Yesterday, President Enrique Peña Nieto submitted a proposal to the Senate to appoint Julio Alfonso Santaella Castell  as a member of the Governing Board of the National Institute of Statistics and Geography (INEGI) in terms of the provisions of Articles 26, section B, of the Mexican Constitution, and Article 67 of the Law of the National System of Statistical and Geographic Information.

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.

Since 2004, he has worked at the Directorate General of Banking Operations of the Central Bank of Mexico, where he was Chief Information and Analysis Manager and Director of Support. He currently serves as Executive Coordinator of the Mexican Petroleum Fund for Stabilization and Development.

In these positions, he has acquired experience in finance, payment systems and issues linked to the external public debt, financing and macroeconomic variables. He also has been involved in the management and operation of systems for the recording and transmission of information on economic issues, and its analysis for decision-making and consultancy for the Central Bank, in activities that are closely related to the functions of the National System of Statistical and Geographic Information.

Dr. Santaella Castell has also had a long career as a researcher and professor at ITAM, where he served as Head of the Department of Economics, and has published several articles and studies on economic, financial and exchange matters both nationally and internationally. He also worked at the International Monetary Fund.

Once the INEGI Governing Board is complete, the President, on the basis of the powers vested in him by Article 67 of the Law of the National System of Statistics and Geographical Information, will elect the Chairman of the Institute from among its members, who will also chair this collegiate body.

The nomination, submitted for consideration by the Senate, is a reflection of President Enrique Peña Nieto’s commitment to preserving the independence of the Institute and strengthening it as an autonomous institution.