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Alejandro Hope

Guest Speaker

Professional affiliation

Security Consultant and Partner at GEA Grupo de Economistas y Asociados; Former Official of CISEN

Full Biography

Hope is a security consultant and partner at GEA Grupo de Economistas y Asociados, a Mexico City-based political and economic consulting firm.

From 2014 to 2016, he served as Editor, Security and Justice, at, an English-language online news site devoted to Mexico.

From 2011 to 2014, he worked as director for security policy at the Mexican Competitiveness Institute (IMCO), a Mexico City-based think tank.

Between 2008 and 2011, he held several executive positions at the Center for Research and National Security (CISEN), Mexico’s civilian intelligence agency.

Prior to CISEN, he was a partner for seven years at GEA Grupo de Economistas y Asociados.

Between 1998 and 2000, he served as chief of staff for Senator Adolfo Aguilar Zinser and worked in the transition team of then President-elect Vicente Fox.

In the 1990’s, he held a number of junior positions at several Mexican government agencies, including BANOBRAS (a development bank) and the Ministry of Energy.

He writes a regular column for El Universal, Mexico’s largest-circulation news daily. He is also a frequent collaborator at other Mexican outlets (Animal Político, Nexos) and has published op-ed pieces at The New York Times and the Financial Times. He recently coauthored a book on crime and security policy, titled “La Mentada Estrategia: Dos ensayos y 39 preguntas sobre seguridad, justicia, violencia y delito” (Senado de la República, 2015).

He holds a B.A. degree from the University of Pennsylvania and was enrolled in the PhD.program in Politics at Princeton University.