Ambassador Porfirio Thierry Muñoz Ledo
Consul General of Mexico in Toronto
Ambassador Porfirio Thierry Muñoz Ledo, who has been a member of the Mexican Foreign Service since 1986, has been appointed Consul General of Mexico in Toronto.
Muñoz Ledo holds a degree in law from the Autonomous Metropolitan University (Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana) in Azcapotzalco, Mexico, and a master's in public policy and administration from the London School of Economics (LSE) in the United Kingdom. He joined the Mexican Foreign Service through the public selection process and has risen up through the ranks from the category of Diplomatic Attaché. Since April 2012, he has held the rank of Career Ambassador.
Over the course of his diplomatic career he has held bilateral and multilateral roles and, on occasions, has combined both responsibilities. Ambassador Muñoz Ledo has held a wide range of diplomatic and consular posts around the world, and has also performed various duties in the Secretariat of Foreign Affairs in Mexico.
His diplomatic background includes assignments to Mexican embassies in the United Kingdom (1986-1989), in Austria (1989-1994), and in France (1998-2000), where he was Chief of Staff and then acting Business Attaché. He was also on Mexico's Permanent Missions to the United Nations and other international organizations based in Vienna (1989-1994) and to the office of the UN and other international organizations based in Geneva (1994-1998).
In the consular service he has acted as Consul General of Mexico in Boston, Massachusetts in the United States (2004-2007), also covering the states of New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Maine and Vermont.
Muñoz Ledo was appointed as Mexican Ambassador to the Kingdom of Morocco (2007-2013), and as concurrent Ambassador to the Republic of Cote d’Ivoire, the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the Gabonese Republic, the Republic of Ghana, the Republic of Mali and the Republic of Senegal.
From September 2013 to June 2016, Ambassador Muñoz Ledo served as Mexico's Permanent Representative to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), based in Paris.
His work for the foreign service includes the following positions: Assistant General Director for the United Nations System (2000-2001); Advisor to the Undersecretary for Africa, Asia-Pacific, Europe and the United Nations, responsible for promoting Mexico's candidacy for the UN Security Council (2001); General Director for the United Nations System (2001- 2003); and Head of the Cultural Affairs Unit (2003).
With the Mexican central government he has worked for the Secretariat of Finance and Public Credit's Office of International Financial Affairs (1978-1980) and for the Secretariat of Programming and Budget's Office of Social Services (1980- 1982). In the semi-public sector, he worked as an advisor in the Representative Office in Paris of Mexico's state-owned oil company, PEMEX (1985-1986).
Ambassador Muñoz Ledo has represented Mexico at international conferences and meetings and has also been invited to participate in academic seminars and symposia. He has written numerous articles and reports on Mexican cultural policy, the oil industry in Latin America and Mexico's participation in the United Nations Security Council.
Ambassador Muñoz Ledo's appointment as Consul General of Mexico in Toronto reflects the Mexican government's commitment to reinforcing its work to protect Mexicans abroad, and to encourage economic, financial, tourism and cultural promotion.
The Consulate will thus be taking specific actions aimed at enhancing the protection of Mexicans, the provision of consular services, the promotion of the interests of Mexico and its citizens, the strengthening of strategic dialogue with Ontario and Manitoba, the promotion of economic, commercial and financial relations, encouraging educational, academic, scientific and technological cooperation and the development of Mexico's cultural presence in the region.