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Duncan Wood PhD

Vice President for Strategy and New Initiatives, Wilson Center; Senior Advisor, Wilson Center’s Mexico Institute
Duncan Wood, PhD, is Vice President for Strategy and New Initiatives at the Wilson Center. Previously, he was the Director of the Wilson Center’s Mexico Institute and now serves as a Senior Advisor to the Institute. He is an internationally renowned specialist on North American politics, Mexico and U.S.-Mexican ties who lectures and publishes on hemispheric issues and relations. He regularly gives testimony to the U.S. Congress on U.S.-Mexico relations, is a widely quoted source on Mexican politics, and has published extensively on this and other issues.
Mr. Wood is the author or editor of 12 books and more than 30 chapters and articles. He is currently co-chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Transparency and Anti-Corruption, has worked closely with the WEF on Energy policy, and is a member of the editorial board of Foreign Affairs Latinoamerica.
From 1996 to 2012, he was a professor and the director of the International Relations Program at the Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico (ITAM) in Mexico City for 17 years. Over the course of his 30-year career, he has been a Fulbright Fellow and a Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS); an editorial advisor to Reforma and El Universal newspapers; Technical Secretary of the Red Mexicana de Energia; a consultant with McLarty Associates, the Economist Intelligence Unit, Horizon and Eurasia Group; and owner of a speakeasy in Mexico City.
Mr. Wood studied in the UK and Canada, receiving his Doctorate in Political Studies from Queen’s University, Canada, and is a recipient of the Canadian Governor General’s Visit Award for contributions to the Mexico-Canada relationship. He is a lifelong fan of Liverpool Football Club and will hopefully Never Walk Alone.