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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 Calderon’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 Calderon 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 Calderon 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.

Felipe Calderon Biography, Background, and Speaker Profile

Prior to his role as president, Calderón was Secretary of Energy and the director of BANOBRAS (Public Works Bank) in President Vicente Fox’s administration. He was also a Congressman several times, leader of the National Action Party (PAN) in the lower House, and Secretary General and National President of PAN.

Under his administration, Mexico achieved universal health coverage. The president also established economic reform as a top priority of his administration. Despite the widespread impact of the 2009 economic crisis in Mexico, President Calderón’s leadership in overcoming the recession and improving Mexico’s competitiveness has been widely recognized. Under his tenure, the Mexican economy registered stability, economic growth and job creation. In 2012, President Calderón chaired the G20 conference.

During his presidency, Mexico chaired the COP 16 conference, for which it was recognized as a global leader in fighting the threat of climate change. President Calderón also made it his priority to enforce the law, fight international organized crime and provide security for Mexican families.

Currently, President Calderón serves as Chair of The Global Commission on the Economy and Climate, an Honorary Chairman of the Green Growth Action Alliance (WEF), President of the Sustainable Human Development Foundation, and Angelopoulos Global Public Leaders Fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

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