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Margarita Alonzo Argueta

Country of origin: Guatemala Currently in: Guatemala, Fraijanes General field of specialization: Structural, Cell and Molecular Biology
Academic Background


2010 Master Social and Economic Sciences
2006 Undergraduate Structural, Cell and Molecular Biology
Research and Profession

Current Research Activities


Promoting women political participation in Guatemala since 2012. Currently developing a political project to train women to run for local governments and reduce violence against women in politics through a multi partisan alliance with civil society and international organizations. Negotiating law projects to reform electoral law in Guatemala. As intellectual property advisor, designing policies about compulsory licensing and access to medicine in Guatemala according with TRIPS and WTO regulations. Member of the OWSD/INASP Project: Engaging Guatemalan scientific diaspora for development.

Publications resulting from Research: 

• Bonilla, K.; Cabrera, J.; Calles-Minero, C.; Torres-Atencio, I. Aquino, K.; Renderos, D. & M. Alonzo. "Participation in Communities of Women Scientists in Central America: Implications From the Science Diplomacy Perspective". Frontiers in Research Metrics and Analytics. Vol. 6. 2021. Pages 27. URL=
DOI=10.3389/frma.2021.661508; ISSN=2504-0537.

• Alonzo, M. Intellectual Property in access to genetic resources in Guatemala. July 2010. Journal of the American Network of Experts on Industrial Property. American Institute of Securities & Markets and CEDDET Foundation. Madrid.

Current profession

Current professional activities type: 
Working for the Ministry of Economic Affairs at Intellectual Property Office, Head of Substantive Examination Section, have experience as patent examiner for biotechnology and microbiological patents, compulsory licensing analysis for patents and public health, new plant varieties and genetic resources for IP.

Workshop and Conference Attended

2020 Guatemala Violence against women in politics training
2020 Sao Paulo, Brazil Advanced School of Innovation and Science Diplomacy.
2021 Guatemala Electoral politics from women
2018 Merida, Mexico Political Competence and XXI Century Humanism. by the Regional Program of Democracy and Political Parties for Latin America. Konrad Adenauer Foundation. Rafael Preciado Foundation
2018 USA XX Regional Seminary about PCT for Latin America. USPTO, WIPO
2017 Vienna Training Course on Patent Information and Documentation APO, EPO, WIPO
2015 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Patent examination course for Latin American Examiners.
2009 Geneva 13 th Session of Standing Committee on Patent Law, SCP, World Intellectual Property Organization
2009 Panama Guidelines for the examination of pharmaceutical patents from a public health perspective. UNDP, WHO


Vital Voices Global Partnership
Association of Pharmaceuticals and Chemists of Guatemala
Guatemalan Forum of Women from Political Parties, FGMPP
Konrad Adenauer Foundation alumni network

Presentation given

Women Political Participation in Guatemala
Ohio, USA
Event: McDonough Leadership Conference
Access to Genetic Resources and the importance to Intellectual Property in Guatemala
Event: National dialogue about Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Traditional Cultural Expressions
Access to genetic resources in Guatemala
Costa Rica
Event: Central American Dialogue on Access to Genetic Resources, organized by GTZ and ICTSD
Budapest treaty in Guatemala
Event: Regional Seminar on the Budapest Treaty on the International Recognition of the Deposit of Microorganisms for the Purposes of Patent Procedure and its Implementation. WIPO / IMPI
Challenges for women in politics in Guatemala
Event: Virtual Dialogue: Women in action in political sceneries. Women Democracy Network
Intellectual property for biotechnological innovations
Event: II National Congress of Biotechnology
Actions to reduce violence against women in politics in Guatemala
Event: International Discussion: Violence Against Women in Politics. Latinamerican Women in Politics Network
Biotechnological innovations protection
Event: National Congress of Biotechnology
Intellectual Property and Biotechnology
Event: International Biotechnology Symposium, National Week of Science and Technology, Secretary of Science and Technology of Guatemala, SENACYT.
Prizes, Grants and Awards

Other Awards

Jun 2018
VVEngage Fellowship
Selected as one of the 22 women leaders in politics to a one year fellowship in the first cohort of the Vital Voices VVEngage program, metored by former heads of state members of the Women World Leaders Council, and trained by VV Staff and proffessors of Harvard Kennedy School, to develop skills to engage more women to run for public seats.
Nov 2018
Fellow at Regional Program of Political Parties by Konrad Adenauer Foundation
Selected as one of the 35 young leaders in politics in Latin America to attend to a one week training in Mexico to learn about democracy and campaign management focused on christian democratic values
Feb 2015
VVLead Fellow
Selected to be part of the 3rd cohort of women leaders because of my work promoting women political participation in Guatemala, to attend one year online training, including the South-South exchange in South Africa focused on learn, connect, collaborate and create with other women across the globe to get more women as decision makers.
Mar 2014
6th Andi Parhamovich Fellow by National Democratic Institute
NDI’s Andi Parhamovich Fellowship, an annual award that brings one woman for three months to conduct research for a project geared toward building democracy and increasing women’s political participation in her own country. The fellowship was open to all Guatemalan political parties , as well as NDI partner groups across Latin America and the Caribbean and Eurasia. Following a competitive review process, Alonzo won the global competition with a plan to develop a program to help more Guatemalan women run for office, get elected and government
Jul 2000
National Team Member at the 41st IMO
Member of the Guatemalan team at the 41 IMO, International Mathematic Olympiads, in South Korea.
Jul 1999
National Team Member at 40th IMO
Member of the Guatemalan team at the 40th IMO, International Mathematic Olympiads, in Romania
Nov 2017
Advanced International Certificate Course on IP Asset Management for Business Success by KIPO-WIPO-KAIST-KIPA
One of the 15 top intellectual property experts globally to attend the International Certification on Intellectual Property Management by KIPO-WIPO-KAIST-KIPA in Seoul, South Korea.
OWSD 6th General Assembly certificate: download

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