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Marķa de Lourdes Dieck-Assad

María de Lourdes Dieck Assad has been Dean at EGADE Business School at Tecnológico de Monterrey since January 2011. Prior to assuming her current role Dr. Dieck-Assad was Director General, Dean of the School of Government, Social Sciences and Humanities (2007-2009) as well as Dean of the Economics and Law School Division (2008-2009). She has also been Director of the PhD Program in Business Administration at EGADE Business School Monterrey (1992-2002), and a full-time researcher and professor of economics at the Institution. 

In 2004 María de Lourdes Dieck Assad was appointed Ambassador of Mexico to Belgium and Luxembourg by President Vicente Fox Quesada. From 2004-2007 she also served as Chief of the Mexican Mission to the European Union and as Mexico´s Permanent Representative to the European Council. For her services as Ambassador of Mexico to Belgium Lourdes Dieck Assad was decorated with the Grand Cross of the Order of the Crown of Belgium, awarded by Royal Decree.

In the Mexican federal government, María de Lourdes Dieck Assad has held the position of Under-Secretary of Economic Affairs and International Cooperation at the State Department, (2003-04); Chief of Advisors to the Secretary of the State Department (2003) and Chief of Advisors to the Secretary of the Economy, (2002-2003). She has been an economic consultant to several international institutions including the World Bank in Washington DC, (1985-87), where she managed the estimation and management of general equilibrium models, their simulation and the analysis of the impact of alternative macroeconomic policies on key economic variables for different countries. She has consulted with the firms Asesoría Estratégica Económica y Financiera and Consultores Asociados in Mexico and with BBVA Bancomer.

María de Lourdes Dieck Assad earned her BA Econ., cum laude in 1975 from the Tecnológico de Monterrey and her master’s degree in Economic Development, (1976) at Vanderbilt University. She obtained her Ph. D. in Economics (1983) from the University of Texas at Austin. In July 2010 she was appointed to the Board of PEMEX Petrochemicals and PEMEX Gas & Basic Petrochemicalsthe highest GPA in the BA Economics generation of 1975. She was distinguished with the Outstanding Professor Award in the Executive Programs at EGADE Business School Monterrey in 2001.

Michael Finney

Michael A. Finney is President and CEO of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), a public-private partnership serving as the state's lead agency for business and job growth, talent enhancement, tourism marketing, arts and cultural grants, and overall economic growth. His responsibilities at MEDC also include serving as Governor Rick Snyder’s Economic Growth Group Executive and as President and Chairman of the Michigan Strategic Fund. Under Mike’s leadership, the MEDC developed Pure Michigan Business Connect (PMBC), one of the most innovative economic development programs in the country. PMBC provides comprehensive business development, capital access, talent enhancement and marketing assistance to Michigan based companies. PMBC is quickly becoming a national model for economic development. 
Prior to taking the helm at MEDC, Mike served as President and CEO of Ann Arbor SPARK (SPARK), a public-private partnership whose mission is to advance innovation-based economic development in the greater Ann Arbor, Michigan region.

He also served as President and CEO of Greater Rochester Enterprise, Rochester, New York; Vice President, Emerging Business Sectors, MEDC; Senior Vice President and General Manager, Thomson Saginaw; and, Assistant City Manager, Saginaw, Michigan.

Mike currently serves on the board of directors for the State Science and Technology Institute, the Michigan Strategic Fund, the Michigan Economic Growth Authority, Governor Snyder’s Talent Investment Board, and the Washtenaw Community College Foundation. He also serves on The University of Michigan Life Sciences Institute, Office of Technology Transfer and Center for Entrepreneurship, National Advisory Councils.

Mike has received numerous awards and recognition including the 2008 Saginaw Valley State University Outstanding Alumnus for the College of Business and Management; named by Crain's Detroit Business as one of the 2007 Newsmakers of the Year; and the 2005 Minett Distinguished Professor at Rochester Institute of Technology.

Mike holds a Master of Arts in Human Resources from Central Michigan University and Bachelor of Business Administration from Saginaw Valley State University.


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