New Mexican Ambassador to the U.S. keynotes Diplomats Luncheon as part of Michigan World Trade Week.

From left: Cary Justice; Ping Liang; Guk Low; Jennifer Tyler
Image of H.E. Esteban Moctezuma

Michigan World Trade Week is a celebration of international trade and business growth for Michigan. The events are organized by the U.S. Commercial Service (CS) and Grand Valley State University's Van Andel Global Trade Center (VAGTC) together with support from the Planning Committee. More on Michigan World Trade Week.

We celebrate World Trade Week with our annual Diplomatic Corps luncheon. The luncheon is keynoted by an influential diplomat, highlighting important global relationships for Michigan and the U.S. Members of the midwestern diplomatic corps are also honored and in attendance.

Join us for a conversation with the Mexican Ambassador to the United States, His Excellency Esteban Moctezuma, as he discusses the Mexican - U.S. relationship, and its implications for Michigan.

Ambassador Moctezuma was appointed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Mexico to the United States of America by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador. He was ratified by the Senate of the Republic in February 2021.

Prior to this appointment, he was Secretary of Public Education since 2018. Among his government positions, he previously served as Secretary of Social Development (1998-1999); Federal Senator of the Republic (1997- 1998); Secretary of Interior (1994-1995); Undersecretary of Educational Planning and Coordination (1993-1994) and Chief Administrative Officer (1992-1993) at the Secretariat of Public Education; Chief Administrative Officer at the Secretariat of Programming and Budget (1988-1992); and Secretary of Administration for the Government of the State of Sinaloa (1982- 1987).

Ambassador Moctezuma holds a degree in Economics by the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). He also earned a Master’s degree in Economic Development from the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom and completed a course on Regional Development in Tokyo, Japan. He was awarded a Doctor Honoris Causa degree from the University of Sciences and Arts of Chiapas.

More information on the event is available here. We will also be hosting WorldQuest, our annual global trivia contest on Tuesday, May 17, as part of Michigan World Trade Week. Information on this contest can be found here.