Executive Director, El Sistema
Executive Director of Fundamusical Simon Bolivar in Venezuela, one of the world’s leading and most innovative social programmes in the field of classical music. For over eight years, he has developed and overseen the growth and expansion of Il Sistema, with increased social inclusion and increased standards of performance and achievement. Overseeing a network of over 400 ‘nucleos’, nationwide, expanding in number and scope every year. Mr. Mendez has taken responsibility for maintaining a stable and growing institution, despite the unstable and challenging environments.