Ernesto Zedillo Named Center’s Frederick Iseman ’74 Director

Ernesto Zedillo, named as the inaugural Frederick Iseman ‘74 Director of the Yale Center for the Study of Globalization, is a noted economist who has been a leading voice on globalization, especially its impact on relations between developed and developing nations.

He served as president of Mexico from 1994 to 2000, and came to Yale in 2002 as the director of the Center for the Study of Globalization. He has been an influential spokesperson on issues related to international trade, finance and political economy, and on the alleviation of world poverty.

At Yale, Zedillo is also Professor in the Field of International Economics and Politics and an adjunct professor at the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies.

As Mexico’s president, Zedillo orchestrated that nation’s first peaceful transfer of power following 71 years of uninterrupted rule by a single political party. Among other achievements, he was credited with strengthening democratic institutions in the country, promoting an economic recovery and expanding Mexico’s ties to countries around the world.

Zedillo is the editor of two recent books: “Global Warming: Looking Beyond Kyoto” and “The Future of Globalization: Explorations in Light of Recent Turbulence.”

A graduate of the School of Economics of the National Polytechnic Institute in Mexico, Zedillo earned an M.A. in 1976 and a Ph.D. in 1981, both from Yale. After leaving Yale, he was a professor at the National Polytechnic Institute and El Colegio de Mexico.

He served from 1978 to 1987 at the Central Bank of Mexico, was undersecretary of budget for the Mexican government from 1987 to 1988 and was secretary of economic programming and the budget from 1988 to 1992. He was Mexico’s secretary of education from 1992 until his election as the country’s president.

Zedillo is chair of the Global Development Network, based in New Delhi, and was recently appointed by the president of the World Bank to chair the High Level Commission on Modernization of World Bank Group Governance. He serves on the International Commission on Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament and on the Global Development Program Advisory Panel of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. He co-chaired with Thomas Pinkering the Partnership of the Americas Commission, based at the Brookings Institution, which released its final report, “Rethinking U.S.-Latin American Relations,” in November 2008.

Zedillo also served as chair of a commission to recommend the future course of the International Atomic Energy Agency, which in May 2008 produced its report, “Reinforcing the Global Nuclear Order for Peace and Prosperity.” He is a member of the Foundation Board of the World Economic Forum, the Trilateral Commission, the International Advisory Board of the Council on Foreign Relations, the G30, the board of directors of the Institute for International Economics and of the Inter-American Dialogue, and the board of trustees of the International Crisis Group.

Zedillo holds decorations from the governments of 32 countries. He is 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, the Berkeley Medal and the 2006 Sustainable Development Leadership Award presented by the Energy Resources Institute in New Delhi, among numerous other honors.

The newly endowed directorship was recently established by Yale College alumnus Frederick J. Iseman ‘74, a longtime advocate in the field of international affairs and a committed supporter of the Yale Center for the Study of Globalization and the Genocide Studies Program at Yale’s MacMillan Center. The Frederick Iseman ‘74 Directorship is awarded to a scholar who possesses the education, experience and intellect to stimulate discussion on campus about globalization and to encourage the flow of ideas between academia and the policy world.

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