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Juan Carlos Baker

Georgetown Americas Institute

Juan Carlos Baker Pineda is resident fellow with the Georgetown Americas Institute and a renowned expert in international trade, regional economic integration, and foreign affairs. His responsibilities in the Mexican government spanned over two decades, where he served as director general for North America, and deputy chief negotiator for Mexico in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Between September 2016 and November 2018, Baker served as the Mexican vice minister for foreign trade. In this responsibility, he designed and proposed to the minister of the economy and the president of Mexico the strategies to conduct and implement Mexico’s foreign trade negotiations in North America, Europe, Asia, and Latin America. During his tenure the Census Transportation Planning Products Program (CTPP) was ratified by the Mexican Senate, and he concluded successful negotiations to deepen and modernize the existing trade agreement between Mexico and the European Union. Similarly, he was a leading figure in the negotiations between Mexico, the United States, and Canada that eventually produced the United States, Mexico, and Canada agreement, which upgraded and modernized the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). On the multilateral front, Baker represented Mexico in several organizations, including the World Trade Organization (WTO), the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the G20, and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC). Baker is currently the CEO and founding partner of Consultores Internacionales Ansley, a boutique consulting firm specializing in helping foreign governments and companies understand the changing international scene of politics and trade.