Dr. Arturo Fernández
In 1976, Dr. Fernández obtained a degree in Economics from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México, winning the prize for best student in his graduating class. Two years later at the University of Chicago, he completed a Masters in Economics and, in 1986, a Ph.D. in the same field.
His professional career has spanned both academia and the public sector. From 1980 to 1986, Dr. Fernández worked as a lecturing professor at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México's Department of Economics and for three years, 1983 to 1986, he also held the position of Chair of the Department of Economics and worked as Undergraduate and Graduate Economics Program Director. From 1986 to 1988, he went on to hold the post of Dean of ITAM's Academic Division of Economics, Law and Social Sciences. Since 1992, Dr. Fernández has been the President of ITAM.
In the public sector, Dr. Fernández has participated in several projects. From 1978 to 1983, he collaborated with the Secretaría de Hacienda y Crédito Público (SHCP) [Finance Ministry] as the Direct Tax Policy Director. From 1983 to 1986, he worked as an Advisor to the SHCP's General Revenue Policy Director. He was also an advisor to the Deputy Minister of Revenue at the same ministry (SHCP) from 1983 to 1988. In 1989, he acted as the General Coordinator for the Economic Deregulation Program at the Secretaría de Comercio y Fomento Industrial [Ministry of Trade and Industrial Development] and a year later he held the position of Chief Advisor for the Minister of Trade and Industrial Development.
From 1985 to date, Dr. Arturo Fernández has been a member of several national and international boards and committees. He currently serves on the board of companies including El Palacio de Hierro, S.A. de C.V., Servicios Industriales Peñoles, S.A., Grupo Nacional Provincial, S.A., Valores Mexicanos, Casa de Bolsa, Grupo Financiero BBVA Bancomer, S.A., and Fomento Económico Mexicano, S.A. de C.V., among others.
Finally, Dr. Fernández has carried out a great deal of research, principally in the field of economics. His work includes:Macroeconomic Policy, External Shocks and Food Supplies in Mexico in the 80's; La Política Económica y el Comercio Exterior de México; El Futuro de la Privatización en México; La Desregulación del Transporte en México; Desregulación como un Recurso para el Crecimiento en México; El Futuro de la Universidad en la Sociedad del Conocimiento; Los Difíciles Comienzos del Banco de México; Una Reforma Económica para el Crecimiento Sostenible: México 1985-1997; Strategies of Mexican Firms Toward Global Markets: Theory and Representative Cases.