President Enrique Peña Nieto appointed Elías Micha Zaga Coordinator of Science, Technology and Innovation, within the president’s Central Coordinating Office of Policy and Government.

Dr. Elías Micha is a mathematician by training, with a PhD from the University of Oxford in Britain, and an expert on differential and algebraic topology. He was a professor at the University of Washington in Seattle and at Vassar College in New York.

He is also a member of the National System of Researchers, the Mexican Mathematical Society, the Mexican Academy of Sciences, the American Mathematical Society; and a researcher on leave from CINVESTAV at the National Polytechnic Institute.

In public administration, he was Director General of the Mexico State Council of Science and Technology (COMECYT), and from 2013 onwards, he served as Deputy Director General of Regional Development of the National Council of Science and Technology (CONACYT).

The president instructed the new coordinator to assist in the evaluation and design of public policies aimed at strengthening the scientific, technological and innovation capacities of the country as well as regional development, liaising with public and private organizations, and international collaboration in the field.