The mexico conference 2.0

presented by Students at harvard

Perspectives on Inclusion: “Will Mexico’s Left Be For Everyone?”

This panel brings to the fore questions regarding the emergence of the “Left” movement in Mexico’s upcoming administration. Our panelists will discuss the impact on issues that touch on inclusion and that have long remained at the margins. Specifically, the panel will address whether the administration will create an agenda for inclusion and diversity, and if this notion truly permeates the leftist volition. Our three panelists will have a crucial remark on social justice, which promises an increasing visibility for underserved communities in today’s global Mexico. Questioning the “Left” will provide an insightful conversation on the platforms of the forthcoming administration, and it will prove if this scenario is truly the case in what the elections meant for the greater civil society.

Moderated by Angélica Márquez-Osuna - Graduate History of Science Student at Harvard

Business in the face of change

As a new administration takes over in Mexico, multiple actors in the business ecosystem, from large businesses to entrepreneurs, will face hiring, expansion and fundraising decisions. What factors are they most concerned with and what is their outlook for the upcoming years? How will the new administration affect the opportunities that they can pursue? Will regulation impact the ease of doing business?

Moderated by Diego Desvignes - MBA Student at Harvard Business School

Closing Mexico’s Inequality Gap: Reflections on the New Administration’s Path Forward

This panel brings to the fore questions regarding the economic priorities for the new administration. Our panelists will discuss whether AMLO’s cabinet and proposals will be successful in reducing Mexico’s poverty while achieving macroeconomic stability.

Moderated by Rubén Araiza - MPA Student at the Harvard Kennedy School

Security and Justice in México: New Pathways to End Violence

A few steps from the American border, the ongoing Drug Wars have tallied more deaths than the armed conflict in Syria: in little more than a decade, 150,000 people have died in what is now the largest armed conflict in the Western Hemisphere. While violence looms high among the causes underpinning the political upheaval that led to the recent presidential election, regional policymakers’ options are often limited to the arguably unsuccessful military strategy. This panel will analyze the incoming Administration’s challenges in regard to security and justice and will seek to delineate the requirements for promoting long-term peace in México.

Moderated by Diane Davis - Charles Dyer Norton Professor of Regional Development and Urbanism and Chair of the Department of Urban Planning and Design at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design

Human Capital in Mexico: Challenges and Opportunities in the 21st Century

Despite Mexico being the 11th place largest economy in the world (in GDP per capita), it is the 69th place on the Global Human Capital Index. The gap between GDP and the Human Capital Index is not proportional. The most important factors in improving human capital are access to quality education, health services, science, and culture. These areas are indispensable in developing a nation's human capital. This panel seeks to promote an honest and profound dialogue that leads to a call to action for improving Mexico's most valuable resource: its people.

Moderated by Gabriela Soto Laveaga - Professor of the History of Science at Harvard University

soft power-Beyond Mexico

Mexico is positioned as a soft power with significant global influence across a range of cultural and creative spheres. This wealth has become an asset for expanding national visibility, improving economic and social prospects within and outside its borders and achieving positive impact through alternate structures. Culture is also an essential element in a critical, outspoken and prosperous civil society. As such, it is a vital part of the equation needed to achieve a more just, egalitarian and cohesive reality. Today, culture in Mexico is at a juncture of increasing international projection and recognition and at the same time it is subject to ever present hardships such as lack of funding, structural deficiencies in education and a lack of platforms to develop further. Many of our most talented creatives leave Mexico or become recognized abroad before garnering local support.

Mexico: The new political landscape

Mexico recently elected a new President with an astonishing 53% of votes. Andrés Manuel López Obrador and his new ruling coalition won not only the Presidency but also the majority in both chambers of Congress: such a clear political mandate hasn’t occurred in México in more than two decades. Some welcome this change with high expectations and optimism, others fear a return of old-style politics. This happens only 18 years after Mexico consolidated its democracy: What challenges await the incoming administration? What role does the opposition play in this new political dynamic? This panel will discuss the impact of this recent political revolution and will analyze what to expect from the first left leaning President in more than 50 years.

Moderated by José Luis Gallegos - MPA Student at the Harvard Kennedy School