Mexico Conference
2018

Agenda

FEB 2-3, 2018

THE MEXICO CONFERENCE

PRESENTED BY STUDENTS AT HARVARD


Friday, February 2, Harvard Graduate School of Education

Saturday, February 3, Harvard Kennedy School


Feb
2
6:00 PM18:00

Mexican Soft Power

  • Askwith Auditorium, Longfellow Building, Harvard Graduate School of Education (map)
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Francisco Alcaraz, Master Distiller and International Director, Tequila Patrón

Daniela Liebman, Pianist

Paulina Suárez-Hesketh, Director of Ambulante

Mexican Soft Power will study the success that Mexico has enjoyed in the projection of its soft power through its culture, traditions, graphic arts, music, food, drinks, and cinema. We hope to draw lessons from this success and understand what is transferable to other areas where Mexico has yet to succeed.

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Feb
2
7:00 PM19:00

Is Democracy Working? Reformulating the Model

  • Askwith Auditorium, Longfellow Building, Harvard Graduate School of Education (map)
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José Woldenberg, former President of Mexico’s Federal Electoral Institute

Roberto Gil*, Senator and former President of the Mexican Senate

María Marván Laborde, Coordinator of Electoral Law at the Legal Research Institute at the Mexican National Autonomous University and former Chairwoman of Mexico’s Transparency Institute and of Mexico’s Federal Electoral Institute

How did Mexico’s current democratic system come to be? How is it performing today considering the transformation that the country has undergone since democracy’s advent? The panel will build on the answer to these questions to analyze the challenges that Mexico’s democracy is facing and propose solutions to increase the levels of trust and satisfaction while reducing gridlock and promoting better governance. 

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Feb
3
9:00 AM09:00

Rule of Law in Mexico: A Pending Agenda?

  • Littauer Building, 1st Floor, Harvard Kennedy School (map)
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Gerardo Laveaga, General Director of the Mexican National Institute of Criminal Science

Pedro Salazar, Director of the Legal Research Institute at the Mexican National Autonomous University

Javier Láynez, Justice of the Mexican Supreme Court

Amidst the most violent decades in México’s history, the country is dealing with a real impunity problem. During the last decade, Mexican Authorities have responded by approving a series of constitutional reforms that transform the Justice System. Results, however, have been ambiguous: criminal justice remains hazardous - or selective -, and the judiciary is still not a reliable safeguard to infringements of Human Rights. Some people demand that politicians be jailed, others focus on building reliable public services – México must discuss how to build its Rule of Law.

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Feb
3
10:00 AM10:00

Security in Mexico: Challenges & Solutions

  • Littauer Building, 1st Floor, Harvard Kennedy School (map)
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Renato Sales Heredia, National Security Commissioner

Alan Bersin, Assistant Secretary for International Affairs, Chief Diplomatic Officer with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

Gen. Guillermo Almazan Bertotto, Commander of Mexico’s 11th Military Zone

Mexico's path to sustainable development must include the security of its citizens. This panel will discuss Mexico's most pressing security challenges and address issues such as the involvement of the Mexican Military in supporting public security as well as the importance of the cooperation between Mexico and the US. Finally, "Security in Mexico: Challenges & Solutions" will provide recommendations on how to overcome Mexico’s security challenges.

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Feb
3
11:15 AM11:15

NAFTA: Challenges and Opportunities

  • Littauer Building, 1st Floor, Harvard Kennedy School (map)
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Ildefonso Guajardo, Secretary of Economy

What is at stake during NAFTA’s renegotiation process? What is Mexico's strategy? Renegotiating NAFTA will offer an assessment of the negotiation process of a trade agreement that has made North America one of the world’s regional powerhouses and discuss opportunities to build on NAFTA to bring the region closer together. Finally, "Renegotiating NAFTA" will explire Mexico's strategy to grow its commercial ties with other partners beyond NAFTA.

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Feb
3
12:00 PM12:00

Launching Mexico Into the XXI Century: A New Economic Model

  • Littauer Building, 1st Floor, HKS (map)
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Gerardo Esquivel, Executive Coordinator of Research at Belisario Domínguez Institute of the Mexican Senate

Macario Schettino, Economist, Professor, Researcher, and Political Analyst

Valeria Moy, General Director of México, ¿Cómo Vamos?

Launching Mexico into the XXI Century will assess the sustainability of Mexico’s current economic model in light of the current global transformations and increasing inequality. The discussion will then gear towards identifying changes that the country needs to implement in order to take advantage of the changes in productive models and social structures to become one of the XXI century’s success stories.

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Feb
3
2:45 PM14:45

Improving People’s Health

  • Littauer Building, 1st Floor, Harvard Kennedy School (map)
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Roberto Tapia Conyer, CEO of Fundación Carlos Slim and former Undersecretary of Health.

Gabriela Soto Laveaga, History of Science Professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Héctor Valle, Vice-President of Fundación Mexicana para la Salud, Founder and Partner of INNOVA Salud

This panel will discuss successes Mexico has had in improving the health of Mexicans, including reforms to improve access to health services such as the Seguro Popular. Panelists will also discuss what the priorities are for Mexico to improve people’s health in the coming decades, and highlight promising interventions or reforms to address health challenges, for instance, the diabetes epidemic, the poor quality of health services, and increasing health care costs, among others.

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Feb
3
4:00 PM16:00

Starting Up Mexico

  • Littauer Building, 1st Floor, Harvard Kennedy School (map)
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Daniel Vogel, Bitso President and Founder

Gloria Canales, Category Leader & General Manager at Amazon Fashion and Dafiti Co-founder

Fernando Lelo de Larrea, ALLVP Managing Partner

What is driving the boom in entrepreneurship in Mexico? What challenges remain for entrepreneurs? What new opportunities will spring up for Mexican entrepreneurs with the arising of new technologies and industries? Starting up Mexico will build on the answers to these questions to think about the role that entrepreneurship will play in turning Mexico into one of the leading innovation hotspots of the XXI Century.

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