Consul General of Mexico in New York Visits Maxwell School, Greets Syracuse Leadership, Mexican Students

Visit with Consul General of Mexico

Gómez-Pickering during his visit to Maxwell (l-r): Rafael Fernández de Castro, Jay and Debe Moskowitz Chair in Mexico-U.S. Relations: Dean David M. Van Slyke; Diego Gómez-Pickering, Consul General of Mexico in New York, and Margaret Harmann, director of the Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs.

On July 22, 2016, Mr. Diego Gómez-Pickering, Consul General of Mexico in New York, visited Syracuse University and the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs as part of a working visit to upstate. He greeted Chancellor and President Kent Syverud; Vice Chancellor and Provost Michele Wheatly; Dean of University College, Bea González; Deb McGraw, Associate Director of the English Language Institute; Geraldine de Berly, Senior Associate Dean; Dean of the Maxwell School, David M. Van Slyke; Professor Dr. Rafael Fernández de Castro; and other outstanding scholars.

The Consul General applauded Maxwell School excellence, leadership and dedication to advancing knowledge and fostering student success through outstanding innovative, interdisciplinary teaching and research in the social sciences, public policy, public administration, and international relations.

He also highlighted that universities and other higher education institutions are strategic partners in boosting research and innovation projects and they are necessary to support the formation of human capital. He expressed that Mexico is aiming to give important steps to gain position in the global knowledge economy by establishing cooperative ties between the skilled diaspora and centers of knowledge-generation in Mexico.

As part of his duties, Consul General Gómez Pickering is interested in strengthening the relationship with the academic institutions in order to contribute to the growing cooperation between Mexico and the United States, with a special focus on education and research, and to the enrichment of the strong cultural, economic and social ties between both countries.

During his visit, Consul General Gómez Pickering met a group of students from Mexico that is participating in the intensive English language courses in the framework of Proyecta 100,000 initiative. He recognized that Syracuse University is a great academic partner that is helping to fulfill the goals of the Bilateral Forum on Higher Education, Innovation and Research (FOBESII) between Mexico and the United States.

Diego Gomez Pickering Following in the footsteps of his grandfather, one of Mexico’s first radio personalities, Diego Gómez Pickering’s career started in journalism. He has worked for CNN in Mexico City and the Americas edition of The Wall Street Journal, as well as various other publications in the US, Mexico, East Africa and the Middle East.

His experience in this field led to his appointment as head of Foreign Press Coordination for both President Peña Nieto’s presidential campaign, and from 2012, as Director for Foreign Media for the President’s Office.

Gómez Pickering also has plenty of experience working with the Mexican Foreign Service. In 2007, he was based in Nairobi, Kenya, as the Embassy’s Cultural Attaché, and from 2008 to 2011, he worked as Communications Consultant for the Damascus office of the UN Relief and Works Agency. On December 2013, he was appointed as Ambassador of Mexico to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland by Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto, and since June 24th, 2016, he is Consul General of Mexico in New York.

He holds an M.A. on Cultural Development from the University of Columbia, a Postgraduate degree in Journalism from the Indian Institute of Mass Communication of the Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, India and a B.A. in International Relations from ITAM.

Gómez Pickering is the author of “Los jueves en Nairobi”, published in 2010, and “La primavera de Damasco”, published in 2013; and he has written more than a dozen other books.