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Sergio Ley

Former Ambassador of Mexico to China and current President of the Asia-Pacific Directorate at the Mexican Business Council for Foreign Trade (COMCE)

Sergio Ley

Residency: May 17 – June 4, 2007

Residency Summary

The extensive knowledge of Sergio Ley about China imbued his lectures and seminars with fascinating and authentic detail. His interests and experience encompass politics, energy issues and Asia-Latin America relations, providing meaningful insight to faculty, staff, alumni and students across GPS as well as the broader campus and community. As his residency was cosponsored by the Institute of the Americas and the Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies, his lectures and seminars brought together groups of people from across broad disciplines and disparate fields, which led to lively interactions and fascinating discussions.


Sergio Ley was a cultural attache at the Mexican Embassy in Beijing, China from 1984 – 1990. He was the deputy chief of mission at the Mexican Embassy in Singapore. He moved to Shanghai to open the Mexican Consulate there and became the consul general. He was the director general for the Pacific and Asia for the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He was also assigned as ambassador to Indonesia (1997 – 2001) and China (2001 – 2006). He attended the National School of Architecture at the National Autonomous University of Mexico and took his postgraduate studies in art history at the University of Paris. He holds a master’s degree in restoration of historical buildings from the Institute of Archaeology at the University of London.