Jaime Serra

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Jaime Serra is chairman of SAI Law and Economics (consulting firm) and founder of Aklara (electronic auctions), CAM (Arbitration Center of Mexico) and the NAFTA Fund of Mexico (private equity fund). He worked in the Mexican government from 1986 to 1994 where he served as undersecretary of finance, secretary of trade and industry, and secretary of finance. As secretary of trade and industry he led the negotiation and implementation of NAFTA; headed the negotiations of free trade agreements with Chile, Colombia, Venezuela, Bolivia and Costa Rica; and promoted the creation of the Federal Competition Commission in Mexico. His not-for profit boards include the Corporation of Yale University, where he currently co-chairs The President’s Council on International Activities, and the National Institute for Genomic Medicine in Mexico. He is a director on the boards of the following publicly listed companies in the NYSE: Chiquita Brands International, The Mexico Fund, Tenaris, Vitro and Grupo Modelo and member of the Board of Grupo Financiero BBVA Bancomer. Jaime Serra is a graduate of Universidad Nacional  Autónoma de México (UNAM). He earned his master’s degree in economics at El Colegio de Mexico and his Ph.D. in economics at Yale University. He has been professor of economics at El Colegio de Mexico, Stanford, Princeton and NYU. He received the Wilbur Lucius Cross Medal, Yale University (1993), National Prize for Social Sciences, Mexico (1986), and National Prize for Economics (Banamex, 1979). He is North American deputy chairman of the Trilateral Commission.