Martin Marmolejo is the founder and CIO of MMA Global Investment Management, a Mexico City-based global investment strategy firm established in 1988. Martin is also the author of Globalization: Opportunities & Implications, 2nd Edition, which offers an in-depth look at how our global mindset can be a positive force for transforming societies and lives.
In his spare time, Marmolejo has taught classes at a couple of universities in Mexico, and one from the United States. In addition to his teaching, he has served as a board member of numerous companies and organizations. Marmolejo was also a board member from 1996 to 2010, and Chairman of the board from 2002 to 2006 of the Nacional Monte de Piedad (NMP) —a non-profit foundation, and the oldest financial institution in the Americas (a pawn-shop chain founded in 1775, Mexican market leader).
Besides achieving numerous breakthroughs for NMP (like embarking on an aggressive, self-financed expansion program that has been doubling the size of the organization every 30 months during his tenure), he had a wonderful opportunity to experience first-hand and learn from the global philanthropic and social entrepreneurship movements. That exposure provided him with some rare insights on a fundamental sphere of activity of contemporary society. Those insights, along with his experiences in governance, are an essential part of his approach to globalization. Martin holds an MBA from the University of Arizona, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting & Finance from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM).
What Inspired the Writing of Globalization: Opportunities & Implications
Writing Globalization: Opportunities & Implications was inspired by a famous actor. Most people know this actor from the silent film era of American cinematography. He was a master of comedy, but his work encompassed more than a quick laugh or chuckle. His was a deep and profound study of the human politic condition. His views—decades ahead of his time—were epitomized in such films as “The Great Dictator.”
Chaplin's film advanced a stirring, controversial condemnation of Adolf Hitler, and Benito Mussolini's fascism, antisemitism, and the Nazis, whom he mocks in the film as "machine men, with machine minds and machine hearts", which is the antithesis to the notion of what modern-day Globalization should be. In his highly acclaimed film, Chaplin’s known for saying, “We all want to live by each other’s happiness, not by each other’s misery. We don’t want to hate and despise one another. In this world there is room for everyone and the earth is rich and can provide for everyone." This idea is the binding notion behind writing this book. We want to help people who read this book understand and embrace a social change that focuses on “each other’s happiness”, and propel a movement that is “not by each other’s misery.” We believe education is the best way to do that. Our book and blog serve that purpose.