Gustavo Mohar

Senior Associate (Non-resident), Americas Program
Associated Programs: Americas Program

Gustavo Mohar is the founder and director general of Grupo Atalaya, a private consultancy specializing in nontechnical risk and strategic intelligence. Prior to founding Grupo Atalaya, he served as undersecretary for migration, population, and religious affairs at the Interior Ministry (Ministry of Government) in Mexico until December of 2012. He also served as director for international affairs at the Center for Investigation and National Security (CISEN) and later became secretary general. Mr. Mohar was Mexico’s chief negotiator for migration affairs during the Fox-Bush administrations, leading the Mexican team responsible for reaching agreement on safer, orderly, and legal migration flows between the countries. At the Mexican embassy in Washington, he served as representative of the Ministry of Government, responsible for the migratory agenda, border security, and bilateral cooperation on drug trafficking. He also oversaw Mexico-U.S. political affairs and relations with the U.S. Congress. Previously, he was Petróleos Mexicanos (PEMEX) representative in Europe and Mexico’s observer to the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC). Since 2001, Mr. Mohar has been involved in Mexico-U.S. efforts to prevent international terrorism and enhance security at the common border. For 10 years, until 2013, he was the representative in Mexico for migratory issues before the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). He has lectured extensively in Mexico and abroad and is currently a board member at the Migration Policy Institute, a think tank based in Washington, D.C. Mr. Mohar holds a law degree from the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico.