Mr. Mario Palma is a Vice-President of the Board of Governors of the Mexican National Institute of Statistics and Geography (INEGI) since October 2008.  

He holds the rank of Vice Minister/State Minister and is in charge of the Subsystem of Government, Public Security and Justice Information.

 Mr. Palma has held several posts in his 18 years career at INEGI and has also served as Vice-Minister for Innovation and Quality at the Ministry of Tourism and Vice-Minister for Regional Development at the Ministry of Social Development and as Chief Administrative Officer at the Ministry of Economy and at the Ministry of Tourism. 

Mr. Palma has a degree in Law from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and an LLM from the London School of Economics and Political Science, University of London, and has been a lecturer in Public International Law at UNAM.

 Mr. Palma has attended many international fora (Statistical and otherwise) where he has presented numerous papers and has been awarded the “Henry Willem Methorst” and the “Adolphe Quetelet” medals by the International Statistical Institute (ISI) of The Hague, Netherlands, for contributions to the international development of statistics and was recently named President-Elect of the International Association for Official Statistics (IAOS) for the period 2015-2017.