During 2012, he was a researcher with the Fundación Ortega y Gasset, based in Madrid, Spain, where he wrote a book on drug trafficking in Mexico and the relationship between organized crime, violence, and security and criminal justice institutions. La historia del Narcotráfico in Mexico was published in mid 2013 by the Aguilar publishing house, and has been reprinted twice since that time.

He was the Director of Mexico’s National Intelligence Agency (CISEN) between January 2007 and September 2011. As a member of Mexico’s National Security Council and the National Public Security Cabinet, his most important responsibilities included coordinating the efforts of both bodies to generate information to be used in the drafting of research, assessments, and strategic scenarios on issues contained in the national security agenda. He coordinated jointly with President Barack Obama’s National Security Advisor John Brennan the Mexico-US High-Level Consultative Group on cooperation for security.

For 13 years before joining the CISEN, he directed the area of politics and opinion surveys at Grupo de Economistas y Asociados, S.C. Some of the projects he developed in that capacity included a governability analysis model for the generation of political, economic and social scenarios.

He began his professional career in the public sector, where he worked in various departments of the federal government (Presidency of the Republic and the ministries of Planning and Budgets, Social Development and Public Education) primarily as an advisor to the heads of those departments and in matters of public policy design.
Bachelor’s in Social Sciences from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM).

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