Zapopan is a city of over 1 million located in the central Mexican state of Jalisco. It is part of the greater Guadalajara region and is home to several well-known cultural landmarks. Zapopan is one of the fastest growing municipalities in Mexico. Recently, Zapopan has been dubbed the “Silicon Valley of Mexico,” due to the number of international firms and foreign direct investment (FDI) in high technology production. Industrial activity has evolved in part due to the efficient urban infrastructure, communications, transport, skilled labor, and cutting edge technology.
Zapopan is home to some of the best higher education institutions in the state, including the University of Guadalajara, the Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara (UAG), Instituto Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores de Occidente, Universidad Pamamericana (UP), Instituto Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey as well as other universities and technological colleges.
Leading Cities’ Team Coordinator: Ian Paul Otero Vazquez, City of Zapopan
Ian Paul Otero Vazquez is the General Director of Economic Development and Tourism for the City of Zapopan. He received his MBA from the Instituto Panamericano de Alta Dirección de Empresa (IPADE Business School). He has several law and economic specializations such as: Corporate Law and Economic; Public Policies and Contract Law, from the Panamerican University; Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Occidente, (ITESO) and the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM), respectively. Moreover, he has attended innovation and entrepreneurship study courses at the John F. Kennedy School of Government of Harvard University and the Hass Business School of the University of Berkeley.
His public sector experience includes acting as the current General Director of the Center for Economic Development and Tourism of the Municipal Government of Zapopan. At the federal level, he served as Chief of Planning and Market Intelligence from the Corporate Administrative Division of Petróleos Mexicanos (PEMEX) Mexican state-owned petroleum and its derivates company. In the Ministry of Economy he performed as Legal Advisor for the Deputy Secretary of the Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) Office and as Director of Legal Management of the Technical Secretariat of Planning, Communication and Legislative Liaison. In addition, he was Director of Contracts, Agreements and International Affairs of the Ministry for Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fishing and Food. He has also served as Chief of Staff of the National System for Family Development.