Roberto Villarreal Gonda

Roberto Villarreal

GEA Partner since 2017
Roberto Villarreal has a Degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering by the Technological Institute of Monterrey, a Master’s Degree from El Colegio de México, and a Ph.D. in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).


  • Technical Secretary of the Federal Economic Competition Commission (COFECE) (2014-2015).
  • Undersecretary of Urban and Regional Development at the Secretariat of Social Development (SEDESOL) (2006).
  • Senior Advisor to the economic and social cabinets in the Executive Office of the Office of the President of Mexico, and head of the Social and Regional Policies Unit in the Office of Public Policy (2000-2005).
  • Head of the Investment Unit, Technical Secretary of the Privatization Commission, and member of the Spending-Financing Commission at the Secretariat of Finance and Public Credit (1994-1997).
  • Managing Director of Technological Development, Head of the Mexican Patent and Trademark Office, an economist in the Deregulation Unit and Senior Advisor to the Secretary of Commerce and Industrial Development (1988-1994).
  • Director of Economic Analysis, Secretariat of Programming and Budgeting, and of the Unit of the Presidential Chronicle of the Office of the President of Mexico (1986-1987).
  • Head of the Development Management Branch of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (2009-2013).
  • Head of the Territorial Development Division of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, OECD (2007-2008).