Ambassador Diego Gómez Pickering was appointed as Consul General of Mexico to New York City in June of 2016. He is a career diplomat as well as a writer and journalist.
Prior to his arrival in New York he served as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Mexico to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, from 2013 to 2016; as well as Director for Foreign Media for President Enrique Peña Nieto's office from 2012 to 2013.
He holds a B.A. in International Relations from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM) in Mexico City; an M.A. in Cultural Development from Columbia University in New York City; and a Postgraduate degree in Journalism from the Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC) in New Delhi, India.
He has worked as a journalist for CNN in Mexico City and the Americas edition of the Wall Street Journal; and as an international correspondent for the Panamanian newspaper La Prensa, and various other Mexican and Hispano-American publications such as Reforma, Excelsior, and El Universal in the U.S., Mexico, East Africa and the Middle East.
Gómez Pickering has been a consultant and advisor to several UN-system agencies such as UNESCO, the United Nations' Public-Private Alliance for Rurual Development, the International Labour Organisation (ILO), the Office for Humanitarian Affairs Coordination (OCHA) and the Committee for the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). Between 2008 and 2011 he worked as a communications consultant for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA) in Damascus, Syria.
In 2007 he was based in Kenya after being appointed as Political and Cultural Attaché to the Mexican Embassy in Nairobi. The Diplomatic Mission represented Mexico to six neighboring countries and was the focal point of Mexico to the United Nations' Human Settlements Program: HABITAT and to the United Nations Environmental Program.
He is the author of Los Jueves en Nairobi (Thursdays in Nairobi), published in 2010 and La Primavera de Damasco (Spring in Damascus), published in 2013; as well as more than a dozen books of prose and fiction. He has also published numerous editorials and academic and journalistic articles over the past 16 years for prestigious journals from Mexico, Latin America, Spain and the U.S., such as Foreign Affairs, the Journal of International Affairs and Letras Libres. His work has been translated into English, French, Swahili, Arabic and Russian.
Ambassador Gómez Pickering is an associate of the Mexican Council for International Affairs (COMEXI) and a member of the board of Child's Fund Mexico and the American Society of Mexico. He is fluent in English, French, Italian, Portuguese and German. He as been awarded the Victorian Order as Knight Commander by the British government and the Antonio José de Irisarri Order as Knight Commander by the Guatemalan government.
In this episode, Ambassador Gómez Pickering shares his one way ticket to biblical Babel. He also talks about what makes Mexico so special, what it was like presenting his credentials to Her Majesty The Queen, and key international issues today.
Ambassador Gómez Pickering is just one of the extraordinary guests featured on The One Way Ticket Show, where Host Steven Shalowitz explores with his guests where they'd go if given a one way ticket, no coming back! Destinations may be in the past, present, future, real, imaginary or a state of mind.
Steven's guests have included: Nobel Peace Prize Winner, President Jose Ramos-Horta; Legendary Talk Show Host, Dick Cavett; Law Professor, Alan Dershowitz; Broadcast Legend, Charles Osgood; International Rescue Committee President & CEO, David Miliband; Grammar Girl, Mignon Fogarty; Journalist-Humorist-Actor Mo Rocca; ; Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr.; Abercrombie & Kent Founder, Geoffrey Kent; Travel Expert, Pauline Frommer, as well as leading photographers, artists, writers and more.
Anthony Tivnan, President and Co-Owner of Magellan Jets, was solidified as a major player in the world of private aviation long before the company’s launch in 2008.
In 2002, a novice to the aviation industry, Anthony made his mark at Jets International. As a member of the sales team, he was quick to become a leader and mentor. After years of leadership and record-breaking sales history, Anthony was eventually appointed as the Executive Vice President. He also managed their retail sales department and sales teams in both Massachusetts and New York City.
Through his leadership, Magellan Jets has seen incredible growth since its inception. In the last four consecutive years, Magellan Jets has been awarded by the Boston Business Journal as one of Massachusetts Fastest Growing Companies, and has made the Inc. 5000 five years consecutively.
Anthony works closely with Magellan Jets marketing and sales divisions to strengthen the brand name and innovate the way Magellan clients utilize business jets. Magellan Jets was the first company to appear on iTunes with their Private Jet Search App, allowing users to search, book and sign for a charter in a matter of minutes all from a smartphone device. The innovation doesn’t stop there; Magellan Jets was also the first jet card provider to launch a Wi-Fi Jet Card for business travelers. With his sales background, Anthony is the ideal candidate to translate the client’s needs and expectations into results. Anthony strives to create and retain strong customer and vendor relationships through his belief in personal attention and open communication. He truly executes the entire operation; from creating the product line, to reaching the audience, to obtaining the trust of each and every client with whom he works.
Anthony was recently listed as 10 Boston Men of the Moment by Boston Common Magazine, leading the way to make Boston great.
Anthony frequently speaks at conferences and events about entrepreneurialism, business aviation and innovation. He has spoken as an expert regarding aviation safety during ACSF’s annual symposium at NTSB Training Center in VA. He was asked to speak on the Transportation Panel during BostInno’s State of Innovation Conference, the Aviation Fraternity National Conference, Bentley College, Harvard University and has appeared as an aviation expert on Fox 25 and other news broadcasts.
Anthony completed pilot ground school at Alpha One Flight School in Plymouth, Mass. He serves on the Board of Directors at Magellan Jets, Entrepreneurs Organization (EO) and the advisory board of Camp Harbor View in Boston.
In this episode, Anthony shares his one way ticket to Boston ten years from now. He also talks about Magellan Jets and aviation.
Anthony is just one of the extraordinary guests featured on The One Way Ticket Show, where Host Steven Shalowitz explores with his guests where they'd go if given a one way ticket, no coming back! Destinations may be in the past, present, future, real, imaginary or a state of mind.
Steven's guests have included: Legendary Talk Show Host, Dick Cavett; Law Professor, Alan Dershowitz; Broadcast Legend, Charles Osgood; International Rescue Committee President & CEO, David Miliband; Grammar Girl, Mignon Fogarty; Journalist-Humorist-Actor Mo Rocca; Film Maker, Muffie Meyer; Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr.; Abercrombie & Kent Founder, Geoffrey Kent; Travel Expert, Pauline Frommer, as well as leading photographers, artists, writers and more.