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Luis Téllez

Guest Speaker

Professional affiliation

Senior Advisor, Head of Mexico, KKR. Co-Chair, Mexico Institute Advisory Board.

Full Biography

Luis Téllez was Chairman and CEO of the Mexican Stock Exchange (MSE) from May 2009 to December 2014. He served as Mexico’s Secretary of Communications and Transportation from 2006 to 2009 and Secretary of Energy from 1997 to 2000. He also served as Chief of Staff to President Ernesto Zedillo from 1994 to 1997. Since April 2015, he has led the operations in Mexico of KKR & Co. Inc. (a global investment firm) as Senior Advisor, Head of Mexico. Since 2021 he has been a member of the Executive Committee of NTT- Data Services. Prior to the MSE, he was Managing Director of the Carlyle Group (investment firm) in Mexico (2003-2006) and Chief Executive Officer of Desc (2001-2003), a Mexican industrial conglomerate. Téllez was also Mexico’s Deputy Secretary of Agriculture from 1990 to 1993 when he was head of the agricultural and foods chapters of NAFTA. He also headed the team to change the land tenure laws to eliminate uncertainty regarding property rights. He was Head Economist at Mexico’s Treasury Department from 1987 to 1990. Tellez earned a PhD in economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Since March 2021, Téllez serves as a member to Chubb’s Board of Directors. He currently serves as a director of two public companies in Mexico, Cultiba and Grupo Aereoportuario del Pacífico (GAP), and was a director of Sempra Energy from 2010 until 2015.