Ildefonso Guajardo Villareal

Ildefonso Guajardo Villareal

Secretary of Economy


Mr. Guajardo obtained his B.A. in Economics at the Autonomous University of Nuevo Leon and pursued graduate studies in Economics at the Arizona State University and the University of Pennsylvania.

He was an Associate Economist in the Fiscal Affairs Department at the International Monetary Fund. He has also served as public officer for more than 25 years in different positions such as Director of the North American Free Trade Agreement Affairs Office, based at the Embassy of Mexico in Washington, D.C.

At the federal level, he served as Chief Clerk at the Foreign Affairs Ministry, as well as Undersecretary of Tourism Development; and Technical Secretary for Planning, Communication and Liaison at the Trade and Industrial Development Ministry (now the Ministry of Economy). Moreover, Mr. Guajardo has been a Federal Deputy in two occasions. In his home state, Nuevo León, he was Head of the Governor’s Executive Office and member of Congress for the First Local District of Monterrey.

During the presidential campaign of Enrique Peña Nieto, Mr. Guajardo served as Coordinator of the Entrepreneurial Liaison; and Vice Coordinator of Political Economy in the Transition Team of President-elect Mr. Peña Nieto.

On December 1st 2012, Mr. Guajardo was appointed Minister of Economy.

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