Mexican Leaders Gather at Yale

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

In June, Yale hosted the final session of the 2013-2014 CIDE-Yale Mexico Leadership Program. Over a span of two days, 20 members from the government, private sector, and civil society of Mexico participated in discussions led by Yale faculty and eminent practitioners, which focused on governance, public policy, and leadership. This session concluded the second edition of the program, which was first held in 2011-2012.

The New Haven program was designed to complement three previous sessions taught in Mexico City by Yale and CIDE (Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económica) faculty. Its overarching paradigm – Grand Strategy – encouraged the leaders to think broadly about achieving their goals in imaginative and effective ways. Participants attended classes led by notable Yale faculty such as Charles Hill, Distinguished Fellow in Grand Strategy; Akhil Amar, Sterling Professor of Law; Yair Listokin, Professor of Law and Laura Freebairn-Smith, Principal at Organizational Performance Group. Participants also met with Enrique Betancourt, Yale World Fellow and Founder of CONTEXTUAL.

“All participants of the CIDE-Yale Mexico Leadership Program found it to be insightful and enlightening. The sessions with Yale scholars fostered excellent opportunities for discussion and new ideas for us to approach key social issues in a more strategic way,” said Sergio López Ayllón, Director General of CIDE. According to Ayllón, CIDE plans to connect first and second generation members of the program to foster a network of alumni and create a platform for on-going discussion. Preparations are also being made to launch a third generation of the program this fall.

CIDE, a center of outstanding teaching and research in the social sciences, is a point of reference in national Mexican academic debates and a key actor in efforts to improve public policy.

“We are proud of our long and deep linkages with Mexico, and look forward to continuing to build relationships, particularly through partnerships with leading institutions such as CIDE,” said Don Filer, Executive Director of the Yale Office of International Affairs.

In recent years, Yale has partnered with select international universities and institutions to provide highly specialized senior leadership programs. Previous delegations have included members of the Indian parliament and leaders in global health and the publishing industry. These programs build upon Yale’s mission of educating minds from around the world for leadership and society.

- By Isadora Italia