Lycoming College alumnus Rafael Moreno-Valle Rosas, governor of the State of Puebla, Mexico, will speak as part of the college's Institute for Management Studies' James W. Harding Executive Speaker Series at 7 p.m. Sept. 19 in Heim Building G-11. His presentation, "An Inside Look at Puebla, Mexico," is free and open to the public.
Moreno-Valle was elected governor of the State of Puebla on July 4, 2010, to serve a term from 2011-17. He is the first candidate to be elected governor of Puebla through a coalition, known as Compromiso por Puebla. Asenator of the republic from 2006-10, he served as chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations, vice chair of the National Defense Committees as a member of the Committee on Trade and Industrial Development.
He began his political career in 1999 when he was appointed secretary of finance and social development of the State of Puebla, where he applied his financial expertise to public administration. Prior to his legislative experience, he held the positions of assistant treasurer and vice presidentat Dresdner Kleinwort Benson Bank.
Moreno-Valle graduated magna cum laude from Lycoming with a bachelor's degree in economics and political science in 1991.
He earned a juris doctor degree from the Boston University School of Law in 1994 and a master's degree in business administration from Harvard University Extension School in 1995.
The James W. Harding Executive Speaker Series is named for James W. Harding, a 1938 graduate of Lycoming and native of Montoursville.
Harding was an executive with Kemper Insurance. As the result of a grant from the James S. Kemper foundation to endow the series, students have the opportunity to meet and network with some of America's top business executives from numerous internationally-recognized companies and firms.