Fernando Solana

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Fernando Solana Morales (born February 8, 1931) is a Mexican diplomat, politician and businessman. He has served as the Mexican Secretary of Public Education, of Commerce and of Foreign Affairs.[1]

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Born in Mexico City, Fernando Solana graduated from the National Autonomous University of Mexico, where has been a professor in Economics, Philosophy, and Political Sciences. He has also served as Secretary General of the University.

He began his public service career after he was appointed as Secretary of Commerce by president José López Portillo in 1976. Less than one year later, he was appointed Secretary of Education, a position that he retained to the end of the López Portillo administration in 1982. That same year, the new president Miguel de la Madrid named him General Director of BANAMEX, the largest private bank in Mexico that had just been nationalized by the previous government, he remained in this charge until 1988 when Carlos Salinas de Gortari named him as Secretary of Foreign Affairs. From 1994 to 2000 he was senator representing the Federal District and chair the senatorial commission on International Affairs. Today he chairs the board of the Mexican Council on Foreign Affairs a non governmental organization, with some 500 independent members that include businessmen, diplomats, professors and people link with the international activities of Mexico. He is also member of the board of some of the largest Mexican corporations, the Institute of the Americas in California, the Mexican American Foundation for Science, Euro America Foundation in Madrid, Canning House in London and president of Solana Consultores, a business consultan firm.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Ernesto Zedillo
Secretary of Education
1993–1994
Succeeded by
José Ángel Pescador
Preceded by
Bernardo Sepúlveda Amor
Secretary of Foreign Affairs
1988–1993
Succeeded by
Manuel Camacho Solís
Preceded by
Porfirio Muñoz Ledo
Secretary of Education
1977–1982
Succeeded by
Jesús Reyes Heroles
Preceded by
José Campillo Sáinz
Secretary of Commerce
1976–1977
Succeeded by
Jorge de la Vega Domínguez