Marta Lucrecia Mendez de Penedo
Vice President of Academics, Rafael Lindivar University

Guatemalan. Researcher, professor, essayist. Graduated with a degree in Spanish and Hispano-American Literature from the University of San Carlos of Guatemala; and a Ph. D. in Literature from the Università Degli Studi di Siena, Italy. Her disciplinary expertise is Guatemalan and Central American Literature and Culture. At present she is Vice Academic President at Rafael Landívar University, where she has also served as Coordinator for the Master in Latin American Literature, Director of the Philosophy and Literature Department, Vice Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Director of Postgraduate Studies. She has been Professor at several Guatemalan universities as well as a visiting professor in Italy, Spain and the United States. She has organized and participated in many national and international congresses and events related with literature and culture; and those with higher education themes in Mexico, the United States, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Central America, Argentina, Colombia, Venezuela, France, Italy, Belgium. She is member of several editorial committees in Guatemala, Mexico and France. She was Guatemala’s representative at the Institute of Higher Education of Latin America and the Caribbean of UNESCO (IESALC), and is founding member representing the private Central American Universities at the Central American Postgraduate Accreditation Agency (ACAP).

She is an author of several books and essays on literature and education. She has also published numerous articles and reviews in local and international newspapers, and contributes as a regular bimonthly columnist in Prensa Libre. She is a member of the Guatemalan Academy for Spanish Language, and Correspondent to the Royal Spanish Academy. Relevant amongst the honors she has received, are: the Academic Palms of France, the Star of Solidarity of Italy.