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Raul B. Rodriguez

Community and Thought Leader, Nonresident Fellow, Rice University's Baker Institute Center for the U.S. and Mexico, USA

Raul Rodriguez is a Nonresident Fellow at the Baker Institute at Rice University in  Houston, ranked worldwide as the best university-affiliated think tank. He has  participated in leadership roles in academic, business, civic, and government affairs  based in the U.S., Mexico and Canada.

Raul has served as CEO of the North American Development Bank; Associate VP for  International Affairs at Tecnológico de Monterrey (Tec); Mexico’s Trade  Commissioner in Canada; Executive Director at the Mexican Foreign Trade Bank;  Founding Chairman of the North American Center at Arizona State University; and  Chairman of the U.S.-Mexico Foundation in New York.

He was the host of a weekly Univision TV interview newscast on business and  economic issues in Texas. He organizes and hosts “fireside chats” and public  interviews with distinguished speakers on economic and geopolitical trends:  Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee, Microsoft´s President Brad Smith, Bill Gates, MIT  President Rafael Reif, Ernesto Zedillo, Yuval Harari, Jeffrey Sachs, Fareed Zakaria,  David Rubenstein, Anne Applebaum, Michael Crow, and Darren Walker, among  others. He has published business essays in the U.S., Mexico, Canada, the U.K., and  the Netherlands, and has participated as a speaker and lecturer in over 30 countries.

Raul has been recognized with Spain´s King Felipe VI Order of Civil Merit and  Mexico´s Ohtli award, among others. He is a graduate of Tec and Harvard  University, where he was recognized as a Littauer Fellow. A U.S. citizen born in  Mexico, Raul and his family have lived in the U.S. and Canada for over 30 years.