Manuel Alderete is an economic strategy and implementation expert with more than 20 years of practical experience in creating regional economic development, especially in the areas of industrial attraction and the development of industrial parks. Mr. Alderete served as Director of Economic Development for the State of Chihuahua Mexico and has 15 years of experience in investment attraction, industrial development, and preparation of feasibility studies for industry. He has worked with ETG and DRI/McGraw-Hill in the development of Project Chihuahua’s 21st Century (cluster-based collaborative action strategy) and with ETG in the implementation of Project Transformando Campeche (cluster strategy project for the State of Campeche, Mexico). He has played a lead role in the creation, design, and development of Chihuahua’s Center for Advanced Materials Research and Center for Machine Tools. He is director of Alderete and Associates, an economic development consulting firm, based in Chihuahua, Mexico. Mr. Alderete has a degree in Chemical and Industrial Engineering from the Technology Institute of Chihuahua (ITCH), and has a license in business management from IPADE in Mexico City.