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2014 Latin American Cities Conferences: Mexico City

Americas Society / Council of the Americas

May 12, 2014



Last year was a transformative year for Mexico. Long-awaited energy, education, telecommunications, banking, and fiscal reforms were passed, aiming to boost the country’s growth. Complementing these reforms are agreements such as the Pacific Alliance and the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Plus, this year marks the twentieth anniversary of NAFTA, an epochal accord for the North American region.

In response to the reform legislation, Standard & Poor’s lifted Mexico’s credit rating to a level higher than that of Brazil, Colombia, Indonesia, Russia, South Africa, and Turkey. However, Mexico grew only 1.3 percent in 2013. This year, factors like a construction sector in recovery, increased demand from the United States, and a government deficit target of 1.4 percent of GDP have led to growth estimates of up to 4 percent.

Join AS/COA and ProMéxico for a conference that will address Mexico’s current juncture of domestic and international opportunities.


  • Ildefonso Guajardo, Secretary of Economy
  • Fernando Aportela, Undersecretary of Finance and Public Credit, Secretariat of Finance (Download his presentation)
  • Miguel Calderón, Vice President, Regulation, Telefónica Mexico
  • Enrique De La Madrid, General Director, Bancomext
  • Francisco González, CEO, ProMéxico
  • Chantal E. Kordula, Partner, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
  • Adriana Labardini, Commisioner, Ifetel
  • Irene Levy, President, Observatel
  • Emilio Lozoya, CEO, Pemex
  • Lourdes Melgar, Undersecretary of Hydrocarbons, Secretariat of Energy (Download her presentation)
  • Patricia Menéndez-Cambó, Vice President and Secretary, Greenberg Traurig, LLP
  • Ali Moshiri, President, Africa and Latin America Exploration & Production Company, Chevron
  • Carlos Mota, Journalist, El Financiero
  • Guillermo Ortiz, Chairman, Grupo Financiero Banorte
  • José Ignacio Peralta, Undersecretary of Communications, Secretariat of Communications and Transportation
  • Carlos Ruiz Sacristán, Chairman & CEO, IEnova
  • Susan Segal, President & CEO, Americas Society/Council of the Americas
  • William Wheeler, President, Americas, MetLife

Event Information: Andres Sada | | 1-212-277-8369
Sponsorship Opportunities: María Otero | | 1-212-277-8373
COA Corporate Membership Information: Monica Vieira | | 1-212-277-8344
Press Inquiries: Adriana La Rotta | | 1-212-277-8384


Mexico 2014 Blog: Reforms and Market Opportunities

While 2013 was marked by the introduction of political reforms, 2014 is a crucial year for implementation. AS/COA's 2014 Mexico City conference explores what lies ahead for energy, telecom, and financial reforms. 

2014 Mexico City Blog: Ildefonso Guajardo and Luis de la Calle on Mexico's Economy

Posted on Monday, May 12, 2014 | By Carin Zissis

The secretary shared his views on Mexico's economic outlook following welcoming remarks by AS/COA's Susan Segal and ProMexico's Francisco González. ... Read More

2014 Mexico City Blog: Energy Reform Panel and Hydrocarbons Undersecretary Lourdes Melgar

Posted on Monday, May 12, 2014 | By Carin Zissis

Pemex CEO Emilio Lozoya, Chevron President Ali Moshiri, and IEnova Chairman & CEO Carlos Ruiz Sacristán outlined the country's energy reforms and talked about how foreign and domestic investment could impact the sector. ... Read More

2014 Mexico City Blog: Panel on Mexico's Telecom Reform, Plus Undersecretary José Ignacio Peralta

Posted on Monday, May 12, 2014 | By Carin Zissis

Panelists from the private sector, government, and civil society examined Mexico's telecom reform and what it means for investment in the industry. ... Read More

2014 Mexico City Blog: Reforms in Financial Services Panel and Undersecretary Fernando Aportela

Posted on Monday, May 12, 2014 | By Carin Zissis

What do Mexico's reforms mean for the country's economic growth, as well as for small- and medium-sized enterprises? Panelists explored these issues and more. ... Read More

2014 Mexico City Blog: What's in the Telecom Reform Package?

Posted on Thursday, May 8, 2014 | By Ernesto Aguilar

Mexico’s president submitted secondary implementation laws to Congress in March, though debate has been delayed. What are key components of the package? ... Read More

Get the Facts: Secondary Laws for Energy Reform Presented to Mexico's Senate

Posted on Wednesday, April 30, 2014 | By Christian Gómez, Jr.

Mexico’s executive branch submitted implementation laws for the country’s energy reform. AS/COA’s Christian Gómez shares facts on the highly anticipated legislation. ... Read More

Miguel Calderón

Vice President, Regulation, Telefónica Mexico

Miguel Calderón is vice president of Regulation at Telefónica Mexico. Previously, he was director of strategic planning, synergies, and alliances at Telefónica, a position he held at the beginning of 2007. He has directed: strategic planning, regulation, quality, processes, and wholesale. He is also president of the South-Central division of Canieti (Cámara Nacional de la Industria Electrónica de Telecomunicaciones y Tecnologías de la Información).

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Enrique De la Madrid

General Director, Bancomext

Enrique De la Madrid is the general director of Bancomext. Before joining Bancomext in December 2012, he was the executive director of Institutional Relations and Corporate Communication for Mexico and Latin America for HSBC. De la Madrid previously held the position of general director of Financiera Rural and before that, executive president of the Mexican Council of the Industry of Consumer Goods (ConMéxico). He served as a federal congressman from September 2000 until August 2003 as a member of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI).

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Francisco González

CEO, ProMéxico

Francisco González is the CEO of ProMéxico. Previously, he served as ambassador of Mexico in Germany. González was also regional director for Europe, Middle East, and Africa of ProMéxico and commercial counselor for Germany, Central, and Eastern Europe of the National Bank of Foreign Trade (Bancomext) in Frankfurt, Germany.

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Ildefonso Guajardo

Secretary of Economy, Mexico

Ildefonso Guajardo has been Mexico’s Secretary of Economy since 2012. He has previously held the posts of chief of the Executive Office of the Governorship of Nuevo León; technical secretary of Planning, Communication, and liaison with the Secretariat of Commerce and Industrial Development; chief administrative officer of the Secretariat of Foreign Affairs from 1994 to 1997; and undersecretary of tourism development in the Secretariat of Tourism. Guajardo has been a federal congressman in two instances for the Revolutionary Institutional Party (PRI).

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Chantal E. Kordula

Partner, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

Chantal E. Kordula is a partner at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP based in the New York office. Kordula’s practice focuses primarily on transactions in Latin America, particularly project and acquisition finance, restructurings, and mergers and acquisitions. She is internationally distinguished as one of the best lawyers for project finance by Chambers Global, Chambers USA, Chambers Latin America, The Legal 500 U.S., The Legal 500 Latin America and Expert Guides' Guide to the World's Leading Banking Finance and Transactional Attorneys.

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Adriana Labardini

Commisioner, Ifetel

Adriana Labardini is a commissioner for the Federal Telecommunications Institute (Ifetel). She was director and founder of Alconsumidor, a civil society organization which pioneered the defense of the rights of the telecommunications user and consumer. Labardini has been advising consultant for the Federal Consumer Attorney, of the extinct Federal Telecommunications Commission and of the National Consulting Committee for Normalization of the Secretary of Economics.

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Irene Levy

President, Observatel

Irene Levy is president of Observatel, an NGO dedicated to observing and analyzing the status and evolution of telecommunications. She was advisor to the undersecretary of communications, director of international affairs in the Secretariat of Communications and Transportation, and general director of the Federal Telecommunications Commission. From 2004 to 2005, she was judicial director of the company México Red de Telecommunications.

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Emilio Lozoya

CEO, Pemex

Emilio Lozoya is the CEO of PEMEX. He headed the International Affairs Office for the presidential campaign of Enrique Peña Nieto from January to November 2012 and was a member of his transition team. He co-founded and was an executive board member of several investment funds between 2009 and 2012 and specialized in international private capital investments, including restructuring and international transactions.

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Patricia Menéndez-Cambó

Vice Chair, Greenberg Traurig

Patricia Menéndez-Cambó is vice chair of Greenberg Traurig, LLP, where she primarily advises companies and private equity firms on the legal implementation of their business growth strategies throughout Europe, the United States, Latin America, and emerging markets around the world. Her experience spans a variety of industries, including transportation, telecommunications, banking, retail, and energy.

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Ali Moshiri

President of Africa and Latin America Exploration and Production Company, Chevron

Ali Moshiri has been president of Chevron Africa and Latin America Exploration and Production Company, based in Houston, Texas, since 2008. Prior to this position, Moshiri was appointed managing director of Chevron Latin America Exploration and Production Company in 2001, where he was responsible for upstream operations in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, Trinidad and Tobago, and Venezuela. He assumed the position of general manager and advisor to the vice chairman of the board for Chevron Corporation Exploration and Production in 2000.

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Carlos Mota

Journalist, El Financiero

Carlos Mota is a Mexican journalist specializing in business, economics, and finance. He heads the program El Financiero on El Financiero | Bloomberg and writes the column Escritorio de Negocios in El Financiero. Mota is a columnist for GQ and Forbes Mexico. In 2011, he was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. Mota has also been an editorialist at Milenio, an anchor on Milenio TV and Proyecto 40, an analyst for Azteca Television and has headed the Imagen Empresarial radio show.

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Guillermo Ortiz

Chairman, Grupo Financiero Banorte

Guillermo Ortiz is chairman of the board of Grupo Financiero Banorte-Ixe. He serves as chairman of the Per Jacobsson Foundation and is a member of the Quality of Life Advisory Board of the Government of Mexico City. From 2010 to 2011, Mr. Ortiz chaired the External Panel for the Review of the Fund’s Risk Management Framework at the International Monetary Fund (IMF). He also was a member of the Committee to Study Sustainable Long-term Financing of the IMF from 2006 to 2007 and of the Committee on IMF Governance Reform from 2008 to 2009. More recently, Mr.

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Carlos Ruiz Sacristán

Chairman & CEO, IEnova

Carlos Ruiz Sacristán is the chairman and CEO of IEnova, a Sempra company. Before assuming his current responsibilities as CEO, Mr. Ruiz Sacristán was a member of Sempra Energy’s board of directors from 2007 to July 2012. During the administration of President Zedillo, he served as secretary of Communication and Transportation from 1994 to 2000. Mr. Ruiz Sacristán held a variety of positions within the Bank of Mexico from 1974 to 1988, the Ministry of Finance from 1988 to 1992, and PEMEX in 1994.

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Susan Segal

President and CEO, Americas Society/Council of the Americas

Susan Segal was elected president and CEO of the Americas Society and Council of the Americas in August 2003 after working in the private sector with Latin America and other emerging markets for over 30 years. A passionate supporter of Latin America, she joined the organizations to implement a new strategic plan to renew and return the Society and Council to their historic position. Prior to her current position, she was a founding partner of her own investment and advisory group focused primarily on Latin America and the U.S. Hispanic sector.

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William Wheeler

President, Americas, MetLife

William Wheeler is president of the Americas region of MetLife, Inc. where he oversees MetLife’s insurance and retirement businesses in the United States and Latin America. Prior to assuming his current role in November 2011, Wheeler was executive vice president and chief financial officer since December 2003. As CFO, Wheeler was a key architect of MetLife’s 2010 acquisition of Alico, the largest transaction in MetLife’s history, and the acquisition of Travelers Life & Annuity and related international insurance businesses in 2005.

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Highlights - México 2014: Medios, Telecomunicaciones e Infraestructura Tecnológica

May 29, 2014

Vea los principales momentos del panel sobre las reformas de telecomunicaciones en México....

Video Q&A: Irene Levy sobre las reformas de telecom en México

May 13, 2014

La Presidenta de la organización civil Observatel habló con AS/COA Online sobre la reforma y la necesidad de cerrar la brecha digital en México....

Video Q&A: Secretario de Economía Ildefonso Guajardo sobre las oportunidades que ofrecen las reformas mexicanas

May 13, 2014

En conversación con AS/COA Online, el Secretario destacó que las reformas constitucionales ofrecen un "campo parejo" para los actores económicos en México. ​...

Video Q&A: Enrique de la Madrid sobre los impactos de las reformas en México

May 13, 2014

El Director General de Bancomext habló sobre las oportunidades que se abren para la economía mexicana a partir de las reformas financieras....

Video - Mexico City 2014: Closing Remarks by Undersecretary of Finance Fernando Aportela

May 12, 2014

The undersecretary gave an overview of the Mexican economy and structural reforms....

Video - Mexico City 2014: Reforms in Financial Services

May 12, 2014

Private sector leaders spoke about Mexico's financial reforms....

Video - Mexico City 2014: Media, Telecommunications, and Telecom Infrastructure Panel and Undersecretary José Ignacio Peralta

May 12, 2014

Speakers spoke about Mexico's telecom reforms and what they mean for the economy....

Video - Mexico City 2014: Energy Reform Panel and Hydrocarbons Undersecretary Lourdes Melgar

May 12, 2014

The CEO of Pemex and other energy experts spoke about the potential impact and challenges of Mexico's energy reforms....

Video - Mexico City 2014: Discussion with Economy Secretary Ildefonso Guajardo and Luis de la Calle

May 12, 2014

The two speakers talked about the country's economic scenario and perspectives on North American integration. ...

Video - Mexico City 2014: Opening Remarks by AS/COA's Susan Segal

May 12, 2014

AS/COA's president and CEO talked about Mexico's reform agenda....


Download a PDF of the agenda.

Baje la agenda en español.

8:00 – 8:45 a.m.     Registration

9:00 – 9:15 a.m.     Opening Remarks

  • Susan Segal, President & CEO, AS/COA
  • Francisco González, CEO, ProMéxico 

9:15 – 9:50 a.m.     Discussion with Ildefonso Guajardo & Luis de la Calle

  • Ildefonso Guajardo, Secretary of Economy
  • Luis de Calle, Partner, De la Calle, Madrazo, & Mancera

9:50 – 10:45 a.m.   Panel: The Energy Reform

  • Moderator: Chantal Kordula, Partner, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
  • Emilio Lozoya, CEO, Pemex
  • Ali Moshiri, President, Africa & Latin America Exploration & Production Company, Chevron
  • Carlos Ruiz Sacristán, Chairman & CEO, IEnova

Questions for discussion: How will foreign and domestic investment turn out in the oil and electricity sector? How will the reform be implemented? What implications does the reform have for the energy scenario in North America? Will we see more integration? What lessons can be learned from other countries that deal with the topic?

10:45 – 11:00 a.m. Keynote Remarks: Lourdes Melgar, Undersecretary of Hydrocarbons, Secretariat of Energy (confirmed) (Download her presentation)

11:00 – 12:00 p.m. Panel: Media, Telecommunications, and the Telecom Infrastructure

  • Moderator: Patricia Menéndez-Cambó, Vice President and Secretary, Greenberg Traurig LLP
  • Miguel Calderón Lelo de Larrea, Vice President, Regulation, Telefónica Mexico
  • Adriana Labardini Inzunza, Commissioner, Ifetel
  • Irene Levy, President, Observatel

Questions for discussion: What impact will the reform have for FDI? Why? What will be the long-term results of the reform? What will be the implications of the reform for the infrastructure and development of Mexico?

12:15 – 12:30 p.m. Keynote Remarks: José Ignacio Peralta, Undersecretary of Communications, Secretariat of Communications and Transportation 

12:30 – 1:30 p.m.   Panel: Reforms in Financial Services

  • Moderator: Carlos Mota, Journalist, El Financiero
  • Enrique De La Madrid Cordero, General Director, Bancomext
  • William Wheeler, President, Americas, MetLife
  • Guillermo Ortiz, Chairman, Grupo Financiero Banorte

Questions for discussion: What will change in the entrepreneurial climate with more access to credit? What does this imply for the largest Mexican companies? For the Mexican economy? How will these reforms make it easier for Mexican companies that want to transform to a global scale? How will this affect productivity?

1:30 – 1:45 p.m.     Closing Remarks: Fernando Aportela, Undersecretary of Finance and Public Credit, Secretariat of Finance and Public Credit. (Download his presentation)

*To be confirmed