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Featured Alumni: Enrique Zapata

Updated: Jul 6, 2021

Tell us about you. I am Enrique Zapata, I am Mexican. From 2004-2008 I studied International Relations at Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City, where I was Secretary General of COPSA, the university’s student union. Before moving to Oxford I worked at HSBC Mexico and at the Mexican Ministry of Economy, where I specialized in North American economic negotiations.

What did you study at Oxford? I studied the Master's in Public Policy (MPP) at the Blavatnik School of Government. BSG is one of the youngest departments of the University of Oxford. It was founded in 2010, thanks to a £75 million donation by American philanthropist Leonard Blavatnik. In 2012, BSG admitted the first 38 students for the Master in Public Policy (MPP) programme – I belong to that first generation of MPP students.

Matriculation year: 2012

College: St. Anne’s College

Current job: I am the Deputy General Director of Public Innovation at the Mexican President’s office.

Why was Oxford so special to you? It was a time of profound introspection as to how I was going to influence the the world, my country and my personal circle for the better.

Favorite spot in Oxford: New College cloisters and gardens.

Favorite lecture: Science, with Adam Ritchie.

What advice would you give to prospective students?  Learn the history of Oxford, participate in all classes, lectures and activities, and above all, make Oxford your own.

What do you really miss about Oxford?  The timeless atmosphere, walking the streets, alleys and colleges.

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