Luis de la Calle

Luis de la Calle

Managing Director and Founding Partner, de la Calle, Madrazo, Mancera, S.C. (CMM), Mexico City; former Undersecretary for International Trade Negotiations

Biography

Luis de la Calle is the managing director and founding partner at de la Calle, Madrazo, Mancera, S.C. (CMM), offering strategic advice to clients on issues related to the economy, regulatory processes, and international trade. Prior to joining the private sector, he served as undersecretary for international trade negotiations in Mexico’s Ministry of the Economy. In this capacity he negotiated several of Mexico’s bilateral free trade agreements and regional and multilateral agreements with the World Trade Organization. During his term as undersecretary, he was a member of the Board at Pemex Exploration and Production and at the national forest commission; he was also executive secretary of the national foreign investment commission. Before he took office as undersecretary, Luis de la Calle served as trade and NAFTA minister at the Mexican Embassy in Washington, D.C. During his term he was instrumental in crafting and implementing the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Luis de la Calle also worked at the World Bank as country economist for the Czech and Slovak Republics, Poland, and the former Zaire. He has served as a professor at various academic institutions. He has a long list of publications and writes a bi-weekly column entitled “¿Qué más?” for the Mexican daily El Universal. Dr. de la Calle is a lecturer on international trade, the Mexican economy and other fields of academic research. He received his undergraduate degree in economics fromITAM and holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Virginia.