Dr. Sergio Inclan
Sergio Inclan is currently President for Japan at MaximusLife, a US Fintech firm, from March 2022 to present.
Dr. Sergio Inclan is a former Mexican Diplomat. He was Minister at the Embassy of Mexico in Japan for 17 years, during two diplomatic missions, from January 1997 to June 2006, and from August 2013 to January 2021.
Dr. Inclan was also Trade Commissioner of Mexico in Japan and Chief Representative of the Mexican Bank for Foreign Trade (Bancomext), from January 1997 to June 2006.
Previous to his career as a Diplomat and Business Promoter, he was a Japan's Minister of Education (Mombusho) PH.D Candidate at Rikkyo University Law School (Tokyo) from 1988 to 1994, with studies on International Trade and Investment Law (as well as Japanese Economic Law). Inclan also studied International Economic Law at the United Nations University in Tokyo from 1990 to 1993, for his PH.D Thesis.
Sergio Inclan earned a PH.D in Law from Rikkyo University with the Doctoral Thesis: The Legal and Economic problems of Foreign Direct Investment.
The PH.D thesis was focused on the transformation and evolution of foreign direct investment, the Investment Climate, the analysis of the multilateral efforts over the years on the protection and treatment of foreign direct investment, and Bilateral Investment Agreements for the attraction of foreign capitals.
Special chapters on Japan’s overseas direct investment model, and Mexico as an important recipient of foreign direct investment were included, with comments for the strengthening of the bilateral relationship, including the need to negotiate a Free Trade Agreement.
After graduation, Dr. Inclan went back to Mexico and was hired directly by the Minister of Trade and Industry of Mexico and former Mexico`s Chief Negotiator for the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with the United States and Canada.
Mexican Investment Board
The Minister of Trade of Mexico hired and appointed Dr. Inclan as Executive Vice President for Asia at the Mexican Investment Board (MIB) from January 1995 to December 1996, State owned Agency in charge of the promotion of Foreign Direct Investment into Mexico, reporting directly to the Minister of Trade of Mexico, Chairman of the Board, and to the President of MIB.
During his tenure at the MIB, Dr. Inclan was responsible for the attraction of Foreign Direct Investment from Asia into Mexico. Participated actively in several investment projects mainly in the electronic, automotive, and energy industries, as well as in infrastructure.
During that period, companies like Sony, Samsung, LG, Daewoo, Acer announced investment projects in Mexico, as well as Japanese automobile and autoparts manufacturers like Nissan, Honda and its suppliers(Keiretsu).
During his tenure, Japanese Trading companies like Mitsubishi, Mitsui and Itochu started participating in international biding for energy projects from the Mexican government for Petroleos Mexicanos (PEMEX) and the State-owned Electricity Company CFE.
Dr. Inclan was a Member of the Mexican Committee for the Pacific Basin Economic Council during the MIB period, participating in several events on regular basis for the attraction of foreign direct investment to Mexico, including the PBEC`s Annual Meetings of PBEC in New Zealand, Washington D.C., and Tokyo.
Minister for Commercial Affairs
Embassy of Mexico in Japan
Trade Commission of Mexico
Mexican Bank for Foreign Trade
Under direct instructions of the Minister of Trade of Mexico, Dr. Inclan was appointed in January of 1997 Minister for Commercial Affairs at the Embassy of Mexico in Japan. He was also appointed Trade Commissioner of Mexico in Japan and Chief Representative of the State-owned Mexican Bank for Foreign Trade (BANCOMEXT).
During almost a decade, he was responsible at the Trade Commission of Mexico for the attraction of Japanese Direct Investment to Mexico, the promotion of Mexican exports to Japan. He was also responsible at the Embassy of Mexico in Japan for the promotion of a Free Trade Agreement between both Countries.
Working closely with the Embassy and under the instructions and policies of the Ministry of Trade of Mexico and Bancomext, he participated actively in numerous investment projects by majorJapanese companies in different sectors of the Mexican economy, and promoted intensively Mexican exports to Japan.
Under the supervision of three Ministers of Trade of Mexico, Dr. Inclan participated actively in all the process from the initial talks, promotion, negotiations, and implementation of the Free Trade Agreement between Mexico and Japan (Economic Partnership Agreement).
As member of Mexico`s Team, participated in all the rounds of negotiations for the conclusion of the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) between Mexico and Japan. He was responsible at the Embassy of Mexico to Japan for the lobbying with the Japanese Government, political parties, government organizations and agencies, Japanese Business Federations, companies and industries for the promotion of the Free Trade Agreement with Mexico.
During his diplomatic mission, Dr. Inclan worked closely for 17years with officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry,Ministry of Agriculture, and the Ministry of Finance of Japan for the negotiations and implementation of the Economic Partnership Agreement between Mexico and Japan.
Inclan also worked closely with the most important Japanese Business Federation: Keidanren, Kankeiren, Chukeiren, Kyukeiren, Chugoku Keizai Rengo Kai, as well as organizations like JAMA, JEITA, JETRO, JBIC, Mizuho Bank, Mitsubishi Bank, and other Japanese organizations for the promotion of Japanese investment into Mexico, and the conclusion of the Free Trade Agreement.
During the negotiations of the EPA, Inclan also worked closely with the most important Japanese companies with operations in Mexico for the promotion of the Agreement, and for new investment projects in Mexico, in view of the upcoming FTA.
In spite of a strong opposition by some sectors in Japan (mainly agriculture), both countries concluded successfully the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) which entered into force in 2005. For Japan, the EPA with Mexico was its first ever full-fledged Free Trade Agreement, under WTO rules. For Mexico the EPA with Japan was its first FTA with an Asian country.
During the implementation of the Treaty, Japanese investment into Mexico increased drastically, as well as the flow of bilateral tradereaching USD $24 billion.
Corona Extra Beer Grupo Modelo
After the conclusion of his first diplomatic mission at the Embassy of Mexico, Inclan moved to the private sector and was appointed Director General and CEO for Asia of Grupo Modelo, Mexican company owner of Corona Extra Beer. He was responsible of the commercialization of Corona Extra beer in Asia from july 2006 to October 2011.
Toyota Motor Corp. Genbunken
Dr. Sergio Inclan was Executive Adviser for Toyota Motor Corp. at Genbunken from December 2011 to July 2013, doing research on economy, trade, investment, and automotive industry for briefings to the Top Management of Toyota Motor Corp. Dr. Inclan also worked with Toyota Motor Corp. (during his term at the Embassy and inside Toyota) for the construction of two manufacturing plants in Mexico, Tecate, Baja California, and Guanajuato.