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Felipe Calderón

President of Mexico 2006-2012

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Felipe Calderón is among the most internationally admired Latin American leaders for his role in strengthening the rule of law in Mexico and for driving forward the reactivation of the country’s economy during his six-year term as President (2006-2012).

Featured on Time magazine’s list of the 100 Most Influential People in the World in 2015, Felipe Calderón has channeled his efforts toward promoting sustainable development and fighting climate change. He leads the international initiative The New Climate Economy project, chairs the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate and the Sustainable Human Development Foundation and is also a member of the advisory council for the World Business Council for Sustainable Development.

His government was notable for the fact that it boosted the Mexican economy’s growth through deregulation policies, promoting free trade, competition and private investment, and for its commitment to technical training and increasing infrastructure investment. He also worked to reduce the country’ s crime rate, waging a war on drug trafficking.

Before becoming President, he had been Secretary of Energy and head of BANOBRAS (National Works and Public Services Bank). He was also elected to Congress, becoming leader of the Partido Acción Nacional (PAN – National Action Party), as well as the PAN’s General Secretary and National President. He graduated in law from the Escuela Libre de Derecho law school in Mexico, obtained a master’s in Economics from the Mexico Autonomous Institute of Technology (ITAM) and holds a master’s in Public Administration from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.

Felipe was named “Statesman of the Year” by the World Economic Forum (Davos Forum) in 2012 and “Champion of the Earth” by the UN. He has received several awards for his world leadership on environmental matters, such as the Globe Award, the Star of Energy Efficiency and the Teddy Roosevelt Award.

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