President of Mexico (1994-2000)
Place and Date of Birth
Mexico City, December 27, 1951.
Degree in Economics from the Advanced School of Economics at the National Polytechnic Institute of Mexico, M.A., M.Phil. and PhD in Economics from Yale University.
In 1978 Zedillo began a decade-long career at Mexico’s Central Bank, during which time he served as an economist, deputy manager of economic research, general director of a trust fund, and deputy director of the bank. He also taught macroeconomics and international economics at the Colegio de Mexico and the National Polytechnic Institute. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Procter and Gamble and Union Pacific and ALCOA, as well as an adviser for Daimler-Chrysler and Coca Cola. He is also a regular columnist in Forbes magazine.
In 1971 Zedillo joined the Partido Revolucionario Institucional (PRI). He taught at the Institute of Political, Economic and Social Studies (IEPES) of the PRI and presided over various positions of responsibility in the economic and financial administration.
In 1987, Zedillo was appointed Undersecretary of Planning and Budget in the Secretariat of Programming and Planning. In 1988 he was named Secretary of Programming and Budget, and was charged with executing the austerity measures prescribed by the IMF.
Zedillo was appointed Secretary of Education in 1992 and in 1993 he became the director of Luis Donaldo Colosio’s presidential campaign. Following Colosio’s assassination, Zedillo was chosen to be the presidential candidate for the PRI and was elected President of Mexico in 1994, serving in office until 2000.
Since leaving office, Zedillo has headed the High Level Panel on Funding and Development. He is also a visiting Professor at the London School of Economics and became the director of the Center for Globalization Studies at Yale University in 2002.
Zedillo has received decorations from the Governments of 32 countries and Doctorates Honoris Causa from Yale and Harvard Universities. He is also the recipient of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Freedom from Fear Award, the Gold Insigne of the Council of the Americas, the Tribuna Americana Award of the Casa de America of Madrid, and the Berkeley Medal from UC Berkeley.