Mexico City Education Minister Named by World Economic Forum as Young Global Leader

Mar 16, 2011, 14:51 ET from Gobierno del Distrito Federal

MEXICO CITY, March 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Mario Delgado Carillo, Secretary of Education of Mexico City, has been named to the 2011 Class of Young Global Leaders by the World Economic Forum (WEF). Minister Delgado joins 190 young leaders from 65 countries around the world recognized for their professional accomplishments, commitment to society, and potential to contribute to shaping the future of the world.

WEF's Young Global Leaders are under the age of 40 years and participate in task forces and initiatives designed to affect the lives of future generations and craft innovative responses to global and regional challenges. Each year, WEF names approximately 200 Young Global Leaders from thousands of nominations around the globe.

"I am honored by this recognition from the World Economic Forum. Education is vital for any society to compete in today's global economy. I not only see this as a distinction but a responsibility to contribute with other young leaders and find new ways to encourage innovation and quality learning in education systems around the world," Minister Delgado said.

Minister Delgado has held senior leadership positions in Mexico City's government for the past 15 years. As Minister of Education, Mr. Delgado has developed innovative programs targeting at-risk youth in Mexico City, including Prepa Si, a scholarship program to keep high school students from low-income families in the classroom, and More Books, Better Future, a youth reading initiative. Prior to his appointment as Minister of Education, he served as Minister of Finance and oversaw management of Mexico City's $3 billion annual budget. He previously served as a senior advisor to the Minister of Social Development. Minister Delgado has earned degrees from Mexico's Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo and the University of Essex (UK). Last year, Mr. Delgado was mentioned in the highly reputable Lideres Mexicanos magazine as one of the 300 more influential people in the country.

The World Economic Forum, headquartered in Davos, Switzerland, is an independent international organization committed to improving the state of the world by engaging business, political, academic and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas.

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