Dr. Rosalía Arteaga Serrano studied Journalism and Anthropology, completed her doctorate studies in Law and is a practicing lawyer. Her political carrier began in 1992 when she was the deputy minister for culture. Two years later she became the minister for education, culture and sport. Following this she was then vice president, and finally in 1997 she became the first female President of Ecuador. Dr. Arteaga is the author of numerous scientific publications and magazine articles and from 2004 to 2008 she was member of the editorial board for Encyclopedia Britannica. For her work, Dr. Arteaga has received numerous honors including the grand cross of the Order of Rio Branco, the highest award given by the Brazilian government.