Puente Elected to Head Expanded IFAI in Mexico

19 May 2014

Ximena de la Puente Mora has been unanimously elected by the other six commissioners as the president of the Federal Institute for Access to Information and Data Protection (IFAI).

She was elected for a three year term at the first meeting of the expanded commission, whose members were recently selected by the Senate. The wholesale replacement of the previous five commissioners was mandated in a new law which also gives the commission new powers and responsibilities. See short video of the election.

Until being named to IFAi, Puente, a layer, led the parallel institution in the State of Colima.

Puente did a short interview with El Universal.

For information on the other commissioners see a previous FreedomInfo.org report. The IFAI website now carries brief biographies in Spanish.

Here’s what Google Translate does with Puente’s:

She graduated from the University of Colima, Master in Law from the University of Navarra, Pamplona, ??Spain, and a doctorate in law from the Inter JD, University of Guadalajara; the obtained three degrees with honors. She has participated as an expert in various events related to transparency, access to information, protection of personal data and information technologies in Canada, Chile, Italy. Peru, Costa Rica, Venezuela, among other countries. She was a fellow by the German Agency for Academic Exchange to a stay of Research at the Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property, Competition and Tax Law located in the City of Munich, Germany, and a fellow of the Department of State States to participate in the advanced course “Foreign Policy and Human Rights in the United States” in Washington DC

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