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 Director of the Greening of Value Chains Program (a MIF-Tec de Monterrey Program). She is also professor of the EGADE Business School of Tec de Monterrey and Coordinator of the “Green Business” Initiative. A Fulbright and Ford Foundation scholar, she also 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 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 writes a bi-weekly op-ed for the business section (Cartera) of El Universal 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 economic integration, regional governance, the auto industry, labor and labor migration, trade and environment, environmental standards and climate change and renewable energy. Among her most important publications are: 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 (Routledge, 2002).