Objective and Bio
I was born in Mexico City and English is not my mother tongue, therefore I apologize for the sometimes misuse of this beautiful language which allows to communicate with a broader audience
I intend to use this page as a personal platform to promote the works that I publish in Jorge Pinto Books Inc., a company that I founded in 2004, which is a niche multicultural independent publishing house registered in New York with more than 100 titles to date in print and more than 20 eBooks for iPad, Nook and Kindle.
I was privileged to have a rich and diverse professional life with opportunities to live in different countries and meet many artists, authors curators as well as political and business leaders. During my years in New York, I was proud to be a board member of El Museo del Barrio as well as Aperture Foundation of Photography. I continue to be a member of the Editorial Board of Americas Quarterly, a magazine of the Council of the Americas. I was the founder of the Center for Global Finance at Pace University in New York in 2000, where I taught for four years. I also served as a board member of the Fondo de Cultura Económica, a leading Mexican publishing house in Mexico.
Before I changed paths into culture-oriented services, I spent years serving as Mexican diplomat and public servant, particularly as Mexican Ambassador to Sweden (1991-94), Mexican Consul General in New York (1995-2000), Deputy Chief of Mission in the Mexican Embassy in Washington D.C. (1983-88) as well as Undersecretary (i.e. Deputy Minister) for Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mexico in charge of Latin American and Cultural Affaires (1994). I was honored to work directly with Jesús Reyes Heroles as his Chief of Staff when he was the Minister of the Interior (Secretario de Gobernación) and also support him as the editor of Linea and of 100 classic political and economic text booklets when he was the President of the Partido Revolucionario Institucional (PRI).
In between my diplomat years, I was was the Executive Director at the Board of the World Bank representing Mexico, Spain, Venezuela and the Central American countries (1989-91). I also served as the Representative for Europe for Nafinsa, Mexico’s National Development Bank based in London, negotiating bank loans and Eurobonds and organized the upgrade of Nafinsa’s London office from a representative office to a full branch (1980-82).
At the beginning of my professional life I got the position of full time tenure professor at UNAM (Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico) Journalism School and Chief of Staff (Secretario de la Recoría) of the University’s President Pablo Gonzalez Casanova back in the 70’s after I gained my Degree in Law from UNAM, and completed my course work for Master in New York University and my Ph.D. level courses in media, cultural industries and its economics and political impact at the Sorbonne in Paris. As a university student, I started working with Award-winning theater director Hector Azar, as the general coordinator of Casa del Lago, a cultural center from UNAM. .