The Mexico Conference
The MX Conference 2021 is the fourth edition of the student conference organized by the Harvard University Mexican Association of Students (HUMAS).
The objective of the conference is to expose our conference attendees, most of whom are Mexican students at Harvard and other major universities, to the leading and often missing voices about the interdisciplinary issues and opportunities that Mexico faces in the 21st century. This year the conference will be held online.
The conference will draw prominent experts from Mexico and beyond that specialize in fields that range from financial inclusion, political participation of women, energy, public health, gender violence and inequality, and culture.
Conference open to the public.
All panels will be translated into English/Spanish in real time.
February 25, 2021
February 26, 2021
February 27, 2021
February 28, 2021
15:00 - 16:30 (CDMX) 16:00 - 17:30 (BOS)
We will stream an award-winning documentary on independent journalism brought to us by Ambulante: Radio Silence.
17:00 - 18:00 (CDMX) 18:00 - 19:00 (BOS)
Discussion with the Film's Director
Discussion of the documentary with the production team.
Juliana FanjulMexican Filmmaker and Director of Radio Silence
14:00-14:30 (CDMX) 15:00-15:30 (BOS)
Opening remarks by Steven Levitsky, Professor of Government at Harvard University
Steven LevitskyProfessor of Government at Harvard University
15:00-15:30 (CDMX) 16:00-16:30 (BOS)
Gastronomy in Mexico: a Critical Look
Elena ReygadasChef and Owner of Rosetta
Rodrigo del Río ModeratorPh.D. student in Romance Languages and Literatures
15:30-16:30 (CDMX) 16:30-17:30 (BOS)
Cultural Frontiers: Challenges and Perspectives of Cultural Representation in Mexico
Isaac HernándezPrincipal Dancer for the English National Ballet & Actor
Benjamín Juárez EcheniqueDirector of the Center for Mexican Studies of UNAM in Boston
Antonio Martínez VelázquezSpokesperson and Director of Communications for the Secretary of Culture.
Guillermo ArriagaWriter, Screenwriter, Director, and Producer
Adriana Gutiérrez ModeratorSenior Preceptor in Romance Languages and Literatures at Harvard
17:00-19:00 (CDMX) 18:00-20:00 (BOS)
COVID-19 in Mexico: Challenges, Actions and Vision for the Future
Martha DelgadoUndersecretary for Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights at the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs
David Kershenobich StalnikowitzGeneral Director of the Instituto Nacional de Ciencias Médicas y Nutrición Salvador Zubirán
Olivia López ArellanoMexico City's Health Minister
Fernando Petersen ArangurenState of Jalisco Minister of Health
Christian Cuéllar ModeratorMPA/ID student at Harvard Kennedy School
Jafet ArrietaSenior Director and Improvement Advisor for the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI)
Martín LajousAdjunct Associate Professor of Global Health and Population at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Julio FrenkPresident of the University of Miami and Former Minister of Health of Mexico
José Narro RoblesFormer Minister of Health of Mexico
Guillermo Torre-AmionePresident of TecSalud at the Tecnológico de Monterrey
Guillermo U. Ruiz-Esparza ModeratorMD PhD. Molecular NanoSystems. Harvard-MIT Program in Health Sciences and Technology
Diego Ramonfaur Gracia ModeratorMMSCI student at Harvard Medical School.
10:00-11:00 (CDMX) 11:00-12:00 (BOS)
Outlook and challenges for retirement savings in Mexico
Bernardo GonzálezPresident of AMAFORE
Carlos Ramírez FuentesConsultant at Integralia
Abraham Vela DibPresident of CONSAR
Brigitte Madrian ModeratorDean of the Marriott School of Business at Brigham Young University.
11:00-12:30 (CDMX) 12:00-13:30 (BOS)
Women’s political participation in Mexico: Challenges and Pending Issues
Citlalli HernándezMorena Secretary General
Carla HumphreyMember of the National Electoral Institute
Janine OtáloraJustice of the High Chamber of the Electoral Tribunal of the Federal Judiciary (TEPJF)
Olga Sánchez CorderoSecretary of Interior
Isabel Mejía Fontanot ModeratorMPP student at Harvard Kennedy School
13:00-14:00 (CDMX) 14:00-15:00 (BOS)
At the Border: Migration, Belonging, and Cultural Identity in the US and Mexico
Enrique AcevedoCorrespondent at CBS News and a member of the Board of Directors of The News Literacy Project
Valeria LuiselliFiction and Non-fiction writer
Julio SalgadoArtist, activist, and lecturer
Daniela Soto-InnesAward-wining Mexican chef
Roberto Gonzales ModeratorProfessor of Education at HGSE and Director of The Immigration Initiative at Harvard (IIH)
14:00-15:30 (CDMX) 15:00-16:30 (BOS)
Structural Violence and Gender Inequalities: Pending Tasks in Mexico
Isabel ErreguerenaExecutive Co-director of Equis Justicia
Sybel Galván GómezAmbassador for Mexico to the OECD
Fátima GamboaExecutive Co-director of Equis Justicia
Nadine GrossmanPresident of the National Women's Institute (INMUJERES)
Alexandra HaasExecutive Director of Oxfam Mexico
Estefanía Vela BarbaExecutive Director of Intersecta
Fernanda Gómez Balderas Moderator L.L.M. '21
15:30-16:30 (CDMX) 16:30-17:30 (BOS)
Virtual Networking Event with Harvard Students and Alumni
Connect with Mexican Harvard Students and Alumni in small breakout sessions. Don't miss out on this opportunity to add new people to your network!
18:00-19:00 (CDMX) 19:00-20:00 (BOS)
Live cook-along with Chef Eduardo García
Eduardo GarcíaMexican Chef and Founder of the restaurants Maximo Bistrot, Havre 77, and Lalo! in Mexico City
Corina Santangelo ModeratorMPA 1999 and Harvard Kennedy School Alumni Board
10:00-11:00 (CDMX) 11:00-12:00 (BOS)
Building the Future of Mexico with Science and Technology
Antonio LazcanoResearcher at UNAM
Fernando Lelo de LarreaCo-founder & Managing Partner at ALVVP
Gabriela Soto LaveagaProfessor of the History of Science and Antonio Madero Professor for the Study of Mexico
Guillermo Herrera-Arcos ModeratorPh.D. student in Media, Arts, and Sciences at MIT and researcher at the Biomechatronics Group within the MIT Media Lab
11:00-12:00 (CDMX) 12:00-13:00 (BOS)
Moving Forward: The Future of USMCA and US-Mexico Relations
Graciela Márquez ColínMember of the Governing Board of the National Institute of Statistics and Geography (INEGI)
Alejandrina SalcedoDirector of Prices, Regional Economies, and Information Analysis at Banxico
Álvaro SantosProfessor of Law and Faculty Director of the CAROLA at Georgetown Law
Roberto VelascoChargé d'Affairs for the Office of the Deputy Secretary for North America
Gordon Hanson ModeratorPeter Wertheim Professor in Urban Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School
12:30-13:30 (CDMX) 13:30-14:30 (BOS)
Mexico's Future: Energy Beyond Politics
Aldo Flores QuirogaFormer Deputy Secretary of Hydrocarbons
Montserrat RamiroGlobal Fellow Wilson Center
Lourdes MelgarMIT Center for Collective Intelligence Affiliate and Non-resident Fellow at the Baker Institute.
Carlos Rodrigo Lever Guzmán ModeratorRegional Dean at the School of Social Sciences, Tec de Monterrey
14:00-15:00 (CDMX) 15:00-16:00 (BOS)
Check back soon for more speakers!
Screening of Radio Silence, award-winning documentary, followed by a discussion with the film's Director.
Director of the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies and Proffesor of Government
Head Chef and Founder of Maximo Bistrot, Havre 77, and Lalo!
Documentary filmmaker, screenwriter and award-winning director!
Executive Director of Oxfam Mexico
Carlos Ramírez Fuentes
Consultant at Integralia
Secretary of Energy
Professor in the Brigham Young University Marriot School of Bussiness
Fernando Lelo de Larrea
Co-founder & Managing Partner at ALVVP
Fiction and non-fiction writer
President of AMAFORE
Benjamin Juárez Echenique
Director of the Center for Mexican Studies of UNAM in Boston
Board Member of INEGI
Petter Wertheim Professor in Urban Policy at HKS
Professor of Education at HGSE and Director of the Inmigration Initiative at Harvard (IIH)
Correspondent at CBS New and a member of Board of Directors of The News Literacy Project
Abraham Vela Dib
President fo CONSAR
Estefanía Vela Barba
Executive Director of Intersecta.
Director of Prices, Regional Economies, and Information Analysis at Banxico.
Professor of Law and Faculty Director of the CAROLA at Georgetown Law.
Principal Dancer for the English National Ballet & Actor.
Director General at the INCMNSZ.
President of TecSalud at the Tecnológico de Monterrey.
Adjunct Associate Professor of Global Health and Population at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
Olivia López Arrellano
Mexico City's Health Minister.
Undersecretary for Multilateral Affairs and Humans Rights at the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Sybel Galván Gómez
Ambassador for Mexico to the OECD.
Action Under Secretary for North America.
Former Minister of Health
Daniela Soto Innes
Award-wining Mexican chef.
Researcher at UNAM.
MIT Center for Collective Intelligence Affiliate and Non-resident Fellow at the Baker Institute.
President of the University of Miami an d Former Minister of Health of Mexico.
Antonio Martínez Velázquez
Spokesperson and Director of Communications for the Secretary of Culture.
State of Jalisco Health Minister.
Gabriela Solto Laveaga
Profesor of the History of Science and Antonio Madero Professor fot the Study of Mexico.
Writer, Screenwriter, Director, and Producer.
Chef and Owner of Rosetta.
Member of the National Electoral Institute.
Morena Secretary General.
Justice of the High Chamber of the Electoral Tribunal of the Federal Judiciary (TEPJF).
Writer, Screenwriter, Director and Producer.
Senior Preceptor in Romance Languages an d Literatures at Harvard.
Olga Sánchez Cordero
Secretary of the Interior.
Executive Co-Director of Equis Justicia.
Senior Director and Improvement Advisor of the Institute fot Healthcare Improvement (IHI)
President of the National Women’s Institute (Inmujeres).
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