Speaker Series: Ernesto Zedillo -- An Evening with President Ernesto Zedillo

  • 23 Mar 2015
  • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
  • The East India Club 16 St. James’s Square London SW1Y 4LH
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Ernesto Zedillo 
Former President of Mexico
Director, Yale Center for the Study of Globalization

will speak on

"The (Seemingly) Stalling Economic Convergence:
Sequel of the Great Crisis or Consequence of Having Wasted it as an Opportunity?"


Monday, 23 March 2015
18:30 to 20:30
18:30: Drinks/
Canapés networking
19:15: Talk by Ernesto Zedillo

The East India Club

16 St. James’s Square
London SW1Y 4LH

The East India Club has a dress code of jacket and tie for gentlemen with commensurate formality for ladies, and use of mobile phones is strictly forbidden inside the Club.



To be added to the waiting list, please contact
Farouk Hadeed <farouk.hadeed@aya.yale.edu>

Junior Members: £20
Senior Members: £25

Guests: £35


About the Speaker: 

Ernesto Zedillo Ponce de León (MA ’76, PhD '81) is the Frederick Iseman '74 Director of the Yale Center for the Study of Globalization; Professor in the Field of International Economics and Politics; and Professor Adjunct of Forestry and Environmental Studies at Yale University.  He teaches two undergraduate seminars at Yale on "Debating Globalization" and "The Economic Evolution and Challenges of the Latin American and Caribbean Countries."

He earned his Bachelor's degree from the School of Economics of the National Polytechnic Institute in Mexico and Master's and Ph.D. degrees from Yale University.  He was a Professor at the National Polytechnic Institute and El Colegio de Mexico.  From 1978 to 1987 he was with the Central Bank of Mexico; from 1987 to 1988 he served the National Government of Mexico as Undersecretary of Budget; from 1988 to 1992 as Secretary of Economic Programming and the Budget; and in 1992 he was appointed Secretary of Education.  In 1994 Zedillo ran for the presidency and won.  He served his country as President of Mexico from 1994 to 2000.

He currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of the Natural Resource Governance Institute; and Co-Chair of the Inter-American Dialogue.  He serves on the Global Commission on Drug Policy, chaired by Fernando Henrique Cardoso, and is a member of The Elders, an independent group of global leaders using their collective experience and influence for peace, justice and human rights worldwide.  From 2010 to 2012 he served as Vice Chair of the Global Commission on Elections, Democracy and Security, chaired by Kofi Annan; from 2010 to 2013 as Chairman of the Oversight Board of the National Resource Charter; from 2005 to 2011, as Chair of the Global Development Network; from 2010 to 2013 as Co-Chair of the Regional Migration Study Group; and from 2008 to 2010 as Chair of the High Level Commission on Modernization of World Bank Group Governance. 

He previously served on the International Commission on Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament; was appointed by Mohamed ElBaradei to serve as Chair of the Commission of Eminent Persons to recommend the future course of the International Atomic Energy Agency; co-chaired the Partnership of the Americas Commission with Thomas Pickering, and co-chaired the Commission on Drugs and Democracy with former Presidents Cardoso of Brazil and Gaviria of Colombia.

He currently is a Member of the Group of Thirty (G30) and the Board of Directors of the Peterson Institute for International Economics.  He is a Distinguished Practitioner of the Blavatnik School of Government at Oxford and in 2011 he was elected an international member of the American Philosophical Society.  He holds honorary degrees from Yale and Harvard Universities; the University of Ghana; the Hebrew University of Jerusalem; the University of Massachusetts, Amherst; and the University of Miami.

His edited volume, Rethinking the War on Drugs through the US-Mexico Prism (YCSG), was published in 2012 and two other edited volumes, Global Warming: Looking Beyond Kyoto (Brookings/YCSG) and The Future of Globalization: Explorations in Light of Recent Turbulence (Routledge) were published in 2008.

For more information about Professor Ernesto Zedillo, please see:



About the Talk:

Professor Ernesto Zedillo will discuss the economic and political dynamics that have lead to a stalled global recovery following the Great Recession.  He will examine the structural economic issues and challenges countries face in reorienting their economies to reach sustainable future growth.  In his talk, Professor Zedillo will discuss how the world economy might be wading into a new phase of the same crisis by extending sub-optimal growth for years to come and even leading to a recurrence of critical financial instability due to missed opportunities to tackle the root causes of the crisis.

Please note the following dress code for the East India Club: 

Ladies - smart separates, elegant dress or business attire. Trousers should be tailored.
Gentlemen - business attire or a jacket, collar and tie, with tailored trousers
Casual wear (e.g. leather clothing, denim type material, polo-neck sweaters, tracksuits, t-shirts, shorts, mini-skirts and leggings, training shoes, deck shoes or similar casual footwear) is not permitted.
The East India Club has a strict 'no mobile phones' policy.
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