Arturo Sarukhan

Associate Fellow, US and the Americas Programme (based in the US)


Ambassador Arturo Sarukhan is the founder and president of Sarukhan + Associates. Now a consultant and public speaker, he was 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 US. Previously, he served, among other positions, as consul general in New York, chief of policy planning and deputy director general for inter-American affairs.

In 2006 he requested a leave of absence from the foreign service to become foreign policy advisor and international spokesperson for the Calderon presidential campaign. He subsequently led the foreign policy transition team.

A digital diplomacy pioneer, he became the first ambassador accredited in Washington to use Twitter as a public diplomacy tool. He publishes regularly and appears frequently on US and international media.

He sits on several non-profit and corporate boards, and has several academic and think-tank affiliations in the US.

He holds a BA in international relations from El Colegio de Mexico and an MA in American Foreign Policy from SAIS-Johns Hopkins.

Past experience

2014 - present President and founder, Sarukhan + Associates, LLC 
2007-13 Mexican Ambassador to the US 
2006 Coordinator, Presidential Foreign Policy Transition Team
2006 Foreign Policy Advisor and international spokesperson, Calderon presidential campaign
2003-06 Consul General, New York City
2000-03 Chief for Policy Planning, Mexican Foreign Ministry
1989-2000 Senior Advisor to the Foreign Minister
1995-98 Head of the Counternarcotics section, Mexican Embassy USA
1993-95 Chief of Staff to the Ambassador, Mexican Embassy USA
1992-93 Deputy Director General for Inter-American Affairs
1992 Admission to the Foreign Service, Instituto Matias Romero
1989-91 MA, School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University
1987-89 Executive Assistant, Ford Foundation Bilateral Commission on the Future of US-Mexico Relations
1984-88 BA, International Relations, El Colegio de México
1982-84 BA studies, History, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México