Keynote Speaker Dr. Carlos E. Cortes
Spotlight Event: Ambassador Marcela Celorio, Consul General of Mexico in San Diego
Graduated as a lawyer from the “Escuela Libre de Derecho” in Mexico City, further pursuing two masters, the first in Diplomatic Studies from the Matias Romero Institute (IMR) and the second in Security and Defense from the National Defense College, part of the National Defense Secretariat (SEDENA). Continued her academic training in the Center for U.S –Mexico studies from the University of California in San Diego (UCSD), and distinguishably attended the American University (AU), in Washington D.C. as the first diplomat from the Mexican Foreign Affairs.
In 2000 and 2001, she conducted Public International Law teachings in the Ibero American University (UIA). She has also, directed research and investigations in topics such as dual nationality and citizenship; National Security and Northern American Integration. In addition, she is completely fluent in the English language and has knowledge in French, Italian and Hebrew.
In the Ministry of Foreign Affairs she has fulfilled the duty of National Director of Naturalization, position from which she helped to promote and encourage the recognition of dual nationality. Efforts that culminated with the constitutional reform of 1997 and the approval of the new nationality law of 1998 in Mexico.
Subsequently, she was named Politics Protection Director, position in which she helped to implement the mechanisms of border cooperation between Mexico and the United States. In 2000 she took charge of the position of Director for the United States of America in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Outside of Mexico, she was assigned to the Mexican Embassy in the United States as Chief of staff from 2002 to 2006. Thereafter, in September 2006, she was commissioned by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in invitation from the Mexican Secretary of State, to serve as Deputy Director General in charge of the region of North America.
From 2009 to 2012, she served as Chief of mission in Israel and as advisor for Economic, Trade and Cooperation Affairs. In 2012 she was assigned as counselor for Political Affairs at the Mexican Embassy in relation to the Kingdom of Belgium and also to the Mexican Mission for the European Union (EU). From 2013 to 2016 she was recognized as the Deputy Consul at the Consulate General of Mexico in New York.
In, 1999 she incorporated the Mexican Foreign Service as Diplomatic Attaché and ascended each of the categories.
On April 26th, 2017, she was elevated to the rank of Ambassador of Mexico, becoming the first woman Ambassador graduated from the “Escuela Libre de Derecho” in Mexico City.
Leeva C. Chung, Ph.D. - Plenary Speaker for the Cultural Identity Track
Kelli McLoud-Schingen - Plenary Speaker for the Healing the Divides Track
Doug Stuart - Plenary Speaker for the Assessing Intercultural Competence Track
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