Agustín Barrios Gómez
President – Mexico Image Foundation Fundación Imagen de México (FIM)
A federal Congressman during the LXII Legislature of the Mexican Congress (2012-2015), Barrios Gómez grew up as the son of an Ambassador, raised in Canada, Switzerland, the US, as well as his native Mexico. Upon graduating from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, he was recruited for Brand Management at Procter & Gamble, before becoming independent in business. His master’s degree is from the Madrid Law School and he is a founding member of the Mexican Council on Foreign Relations.
Having worked extensively in radio and television as a commentator, Barrios Gómez has also been a frequent speaker on Mexico, lecturing at most of the key institutions that have to do with international affairs in both Mexico and the US, including the Woodrow Wilson Center, Rice University’s Baker Institute, the Center for Hemispheric Policy at the University of Miami, the Council on Foreign Relations, among many others. In 2015, he was elected Chair of the Border Affairs Committee of the bi-national Mexican Entrepreneurs Association (Asociación de Empresarios Mexicanos – AEM).
In government, he has been advisor to the Minister of Public Security in Mexico City and he ran for Mayor (“Jefe Delegacional”) of Miguel Hidalgo, DF, in 2003. In July 2012, he was elected Congressman for this same district to a period that would come to be considered the most active in modern history thanks to the passing of 11 structural constitutional reforms.
Since leaving Congress, he has dedicated more time to the FIM, Fundación Imagen de México (Mexico Image Foundation), believing that his country’s success is a cornerstone for prosperity in North America and a potential example to the world. To that end, it has brought together recognized experts from business, government and academia to speak with a common voice about Mexico’s important successes and opportunities, as well as our significant challenges.