First term 2013 – 2017 Second term 2017 – 2021
Alejandra Palacios, Chair of Mexico’s Federal Economic Competition Commission (Comisión Federal de Competencia Económica; COFECE) is the first woman to head the Mexican antitrust authority. Following a major constitutional reform that set forth a new framework for competition in Mexico, Alejandra was appointed by Congress in 2013 to head the COFECE. She was reelected in 2017 for a second four-year tenure that will end in September 2021.
Before her current role at COFECE, Alejandra worked as Project Director at the Mexican Institute of Competitiveness (the Instituto Mexicano para la Competitividad; IMCO) for research projects focused on economic regulation, telecom, public procurement and other issues related to competition.
Since June 2016, she is Vice-President for the International Competition Network (ICN), the most prominent international network on competition, composed of 138 competition authorities around the world, and as of 2017, Member of the Bureau of the Competition Committee of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Alejandra is also a member of the International Women’s Forum, Mexico chapter. In 2019 the Women@Competition organization included her in its list of “40 in their 40s” as one of the 40 most notable women in competition in the Americas, Asia and Europe.
Alejandra 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).
Her academic work includes teaching as well as serving as the Academic Coordinator for the ITAM Economics faculty.