Juan Enríquez

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Enríquez and the second or maternal family name is Cabot.
Portrait of Juan Enríquez Cabot at PopTech 2012

Juan Enríquez Cabot (born 1959)[1] is a Mexican-American academic, businessman, and speaker.[2] He is Managing Director of Excel Venture Management, and is a best-selling author.


Enríquez is the son of Mexican politician Antonio Enríquez Savignac. His mother was Marjorie Cabot Lewis of the Boston Cabot family.[3]

He was the founding director of the Life Sciences Project at Harvard Business School, and a fellow at Harvard's Center for International Affairs.[4] His work has been published in Harvard Business Review, Foreign Policy, Science, and The New York Times. He is the author of numerous books, including Evolving Ourselves: How Unnatural Selection and Nonrandom Mutation are Changing Life on Earth (Current-Penguin Group, 2015); Homo Evolutis: Please Meet the Next Human Species (TED, 2012); As the Future Catches You: How Genomics & Other Forces are Changing Your Life, Work, Health & Wealth (Crown Business, 2005); and The United States of America: Polarization, Fracturing, and Our Future (Random House, 2005). He works in business, science, and domestic/international politics.

Juan Enríquez is recognized as one of the world's leading authorities on the economic and political impacts of life sciences. He is currently Chairman and CEO of Biotechonomy LLC, a life sciences research and investment firm.[5]

He has published several key articles, including "Transforming Life, Transforming Business: the Life Science Revolution," co-authored with Ray Goldberg, which received a McKinsey Prize in 2000 (2nd place). He co-authored the first map of global nucleotide data flow, as well as HBS working papers on "Life Sciences in Arabic Speaking Countries," "Global Life Science Data Flows and the IT industry," "SARS, Smallpox, and Business Unusual," and "Technology, Gene Research and National Competitiveness." Harvard Business School Interactive picked Juan as one of the best teachers at HBS and showcased his work in its first set of faculty products.

The Harvard Business Review showcased his ideas as one of the breakthrough concepts in its first HBR List. Fortune profiled him as "Mr. Gene." The Van Heyst Group asked him to co-organize the life sciences summit commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of the discovery of DNA. The summit "The Future of Life" was sponsored by Time. Seed picked his ideas as one of fifty that "shaped our identity, our culture, and the world as we know it."

Mr. Enríquez serves on a variety of boards including Cabot Corporation, Zipongo, ShapeUp, Synthetic Genomics, The Harvard Medical School Genetics Advisory Council, The Chairman's International Council of the Americas Society, the Visiting Committee of Harvard's David Rockefeller Center, Tufts University's EPIIC, TED's Brain Trust, Harvard Business School's PAPSAC, WGBH, and the Museum of Science (Boston).

Juan was also part of a world discovery voyage led by J. Craig Venter, who sequenced the human genome. The multi-stage sailing voyage sampled microbial genomes throughout the world's oceans. This expedition involved a number of institutions and top scholars including The Institute for Genomic Research, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, The Explorers Club, and Prof. E. O. Wilson. It led to the discovery of an unprecedented number of new species.

He previously served as CEO of Mexico City's Urban Development Corporation, Coordinator General of Economic Policy and Chief of Staff for Mexico's Secretary of State, and as a member of the Peace Commission that negotiated the cease-fire in Chiapas' Zapatista rebellion.[6][7]

He is a Harvard graduate, where he earned a B.A. (1981)[8] and an MBA (1986), with honors.


  1. ^ "Enriquez, Juan, 1959-". U.S. Library of Congress. Retrieved January 25, 2015. 
  2. ^ Javier Solana Hombre Despierto, Hombre Dormido 2011 – Page 418 "Un científico mexicano ilustre, tan ilustre como desconocido, y de excepcional inteligencia, es Juan Enríquez, a quien conocen más en el mundo que aquí en su tierra. Estos son algunos de sus pensamientos:
  3. ^ Roderic Ai Camp. Mexican Political Biographies, 1935–1993. University of Texas Press. p. 217. 
  4. ^ "Juan Enriquez Profile on TED.com". TED. Retrieved 6 June 2012. 
  5. ^ "Juan Enriquez Discusses Advances in Synthetic Biology". Bloomberg L.P. 7 July 2010. Retrieved 11 August 2010. 
  6. ^ "Juan Enriquez Profile on TED.com". TED. Retrieved 6 June 2012. 
  7. ^ "Juan Enriquez Bio on Biotechonomy". Retrieved 6 June 2012. 
  8. ^ "Mary Schneider Weds Classmate". September 14, 1986. Mary Schneider and Juan Enriquez-Cabot, who graduated cum laude and magna cum laude, respectively, with the class of '81 from Harvard College 

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