2019 Distinguished Speaker Series

 Ambassador Arturo Sarukhan

Earl Anthony Wayne

Ambassador Arturo Sarukhan is an international strategic consultant and advisor, public speaker, and media contributor based in Washington, D.C., and a former Mexican Ambassador to the U.S. (2007-2013). He’s a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at The Brookings Institution; a Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the USC Annenberg Public Diplomacy School; and a postgraduate professor at George Washington University. 

Ambassador Sarukhan is a digital diplomacy pioneer, becoming the first Ambassador accredited to the U.S. to use Twitter in an official capacity. He writes a biweekly column on international issues in Mexico City’s El Universal newspaper and frequently publishes op-ed’s in U.S. media outlets. Ambassador Sarukhan participates in a weekly Mexican TV newscast and in a weekly radio segment in Mexico City.

About Ambassador Sarukhan:

  • The grandson of conflict refugees in Mexico, he is a career diplomat and received the rank of Career Ambassador in 2006.
  • He served in the Mexican Foreign Ministry as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Inter-American Affairs, Chief of Policy Planning, and Consul General to New York, among other positions. He was a member of the diplomatic team that secured congressional passage of NAFTA in 1993.
  • In 2006, after requesting a leave of absence from the Foreign Service, he joined the Presidential Campaign of Felipe Calderon as Foreign Policy Advisor and International Spokesperson. He then became coordinator of the foreign policy Transition Team and was appointed Ambassador to the U.S. in February 2007.
  • Ambassador Sarukhan has been decorated by the governments of Spain and Sweden, and has received several awards in recognition of his diplomatic achievements.
  • He sits on several boards, including the Americas Society, the Annenberg-Drier Commission at Sunnylands, the Inter- American Dialogue, and the National Immigration Forum. He has been a Distinguished Diplomat- in-Residence at the Woodrow Wilson Center and a Pacific Leadership Fellow at UCSD. He holds a B.A. in International Relations from El Colegio de México and an M.A. in U.S. Foreign Policy from the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) of Johns Hopkins University, where he was a Fulbright Scholar and Ford Foundation Fellow.
  • He was included in the List of Global Leaders from Monocle magazine, and was on “The 300 Most Influential Mexican Leaders” list of Líderes Mexicanos magazine five years in a row.


Event Details

When: October 10, 2019

Where: The Philanthropy Theatre (125 W. Mills Ave.)


4:00 p.m. Program

5:00 p.m. Reception (Oishii Room)

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Sponsorship opportunities available. For more information contact Susan Melendez.