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José Ángel Gurría Treviño also known as Ángel Gurría,[4] is a Mexican economist and diplomat born on May 8th, 1950, in Tampico, Mexico. He is the current secretary-general of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) since 1 June 2006.

Ángel Gurría
Angel Gurria - World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2012.jpg
Angel Gurria at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2012
5th Secretary General of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
Assumed office
June 2006
Preceded by Don Johnston[1]
Secretary of Finance and Public Credit of Mexico
In office
1 January 1998 – 30 November 2000
Preceded by Guillermo Ortiz Martínez
Succeeded by Francisco Gil Díaz
Secretary of Foreign Affairs of Mexico
In office
1 December 1994 – 31 December 1997[2]
Preceded by Manuel Tello Macías
Succeeded by Rosario Green
Personal details
Born (1950-05-08) 8 May 1950 (age 67)
Tampico, Mexico[3]
Nationality Mexican
Political party Revolutionary Institutional Party
Residence Paris, France
Alma mater National Autonomous University of Mexico
Profession Economist

Gurría graduated with a bachelor's degree in Economics from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and undertook postgraduate studies at the University of Leeds, in the United Kingdom and at Harvard University, in the United States. He has received Honorary Degrees from the Universidad de Valle de México, Rey Juan Carlos University, European Universities of Leeds, Haifa, and Bratislava. He served as the Mexican Secretary of Foreign Affairs (1994–1997) and as Secretary of Finance (1998–2000) in the Ernesto Zedillo administration. In Foreign Affairs he opposed the Helms-Burton Act and while serving in Treasury, he restructured the foreign debt. He also negotiated the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and requested financial aid during the 1994 crisis.

Gurría has also been President and CEO of the National Development Bank of Mexico (Nafin) and President and CEO of the Foreign Trade Bank (Bancomext). From 2003 to 2005 he was a chair member of the Inter-American Development Bank's External Advisory Group.

He was the architect of the Mexican economic stabilization, partially by cutting government spending six times during the Zedillo administration. The effect of his work has been felt during Vicente Fox's administration who nominated him to lead the OECD in July 2005.

He has also served, since 2010, as a Commissioner for the Broadband Commission for Digital Development which leverages broadband technologies as a key enabler for social and economic development.[5]

Mr. Gurria has received several awards and decorations from more than 30 countries, including the titles of Grand officier de la Légion d'honneur and chevalier dans l'ordre du Mérite agricole, awarded by the French Government. He has also received a Medal from the French Senate and the Ridder Grootkruis in de Orde van Orange-Naussau awarded by the Netherlands. Most recently, he was distinguished by the President of Korea with the Gwandwha Medal for Diplomatic Service, and also received recognition to his longstanding contribution to the development of public administration in Mexico, the Medalla al Mérito Administrativo Internacional Gustavo Martinez Cabanas, awarded by the Instituto Nacional de Administraciòn Pùblica (INAP). In 2007, Mr. Gurria was the first recipient of the Globalist of the Year Award of the Canadian International Council to honour his effort as a global citizen to promote tunas-nationalism, inclusiveness and a global consciousness. His award include the Ben Gurion Leadership Award, the Award Isidro Fabela by the Mexican Association of International Studies, The Nueva Economia Award, the Orden Bernardo O'Higgins en el Grado de Gran Cruz, and the Medalla Rectorial from the University of Chile.

Gurría speaks six languages: Spanish, French, English, Portuguese, Italian and German.[6]

On September 30, 2010, he was reappointed by the OECD to a second five-year mandate after his first term finished on June 1, 2011.[7] Since 2014, Gurría has served as a Commissioner for the Global Commission on Internet Governance. [8]


External linksEdit


  1. ^ "Angel Gurría, Secretary-General of the OECD". OECD. Retrieved 2008-07-09. 
  2. ^ "Los Cancilleres de México a través de su Historia" (in Spanish). Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores. Retrieved 2008-12-02. 
  3. ^ "Angel Gurría, OECD Secretary-General (CV)". OECD. Retrieved 2012-07-16. 
  4. ^ "Angel Gurría, Secretary-General of the OECD". 2011-10-03. Retrieved 2011-12-18. 
  5. ^ [1] Archived 14 May 2010 at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ Artega, José Manuel (2005-07-21). "Gurría se perfila rumbo a la OCDE" (in Spanish). El Universal. Retrieved 2008-07-09. 
  7. ^ "OECD countries renew Angel Gurría’s mandate as Secretary-General". OECD Media Division. 2010-09-30. Retrieved 2010-09-30. 
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  9. ^ "NL Ambassador OECD on Twitter". Retrieved 28 May 2017. 
  10. ^ "Inter-American Dialogue | José Ángel Gurría". Retrieved 2017-04-12. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Manuel Tello Macías
Secretary of Foreign Affairs
Succeeded by
Rosario Green