Elena Espinosa de Los Reyes
Public Affairs and Social Responsibility
Elena Espinosa de los Reyes was born in Mexico City into a family of notable public servants.
She holds two degrees in Economics, from the ITAM, Mexico City, and her postgrad from the University of Kent (UK).
The second phase involved her working for the government in Bancomext (in promoting exports and investments) for twenty-five years. She eventually ran all the Trade Commissions for
Mexico in Asia and, subsequently, in North America, too. In addition, she was appointed the Trade Commissioner for the SE of the USA, based in Atlanta, when NAFTA was developed.
There, she was named “International Woman of the Year” in 1996, the year Atlanta hosted the
Olympics. Returning to London as Trade Commissioner in 2000, when Europe started its own
version of NAFTA, she worked there seven more years. At that time, too, she was the
representative for Mexico on the Board of the European Bank for Reconstruction and
The third phase of Elena’s career – for seven years, embedded in education – involved founding
and growing US Worldfund’s Mexico City base. She helped this NGO raise funds and, working
closely with many Mexican teachers, offered courses for teachers of English, and directors of
schools, all in the state sector, and principally for personnel working in remote schools, mostly in Guerrero, Chiapas and Veracruz.
Elena currently is the Coordinator of Character Education at The Wingate School,
developing the programmes that are being implemented throughout the school.
Elena delights in travelling, reading, remodelling her home and garden, and playing with her
grandchildren. She is married to Tom Wingate.