Armando Regil Velasco — Ethics & Mexico’s Potential

Founding President of the Agora Institute for Strategic Thinking, Mexico

We need to train this generation to really understand why ethics matter. If we want to make sure that things will be different in the future each one of us has to change.

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Armando was born in Mexico City on February 7, 1985. He graduated in International Trade with honors from the Tecnológico de Monterrey Campus Querétaro . He studied Economics and Public Policy at Georgetown University in Washington DC and his training includes a number of seminars and courses at Acton University (Michigan, USA), The Leadership Institute (Virginia, USA), Universidad Francisco Marroquin (Antigua, Guatemala), University of International Business and Economics (Beijing, China), Think Tank MBA, Atlas Economic Research Foundation (Washington DC), School of Economics and Business Administration ESEADE (Buenos Aires, Argentina).

Armando is the Founding President of the IPEA, Institute of Strategic Thinking Agora, a think-tank of young people in Mexico that generates ideas, private solutions to public problems and public policies to help ensure that Mexico becomes a free, united and prosperous. Armando participated in the sixteenth and seventeenth Roundtable with the Government of Mexico organized by the Economist (Economist Intelligence Unit) . He developed the Executive Report for Consensus Building and Promoting Growth and supported in the organization of How will Mexico to Promote Sustainable Growth in overall apologetic environment? In Washington DC, he worked at the Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity the Cato Institute. Armando has given lectures for more than 10,000 spectators in Mexico, U.S. and Latin America. 

In 2006 Armando published his first book on youth leadership Entrepreneurs: You Are the Answer. Featured in the book are 42 leaders including former presidents, ministers, businessmen and academics from 21 countries. Armando has been involved in the founding and organization of various projects as SELIDER Querétaro and Free Enterprise Leadership Challenge. He has represented Mexico in international summits and conferences, such as the Global Meeting of the Emerging Markets Forum in Virginia (2010), the Summit APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) in Los Cabos, Mexico (2002), Santiago de Chile (2004), and Hanoi Vietnam (2006). He has participated in the Trade Mission to Asia 2006 of the International Business Leadership Program (PLEI), developing a project for Grupo Bimbo. In 2009, Armando was invited to be a member of Future Leaders Club of the journal Mexican leaders. He participated as the youngest speaker TEDxDF 2010 at the Teatro de la Ciudad de Mexico. American Express was selected him as one of the 10 "potentialists" in Mexico 2010: The generation that is moving the world. He has appreared in a number of magazines including Travesías, Gatopardo, and Alto Nivel. Since 2011, Armando works as a columnist for the magazine Expansion.

Watch Armando Regil's TEDx Talk.

  • on Corruption in Mexico

    In Mexico this problem of corruption and trying to go around the law has to change soon because it has a lot of implications. First we think that of course the rules of the game have to change so that incentives can be all the way around but also that will change if people change their attitude change their mind and I would say even change their values. We need to train this generation to really understand why ethics matter. Why principles matter because we’re all part of chain of this corruption process. So if we want to make sure that things will be different in the future each one of us has to change. It’s sad when you face a situation in which you have to make the decision if you give the money or not. We need a new generation coming into politics and having a completely different attitude. Changing the rules of the game means that if, for example, our fiscal policy it’s different and enables the government to get the money in the right way where there will be less possibility for them to try to look for other ways of having that money in their pockets.

  • on a Free Society

    We need to make sure that the principles and the foundations of a free society are there to be able to build even more of what we have been able to achieve for the last years. We need to make sure that property rights are respected, that the rule of law is really strengthened. That individual freedom of course is also respected and that the government understands its role.

  • on Trust

    It’s very important to strengthen ethical principles and so that and transparency and so people can understand that it’s free trade and starting a business is not a zero-sum game. It doesn’t mean that if you’re becoming rich, it’s because someone else is becoming poor but that precisely by starting a business you can help the poor have a job and then improve his own life, but in the bases for me the most important is how do we build those relationships in which we can trust each other.