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Fall 2017 Keynote Speaker

The Honorable Antonio Garza, United States Ambassador (Ret.)

Friday, December 15, 2:00 p.m.

Ambassador Antonio Garza

Antonio Garza serves as Counsel in the Mexico City office of White & Case LLP, one of the world’s leading global law firms with 39 offices in 26 countries.

Mr. Garza is a member of the Board of Trustees of Southern Methodist University, the Development Board of the University of Texas at Austin and formerly served as chairman of the Texas Exes, the alumni association of the University of Texas at Austin. The Ambassador is also a director of the Americas Society/Council of the Americas and member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Garza is a past recipient of the “Aguila Azteca,” the Mexican government’s highest honor bestowed upon a foreign national.

Ambassador Garza, a National Association of Corporate Directors Governance and Board Leadership Fellow, currently serves as a director to Kansas City Southern and Chairman of its subsidiary Kansas City Southern de Mexico, a rail-based transportation company and MoneyGram, a global money transfer company. Mr. Garza also serves as an independent director to Grupo ODH, a privately held Luxemburg domiciled holding company, focused on the ultra-deep water drilling industry in Mexico.

Garza served as chairman of the Texas Railroad Commission from 1998-2002, as Secretary of State of Texas and Senior Policy Advisor to the Governor of the State of Texas from 1994 to 1997, and as Cameron County Judge from 1988 to 1994.

Garza holds a BBA from the University of Texas at Austin and a Doctor of Jurisprudence from Southern Methodist University School of Law and has been honored as a distinguished alumnus at both institutions. The Ambassador is a member of the State Bar of Texas, the District of Columbia and is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court. Garza is married to Dr. Liz Atkinson Garza.