Arturo Sarukhan Casamitjana (Mexican, born 14 September 1963) is the founder and president of Sarukhan + Associates LLC A consultant and public speaker, he is also a nonresident senior fellow at The Brookings Institution, an adjunct professor at the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University, a distinguished visiting professor at the Annenberg School of Public Diplomacy at the University of Southern California, and a Global Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center's Mexico Institute. He writes a biweekly column in Mexico City's El Universal newspaper and frequently publishes op-eds in U.S. media outlets. He also participates in a weekly Mexican television newscast on Milenio TV and a weekly radio segment on Enfoque Noticias.

Arturo Sarukhan
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Ambassador of Mexico to the United States
In office
27 February 2007[1] – 10 January 2013
PresidentFelipe Calderón
Preceded byCarlos de Icaza
Succeeded byEduardo Medina-Mora Icaza
Personal details
Born (1963-09-14) 14 September 1963 (age 56)[2]
Mexico City, Mexico
Spouse(s)Verónica Valencia-Sarukhan[1]
RelationsJosé Sarukhan (father)[2]
ResidenceWashington, D.C., U.S.
Alma materEl Colegio de México, Johns Hopkins University

Ambassador Sarukhan served as a career diplomat in the Mexican Foreign Service for 22 years, receiving the rank of career ambassador in 2006. From 2007 to 2013, he served as Mexico's ambassador to the United States.

In October 2009, Sarukhan became the first ambassador in Washington, D.C. to use Twitter in an official capacity as a public diplomacy and outreach and engagement tool. He tweets under the handle @arturo_sarukhan.[3]


His grandfather, Artur Sarukhanian, was a Russian Armenian aide to the 2nd Minister-Chairman of the Russian Provisional Government, Alexander Kerensky. After Kerensky was overthrown by the Bolsheviks, Sarukhanian moved to Venice, Italy where he trained at the Mechitarist seminary. Sarukhan's grandmother fled to Thessaloniki, Greece during the Armenian Genocide, then moved to Venice, where she met and later married Sarukhanian. Shortly after Benito Mussolini came to power, they left Italy for Mexico.[4]

On his mother's side, Sarukhan is a descendant of Spanish Republican refugees. The Casamitjanas, a Catalan family, crossed the Pyrenees into France at the end of the Civil War and after the fall of Barcelona, and were held in a French concentration camp. They sought asylum in Mexico, when then President Lázaro Cárdenas welcomed thousands of Spanish Republicans who fled after the victory of Francisco Franco's fascist forces.

Education and careerEdit

Sarukhan graduated from El Colegio de México with a bachelor's degree in International Relations and received a master's degree in U.S. Foreign Policy at the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) of Johns Hopkins University in Washington, D.C., where he studied as a Fulbright scholar and Ford Foundation Fellow. In 1988–1989, before joining Mexico's Foreign Service, Sarukhan served as the Executive Secretary of the Commission for the Future of Mexico-US relations, a non-governmental initiative funded by the Ford Foundation to recast the Mexico-US relationship.[5]

He has served in different posts at the Secretariat of Foreign Affairs. In 1991, he was Deputy Assistant Secretary for Inter-American Affairs and during that period he also represented Mexico at the Agency for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons in Latin America and the Caribbean (OPANAL). In 1993, he was posted to the Embassy of Mexico in Washington DC and was the Chief of Staff to the Ambassador, during the NAFTA negotiations.[6] In 1995 he was put in charge of the office for anti-narcotics in the same diplomatic mission. In 2000–2003, Sarukhan was designated Chief of Policy Planning to the Secretary of Foreign Affairs, and served as Consul General in New York City in 2003–2006.[7]

As an academic, he has taught several courses at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM), at the National Defense College, at the Inter-American Defense College, the National Defense University, and The George Washington University in the United States.[8]

On 3 February 2006, he requested a leave of absence from the Foreign Service and left his post at the Consulate General in New York City to join Felipe Calderón's presidential campaign as international spokesperson and coordinator of foreign affairs.[8]

He was appointed Ambassador to the United States on 27 January 2007.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Arturo Sarukhan Casamitjana". The Washington Diplomat. Archived from the original on 17 March 2010. Retrieved 5 December 2009.
  2. ^ a b Gómez Quintero, Natalia; Jiménez, Sergio Javier (8 October 2006). "Arturo Sarukhán Casamitjana, Gourmet de la diplomacia" (in Spanish). Mexico City: El Universal. Retrieved 5 December 2009.
  3. ^ "Mexican ambassador first to Twitter in D.C. diplomatic corps". The Hill. 18 November 2009.
  4. ^ Emil Sanamyan and Lusine Sarkisyan (9 October 2008). "Mexico's ambassador to the United States discusses his Armenian heritage". Armenian Reporter. Archived from the original on 30 November 2010. Retrieved 31 October 2008.
  5. ^ "Mexico Institute, Advisory Board Members". Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.
  6. ^ Emil Sanamyan and Lusine Sarkisyan (29 October 2008). "Mexico's ambassador to the United States discusses his Armenian heritage". Armenian Reporter. Archived from the original on 30 November 2010. Retrieved 31 October 2008.
  7. ^ "Arturo Sarukhan Biography". Huffington Post. USA.
  8. ^ a b "Designa Felipe Calderón a Arturo Sarukhan como Coordinador de Política Exterior" (in Spanish). 3 February 2006. Retrieved 27 November 2006.

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