Georgina Kessel

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Georgina Kessel Martínez is a Mexican economist. She is a former head of the Casa de Moneda de México (the Mexican mint) and the Secretary of Energy in the cabinet of President Felipe Calderón.[1]

She was head of the Banco Nacional de Obras y Servicios Públicos (Banobras)

Personal life and education[edit]

Kessel attended the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM) from 1975 to 1979 and graduated with a bachelor's degree in Economics. A few years later she received a doctorate's degree in the same discipline from Columbia University, in the United States. Kessel worked for over nine years as a full-time professor at the ITAM, where she headed the Department of Economics in 1994. Amongst her former students is Felipe Calderon, who earned a master's degree in Economics under Kessel at ITAM. Calderon subsequently appointed her Minister of Energy after he was elected President of Mexico in 2006.

Public and political career[edit]

In the public sector Kessel has worked at the Energy Regulatory Commission, the Mexican mint (Casa de Moneda de México), Pemex and the Secretariat of Finance.[2]

In 2005 she received the Premio al mérito profesional in the public sector, a recognition of the ITAM alumni.

Published works[edit]

  • El sur también existe (with Santiago Levy and Enrique Dávila).
  • Los peligros del Plan Puebla-Panamá
  • Lo negociado del Tratado de Libre Comercio (compiler).


  1. ^ Dickerson, Marla (2006-11-22). "Free-market approach to prevail in Mexican Cabinet". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2006-11-22. [dead link]df
  2. ^ "¿Quién es Georgina Kessel?" (in Spanish). Diario de Yucatán. 2006-11-21. 
Preceded by
Fernando Canales Clariond
Secretary of Energy