Past Events

 Diplomatic Corps Luncheon

Part of West Michigan World Trade Week


Keynote Speaker

Her Excellency Martha Bárcena Coqui

The Ambassador of Mexico to the United States

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

12:00 to 1:45 PM

Members of the Consular Corps of Michigan will also be attending


$35 for individual ticket

$250 for table of 6

Tables receive reserved seating and program mention

University Club

10th Floor, Fifth Third Bank Building

111 Lyon St. NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Discounted parking available in the Fifth Third Lot

The economic ties between Mexico and the state of Michigan are incredibly strong, as Mexico is the state’s 2nd largest foreign trading partner. But with new leadership in Mexico and continuing uncertainty in the U.S. over global trade policy and border issues, it will be invaluable to hear the perspective of Mexico’s leading diplomat to the United States.

Ambassador Martha Bárcena Coqui was appointed Ambassador to the United States on December 21, 2018. She joined the Mexican Foreign Service in 1979, and in June 2013 she was appointed as Ambassador of Mexico to the Republic of Turkey and to Georgia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan with residence in Ankara. From December 2004 to June 2013 she was the Ambassador to the Kingdom of Denmark, concurrent to Norway and Iceland.

Ambassador Bárcena has been Mexico´s delegate to the UN, the OAS, UNESCO, FAO, WFP, IFAD and ICAO, as well as head of Delegation in sessions of the Forum on Migration and Development. She has participated in multiple international conferences, including the G-20 and the World Humanitarian Summit.

Ambassador Bárcena has a degree in communication sciences from the Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City and a degree in philosophy from the Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome. She holds a master's degree in international studies from the Diplomatic School, Spain and a master's degree in philosophy from the Universidad Iberoamericana. She speaks English, French and Italian and has knowledge of German, Danish and Chinese.

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