2017: Professional Achievement Award

Herminio Blanco, AM’75, PhD’78

  • President, IQOM Inteligencia Comercial and IQOM Strategic Advisors

Mexico City, Mexico

Herminio Blanco, AM’75, PhD’78, is the president of IQOM Inteligencia Comercial, a foreign trade intelligence company, and its subsidiary, IQOM Strategic Advisors. He is also the president of the board of Arcelor-Mittal Mexico and a member of the board of directors for Banco Latinoamericano de Comercio Exterior, CYDSA, and Fibra Uno, as well as a member of the Trilateral Commission.

Blanco served as secretary of trade and industry of Mexico, undersecretary for international trade and negotiations, and chief negotiator of the North American Free Trade Agreement. He was also responsible for the negotiation of a free trade agreement with the European Union, the European Free Trade Area, various Latin American countries, and Israel. Blanco also launched the process that lead to the negotiation of a free trade agreement with Japan.

He holds a BA in economics from Instituto Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, an MA and a PhD in economics from the University of Chicago, and a doctor honoris causa from Rikkyo University in Japan.