Ernesto Zedillo is the Director of the Yale Center for the Study of Globalization; Professor in the Field of International Economics and Politics; Professor of International and Area Studies; and Professor Adjunct of Forestry and Environmental Studies at Yale University. He is also a member of The Elders and Chair of the Berggruen Institute's 21st Century Council.
He earned his Bachelors degree from the School of Economics of the Natìonal Polytechnic Institute in Mexico and his M.A. and Ph.D. at Yale University. He was a Professor at the Natìonal Polytechnic Institute and El Colegio de Mexico. From 1978-87 he was with the Central Bank of Mexico; from 1987-88 he served the National Government of Mexico as Undersecretary of Budget; from 1988-1992 as Secretary of Economic Programming and Budget Education; and was appointed Secretary of Education in 1992. He served as President of Mexico from 1994-2000. Since leaving office in 2000, Ernesto Zedillo has been a leading voice on globalization, especially its impact on relations between developed and developing nations.
He is the Chairman of the Board of the Global Development Network, an organization that works with developing country researchers and policy research institutes to support the generation and sharing of world-class policy-relevant research on development, helping to strengthen capacity in the process. In the fall of 2008 he was appointed by the President of the World Bank to chair the High Level Commission on Modernization of World Bank Group Governance to offer an independent view on how the World Bank Group's governance needs to adapt to the international economic realities of the 21st century. During 2007 and 2008 he served on the Commission on Growth and Development, chaired by Nobel Laureate, Michael Spence. The Commission's final publication, The Growth Report: Strategies for Sustained Growth and Inclusive Development, was launched in May of 2008. He is a member of the Global Development Program Advisory Panel of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. He recently edited and wrote the introduction to the volume, The Future of Globalization: Explorations in Light of Recent Turbulence (Routledge, 2008).
He recently edited and wrote the introduction to the volume Global Warming: Looking Beyond Kyoto (Brookings Institution Press and Yale Center for the Study of Globalization, 2008). He was a member of the High Level Task Force on Climate Change organized by the Club de Madrid and the United Nations Foundation and chaired by former President of Chile, Ricardo Lagos. The Commission's final report is Framework for a Post-2012 Agreement on Climate Change, A Proposal of the Global Leadership for Climate Action. In 2007 Dr. Zedillo hosted the only peer review discussion in the U.S. of the Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change, bringing together Sir Nicholas Stern and a group of climate change experts. The result was the Yale Symposium on the Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change, Yale Center for the Study of Globalization, Online Book (2007). In 2006 Dr. Zedillo was honored to receive the Sustainable Development Leadership Award, presented by R.K. Pachauri on behalf of the Energy Resources Institute (TERI) in New Delhi.
Dr. Zedillo served as a member of the High Level Commission on Legal Empowerment of the Poor, co-chaired by Madeleine Albright and Hernando de Soto, which launched its final report, Making the Law Work for Everyone in the summer of 2008. He was a member of the International Commission on Education for Sustainable Development Practice, co-chaired by Jeffrey Sachs, Director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University, and John McArthur, CEO and Executive Director, Millennium Promise. The Commission's Report was launched in October of 2008. Along with Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin, he Co-Chaired the Commission on the Private Sector and Development, which presented its report, Unleashing Entrepreneurship, in 2004. Soon after leaving office in Mexico, Dr. Zedillo served as Chairman of the United Nations High Level Panel on Financing for Development in 2001. In 2005-2006 he co-chaired the International Task Force on Global Public Goods which launched its report, Meeting Global Challenges: International Cooperation in the National Interest in Singapore in 2006 at the joint meeting of the IMF and the World Bank.
Ernesto Zedillo is a Member of the following Boards: World Economic Forum, Trilateral Commission, International Advisory Board of the Council on Foreign Relations, Group of 30, Peterson Institute for International Economics, Board of Trustees of the International Crisis Group, Club de Madrid, Trustee of the Fundacion Carolina, Madrid, Spain.
He is the recipient of numerous awards and honors including Honorary degrees from Yale and Harvard Universities, the University of Miami and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst; Yale's Wilbur Cross Medal; the Franklin D. Roosevelt Freedom from Fear Award; the Democracy and Peace Award of the Institute of the Americas, University of California at San Diego; the Tribuna Americana Award, Casa de America, Madrid, Spain (December 2002); was the Commencement Speaker at Harvard University in June 2003; Gold Insigne, The Americas Society (October, 2003); and the Berkeley Medal, UC Berkeley's highest honor (February 2004).