María del Carmen Denis Polanco

María del Carmen Denis Polanco has a degree in Computer Science from the Autonomous University of Yucatán (UADY). She specialized in Technology Administration at UADY and completed a Master's degree in Information Technology Management at the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITSM).

She has 26 years of experience working with network interconnection technologies, IT infrastructure and the Internet. She is currently director of the IXP Yucatán project at Internet Exchange Services Yucatan A.C. and co-founder and coordinator of the Center for Women in Technology.

She ventured into the world of the Internet in 1994 while an intern at the UADY university network, where she was head of IT infrastructure and telematic services, serving as a consultant for the development of connectivity equipment and infrastructure projects and offering advice based on good practices for structured cabling systems, electrical protection systems and datacenters for the campuses of UADY university. She was responsible for the institutional project for improving connectivity and Internet services at UADY campuses and also coordinated the project for transitioning to IPv6 and MANRS at UADY, where she worked until April 2019.

She was a member of the Network Development Committee (CDR) of the University Corporation for Internet Development (CUDI), collaborates with EpicQueen Mérida, a non-profit organization that seeks to involve more women and girls in technology, participates in LACNIC's IT Women initiative and has served as a mentor in two editions of the STEM US - Mexico Foundation program.

Today, she is member emerita of ANUIES-TIC and coordinates the Commission for Collaboration in the Development of the Internet in Higher Education Institutions (CODIIES); she actively cooperates in the dissemination of topics and technologies to further Internet development, such as IPv6, IXPs, RPKI, RIPE Atlas, MANRS and DNSSEC, in collaboration with organizations in Mexico and Latin America, among them the Internet Society, the Internet Corporation for Assignment of Names and Numbers (ICANN), the Regional Internet Registry for Latin America and the Caribbean (LACNIC), NIC Mexico (NICMX), the Latin American and Caribbean Network Operators Group (LACNOG), the Mexican Network Operators Group (MEXNOG), the National Association of Universities and Higher Education Institutions (ANUIES), and the University Corporation for Internet Development (CUDI). She has participated as a speaker and panelist at LACNIC and LACNOG events and was part of the working group developing operational aspects for the implementation of the LACNIC Code of Conduct. In 2019, she was selected as one of the winners of the FRIDA Program as part of the management team of the Center for Women in Technology (CMT). In 2020, she was a MANRS Fellow. She currently coordinates LACNIC Fellows at LACNIC in-person events, serves as RIPE Atlas ambassador for deployment in Mexican universities, volunteers to support the coordination of LACNOG, and is part of LACNIC's IPv6 Challenge Evaluation Committee.