Wilson Center Experts
Luis de la Calle
Luis de la Calle is managing director and founding partner of De la Calle, Madrazo, Mancera, S.C. (CMM), a consulting firm specialized in economy, regulatory processes, and matters related to international trade. He also serves as President of Latin America for Hill + Knowlton Strategies.
He served as Undersecretary of International Business Negotiations at the Ministry of Economy in Mexico. During his administration he headed Mexico’s negotiations for bilateral trade agreements and regional multilateral negotiations in the World Trade Organization. Luis de la Calle also served as Minister of Trade Issues at the Mexican Embassy in Washington, D.C., a position from which he participated actively in the design, promotion, and implementation of the North American Free Trade Agreement, NAFTA. De la Calle worked at the World Bank as a country economist for the Czech and Slovak Republics, Poland, and the former Zaire.
De la calle obtained his degree in Economy from the Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de México, ITAM, Luis de la Calle completed his master’s and doctoral studies at the University of Virginia.
Doctor de la Calle has extensive teaching experience and is constantly present in the media through his biweekly column “Que mas?” published in El Universal newspaper, in addition to various collaborations and interviews. He is the co-author, along with Luis Rubio, of Clasemediero pobre no más, desarrollado aun no, a book that describes the middleclass in Mexico and its consolidation as an engine of development and political stability in the country.