Lessons from Mexico's COVID-19 Response


Thursday, February 11, 2021, 5:00pm to 6:00pm


Virtual event, registration required

With daily reported cases reaching approximately 12,000, Mexico is among the top 15 countries with known cases of COVID-19. This high rate of infection has challenged Mexico’s leaders to adapt and respond effectively while also forcing them to spend considerable time countering criticism of their efforts. Zoé Alejandro Robledo, Director General of the Mexican Institute of Social Security, will join Thalia Porteny, Postdoctoral Fellow, Lab for Research on Ethics, Aging, and Community Health (REACH Lab), Tufts University; and moderator Ricardo Hausmann, Rafik Hariri Professor of the Practice of International Political Economy, to discuss the country’s experience with COVID-19, including both the successes and the many challenges its leaders have encountered as they seek to bring the crisis to an end. 

This conversation is part of a year-long, virtual discussion series: Crisis Leadership in a Pandemic: Lessons Learned in the Fight Against COVID-19, sponsored by the Program on Crisis Leadership and the Ash Center. This event is co-sponsored by the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies Mexico Program. 

About the Speaker  

Zoé Alejandro Robledo earned his Masters in Law from the National Autonomous University of Mexico and also holds certificates from George Washington University and John F. Kennedy School of Government. He has served in several senior government roles including Senator for the State of Chaipas and Undersecretary of the Ministry of the Interior.

About the Series 

Over the past year, leaders across the world have been combatting the effects of COVID-19, gaining extensive, in-the-moment crisis management experience as they seek to grapple with an incredibly difficult set of challenges. Through a year-long series of virtual conversations, the Ash Center’s Program on Crisis Leadership (PCL) at Harvard Kennedy School will engage with leaders of several different countries to learn how they and the communities they represent are responding to COVID-19, the challenges they have encountered, and the preliminary successes/failures they have experienced and observed.

The series will explore both the similarities and differences of the response across jurisdictions. For instance, although the primary containment strategies – masks, social distancing, testing, and quarantine and isolation– remain generally the same, different regions have applied them in different ways and to different degrees. And while most jurisdictions share a primary focus on protecting the public’s health and mitigating the economic fallout from the virus, some face unique additional pressures, such as ongoing crises due to food insecurity, natural disasters, non-COVID disease outbreaks, and civil unrest.

By featuring leaders from different countries PCL will provide students with a comparative perspective – and the opportunity to develop a nuanced understanding of the range of interventions and leadership approaches that have been employed to date in the battle against the pandemic.

Virtual Event Recording