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Luis Ernesto Derbez

Luis Ernesto Derbez
Derbez speaking at the opening of a Uriarte Talavera exhibition at the Franz Mayer Museum
Secretary of Foreign Affairs
In office
January 15, 2003 – November 30, 2006
President Vicente Fox
Preceded by Jorge Castañeda
Succeeded by Patricia Espinosa
Secretary of Economy
In office
December 1, 2000 – January 10, 2003
Preceded by Herminio Blanco
Succeeded by Fernando Canales
Personal details
Born (1947-04-01) April 1, 1947
Mexico City
Political party Partido Acción Nacional
Alma mater Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosí
Profession Economist

Luis Ernesto Derbez Bautista (born April 1, 1947 in Mexico City) is a Mexican politician and current rector[1] of the Universidad de Las Américas.

Upon assuming power in December 2000, Secretary of Foreign Affairs, a position that he held until President Vicente Fox's term ended on December 1, 2006.

He was one of the contenders seeking the vacant position of Chile's Interior Minister José Miguel Insulza won the position.

Since January 2007, Luis Ernesto Derbez has been the General Director of the Centre for Globalization, Competitiveness and Democracy at the Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey, Campus Santa Fe, and Secretary for International Affairs of the PAN. Between January 2003 and December 2006, he was the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Mexico; and between December 2000 and December 2002, he was the Minister of Economy. From July to November 2000, he chaired President-elect Vicente Fox transition team, which defined Mexico's 2000-2006 economic and social programs.

Prior to joining Fox's Presidential campaign team in 1997, Derbez had a distinguished professional and academic career working for the World Bank Group, the Inter-American Development Bank, Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies and Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey. He also did consulting work for some of Mexico's leading private sector companies such as Alfa, Vitro, Visa, and FEMSA. As head of the Ministries of Economy and Foreign Affairs, Derbez has vigorously increased the country's presence in world business and political affairs.


  • Political career 1
  • Other affiliations 2
  • Education 3
  • External links 4
  • References 5

Political career

As Minister of Economy, Derbez was in charge of Mexico's international trade negotiations. In 2001, he finalized the trade agreement between China and Mexico which allowed China's accession to the

Political offices
Preceded by
Jorge Castañeda Gutman
Secretary of Foreign Affairs
2003 –2006
Succeeded by
Patricia Espinosa
Preceded by
Herminio Blanco
Secretary of Economy
2000 – 2003
Succeeded by
Fernando Canales Clariond
  1. ^ Website of the Rector's Office at the Universidad de las Américas Puebla
  2. ^ Iowa State University Alumni Association


  • Blog del Rector Dr Derbez Bautista's blog in Spanish as Rector of the Universidad de las Américas
  • Derbez Bautista's page at the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences

External links


Born in 1947, Derbez is married and has 2 daughters. He holds a B.A. in Economics from the Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosí (1970). He was awarded the Fulbright-Haynes Scholarship and completed a Master's degree in Economics from University of Oregon (1974). He finished a Ph.D. in Economics at Iowa State of Science and Technology (1980).

Derbez is a member of Sigma-Xi and Phi-Kappa-Phi, and was granted by Iowa State University its Distinguished Achievement Alumni Award in 2006, the first time ever given to a non-US national. He has published many articles and book chapters, and has lectured extensively in many countries. He speaks fluently Spanish, English and French.

Derbez was a member of the Board of Directors of PEMEX and Pemex International (PMI), Banco Nacional de Comercio Exterior (Bancomext), and Mexico's Science and Technology Council (CONACYT). In 2001 and 2002, he was Chairman of the Board for Exportadora de Sal, S.A. and Transportes de Sal, S.A., joint ventures between the Mexican Government and the Mitsubishi Corporation.

Other affiliations
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