Adriana Labardini Inzunza obtained her law degree cum laude from Escuela Libre de Derecho in Mexico City in 1987 and her master’s degree (LLM) from Columbia University in New York, on a Fulbright scholar in 1991. For four and a half years she served as Commissioner at the Federal Institute of Telecommunications (IFT), the Mexican independent regulatory body and competition authority for telecommunications and broadcasting industries. She also chaired IFT for an interim term in the fall of 2017. Her tenure ended on February 28th, 2018.
In such capacity she successfully led efforts to create a research center within IFT, strengthen regional and international relations among regulators, such as FCC, CRTC, and through Regulatel, BEREC and IIC; she has fought for pluralism in media, truly independent public media as well as initiatives for inclusion & accessibility and innovating the regulator. During the first two years of her tenure, she was the Commissioner in charge of transparency and access to public information at IFT and a member of the Ethics Committee.
Currently an independent public interest lawyer and consumer rights expert, is collaborating with Rhizomatica promoting and advocating for sustainable, self-managed community networks to bridge the digital divide, promote rural and indigenous connectivity and media. She is also a founder of Conectadas a network of women in the ICT industries working for gender equality in Mexico.
She served as Secretary of the Board of COFETEL, the former, telecommunications agency (1999-2003); practiced law in a major law firm, specializing in the areas of corporate, administrative and telecommunications law (1986- 1998). Upon her return to Mexico after completing the H. Humphrey Fellowship in North Carolina, UNC and Duke (2003-2004), she co-founded Alconsumidor, a nonprofit watchdog, pioneer in advocating for consumer rights and consumer class actions, a project that ended in a constitutional and legal reform.
She is a Fulbright scholar and a Hubert Humphrey and Ashoka Fellow and has lectured at CIDE, UNAM, ITAM, ITESM, UP as visiting professor. She is a member of the Law School Advisory Board at Universidad Iberoamericana.