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Maria Kaltschmitt

Maria Kaltschmitt

Founder / CEO

Communications specialist

GCL 2011 Guatemala

Achievements Or Awards

Festival Caribe: Bronze (3rd place) radio category (2010), Festival Ojo de Iberoamérica: Gold (1st place), best radio advertisement in Central America and the Caribbean (2009), Festival de Antigua: Two Green Jades (2nd place), radio category (2009) and 2nd place winner of a national advertising campaign competition for woman rights (sponsored by “Entremosle a Guate” and the high commissioner of the United Nations for human rights in Guatemala (2008). Named 1 of 10 entrepreneur woman of the year WED (2015). Women to Watch Look Magazine (2015). Named one of the 12 Women of the Year by Look Magazine (2016). 

María is a Fellow of the fourteenth class of the Central America Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network and, also a Fellow of the Central American Prosperity Project led by the George W. Bush Institute.

Areas of Expertise

Marketing and Communication


Communications specialist


Running, Soccer, Yoga, Scuba Diving (PADI Certified) and Reading.

Job Experience

Co-founded Zen Interactive Media with the vision of creating a new, dynamic and boutique digital agency in Guatemala. At Zen, María is leading a women only team to differentiate the agency by giving clients a more personalized service tailored to digital industry trends. María has several years of experience in the advertising and digital industry in Guatemala and the Central American region, and has worked with lists of clients, including several multinational companies and large local business conglomerates. She also has different endeavors in the digital communication sector. In 2015 she imported “Creative Mornings” to Guatemala City and since then she co-organizes these inspiring monthly lectures. Maria was selected as a the first Global Shaper in Guatemala by the World Economic Forum. She currently is a Faculty Professor at Universidad Francisco Marroquín and has serves as board member of FUNDESA since 2016 where she participates in some of its commissions and projects for the social and economic development of Guatemala. Maria is also Vice President of Maia, Central America’s first secondary school specifically designed to connect the talents of rural Indigenous young women with the opportunities of the 21st century, MAIA is empowering generations of young women through a holistic educational model with an equal focus on academics, culture and identity, socioemotional intelligence, personal development, and family engagement that together are key to creating a generation of empowered female leaders who will lead systemic change. She is also certified as a Climate Change Leader. 

Higher Education

B.A in Adertising & B.A in Forign Launguage and Literature from Southern Methodist University Master in Corporate Communications from IE Business School

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