Salvador Paiz

Salvador Paiz is a Guatemalan businessman and president of the Fundación Sergio Paiz Andrade (FunSEPA), a foundation dedicated to improving the quality of education in Guatemala through technology. Salvador is currently Chairman of Grupo PDC, a holding company with interests in distribution and real estate finance throughout Central Americas. Paiz is also director of the Foundation for the Development of Guatemala (FUNDESA) and works on the Mejoremos Guate initiative, a holistic development agenda for the country with short-term actionable projects.

Under Paiz’s leadership, FunSEPA has installed over 12,000 computers in over 850 public schools, and has trained and certified over 85,000 public school teachers (over 60% of the total teacher population) on the usage of technology as a teaching tool. Salvador was also Vice President of Wal-Mart Centroamérica and, subsequently, board member of Wal-Mart México y Centroamérica until the beginning of 2016.

Salvador is co-author of two fiscal studies requested by Guatemala’s Coordinating Committee of Agricultural, Commercial, Industrial and Financial Associations (CACIF). His econometric work on the topic of contagion has been widely published. In 2009, Salvador was the first Guatemalan named Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. Paiz obtained a Bachelor’s degree with honors from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and received an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Business as a Martin Trust Merit scholar.