World Affairs Discussion Luncheon on Mexico – New Mexico Relations

Location: Bishop’s Lodge Ranch Resort, 1297 Bishop’s Lodge Rd.

Topic:  Bilateral Relations between Mexico and New Mexico: Cultural, Trade and Security

Speaker:  Mauricio Ibarra Ponce de Leo’n, Consul of Mexico in Albuquerque  

Cost: $26 CIR Members; $32 Non-members and Guests (includes lunch at Bishop’s Lodge)

Please note on your order if you would like a vegetarian meal.

To make reservations after Wednesday, Nov 14, please call the CIR office:  982-4931.

Mauricio Ibarra Ponce de Leo’n was appointed Consul of Mexico in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in January 2011.

Previously, Mr. Ibarra held the position of Head of the Office for Special Affairs at the Mexican Embassy in the United States.  As the Official responsible for drug-trafficking and organized crime related issues, as well as for defense and security topics in general, Mr. Ibarra was closely involved in developing the new bilateral security cooperation framework between Mexico and the US.

Prior to his appointment to the US, Mr. Ibarra held the position of Counselor for Political Affairs at the Mexican Embassy in Canada.

Mr. Ibarra has worked for the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs since 1988, during which time he held several positions within the Department of Foreign Communications, the General Direction for North America and the Office of the Deputy Secretary for North America.

His areas of expertise are the bilateral relationship between Mexico and the United States, focusing on security and military related issues, as well as cooperation in North America. He joined the Mexican Foreign Service in 1998.