Jaime Serra is chairman of SAI Law and Economics (consulting firm) and founder of Aklara (electronic auctions), CAM (Arbitration Center of Mexico). He served in the Mexican government from 1986 to 1994, as Undersecretary of Finance, Secretary of Trade and Industry, and Secretary of Finance. As Secretary of Trade and Industry, he led the negotiation and implementation of NAFTA, headed the negotiations of free trade agreements with Chile, Colombia, Venezuela, Bolivia and Costa Rica, and promoted the creation of the Federal Competition Commission in Mexico, and the Mexican Institute for Industrial Property (IMPI). His collaboration with non-for profit boards include the Corporation of Yale University (1994-2001), the President’s Council of International Activities of Yale and member of The Trilateral Commission. Mr. Serra is Chairman of the board of BBVA Bancomer and director of the following publicly listed companies: The Mexico Fund, Tenaris, and Vitro.
Jaime Serra is a graduate of UNAM. He earned his Masters in Economics at El Colegio de Mexico and his Ph.D. in Economics at Yale University. He has been professor of Economics at El Colegio de Mexico, Stanford, Princeton and NYU. He received, among others, the National Prize for Social Sciences, Academia Mexicana de Ciencias, Mexico (1986), the National Prize for Economics (Banamex 1979), the Wilbur Lucius Cross Medal, Yale University (1993), and the Woodrow Wilson Award for Public Service, (2014). He is married to Joanna Wright and they have three sons: Sebastian, Daniel and Julian.