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Felipe Calderon

  • President of Mexico (2006-2012)

Felipe Calderón is the 56th President of Mexico. Establishing economic reform as a top priority of his administration, Calderón implemented policies that catapulted Mexico into a powerful player in the global economy. With his experience as an influential policymaker, both in Mexico and on the world stage, President Calderón is in a unique position to assess the transforming world economy.

He has been  named “Statesman of the Year” by the World Economic Forum, and “Champion of the Earth” by the United Nations, among other acknowledgments. TIME magazine has designated him as one of their top 100 influential people in the world.

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The New Global Economy

During his six years in office, Felipe Calderón implemented policies that catapulted Mexico into a powerful player in the global economy. With his experience as an influential policymaker, both in Mexico and on the world stage, Calderón assesses the transforming world economy and how it will impact your organization.

Expansion, Innovation and Transformation: What It Takes to Lead

A leader who helped launch Mexico into the 21st century and improved its competitiveness in the global sphere, President Calderón established himself as a powerful president who could get things done. Named one of Time magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in the World,” Calderón confronted issues head on in order to elevate Mexico to a more powerful world player. In this insightful speech, President Calderón offers key insight into strategic policymaking and implementing long-term solutions in this interdependent world.

U.S.-Mexico Relations and Immigration

Immigration is one of the most significant international issues in the 21st century, and a topic of major debate in the U.S. and around the world. President Calderón’s message is that the first and most important thing to do is to promote jobs and opportunities in Mexico and migrant countries to reduce migration. He has maintained that, although he is not interested in promoting Mexican immigration to the U.S., he wants to ensure that Mexican immigrants in the U.S. can live and work in dignity.

President Calderón developed a holistic vision of shared responsibilities with Washington to attack the causes and effects of the undocumented migratory flows to the United States. President Calderon understood the link between migration and regional development. This led to policies that enabled Mexico to reduce net migration to the United States to zero in the last three years of his term, 2010 to 2012.

In this speech, President Calderón addresses the unique relationship between the United States and Mexico, and discusses how immigration reform would lead to long-lasting economic and political benefits for the two nations.

Energy, Business and the New Climate Economy

As Chair of the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate, President Calderón oversees a collective of countries, economists and scientists which helps businesses prosper within a 'New Climate Economy.' President Calderón helps businesses and societies examine the relationship between core economic goals, such as growth, investment, employment, poverty reduction and income distribution, and policies towards climate risk and mitigation. In addition to his position as Chair of the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate, President Calderón is also current Honorary Chairman of the Green Growth Action Alliance; President of the Sustainable Human Development Foundation; and a Member of the Board of Directors of the World Resources Institute.

Felipe Calderon Biography, Background, and Speaker Profile

Under his administration the Mexican economy registered stability and economic growth. Despite the impact of the 2009 international economic crisis, he boosted competitiveness in Mexico by deregulating the economy, promoting free trade, competition, private investment and technical education, as well as increasing investment in infrastructure to unprecedented levels. He also led an unmatched effort to enforce the rule of law.

During his tenure, Mexico became one of the most important exporters in the world, exporting 60% of the total manufactured products in Latin American and Caribbean Region. When he took office, Mexico was the 9th largest exporter of vehicles in the world, and by the end of his administration it was the 4th largest, surpassing Spain, the UK and the US among others.

Currently, he is the Honorary Chairman of the Green Growth Action Alliance (WEF), member of the Policy Advisory Council of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), President of Sustainable Human Development Foundation, Member of the Board of Directors of the World Resources Institute and Chairman of the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate, responsible for coordinating the “Better Climate, Better Growth: The New Climate Economy Report”.

Recently, President Calderón published Los Retos que Enfrentamos, a book which points out the main policies carried out during his administration. Its appearance has sparked an intense debate on the public policies that Mexico has followed on its path to development, as one of the leading emerging economies.

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