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Arturo Franco

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Full Biography

Arturo Franco is an economist, writer and entrepreneur. His career combines high-level positions in Fortune 500 corporations and global organizations, with public policy and international development experience, spanning from building materials giant CEMEX, and the World Bank, to social enterprises and two successful business start-ups.

In 2008, Arturo became a Global Leadership Fellow at the World Economic Forum with a focus on Latin America. In 2011 he was a Resident Fellow of the Center for International Development at Harvard University, focusing on economic growth and industrial policy. 

Holder of an MPA in International Development from Harvard, a Masters in Constitutional Law and Governance from Mexico’s Autonomous University, and an Executive MBA in Global Leadership, Arturo has also been a research associate at Colombia’s Fedesarrollo, and visiting professor at Tec de Monterrey, his alma mater.

On a pro-bono basis, Arturo has founded and advised several social enterprises and NGOs, including, the largest interactive platform for civil society in Mexico. He currently sits on the Harvard Kennedy School Alumni Board of Directors, chairs the Advisory Board of Teach for Mexico, and is a Trustee for the UK’s Fatherhood Institute.