Global Solutions resides at the intersection of commerce, economics, politics and diplomacy. Our multinational clients, both domestic and international, seek to work with other businesses, organizations and governments around the globe. We help our clients to forge and cement long-standing relationships as they seek to explore, grow, expand and invest in new territories. Our experts include advisors, connectors and communicators. The global marketplace is changing at a rapid pace. The Global Solutions team provides clients the insight necessary to do business in complex, highly competitive industries and economies. We help clients navigate both cultures and complexities worldwide. Global. Solutions.
With former Mexican Ambassador to the United States Arturo Sarukhan at the helm, and the heft of the top-ranked Podesta Group behind it, Global Solutions is an unmatched team of bipartisan global strategic communications and risk management professionals who have come together for the first time under one roof in Washington, DC.
Soundly positioned at the intersection of trade, economics, politics and diplomacy, Global Solutions has the right set of relationships, experience, tools and vision for organizations seeking to expand their reach abroad. Champions of invention, adversaries of imitation, we are the go-to firm for those who want to rethink how best to engage the United States and its allies and who require smart, original, informed strategies to do so.
"This is no longer an international system in which the nation state plays the pivotal role. You have to play a multi-leveled chess board game with a myriad of players to take advantage of the opportunities and prevent the risks. We can provide that roadmap." - Ambassador Arturo Sarukhan
The world, its political dynamics and the global marketplace are changing at a rapid place. Gone are the days where there is a distinction between domestic and foreign policy - they are intertwined, and we have a unique understanding of where one begins and where the other one ends.
Critically important conversations are going on around trade and other economic issues, with broad implications for domestic and international businesses and interests - we have the know-how to make our clients a part of them. Whether seeking to expand, invest, or to communicate effectively to global audiences, multinational corporations need a seasoned guide with visibility into the contours, cultures and complexities of the multitude of highly competitive opportunities.
Using an integrated, all-hands approach, we have a proven record of harnessing the advantage of our one-stop shop and the efficacy of the latest technologies available to deliver unparalleled results. Our senior strategists can connect the necessary dots to help organizations meet their bottom line objectives. And we pride ourselves on being partners in our clients’ long-term growth.
Our nimble team, with its diverse professional backgrounds, profound substantive expertise and tested, multidisciplinary skills leverages decades of experience in Washington, DC, and in capitals around the world. And our enduring global relationships and political and cultural acumen provide the winning recipe that ensures those clients are not only in the room, but have a seat at the decision-making table.
Knowing how to reach the influencers who matter - on their own turf and in their own language - is essential to shrewd market analysis and smart investment making. We are fluent in the diverse public and private sector languages by which the world turns. In short, we can tackle any challenge in any country.
Ambassador Arturo Sarukhan served as a career diplomat in the Mexican Foreign Service for 20 years. He received the rank of Career Ambassador in 2006.
Ambassador Sarukhan held numerous positions in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In 1991, he first served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Inter-American Affairs, and was responsible for Latin American regional coordination mechanisms (Rio Group, G-3, Ibero-American Summit). At that time he was also Mexico's Permanent Representative to the Agency for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons in Latin America and the Caribbean (OPANAL). In 1993 he was posted to the Embassy of Mexico in the United States, at the outset of negotiations with the US Congress over the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), where he served first as Chief of Staff to the Ambassador. In 1995 he was appointed as head of the Counternarcotics Office the Embassy. In 2000, he was designated Chief of Policy Planning at the Foreign Ministry, and in 2003 was appointed by the President Consul General of Mexico in New York City. In 2006, after requesting a leave of absence from the Foreign Service, he joined the Presidential Campaign of Felipe Calderón as Foreign Policy Advisor and International Spokesperson. He then became coordinator of the foreign policy Transition Team for then President-elect Calderón. In February 2007, after Senate confirmation, he was appointed Ambassador of Mexico in the United States, where he served for half-a-dozen years until 2013. During his tenure as Ambassador, he became the Dean of the Group of Latin American Ambassadors (GRULA) to the United States.
Ambassador Sarukhan has undertaken various activities beyond the scope of the Mexican Foreign Service. Before joining the diplomatic service, he served as Executive Assistant of the Bilateral Commission on the Future of US-Mexico Relations, a non-governmental effort aimed at improving the Mexico-US relationship and comprised of Mexican and US Commissioners from the private sector, academia, the legislative branch, NGO's and former government high-level officials. Additionally, he has taught courses and has been a lecturer at several academic institutions, including the Autonomous Technological Institute of Mexico (ITAM), the National Defense College (COLDEF), and the Center for Advanced Naval Studies (CESNAV) in Mexico, and in the Inter-American College of Defense and National Defense University in the United States. He has also published numerous articles and essays on foreign policy issues.
He has also been a member of several organizations, including the Mexican Council on Foreign Relations (COMEXI), the Foreign Policy Association in New York City and the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London. He is member of the Board of Directors of the Americas Society in New York City, of the Advisory Board of the Mexico Institute at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, of the Boards of the Post-Classical Ensemble and of the US-Mexico Foundation, and a member of the International Advisory Council of Worldfund. He is also a member of the Transatlantic Task Force on Latin America of the Atlantic Council. During his tenure as Ambassador to the US, he was Vice-Chairman and then Chairman of the Executive Council on Diplomacy Ambassadors Advisory Board.
Ambassador Sarukhan read History at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), and has a Bachelor's degree in International Relations from El Colegio de Mexico. He earned a Master's Degree in American Foreign Policy at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), where he was a Fulbright Scholar and Ford Foundation Fellow. He has been decorated by the governments of Spain and Sweden, and has received several awards in recognition for his diplomatic achievements. These include: the annual recognition of the National Democratic Network (NDN), for "his contribution to strengthening relations between the U.S. and Mexico"; the Distinguished Diplomatic Service Award of the World Affairs Council of Washington, DC; the Vision, Innovation, Dedication, and Advocacy (VIDA) Award of the National Alliance of Hispanic Health; the Excellence in Diplomacy Award of B'nai B'rith International; and the annual Gesher Award of the American Jewish Committee (AJC).
In 1987, Ambassador Sarukhan participated in the first International Visitors Program of "Mexican Young Leaders" that travelled to the United States. He was also a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies "New Faces" Group for 1991. In 2010, Ambassador Sarukhan was included in the List of Global Leaders of Monocle magazine, and, for five years in a row, has been on The List of 300 Most Influential Mexican Leaders by "Líderes Mexicanos" magazine.He was the first Ambassador accredited to Washington to use Twitter in an official capacity. He is a music junkie and a rabid soccer player and fan. Ambassador Sarukhan is married and has two young daughters. He lives in Washington, DC.