Noteable Guatemalans


Miguel Angel Asturias


The Nobel Prize in Literature 1967, for the novel “El Señor Presidente” • During his stay in Paris from 1923 to 1933, Asturias wrote his novel “El Señor Presidente” (The President). • In 1966 Asturias was awarded the Lenin Peace Prize.

Rigoberta Menchú

The Nobel Peace Prize 1992 was awarded to Rigoberta Menchú Tum "in recognition of her work for social justice and ethno-cultural reconciliation based on respect for the rights of indigenous peoples".


Ricardo Bressani

(1926 – 2015)

He received a B.Sc. degree from the University of Dayton (in Ohio).
• A Master’s degree from Iowa State University.
• He received his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Purdue University
• He published over 500 scientific articles and has received many awards and honors including:
• The Albert Einstein World Award of Science.
• The Quetzal Order from the President of Guatemala.
• The Scientific Prize of México.
• The Ibero American Prize in Science.
• Food Technology from the Mexican Government.
• The International Prize for Nutrition.
His experiments lead to the creation and production of Incaparina, a nutritional supplement based on a mixture of flours, that has helped to fight hunger and malnutrition in many countries

Federico Lehnhoff Wyld


• Doctor. • Scientist. • He developed an instant coffee process along with Eduardo T. Cabarrus. (1909-1911), creating an instant coffee type. • He stablished the “Société du Café Soluble Belna”


Aldo Castañeda

Aldo Castañeda has played a vital role not only in the development of neonatal and infant heart surgery, but has also trained, mentored and influenced countless number of surgeons and their colleagues all over the world. Recruited to Boston Children’s Hospital in 1972, Castañeda served as the center’s chief of cardiovascular surgery and surgeonin-chief for 24 years.

• 1957 Justo Rufino Barrios Prize, University of Guatemala.
• 1966 Distinguished teacher at University of Minnesota.
• 1999 Fish Medal, Texas Children's Hospital
• 1999 Distinguished Teacher Award American College of Cardiology.
• 2004 The Quetzal order,Gran Cruz, Guatemala
• 2005 Distinguished Service Award, American College of Cardiology
• 2005 Founder's Award American Academy of Pediatrics.

Erick Barrondo

Is a racewalker athlete who competes in the 20 km walk and 50 km walk events. • He won the silver medal at the Men's 20km racewalk in the 2012 Summer Olympics, the first Olympic medal for Guatemala.


Mateo Flores

(1922 – 2011)

He was a long-distance runner athlete who won several international events, including the Boston Marathon in 1952.

Charles Fernández

Is a modern pentathlete. • He competed at the 2016 Summer Olympics in the men's event and finished fifteenth. • He won the men's modern pentathlon at the 2015 Pan American Games also won a gold medal at the World Junior Championships. • Fernandez has competed in three World Modern Pentathlon Championships as well as multiple youth and junior world championships and a Central American and Caribbean.


Yolanda Fernández de Cofiño

Business woman, that created and introduced the Mc Donald´s “Happy Meal”. • She won and International Marketing Achievement Award and a Marketing Hall of Fame (Remarkable Guatemalans, 2013)

Ricardo Arjona

Ricardo Arjona is a world renonwed singer-songwriter from Guatemala. Ricardo is one of the most successful Latin American artists of all time with over 80 million albums sold worldwide.

Recently, Ricardo received the award for 'Lifetime Achievement Award' at the 2017 Billboard Latin Music Awards.


Gaby Moreno

Guatemala's very own, Gaby Moreno is one of the countries biggest music stars and has achieved much success in the latin music indudstry.

In 2011, she featured with Ricardo Arjona and recorded a song entitled, Fuiste Tú"


Executive Director
International Sugar Organization
January 2014 – Present 5 years 2 months
London, UK

Direct the ISO, a UN commodities organization with 87 member countries, providing professionals service, market analysis & perspectives for all stakeholders in the sugar chain. Coverage extends to anything produced from cane or beet, including bio-fuels, co-generation of energy, bio-plastics, by products.


Ricardo Mata Rodríguez


Ricardo Mata Rodríguez was a Guatemalan photographer of great national and international recognition. He was the founder of the Photographic Club of Guatemala, worked for the American Magazine National Geographic and received the Peace Medal of the Ministry of Culture and Sports, among many other distinctions and activities related to photography and the development of the country.