Gonzalo Canseco

SpecialityDirector Research & Development, Onepoint5 & Former Senior Advisor to the Secretariat of the UNFCCC
DesignationDirector Research & Development
CompanyOnepoint5 & Former Senior Advisor to the Secretariat of the UNFCCC

Gonzalo Canseco has more than 25 years of continuous experience in the design and implementation of public policies in economic, financial and international affairs.

He is currently Director for Research and Development at onepoint5, an ESG consultancy founded and led by Ambassador Patricia Espinosa Cantellano, former Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

For over four years he worked for the Secretariat of the UNFCCC, first as an external consultant and then as Senior Advisor to the Executive Secretary. During that time he contributed to the UNFCCC’s overall strategy, conceived and developed an IT platform to support the intergovernmental negotiations on climate change, and produced numerous analytical and communication materials to support the work of the ES.

In 2019 he co-founded Simbiosis Económica, a consultancy firm based in Mexico City that advises private firms and public institutions on economic, financial and fiscal policy strategies with an emphasis on sustainability. There he either led or contributed to numerous projects, including the development of a new fiscal levy based on sustainability criteria as well as white papers on the role of multilateral banks in the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and the prospects for the achievement of the SDG goals in Latin America and the Caribbean. Recently, he was lead author in the drafting of a white paper on sustainable logistics in collaboration with DHL.

At the Mexican Ministry of Finance, he headed the unit responsible for Mexico’s relationship with International Financial Institutions, especially multilateral development banks such as the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank, and was acting governor, on behalf of Mexico, at the Central American Development Bank and the North American Development Bank.

He was Chief of Staff to the Secretary for Social Development during the period 2015-2016, when a new National Strategy for Social Inclusion, based on the multidimensional measurement of poverty, was designed and successfully put into practice.

Previously, he held several leading positions at the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs, including Chief of Staff and Director General for Policy Planning.

He holds a degree in Economics, Politics and Philosophy from Oxford University, where he also studied towards a DPhil. in politics.

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