Ambassador Arturo Sarukhan is a Member of the Woodrow Wilson Center’s Mexico Institute Advisory Board and former Mexican Ambassador to the United States,. The grandson of refugees in Mexico, Sarukhan served as a career diplomat in the Mexican Foreign Service for 20 years and received the rank of career ambassador in 2006. He was posted to the Mexican Embassy in the United States as a junior diplomat, served as Chief of Staff to the Ambassador, and was the head of the counternarcotics office at the Embassy. In 2000 he became Chief of Policy Planning at the Foreign Ministry and was appointed by the President as Mexican Consul General to New York City in 2003. He resigned from this post and took a leave of absence from the Foreign Service in 2006 to join Felipe Calderón's presidential campaign as a foreign policy advisor and international spokesperson and became the Coordinator for Foreign Affairs in the Transition Team. In February of 2007 he was appointed Mexican Ambassador to the United States.
Ambassador Sarukhan is active in various organizations such as the Mexican Council on Foreign Relations Affairs, the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London and the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas. He has taught in various universities and published articles on issues related to foreign policy in a variety of journals and magazines. He holds a BA in International Relations from El Colegio de México and an MA in US Foreign Policy from the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins where he was a Fulbright Scholar and Ford Foundation Fellow.