Wilson Center Experts
Rossana Fuentes-Berain is Editorial Vice President at Grupo Editorial Expansión and professor of International Studies at the Autonomous Technological Institute of Mexico (ITAM). She is the founder and chair of the advisory committee of the journal Foreign Affairs en Español. She has served as the first women editor of Business Affairs for the journal El Financiero, lead the Investigative team at Reforma, and the Op Ed pages at El Universal, three important daily newspapers in Mexico. Host of the Televisa TV program "Contrapunto" and is a frequent contributor to The New York Times, the Washington Post, and other U.S. media outlets. In addition, she is a former Media Fellow at the World Economic Forum held in Davos, Switzerland.
Professor Fuentes Berain has written on a range of topics and issues, including the Mexican peso crisis of 1994, the Mexican debt crisis of the 1980s, as well as salient international affairs and domestic political issues. She has contributed to several edited volumes, including "Networked Readiness: Latin America's Last Train" by Soumitra Dutta, Bruno Lanvin, Fiona Paua (eds.), Oxford University Press. Her latest effort is a book Oro Gris (Grey Gold), a biography of CEMEX's Mexican billionaire CEO Lorenzo Zambrano; Zambrano's story is essentially an epic set in the world of international business and globalization which also tells the tale of the modernization of the Mexican state. Although at its core a business case, the story of CEMEX (Cementos Mexicanos) and Zambrano brings together elements of Mexican politics, economics, and financial crises along with the implementation of the NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement).
Fuentes-Berain has a B.A. in Mass Media at the Public University in Mexico (UAM) and a Diploma on Aesthetics and Film History from the Sorbonne in Paris. She also holds graduate degrees from the University of Southern California (MA) and from Universidad de Occidente-Navarra-Iberoamericana (PhD).