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Luis de la Calle

Managing Director and Founding Partner, De la Calle, Madrazo, Mancera (CMM); Vice President, Mexican Council on Foreign Relations (COMEXI)

Luis de la Calle is the managing director and founding partner at De la Calle, Madrazo, Mancera, S.C. (CMM), specializing on issues related to the economy, regulatory processes, and international trade. Prior to joining the private sector, he served as undersecretary for international trade negotiations in Mexico’s Economy Secretariat. In this capacity, he negotiated several of Mexico’s bilateral free-trade agreements and regional and multilateral agreements with the World Trade Organization. De la Calle served as trade and NAFTA minister at the Mexican Embassy in Washington, D.C. During his term he was instrumental in crafting and implementing the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). He also worked at the World Bank as country economist for the Czech and Slovak Republics, Poland, and the former Zaire. De la Calle has been a professor at various academic institutions. He has published widely and writes a bi-weekly column entitled “¿Qué más?” for the Mexican daily El Universal. He received his undergraduate degree in economics from ITAM and holds an M.A. and a Ph.D in economics from the University of Virginia.