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Mexico's Elections: The Race to Los Pinos

Americas Society / Council of the Americas

April 18, 2018



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AS/COA presents a panel discussion on Mexico’s political and economic outlook leading up to the 2018 presidential elections. Described as the biggest election in Mexican history, this election will redefine the role of the government in areas such as economic development, trade, security, and energy. Amid an uncertain global economic environment, Mexico’s 2018 elections will be followed closely by the international community. Elections will be taking place for presidency, plus all 500 members of the Chamber of Deputies and 128 members of the Senate. Leading experts will discuss the upcoming elections and the prospects for economic growth, market competitiveness, and political and economic reforms in coming years. Panelists also will address the security situation in the country and the overall political environment.


  • Alonso Cervera, Chief Economist for Latin America, Credit Suisse  @A_Cervera
  • Antonio Ortiz-Mena, Senior Vice President, Albright Stonebridge Group @Antonio_OrtizM
  • Jorge Suárez-Vélez, Columnist, Reforma and CNN @jorgesuarezv
  • Lisa Schineller, Managing Director, S&P Global Ratings (moderator)

Registration: This event is complimentary for all AS, COA, Chairman’s Council, President Circle, and YPA members, and $15 for all non-members.
Registration prior to the event is required.

Event Information: Yvette Garza | | 1-212-277-8387
Sponsorship Opportunities: Ana Calderon | | 1-212-277-8358
AS Individual Membership Information: Beckie Bintrim | | 1-212-277-8342
COA Corporate Membership Info: Natalia Williamson | | 1-212-277-8374
Note: To view a list of COA corporate members, please click here.
Press Inquiries:
Cancellation: Please contact Juan Serrano-Badrena at before 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 17.

Alonso Cervera

Chief Economist for Latin America, Credit Suisse

Alonso Cervera is a managing director in the Emerging Markets Economics Research group at Credit Suisse, based in Mexico City. He and his New York-based team are responsible for the coverage of eight countries in Latin America, excluding Brazil. Cervera is directly responsible for the team and for the coverage of Mexico and Chile. He has been with Credit Suisse since 1999. His previous work experience includes positions at IGI, Deutsche Bank Mexico and the Central Bank of Mexico.

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Antonio Ortiz-Mena

Senior Vice President, Albright Stonebridge Group

Antonio Ortiz-Mena is a Senior Vice President at ASG, where he provides strategic counsel and assistance to clients across Latin America. Prior to joining ASG, Ortiz-Mena served for over eight years as the Head of Economic Affairs at the Embassy of Mexico in the United States, advising U.S. companies with a presence in Mexico and Mexican companies with a presence in the U.S. on regulatory and government issues. In this role, he served as the Embassy Liaison with the IMF, the World Bank, and the Inter-American Development Bank, as well as the G20 and the Mexico-U.S.

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Lisa M. Schineller

Economist and Managing Director, Latin American Sovereign Ratings, Standard & Poor’s

Lisa M. Schineller is a director in the Sovereign Ratings Department and economist for Latin America at Standard & Poor's and an adjunct associate professor at Columbia University. She is responsible for sovereign analysis in the Latin American Group and is the primary analyst for Mexico and other credits in the region. In her role as economist, she formulates S&P’s economic forecasts and publications for the Latin America region.

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Jorge Suarez-Velez

Columnist, Reforma and CNN

Jorge Suarez-Velez is the founding partner of SP Capital, which advises small companies and provides investment advice to families in Latin America. He has been president and CEO of ING Private Wealth Management, LLC; head of Latin America at Julius Baer; president and CEO of Banorte Securities; and head of Latin American research for Nomura Securities. As an economic and political analyst, Suarez-Velez writes for the Mexican newspapers Reforma, El Economista, Excelsior and El Financiero de Mexico.

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