José Ángel Gurría

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José Ángel Gurría
Angel Gurria - World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2012.jpg
Angel Gurria at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2012
Secretary-General of the OECD
Incumbent
Assumed office
1 June 2006
Preceded by Don Johnston[1]
Secretary of Finance and Public Credit of Mexico
In office
1 January 1998 – 30 November 2000
Preceded by Guillermo Ortiz Martínez
Succeeded by Francisco Gil Díaz
Secretary of Foreign Affairs of Mexico
In office
1 December 1994 – 31 December 1997[2]
Preceded by Manuel Tello Macías
Succeeded by Rosario Green
Personal details
Born (1950-05-08) 8 May 1950 (age 63)
Tampico,[1] Tamaulipas, Mexico
Nationality Mexican
Political party Revolutionary Institutional Party
Residence Paris, France
Alma mater National Autonomous University of Mexico
Profession Economist

José Ángel Gurría Treviño (born 8 May 1950), also known as Ángel Gurría,[3] is a Mexican economist and diplomat. He is the current secretary general of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) since June 1, 2006.

Gurría graduated with a bachelor's degree in Economics from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and undertook postgraduate studies at the University of Leeds, in the United Kingdom and at Harvard University, in the United States. He served as the Mexican Secretary of Foreign Affairs (1994–1997) and as Secretary of Finance (1998–2000) in the Ernesto Zedillo administration. In Foreign Affairs he opposed the Helms-Burton Act and while serving in Treasury, he restructured the foreign debt. He also negotiated the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and requested financial aid during the 1994 crisis.

Gurría has also been President and CEO of the National Development Bank of Mexico (Nafin) and President and CEO of the Foreign Trade Bank (Bancomext). From 2003 to 2005 he was a chair member of the Inter-American Development Bank's External Advisory Group.

He was the architect of the Mexican economic stabilization, partially by cutting government spending six times during the Zedillo administration. The effect of his work has been felt during Vicente Fox's administration who nominated him to lead the OECD in July 2005.

He has also served, since 2010, as a Commissioner for the Broadband Commission for Digital Development which leverages broadband technologies as a key enabler for social and economic development.[4]

Gurría speaks six languages: Spanish, French, English, Portuguese, Italian and German.[5]

On September 30, 2010, he was reappointed by the OECD to a second five-year mandate after his first term finished on June 1, 2011.[6]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Angel Gurría, Secretary-General of the OECD". OECD. Retrieved 2008-07-09. 
  2. ^ "Los Cancilleres de México a través de su Historia" (in Spanish). Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores. Retrieved 2008-12-02. 
  3. ^ "Angel Gurría, Secretary-General of the OECD". Oecd.org. 2011-10-03. Retrieved 2011-12-18. 
  4. ^ [1][dead link]
  5. ^ Artega, José Manuel (2005-07-21). "Gurría se perfila rumbo a la OCDE" (in Spanish). El Universal. Retrieved 2008-07-09. 
  6. ^ "OECD countries renew Angel Gurría’s mandate as Secretary-General". OECD Media Division. 2010-09-30. Retrieved 2010-09-30. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Manuel Tello Macías
Secretary of Foreign Affairs
1994–1997
Succeeded by
Rosario Green