In compliance with the provisions of the Law of the National System of Statistics and Geographic Information, President Peña Nieto has appointed Julio Alfonso Santaella Castell as Chairman of the Board of Governors of the National Institute of Statistics and Geography for the period from January 1 2016 to December 31 2021, due to the fact that Eduardo Sojo Garza Aldape concludes his term of office tomorrow.

The appointment was made after the Senate approved the president’s appointment of Julio Alfonso Castell Santaella as a member of the Board of Governors in this autonomous constitutional body on December 15.

Julio Alfonso Santaella Castell holds a degree in economics from the Autonomous Technological Institute of Mexico (ITAM) and a master’s and PhD in economics from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in the United States.

He served as Executive Coordinator of the Mexican Petroleum Fund for Stabilization and Development. In the Bank of Mexico, he has held several important positions since 2001 such as: Director of Operations Support of the Central Bank and Information and Analysis Manager of Central Bank Operations.

The new INEGI president has extensive experience in various financial areas such as payment systems, external foreign debt and macroeconomic policies.