Speakers Back to Speakers

Alejandra Palacios

Alejandra Palacios

Chairwoman, Comisión Federal de Competencia Económica (COFECE), Mexico

Alejandra Palacios Prieto, Commissioner and Chairwoman of Mexico's Federal Economic Competition Commission (Comisión Federal de Competencia Económica; acronym in Spanish: COFECE), the Mexican antitrust agency, holds a Bachelor's degree in Economics as well as an MBA from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM). She completed a second Master's degree in Public Policy at the Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE).

Before her current role at COFECE, Palacios Prieto worked as Competitiveness and Regulatory Projects Director at the Mexican Institute of Competitiveness (the Instituto Mexicano para la Competitividad: acronym in Spanish: IMCO), where she oversaw research projects focused on economic regulation, telecom, public Procurement and other related issues. She also served as a consultant to Mexico's former Federal Telecommunications Commission as well as that nation's Social Security Institute, undertaking investigation -and evaluation- projects related to cooperation agreements between these institutions and the OECD. She has published widely in Mexican newspapers and magazines such as Reforma, El Universal, Nexos and Este País.

She is the first woman to head a Mexican antitrust authority. Since June 2016, she is Vice-President of the International Competition Network (ICN), an organization that brings together more than 130 competition agencies worldwide and, as of 2017, Member of the Bureau of the Competition Committee of the OECD. In 2014, Forbes magazine named Palacios Prieto one of "Mexico's Most Powerful Women" and two years before, Expansión magazine included her among the distinguished professional profiles that make up its "30 Promises in their 30s" list. She is a member of the Mexico chapter of the International Women's Forum.

Her academic work includes serving as professor as well as academic coordinator for the ITAM Economics faculty.