Ambassador Arturo Sarukhan is a career diplomat. He was deputy assistant secretary for inter-American affairs and was posted in 1993 to the Mexican Embassy in the United States where he was chief of staff to the ambassador and, later on, was head of the counternarcotics office at the embassy. Sarukhan became chief of policy planning at the foreign ministry in 2000 and was appointed by the president as consul general of Mexico in New York City in 2003. He resigned from this post in 2006 to join the presidential campaign of Felipe Calderón as foreign policy adviser and international spokesperson and became coordinator for foreign affairs in the transition team. He received the rank of ambassador in November 2006 and was appointed Mexican ambassador to the United States in February 2007.
Sarukhan is active in various organizations such as the Mexican Council on Foreign Affairs, the Foreign Policy Association and the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London, and is a board member of the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas. He has taught in various universities and published articles on issues related to foreign policy in a variety of journals and magazines. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in international relations from El Colegio de México and a Master of Arts in U.S. foreign policy from the School of Advanced International Studies where he was a Fulbright Scholar and Ford Foundation Fellow. He has been decorated by the governments of Spain and Sweden. Ambassador Sarukhan is married and has two young daughters.