Keywords: Agustín Carstens, the Bank of Mexico, EGADE Medal, Finance, leadership
Given the impact and transcendence of his career path, and his unique transforming leadership and global vision, EGADE Business School of Tecnológico de Monterrey decorated the governor of the Bank of Mexico, Doctor Agustín Carstens Carstens, with the EGADE Medal for Global Leadership in Finance.
EGADE Business School of Tecnológico de Monterrey recognizes Agustín Carstens for his outstanding and brilliant career, transformative leadership and global vision. The Governor of the Bank of Mexico becomes the first recipient of the EGADE Medal for Global Leadership in Finance. In addition the Technological of Monterrey confers a scholarship named in his honor to two students belonging to the Program Leaders of Tomorrow.
Carstens received this distinction, being his first recipient, from the hands of Juan Pablo Murra, Dean of the School of Business of Tecnológico de Monterrey, and Ignacio de la Vega, the new Dean of EGADE Business School, in a ceremony held at the EGADE Business School Monterrey auditorium, before an audience of prominent businesspeople, collaborators, faculty, students and members of the Board of Directors of Tecnológico de Monterrey, led by Chairman José Antonio Fernández.
Also, Tecnológico de Monterrey conferred the Leaders of Tomorrow "Dr. Agustín Carstens" scholarship to students Liliana Margarita González Valdez and Víctor Daniel Navarro Zapata, from the Economics and the International Relations undergraduate programs, respectively, who are part of the Leaders of Tomorrow Program.
At the start of the event, José Antonio Quesada, Director of EGADE Business School Ciudad de México, who served as the master of ceremonies, briefly described Carsten’s remarkable, brilliant career, from his beginnings in 1980 at the Bank of Mexico, followed by his work in the International Monetary Fund, the Ministry of Finance and Public Credit, among other institutions, to the new position he will assume in December as General Manager of the Bank for International Settlements (BIS).
“It is an enormous honor for me to receive this award here today from Tecnológico de Monterrey, an educational institution of such renown in Mexico and across the world,” said Carstens in his message. “I am extremely grateful for and moved by this recognition of my professional career in public service, but it would not have been possible without everything I have received for almost four decades from another institution of excellence, which, for the past 92 years, has been the cornerstone of Mexico’s development and the wellbeing of millions of Mexicans – I am referring, of course, to the Bank of Mexico.”
In his speech, Carstens referred to the deep and significant parallels between the Central Bank and the Tecnológico de Monterrey, great institutions that have been and will continue to be crucial for the development of Mexico and the well-being of Mexicans, and recognized three of its big drivers: Eugenio Garza Sada, founder of Tecnológico de Monterrey; Rodrigo Gómez, director general of the Bank of Mexico from 1952 to 1970, during the era of "stabilizing development", and Manuel Gómez Morín, founder and first president of the Bank of Mexico, and key adviser of businesspeople from Monterrey.
Murra commented, “I am sure that, in the future, historians and thinkers will look back to our era and find in the career, character and competence of Doctor Agustín Carstens, the reasons why Mexico has advanced so successfully in the construction of a more prosperous society and, consequently, greater levels of wellbeing.”
De la Vega said, “(Carstens) has transcended the public and private sectors with an impeccable commitment and dedication, offering innovative solutions inspired by an exemplary sense of humanity and driven by the pursuit of the common good and a positive social impact. His determination has influenced an entire generation of economists and professionals in Mexico and other areas of the world. Dr. Carstens, you are an example of dedication and commitment to Mexico. The EGADE Medal for Global Leadership in Finance precisely distinguishes these characteristics of leadership and expertise, and it is a great honor for us to have the Governor of the Bank of Mexico as our very first winner of this important award.”
At the end of the ceremony, Carstens received the warmest congratulations from all the attendees, demonstrated through a round of applause that lasted several minutes.
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