Biography of Visiting HHH Fellow Mateo Estrella:

Mateo Estrella Durán

Dean, Department of Hospitality Sciences, University of Cuenca

Former Vice Minister of Tourism, Ecuador (2000-2003)

2010-2011 Hubert H. Humphrey Fellow, Pennsylvania State University

Mateo Estrella-Durán, Esq., is presently a Hubert H. Humphrey Fellow (2010-2011) at Penn State University, College of Education, focusing his studies in Higher Education Administration. He holds a degree in Law and another in Hotel and Tourism Administration from the University of Azuay in Cuenca, Ecuador. He joined the University of Cuenca in 2004 and since then has served the Hospitality Department. He is the founding and current Dean with major academic and administrative responsibilities. He teaches courses in “Tourism & Law” and “Touristic Management”.

Mr. Estrella-Durán is the Vice-President of the Ibero American Society of Tourism & Law. He is a former Vice Minister of Tourism of his country (2000 – 2003), and he has worked in many positions in public and private organizations.  He is the co-author of several books related to tourism & law, local based tourism, competitiveness, and gastronomy. He has conducted important specialized tourism consulting projects in his country and abroad, focusing on strategic planning and tourism management destinations. He has actively worked on diverse academic research projects of which the most recent was the Development of the Inca Trail in the Southern Andes of Ecuador (2009).

Mr. Estrella Durán has been an invited speaker at many conferences throughout the Americas and, in addition to his participation in the prestigious Humphrey Fellows program, has received several outstanding honors and recognitions.