This lecture series features significant public intellectuals and governmental figures from Mexico addressing topics including fine arts, energy, development, immigration and security. The goal of this discussion is to foster cross-border collaboration and understanding between Mexico and the United States. This series inaugurates the Humanities Research Center"s Public Humanities Initiative, a program that presents important speakers to public audiences, addressing matters of broad humanistic concern as well as public interest.
Salazar's speech is also part of the Natural Gas in North America Conference, hosted by the Baker Institute Energy Forum, along with the Center for Energy Economics at University of Texas. This energy conference addresses a series of difficult questions regarding the future of natural gas in North America and suggests appropriate frameworks for both market participants and policymakers to understand the risks associated with various outcomes.
Francisco Salazar holds a chemical engineering degree from Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosￃﾭ and a master"s degree in public finance and global market economics from London School of Economics. He served as federal deputy for his home state, San Luis Potosￃﾭ, from 1997 to 2000 and from 2003 to 2005. While a member of Congress he was appointed president of the Energy Commission, secretary of the Environment Commission, member of the Public Budget, Economic Development Commission, and member of the Water Resources Commission. Salazar has been a researcher and professor at the University of San Luis Potosￃﾭ teaching and publishing in the field of public finance. A leading business magazine in Mexico, Expansión, recently named him among the most successful Mexican young professionals ("Promesas en los Treinta").