Dr. Isabel Studer

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Dr. Isabel Studer

Founding Director, Global Institute for Sustainability
Academic Leader of Energy and Corporate Sustainability, EGADE Business School at Tecnológico de Monterrey

Dr. Isabel Studer holds a MA and Ph.D. in International Relations from Johns Hopkins University-School of Advanced International Studies and a degree in International Relations from El Colegio de Mexico. She is Founding Director of the Global Institute for Sustainability and Academic Leader of Energy and Corporate Sustainability at EGADE Business School at Tec de Monterrey, as well as Director of the Greening of Value Chains Program (a MIF-Tec de Monterrey Program). A Fulbright and Ford Foundation scholar, she directed and founded the Center for Dialogue and Analysis on North America (CEDAN).

Dr. Studer has held a number of public policy positions in the Mexican government. She was Deputy General-Director for Canada at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Director General for the U.S. and Canada at the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT) and Alternate Representative of the Minister to the Commission for Environmental Cooperation of North America (CEC). She was also Research Director for the Commission Labor Cooperation (CLC) in Washington DC.

She is member of the Council of Climate Change, an entity created by the Mexican Law on Climate Change to advise in the design and implementation of federal climate policies, the Advisory Council of the Notre Dame Global Adaptation Initiative (ND GAIN), the Mexican Council on Foreign Relations and the Editorial Board of the Mexican Edition of Foreign Policy, and has served as member of the Editorial Board of Energy's of Reforma (Mexican newspaper) and of the Academic Council of the School of Intelligence and National Security (EISEN), among other.

In 2013, the magazine Petróleo & Energía recognized Dr. Studer for her academic and scientific accomplishments and listed her in 2012 and 2013 as one of the 100 most influential leaders in the Mexican energy sector. A commentator at El Palenque of Animal Político, she has been editorialist for El Universal and Excelsior, and is an international affairs and sustainable development commentator for major Mexican and international media outlets.

Member of the Mexican National Research System (Level II), Dr. Studer has written widely on climate change and environmental standards, trade and the environment, economic integration, regional governance, the auto industry, labor and labor migration. Her publications include three books, Designing Integration: Regional Governance on Climate Change in North America (coedited with Neil Craick and Debora Van Njnatten, Toronto University Press, 2013); Requiem or Revival? The Promise of North American Integration (coedited with Carol Wise, Brookings Institute, 2007)and Ford Global Strategies and the North American Auto Industry (International Business and World Affaris Series from Routledge, 2002).