in Mexico.  Alongside her academic writing, Dr. Celik Wiltse also has policy-related publications. She contributes to the topical debates by writing analysis papers to think-tanks including TEPAV and ASEM. Recently her articles on the ‘OAS Cartagena Summit’ for TEPAV and on ‘Development and Happiness’ for Iktisat ve Toplum (Economy & Society) received significant feedback from media outlets. 
    Dr. Celik Wiltse’s memberships include the Midwestern Political Science Association (MPSA) and International Studies Association (ISA). She is also a Senior Fellow at the TOBB-ETU Center for Social Policy. She regularly teaches courses on International Relations, Current World Issues, Latin American Politics, Middle East Politics, Comparative Politics and International Political Economy. 

    Vicepresident, Comexi
    General Director of De la Calle, Madrazo, Mancera, S.C. He worked as the Executive Director of the Inter-Ministerial Commission against Piracy, as Minister for Commercial Affairs and as Office Manager of SECOFI-TLCAN the Mexican Embassy in Washington. As an economist at the World Bank, he was in charge of the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Poland and of commercial affairs for Zaire. He was also Adviser to the Director General of Incomes Policy at the Department of Treasury and Public Credit and Under Secretary of International Commercial Negotiations at the Department of Commerce and Industrial Development.  

    He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the ITAM and a Doctorate in Economics from the University of Virginia, USA.

    Director General for Europe, Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    He was appointed Director General for Europe beginning April 16th, 2013. He joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1983 and the Mexican Foreign Service in 1989. He was promoted to the rank of Ambassador in 2011. He holds a Master’s degree in International Relations from Instituto Universitario Ortega y Gasset, Madrid, Spain. His first degree is on Latin American Studies from Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), Mexico City.

    Ambassador Negrín has completed 30 years of service. At the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, he served as Chief of Staff of the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs for International Cooperation (1994), Department Chief for the Caribbean at the Directorate General for Latin America and the Caribbean (1983 - 1986), Deputy Director General for the United Nations System (2001-2004) and Director General for Human Rights and Democracy (2007-2013). Abroad he served at the Embassy of Mexico to Venezuela (1989 - 1993), the Embassy of Mexico to Canada (1993), the Embassy of Mexico to Spain (1995 - 1998), the Mexican Mission to International Organizations in Geneva (1998-2002) and the Embassy of Mexico to the United States as Director of the Mexican Cultural Institute (2004 - 2007).

    He took part of several international conferences and meetings at the United Nations and participated with the delegations of Mexico to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR). Alejandro Negrín wrote three books on Mexican regional history in the nineteenth century, published by the Instituto José María Luis Mora (1990-1991). He has published papers on human rights related to foreign policy issues in "El Cotidiano" of Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana (2008), the magazine “Nexos” (2008) and Escuela Libre de Derecho (1998). Alejandro Negrín has also published articles on international issues in “Foro Internacional” by El Colegio de México (1998); the magazine “México Indígena” (2002); the newspaper “La Jornada”; the visual arts magazine “Voices of Mexico” edited by Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (2008); as well as “Revista Mexicana de Política Exterior” edited by the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs´ diplomatic school “Instituto Matías Romero” (1999 and 2013).

    Head of External Affairs for Mexico and Central America, Unilever

    Head of External Affairs for Mexico and Central America, Unilever. Previously, she was Director of International Corporate Affairs at Grupo Bimbo and Executive Director of the Mexican Council on Foreign Relations (COMEXI), and at the same time hosted the specialized program on international affairs on Channel 11. As a member of the Mexican Foreign Service, she held different posts in the Department of Foreign Relations in economic areas linked to North America. She was in charge of opening the first Mexican Cultural Institute in the Pacific Basin, which was opened at the presidential level in the City of Kyoto, Japan. Given her specialization in business and finance, she worked in the Investment Banking area at Merrill Lynch, HSBC and BNP-Paribas in New York. Later in Mexico, she joined BBVA Bancomer. As an Official in the General Secretariat of the International Federation of Association Football (F.I.F.A) she worked in the following countries: the Republic of Korea, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Costa Rica and Mexico. She has been a professor in the International Relations area at the University of the Americas, the Iberoamericana University and the Free Law School of Puebla. She received the “Internationalist of the Year” award from the Western Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESO).

    She obtained the Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations at the Iberoamericana University and later the Master’s Degree in International Affairs with specialization in business and finance at the University of Columbia in New York. She also carried out specialized postgraduate studies in Economics and Finance at the University of Kobe, Japan; the Sorbonne University in France and the Autonomous Technological Institute of Mexico (ITAM).

    Corporate Affairs Director for Latin America, Iberdrola

    Corporate Affairs Director for Latin America at Iberdrola. Previously he was Director of Business Development at Techint Mexico and President of the Mexican Association of Energy as well as President of the Mexican Chapter for the World Energy Council.

    Civil Engineering, National University of Mexico. 

    Vicepresident, Comexi

    Director General of the Mexican Association of Industrial Parks (AMPIP). She served as Independent Advisor to ASF-Keystone. She also was Secretary of Economic Development in the Government of the State of Hidalgo. Additionally, she was Executive Director and Founder of Corporación Internacional Hidalgo, a state enterprise in charge of exports and investment promotion. In Bancomext she occupied several positions including: Adjunct Commercial Counselor in Toronto and Stockholm. She has published several articles on Mexico’s trade, NAFTA and the real estate market and industry logistics. She is a Vice President of the National Association of Business Organizations Executives, Councilor of the Commercial Real Estate Development Association (NAIOP), the North American Corridor Coalition (NASCO) and President of the Technical Committee on National Normalization of Industrial Parks in Mexico. 

    Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations, National University of Mexico. Master of Business Administration, University of Toronto. Doctorate in Strategic Management and Development Policies, Anahuac University.

    Coordinator of Advisors to Senator Cristina Díaz 

    Coordinator of Advisors to Senator Cristina Díaz. Previously he was the Institutional Liaison Officer with the Federal and State Congresses of the Mexican Council of Consumer Products Industries (CONMEXICO). He was the Liaison and Policy Director of ANMARK Estrategia y Desarrollo, S.C. In the Office for Mexico and Columbia of the World Bank, he was the Coordinator of Inter-institutional Liaison and Political Analysis and, previously, Assistant to the Chief Economist. He worked with the International Education Institute, in the Embassy of the United States in Mexico and in Linkage Vínculo Cuatro he was Associate Consultant and head of the Public Relations and Intercultural Relations Departments. In addition, he is Co-founder and Member of the Board of  Foro 50+1, Member of the Technical Council of the Ven Conmigo Foundation, Editorial Advisor to the International Section of the Reforma newspaper, Associate of the National Public Administration  Institute (INAP), Advisor to the Coordinating Office of Colombian Associations in Mexico and Political Advisor to the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) in the Federal District.

    Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations, University of the Americas (UDLA).

    Federal Representative, Mexican Congress

    As the son of a Mexican Ambassador, Congressman Barrios Gómez was raised in Canada, Switzerland, the US, as well as his native Mexico. He graduated from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and got his master's degree at the Madrid Law School. He is a member of the Mexican Council on Foreign Relations and has spent many years in radio, television, and print as a specialist in public sector marketing and public diplomacy. A frequent speaker on Mexico, he has lectured at most of the key institutions that have to do with international affairs in both Mexico and the US, including the Woodrow Wilson Center,  Rice University’s Baker Institute, the Center for Hemispheric Policy at the University of Miami, the Council  on Foreign Relations, among many others. In government, he has been advisor to the Minister of Public Security in Mexico City and he ran for Mayor (“Jefe Delegacional”) of Miguel Hidalgo, DF, in 2003. In July 2012, he was elected Congressman for this same borough. As a member of Congress, Barrios Gómez serves on the Foreign Relations, Tourism, and Metropolitan Area Development committees. 

    Head of Department of Strategy and Political Affairs, Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Head of Department of Strategy and Political Affairs in the Directorate-General for Europe at the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He is a Member of the Mexican Foreign Service. Previously he was the Administrative Director of the Ecological Child Center. He was a Human Resources intern at IBM Global Business Services (GBS).

    Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations and Bachelor’s Degree in Administration, Autonomous Technological Institute of Mexico.

    Executive Director, Comexi

    Claudia Calvin is the Executive Director of the Mexican Council on Foreign Relations (Comexi) since 2011 and Founder of Mujeres Construyendo (, the first platform for female bloggers in Latin America, promoting women´s empowerment through ICT (Information and Communication Technologies). She is also External Advisor to the UN Women Office in Mexico. She has more than 18 years of experience as public officer both at the federal and legislative levels: Senate, Ministry of the Interior, Presidency of the Republic, among others. In the Mexican Presidency she served as Director General for National Information as well as Director General for International Activities and Gender.  In the private sector she has been consultant for World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Mexico, the Environmental Management and Decentralization Project (PROMAD) and  has also worked at the Mexican Bureau of the LA Times and The Miami Herald. She has been Lecturer at different universities in Mexico and abroad, including Universidad Iberoamericana (UIA), Universidad de las Americas (UDLA), Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de Mexico (ITAM), Universidad Autónoma de Queretaro, Centro de Estudios del Ejercito y la Fuerza Armada to mention a few. She was Visiting Researcher at Georgetown University. In the last years she has been a promoter of issues related to internet and information technologies in the international relations and democracy fields as well as a digital entrepreneur participating in diverse national and international forums. She is a frequent participant in news programs and a blogger for Animal Politico.
    Ph.D. in Political Science, Latin-American Faculty of Social Sciences (FLACSO). M.A. in International Journalism, University of Southern California (USC). Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations, National University of Mexico.

    Editor of the International Section, Excélsior Newspaper

    Editor of the International Section of the Excelsior Newspaper. General Director of the Quadratin News Agency. He is also a researcher at the Center for Dialog and Analysis on North America (CEDAN) of the Tec de Monterrey. Previously, he was the Assistant Director of Opinion of the El Universal newspaper. He has also worked as a correspondent for the same newspaper in Washington D.C. and as guest commentator for different media such as UNIVISION, CNN, NBC, CBC, World Net, Deutsche Welle, among others. He is a Distinguished Lecturer of the Foreign Service Institute, U.S. Department of State. Prior to that, he worked as a Correspondent for El Universal in Washington D.C. and Regional Coordinator of NOTIMEX for North America.  

    He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from the UNAM.

    President of the Foreign Relations Committee, Mexican Senate

    She earned her degree in Political Science at ITAM and has attended several seminars both in Mexico and abroad. She joined the National Action Party (PAN) in October 1994. She has been a member of the National Youth Action, was also Secretary Youth, Secretary General and Chairman of the Steering Committee in Miguel Hidalgo borough, as well as regional councilor and member of the Regional Steering Committee. She was federal deputy in the LVIII Legislature, Local Deputy in the Third Legislature of the Federal District Legislative Assembly and Chief of the Delegation in Miguel Hidalgo (DF). As the federal Deputy LXI Legislature (2009-2012), she was chair of the Federal District Commission and was a member of the Committees on Budget and Public Accounts, National Defense, and was in charge of monitoring the correct use of Federal resources, State and Municipal in Electoral Processes.

    She was also nominated three times, to be part of the delegation of the Chamber of Deputies to attend: 15th General Assembly of the Conference of Parliamentarians of Asia-Pacific Partnership on Environment and Development (APPCED) held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 6 to 9 June 2011 and 19th Annual Meeting of the Parliamentary Forum Asia-Pacific (APPF) held in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia from 23 to 27 January 2011 and 2nd Meeting of the Forum of parliamentary dialogue between the Congress of the United States of America and the National People's Republic of China from 7 to May 11, 2012, organized by the Committee on Foreign Relations Asia Pacific.

    She is national councilor and member of the National Executive Committee (PAN Party). Also she is an Associate and member of the Foundation Rafael Preciado Hernández. Participated in the book "Cries and Whispers 2", compiled by Denise Dresser, and collaborated on the book "Voices of Democracy" published by the PAN. She has been an active columnist at El Universal newspaper and has also published articles in the newspapers La Crónica de Hoy, Millenio, The Economist and Reform. A founding member of Mexico Education Foundation AC.

    Currently she is a Senator of the Republic, president of the Foreign Relations Committee and member of the Federal District committees, and Gender Equality as well as Radio, Television and Film.
    Consultant and scholar

    Consultant and scholar. She has specialized in strategic analysis and public management in matters such as management in times of transformation, international negotiations and conflict resolution; prevention, crisis management and recovery; cooperation in the field of international health, regulatory processes and development of international communications. She is a Professor at the Anáhuac University – North Mexico, of the National Public Administration Institute (INAP, A.C.) and the Iberoamericana University, A.C. She has contributed to publications in the Iberoamericana University, Warwick University (United Kingdom) and the Autonomous Metropolitan University, as well as to different publications specializing in topics of disarmament and international peace and security. She is a columnist in the Global Section of the Excelsior newspaper and member of the Editorial Board of the OBS, New York Times Magazine in Spanish. 

    In the field of government she has been in charge of the areas of disarmament and political affairs, international agenda, coordination and political affairs and liaison with civil society organizations at the Department of Foreign Affairs of the Mexican Government; and the special projects area at the General Coordination Office for international Affairs of the Headquarters of the Government of the Federal District. 

    Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations and Master’s Degree in Communication,  Iberoamericana University.

    Professor and Researcher, CIDE

    Professor-Researcher in the International Studies Department of the Center for Research and Teaching in Economics (CIDE). She is Coordinator and Principal Researcher of the public opinion and foreign policy project Mexico, the Americas and the World, Associate Researcher at the Center for US-Mexico Studies of the University of California in San Diego and Member of the Academic Board of the School of National Security Intelligence. She has been a Member of the Board of the Mexico-United States Commission for Educational and Cultural Exchange, the Selection Committee of the Goldman Sachs Global Leaders Scholarship Program, the Editorial Advisory Board of Foreign Affairs in Spanish, the  Editorial Committee of the magazine "Política y Gobierno", and the Academic Committee of the North American Institute. Previously she was the Academic Director of the International Studies Department and the Mexican International Relations Studies Program in CIDE.

    Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations, El Colegio de Mexico. Master’s Degree in Sociology, London School of Economics and Political Science, United Kingdom. Doctoral Candidate in Political Science at the University of California in San Diego, California.

    Reasearcher, CIDE

    Researcher at the Center for Research and Teaching of Economics (CIDE). Previously he was the Director of the International Studies Division of the same Center. His lines of research are: Mexico-United States relations, migration and North American integration. Since 2008 he has been a member of the Advisory Council of the Mexican Institute of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Likewise, he is a member of the Non-Profit Organization Citizens’ Initiative for the Promotion of a Culture of Dialogue and of the Foundation for Alternative Democracy and Debates. He is a Sunday columnist in the Milenio newspaper and a frequent commentator in radio programs such as Hoy por Hoy, Enfoque and Frente al País. In other areas of public service, he was a Federal Deputy in the LVII Legislature, he also worked as a high-ranking official at the Department of Treasury and Public Credit and collaborated with the governments of the Federal District and the State of Michoacan.  

    Bachelor’s Degree in Economics, Autonomous Technological Institute of Mexico (ITAM). Master’s Degree in Economics, McGill University. Doctorate Studies, National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM).

    Deputy Director, Comexi

    He serves as Deputy Director of the Mexican Council on Foreign Relations. He also chaired Comexi’s Youth Program. In the private sector, he has advised Grupo Bimbo and Olympus Americas on their international operations. He was part of the first international team of Global Politics Magazine in the United Kingdom and also founded the mazine ‘Internacionalistas’ in Comexi. He has published articles and interviews in Excelsior Newspaper, the Mexico’s Congress Channel, Global Politics Magazine, the Chicago Policy Review and the Montreal Gazette. In 2012 he participated in the multicultural program Global Village for Future Leaders of Entrepreneurship and Industry of Lehigh University and in 2014 he was elected to participate in the first Latin American Global Governance Forum organized by the Getulio Vargas Foundation and the ZEIT Foundation.

    Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and International Relations, Center for Research and Teaching in Economics (CIDE).

    Director, Grupo Coppan 

    Director of the COPPAN Group and Director of the School of National Security Intelligence (ESISEN) of the Center for Research and National Security (CISEN). During his career in public service he has held different positions in the Departments of Foreign Affairs, Treasury and Public Credit and the Interior. He also held the position of Consul General of Mexico in San Diego, California. In the academic sphere, he has been a Professor in various Mexican institutions such as the Matías Romero Institute of Diplomatic Studies; the Center for Advanced Naval Studies; the Center for Research and National Security; the Iberoamericana University and the University of the Americas.

    Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations, El Colegio de México. Master’s Degree in International Politics, University of London. 
    Professor, ITAM

    Professor in the International Studies Department of the Autonomous Technological Institute of Mexico (ITAM). At the same Institute he is the Director of the National Security Diploma Course and the Director of the Canadian Studies Program.  He was previously a “Research Fellow” in Military and Strategic Studies at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, Carleton University. His research areas comprise studies on the Foreign Policy of Mexico, the United States and Canada; Cooperation in Security in North America and Border Cooperation and Security.  

    He is a founding member of the Coalition for Security and Democracy (CASEDE) and an Instructor in Mexico’s Center for Superior Naval Studies and the National Defense College. He is also a Member of the International Studies Association.

    Bachelor’s Degree, Master’s Degree and Doctorate in Political Science, McGill University.

    Anchorwoman and Analyst, The Congress Channel (Mexico)

    Anchorwoman and Analyst of "Vértice Internacional" on the Mexico’s Congress Channel. Previously she was the Planning and Research Coordinator of the Social Communication Unit of the National Water Commission and Leader of the Communications Project of the IV World Water Forum (2003-2006). In the Parliamentary Group of the PAN in the Chamber of Deputies, she was an Advisor on International Affairs and Gender Equity topics (LVIII Legislature). She is the author of various publications, including the book “The American Disaccord:  Mexico and the USA in Globalization".

    She has a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations from  the Iberoamericana University and a Master’s Degree in Latin American Studies from the Faculty of Political  and Social Sciences, UNAM.

    Adviser, Pemex

    Adviser to the Corporate Finance Director of Pemex. Previously she worked as a Consultant in Solana Consultores. She has also worked at the Federal Institute for Public Information and the National Human Rights Commission. She worked at the “Este País” Foundation and at the National Foundation for Educational Research (York, United Kingdom), Embassy in London. 

    She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics, Political Science and Philosophy from the University of York, United Kingdom. 

    Managing Partner, Magination Consulting International

    Managing partner of Magination Consulting International based in Washington, D.C. He is Director of Global Business Solutions (GBS) Consultancy and Coordinator of security issues for the Center for DialogUE and Analysis on North America (CEDAN) of the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM). Previously, he worked for the US Energy Department, where particular mention should be made of his participation in the Special Project on Security in Nuclear Weapons Complexes and as Chief Executive for the Under Secretary for Security Affairs and the Under Secretary for Energy Emergencies. He also supervised the design and implementation of the Energy Management Center of the same Department. In addition, he was the Executive Vice President and Executive Director of Swipo in Uganda and Vice President of the United States-Mexico Chamber of Commerce.  

    Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations, University of Maine. Staff Officer, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. National Defense Strategic Studies, Inter-American Defense College.

    President, Rozental & Associates

    He was Founding President of the Mexican Council on Foreign Relations (Comexi) from 2001 to 2006. 

    Andrés Rozental was the Ambassador of Mexico to the United Kingdom from 1995 to 1997. A career member of the Mexican Foreign Service for over 35 years, he held the positions of Under Secretary of Foreign Affairs (1988-1994), Ambassador in Sweden (1983-1988), and different positions in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and abroad. Since 1994 he has held the lifetime rank of Eminent Ambassador of Mexico. Rozental directs his own consulting firm, Rozental y Asociados, which specializes in advising multinational companies on their corporate strategies in Latin America. At present he is the Chairman of ArcelorMittal Mexico and an independent member of the Board of HSBC Mexico, ArcelorMittal Brazil and Wilson Sons Brazil. He serves on advisory boards for Toyota of Mexico, Kansas City Southern of México and EADS Mexico, among others.

    Ambassador Rozental takes an active part in different non-governmental institutions and projects on subjects such as global governance, migratory policy, Latin American diplomacy, climate change and the promotion of democracy. He is as Senior Fellow of the Brookings Institution of Washington, Senior Policy Advisor at Chatham House in London and Board Member of the Center for International Governance Innovation of Canada and of the Migratory Policy Institute in Washington, D.C.

    He obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations from the University of the Americas, Mexico and his Master’s Degree in International Economics from the University of Pennsylvania. He is the author of four books on Mexico’s foreign policy and numerous articles and journalistic publications in Mexico and abroad.

    Chairman and Partner, Centella Energies 

    He is also Chairman of the District Council in Mexico at the Urban Land Institute (ULI). He has been Director General of Joint Ventures for Latin America at Insights México and Managing Partner of Desarrollo Catalítico Personal. During his career he has acted as co-director and Founder of Reichmann International of México; Chief Operating Officer of Jones, Lang, Lasalle; Developer of the Capital Investment Company (SINCA), and; Property developer in the Manacar Urban Center. 

    Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, Iberoamericana University. Master in Business Administration (MBA), Stanford Graduate School of Business.


Meeting Topics

Furthering the Ties between Mexico and Turkey

  • What is the current state of the Mexico - Turkey bilateral relation?
  • What areas of opportunity are there to strengthen the bilateral relation?
  • How could the Binational Commission contribute to advance the bilateral relation?

Exploring the Impact of the Reforms in Mexico

  • What is the importance of the reforms approved in Mexico?
  • What is the potential of the reforms in attracting foreign investment to the country?
  • What should foreign investors know about recently approved reforms in Mexico?

Mexico, Turkey and the Shifting International Energy Context

  • What role will Mexico and Turkey have in the new international energy context?
  • What is the geopolitical energy scenario for Mexico and Turkey?
  • How could Mexico and Turkey cooperate in the energy context?

Mexico and Turkey in the G20

  • What are the main characteristics of the Mexico - Turkey bilateral relation in the context of the G20
  • What are the objectives of Turkey in the G20? What are the objectives of Mexico in the G20?
  • How have Mexico and Turkey contributed to the mission of the G20?

2014 Presidential Elections in Turkey: What to Expect and What Will Come?

  • In what context - political, social, and economic - will the presidential elections in Turkey take place?
  • What are the main topics that will dominate the candidates' agenda during the electoral season?
  • What repercussions could the presidential election in Turkey have for its foreign relations? How could they affect scenario in the Middle East?

Turkey in Latin America

  • What are the characteristics of Turkey's relation with the Latin American countries?
  • What areas of opportunity are there to strengthen the ties between Turkey and Latin American countries?
  • What are the main interests of the countries in Latin America in their relations with Turkey?

Security and Clobal Governance: Issues and Challenges

  • What are the main threats for the national security of Mexico and Turkey? What strategies could be implemented to face them?
  • What are the characteristics of internet governance in Mexico and Turkey? What are the differences and similarities in how internet governance is implemented in both countries?
  • What difficulties have Mexico and Turkey faced in applying internet governance global standards?
  • What tensions are there between freeom of the internet and cybersecurity in Mexico and Turkey?


Turkey - Mexico Relations

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Turkish Asian Center for Strategic Studies

TASAM is a scientific research center developing, implementing and sharing strategic vision and vital projects for people and for humanity via objective intelligence and original ideas which it reaches by following the conjuncture closely and assessing the relevant dimensions deeply.
As an independent and dynamic think tank organization and as an NGO TASAM who takes the advantage of wide historical knowledge and experience of Turkey, keeps operating since 2003 when it was established by Turkish specialists and scientists having social responsibility with the proposal of ‘a civilization in basis of power and justice’.
As having started the institutional processes towards 'Asia', 'Africa', 'Europe', 'Latin America and Caribbean' and ‘North America”, and towards ‘Turkey’ and its security zone 'Balkans', 'Middle East' and 'Black Sea-Caucasus', TASAM expands as starting the identical processes towards 'Islamic World’ and ‘Turkic Word’ thus reaches a multi expansive ‘spectrum’.

Mexican Council on Foreign Relations

Comexi is the first pluralistic and multidisciplinary forum advocated to analyze and debate Mexico’s role in the international politics, as well as the influence of those events on the national scene. Its primary goal is to build a framework where international issues can be discussed thoroughly, and that provides Mexican and foreigners with information to make strategic choices more accurately.There are three special programs developed by the Council in order to adapt to each associate’s needs: the Corporate Program, addressed to leading companies; the Institutional Program, which gathers Foreign Embassies in Mexico, international organizations with offices in our country, as well as, research and teaching centers; and the Term-Member Program, created to support future leaders.

Comexi produces numerous research papers on important topics and co-authors outstanding materials. Participation in conferences, studies and working groups abroad are among additional activities of the Council. Comexi has formed alliances with key regional and international organizations in the United States, Latin America and Asia.The high level of our debates, in a friendly and open framework, has made us an important forum for foreign personalities that visit our country, at the same time that it has allowed Comexi to gain recognition as an opinion leader in foreign affair matters and global issues, becoming the best think tank in Mexico.


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