Gustavo Martínez Cabañas
Gustavo Martínez Cabañas was born in Mexico City DF, on 6 July 1911. He studied Law at Mexico's National University from 1931 to 1935. He graduated with an honours degree in economics from the same university in 1938. He went on to post-graduate studies in Public Administration, at the American University, Washington D.C., from 1943 to 1945.
His professional interests were economics, finance, public administration planning and organization.
He started out at Mexico's National University as professor of Public Administration and Economics. He worked as a consultant on public administration to the United Nations in New York from 1969 and 1970. He also served on the Committee to Reform Mexico's Public Administration from 1965 to 1970; as a consultant to the Organization of American States (OAS) from 1962 to 1963; Training Director for Economic Development Institutions in the Inter-American Development Bank; and Deputy General Director of Technical Administration in the UN.
He was appointed Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) in 1949, where he remained for one year, before being replaced by Mr. Raúl Prebisch.
Mr. Martínez Cabañas authored many economic and financial studies dealing with different aspects of the Mexican economy.
The National University of Mexico gave him an award for his distinguished career. His pastimes included photography, boating and mountain climbing.