Ernesto Zedillo

Former President of Mexico & Director,
54th President of Mexico

Ernesto Zedillo is Director of the Yale Center for the Study of Globalization and a Professor in the field of international economics and politics at Yale University. Born in Mexico City, he attended Mexican public schools, graduated from the School of Economics at the National Polytechnic Institute, and then earned a Ph.D. in Economics at Yale. He held several positions at the Central Bank of Mexico over the course of a nine-year tenure, including Deputy Manager of Economic Research, General Director of the trust fund for the renegotiation of private firms’ external debt, and finally, Deputy Director. He served in the national government from 1987 to 1993 as Undersecretary of the Budget, Secretary of the Budget and Economic Planning, and as Secretary of Education. In 1994 he was elected President of Mexico. For the next six years he led his country into the new millennium with an unflinching devotion to economic reform and a strong commitment to democratic values. He pulled the nation out of a financial crisis right at the start of his term and the result was that under his leadership, Mexico experienced its highest five-year period of GDP growth in recent history. At the same time, social programs were allocated an increasing proportion of the federal budget each year, reaching their highest historical share in 2000. Since leaving office in 2000, Ernesto Zedillo has remained a leading voice on globalization, especially regarding its impact on relations between developed and developing nations.