Armand Peschard-Sverdrup

Founder and CEO

Armand Peschard-Sverdrup, a renowned expert on international affairs and global business, has more than 20 years of experience both as an international business consultant, project leader, and research analyst. Armand Peschard-Sverdrup’s pragmatic and apolitical thinking, which forms the basis for Peschard-Sverdrup International’s approach to all projects the firm undertakes, is derived from having been born in and spending his early academic years in Mexico City, having lived and studied in Ottawa, Canada, until the beginning of his early professional career, and then moving to Washington, D.C., where he successfully pursued graduate studies and a professional career in international affairs and business.

Early in his consulting career in Ottawa—with Econolynx International—he led and supported various projects in Poland, Argentina, Chile, Costa Rica, and Mexico. The projects, which were conducted on behalf of Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade as well as international organizations, ranged from conducting sectoral analyses to identifying foreign business opportunities for Canadian companies.

In Washington, D.C., Peschard-Sverdrup spent 13 years at the prestigious Center for Strategic and International Studies, an independent, bipartisan, think tank—where he remains a distinguished senior associate (nonresident). During his tenure at CSIS, he developed his expertise in all issues related to Mexico and rose through the ranks to become the director of the Mexico Program. His focus on Mexican politics, economics, security, and trade and investment, as well as the broad range of issues that encompass the U.S.-Mexico bilateral relationship enabled Peschard-Sverdrup to gain a well-deserved reputation as one of the foremost experts on Mexico. Over the years he has been able to parlay his expertise, reputation, access, and network on behalf of CSIS as well as his clients when he is retained as an independent consultant.

Concurrent with his duties at CSIS, Peschard-Sverdrup worked as an independent business consultant for a major communications and technology company for more than a decade. This experience enabled him to acquire real-world expertise in creating business opportunities and developing strategies to overcome complex barriers inherent in international markets.

As his independent consulting flourished, he formalized his consulting practice by registering Peschard-Sverdrup & Associates in 2004. Even though the firm’s initial consulting engagements focused on Mexico, our successful track record and the quality and results of the services we have rendered have prompted clients to entrust their consulting needs in other international markets to our firm. In addition to Mexico, Peschard-Sverdrup has been working in England, Switzerland, Canada, the United States, Chile, Argentina, and Guatemala since 2007. Therefore, to reflect its expanded scope and global outreach, in 2011 the firm evolved into Peschard-Sverdrup International.

During the span of his professional career, Armand Peschard-Sverdrup has had the privilege of having his counsel sought by Tom Ridge, the White House’s adviser on homeland security, in advance of his first trip to Mexico in 2002; by President Felipe Calderón prior to his meeting with President-elect Barack Obama in January 2009; by Senator Manlio Fabio Beltrones, the president of Mexico’s Senate; by Hillary Clinton, the U.S. secretary of state, in preparation for her official visit to Mexico in March 2009; and by Michael Wilson, Canada’s ambassador to the United States, in advance of Prime Minister Harper’s trip to Mexico in August 2009.Peschard-Sverdrup has also testified before the U.S. and Mexican Congresses and regularly briefs corporate officers who have business interests in Latin America. His analyses and comments are continually sought by the international media, and he has had the distinction of appearing on the PBS NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, on CNN en Español’s weekly program Choque de Opiniones, and on CBC Radio. He has also been quoted by The Economist, the Financial Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the New York Times, the Globe and Mail, Reforma, El Universal, among other publications. Peschard-Sverdrup is also a member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s U.S.-Mexico Leadership Initiative and serves as its adviser.

He graduated from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada with a degree in political science and economics and did his graduate work at the Center for Latin American Studies at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.

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