2017-18 FoCUS Delegates

Roxanne Padilla, FoCUS Delegate '17-18

"The forum was the perfect experience that allowed me to use my knowledge of my majors and apply them to understanding the complexities of the US-Mex relations. Hearing from leading experts in their field and to have them mostly be women of color was incredibly inspiring and uplifting."

Eduardo Bravo, FoCUS Delegate

"FoCUS was one of the best opportunities I had during college. I met my current business partners there and made excellent friends."

Past Speakers


Lino Cattaruzzi

Cattaruzzi is Google MENA’s (Middle East and North Africa) Managing Director since November 2016. Previously, he was country Director for Google in Mexico and before that Argentina. Lino also worked at Google’s Headquarters in California, leading the global Sales Strategy team for Online Media Solutions and was previous to that in charge of the Online Sales Organization for Germany, Switzerland and Austria while based out of Dublin.

2016 Conference | ITAM


Héctor Slim Seade

Presently, Héctor Slim Seade occupies the position of Chairman of Grupo Financiero Inbursa and Chief Executive Officer & Director at Teléfonos de México (TELMEX)

2016 Conference | ITAM


Valeria Moy

Director of México ¿Como Vámos?  - a group of researchers composed of a plural group of academic and experts in Mexican public policy and economics. 

2016 Conference | ITAM


Alejandro Toledo

Elected in April 2001, Toledo served as the 63rd President of Peru until 2006. 

2016 Conference | Stanford University


Alberto de la Fuente

Prior to being named President of Shell in Mexico in 2012, Alberto worked in the Office of the Presidency, in the Ministry of Energy and in the Energy Regulatory Commission. Alberto was later elected Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Mexican Association of Hydrocarbon Companies (AMEXHI).

2015 Conference | ITAM


Karen Antebi

Part of the Embassy of Mexico in Washington, Antebi serves as Counselor for Economic Affairs, Chief of Staff to Mexico's Deputy Secretary of Commerce, and a member of Mexico's NAFTA negotiating team. 

2017-18 Conference | Stanford University 


Juan Carlos Romero Hicks

First becoming Governor of Guanajuato in 2000, Romero later was appointed Director General for the Mexican National Science and Technology Council - where he served until 2011. Currently, he is the President of the Education Commission and member of the Foreign Affairs Commission. 

2016 Conference | ITAM


Ricardo Raphael

Journalist, academic and writer. General Director of the Tlatelolco University Cultural Center (UNAM), professor of subjects in the CIDE and conductor of the programs Espiral and #Calle11  (Channel 11) and There is No Common Place (ADN News)

2017-18 Conference | Stanford University 


Gabriela Cuevas Barron

Cuevas Barron has been in politics for the last 20 years and a senator since September 2012. She is the Chairperson of the Foreign Relations Committee, which is responsible for the analysis of Mexico’s foreign policy. She is the 29th President of the Inter-Parliamentary Union.

2016 Conference | ITAM


Juan Manuel Calderón Jaimes

Consul General of Mexico in San José, California since November 3, 2017. Calderón Jaimes has extensive experience in consular issues and protection of Mexicans abroad. In the Ministry of Foreign Affairs he has been Deputy General Director of Modernization and Consular Administration in the General Directorate of Consular Services, advisor of the General Directorate of Protection and Director of Consular Affairs.

2017-18 Conference | Stanford University