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Thu, Dec. 07, 2023
8 am - 5 pm
(GMT-06:00) America/Chicago


James A. Baker III Hall

The fifth annual Mexico Country Outlook, presented by the Baker Institute on Dec. 7, 2023, explored critical issues facing Mexico and their impact on U.S.-Mexico relations. Speakers examined Mexico’s politics, economy, business and regulatory environment, and public safety and security landscape.

The Mexico Country Outlook is an annual conference and report from the Center for the U.S. and Mexico at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy. This year’s conference program featured keynote remarks from Jesús Silva-Herzog Márquez, Mexican political commentator, essayist, and researcher at the Tecnológico de Monterrey, and David Garza, president of the Tecnológico de Monterrey. CEOs and experts from across industry, government, and academia provided additional insight through a series of panel discussions. Each session ended with a brief Q&A.

Conference attendees received early access to the Mexico Country Outlook 2024 report. The report will be released on our website on Jan. 18, 2024.

Learn more about our annual Mexico Country Outlook conference and report.


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Individual Tickets

General Public — $250

U.S.-Mexico Forum members, Baker Roundtable members, and Rice MGA and MBA students received discounted admission through the link in their email invitation.

U.S.-Mexico Forum Member — Free
Baker Roundtable Member — $150
Rice MBA and MGA Students — $150

Sponsorship Levels & Benefits

For information on sponsorships or becoming a U.S.-Mexico Forum member, please contact Lisa Guáqueta, program manager, at or 713-348-2649.

Contact the Baker Institute Development team at for more information on the benefits of joining the Baker Roundtable.


8:00 am

Networking Breakfast

8:30 am

Welcome Remarks

Tony Payan, Ph.D.
Françoise and Edward Djerejian Fellow for Mexico Studies; Director, Center for the U.S. and Mexico, Baker Institute

8:40 am

Keynote Remarks — Setting the Stage

Introduction: Tony Payan, Ph.D., Baker Institute

Jesús Silva-Herzog Márquez
Professor, Political Sciences, School of Social Sciences and Government, Tecnológico de Monterrey

9:05 am

Question-and-Answer Session

9:20 am

Panel I — Challenges Ahead in a Presidential Election Year

Moderated by: Tony Payan, Ph.D., Baker Institute

Liliana Alvarado
Executive Director, Ethos Innovation in Public Policy

Lorena Becerra, Ph.D.
CEO, Lorena Becerra Encuestas

Alma Caballero
Managing Director, McLarty Associates

10:00 am

Question-and-Answer Session

10:15 am

Panel II — Mexico’s Financial Sector

Moderated by: Donald Bowers, Board Member, Baker Institute;Vice President, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, Houston Branch

Claudia Reyes Armebianchi
General Manager for Mexico and Central America, Western Union

Carlos Capistran
Managing Director, Head of Canada and Mexico Economics, Bank of America Securities

Richard Vaughan 
CEO, Alloy Capital

10:55 am

Question-and-Answer Session

11:05 am


11:15 am

Keynote Remarks — Binational Collaboration and Opportunities

Moderator: Raul B. Rodriguez, Nonresident Fellow, Baker Institute Center for the U.S. and Mexico and former Associate Vice President for International Affairs, Tecnológico de Monterrey

David Garza
President, Tecnológico de Monterrey

11:45 am

Question-and-Answer Session



1:00 pm

Panel III — Is Nearshoring the Next Big Thing?

Moderated by: Tony Payan, Ph.D., Baker Institute

David A. Gantz, J.D., J.S.M.
Will Clayton Fellow in Trade and International Economics, Baker Institute

Jorge Gonzalez Henrichsen
Co-CEO, Nearshore Company

Francisco Monroy
Director of Sales and Distribution, La Moderna; Chairman, Interamerican Foods Corporation

1:40 pm

Question-and-Answer Session

1:55 pm


2:10 pm 

Panel IV — Mexico's Energy Sector

Moderated by: Pablo Zárate, FTI Consulting

Roger Gonzalez Lau
CEO, Grupo Protexa

Jennifer Pierce
President, TC Energía

Jesús Rodríguez Dávalos
Founding Partner, Rodríguez Dávalos Abogados

Ivan Van der Walt
CEO, Mexico Pacific

2:55 pm

Question-and-Answer Session

3:10 pm

Panel V — Straddling Two Business Climates: Mexico and the US

Moderated by: Leo Zuckermann, Ph.D., Journalist, Excelsior and Foro TV

Pablo González Guajardo
CEO, Kimberly Clark de México

Guilherme Loureiro
Executive Director and CEO, Walmart Mexico and Central America

Luis Lozano Olivares
President, Toyota México

3:50 pm

Question-and-Answer Session

4:05 pm

Closing Remarks

Tony Payan, Ph.D.
Françoise and Edward Djerejian Fellow for Mexico Studies; Director, Center for the U.S. and Mexico, Baker Institute

4:20 pm


5:00 pm



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Thu, Dec. 07, 2023
8 am - 5 pm
(GMT-06:00) America/Chicago


James A. Baker III Hall