Arturo Sarukhan is an international strategic consultant based in Washington, D.C., and the former Mexican ambassador to the United States (2007–13). A non-resident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and distinguished visiting scholar at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg Public Diplomacy School, Sarukhan has been a digital diplomacy pioneer by using social media as a tool for diplomatic engagement and outreach. He writes a weekly column for Mexico City’s El Universal, as well as Op-Eds in the U.S. media. A foreign service officer, he received the rank of career ambassador in 2006. He has served in Mexico’s Foreign Ministry as deputy assistant secretary for inter-American affairs, chief of policy planning, and consul-general to New York. In 2006, Sarukhan joined the campaign of Felipe Calderón as foreign policy adviser and international spokesperson, and led the foreign policy transition team.
Sarukhan has received numerous awards and honorary degrees in recognition of his diplomatic achievements. He sits on several non-profit and corporate boards, and was included in Monocle magazine’s global leaders list and has been named as one of Mexico’s 300 most influential leaders five years in a row.
Sarukhan holds a BA in international relations from El Colegio de México and an MA in U.S. foreign policy from SAIS-Johns Hopkins University, where he was a Fulbright scholar and Ford Foundation fellow.