Kenneth Smith Ramos

Director of the Trade and NAFTA Office

Ministry of the Economy, Mexico

Mr. Kenneth Smith Ramos is currently the Head of the Trade and NAFTA Office of the Ministry of the Economy of Mexico, in Washington D.C.  This office is in charge of promoting the trade relationship between Mexico and the United States and ensure proper implementation of the NAFTA.  It engages with relevant stakeholders from the academic, private, and public sectors on the key trade issues that affect the bilateral relationship and also addresses global issues that are relevant to the NAFTA region.

Prior to serving in his current post, Mr. Smith was Coordinator General for International Affairs at the Mexican Ministry of Agriculture (SAGARPA), where he was responsible for agricultural trade negotiations and international cooperation.

Previously, Mr. Smith worked at the Mexican Federal Competition Commission, as Director-General for International Affairs, as well as in the Ministry of Economy, where he was Director-General for International Trade Negotiations. He started his professional career working for Mexico’s NAFTA negotiating team.

Mr. Smith has a Bachelor’s Degree in International Affairs from Georgetown University, and a Master’s Degree in International Economics from Johns Hopkins, School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).