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NYU Alumni and Parents Reception in Mexico

Date: 10/23/2013
Time: 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM

Club Piso 51
Paseo de la Reforma #505, Col. Cuauhtémoc
Mexico City, Mexico

Please join Sarah Waterbury, Vice President of University Development, and Yolanda Silva, Director of Global Alumni Relations, for an NYU Parents & Alumni Reception in Mexico City! Our distinguished speaker for the night will be Dr. Rafael Fernández de Castro, Foreign Policy Advisor to the President Felipe Calderon during his administration. Dr. Fernández de Castro will talk about the current foreign policy challenges in Mexico.

There is no cost to attend this event, which is open to alumni from all New York University schools and their guests. Complimentary hors d'oeuvres and wine will be served.

NYU Global Alumni Relations


About our Speaker

Rafael Fernández de Castro is a renowned political scientist both in Mexico and abroad. He is Founder and Chair of the School of International Relations within the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM), which is considered the best B.A. program in the country and one of the best in Latin America. From June 2008 to February 2011, he served as the Foreign Affairs Advisor to the President of Mexico.

Dr. Fernández de Castro’s academic career stands out for his entrepreneurial drive, the inception of a number of relevant institutions, and his extensive publication of books and articles. Currently, he is coordinating the 2013 Regional Human Development Report on Citizen Security, from the UNDP. In addition to ITAM’s School of International Relations, Dr. Fernández de Castro has also founded: the Foreign Affairs en Español Magazine, a sister publication of the world’s most important international relations journal; the U.S.-Mexico Futures Forum with the University of California, Berkeley; the Mexican International Affairs Council (known as COMEXI in its Spanish acronym), serving as its first Vice President; the European Integration Studies Institute (IIE in its Spanish acronym); the Inter-American Program and Studies Center (CEPI in its Spanish acronym); and the Philanthropy and Civil Society Program.

Dr. Fernández de Castro also has had an active participation in multidisciplinary teams with researchers of diverse nationalities. He was co-director of the Binational Panel on Migration at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He has built up academic networks which contribute to the integration of Mexico to the international stage, and he participates in several professional organizations. He is currently a member of the Regional Agenda Council for Latin America of the World Economic Forum; the Board of Directors of the Mexican Institute of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; and in 2007, he received the Robert F. Kennedy Visiting Professorship in Latin American Studies from Harvard University. He was research fellow at the Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona, Carleton University in Canada, and Georgetown University. Additionally he was senior research fellow at the Brookings Institution and the Inter-American Dialogue.

In June 2008, Dr. Fernández de Castro was appointed Foreign Policy Advisor to the President of Mexico. In this capacity, he chaired important inter-agency task forces and working groups, such as the Commission for the Development of Mexico’s Southern Border; the Academic Committee for the 16th Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 16), and the Working Group on Mexico-China Relations.

Dr. Fernández de Castro holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Georgetown University, a M.A. degree in Public Policy from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin, and a B.A. degree in Social Sciences from ITAM. He has been awarded two Fulbright scholarships and the Public Service Award from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs.

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