JAVIER SERRANO AVILÉS joined the writing team of the National Spanish Exam in 2017. He was born in Málaga, Andalucía (España) and studied Philosophy, Literature and Spanish in several Universities in Madrid, Granada and Barcelona. He has taught at secondary schools in Seville and Granada and, after having spent a year in Dublin, he moved to Kampala, Uganda where he was the first Spanish lecturer at the prestigious Makerere University. From 2010 - 2018, he was Assistant Professor of Spanish & Literature at the United States International University-Africa (USIU-Africa) in Nairobi, Kenya. He also served as the Language Program Coordinator of the United Nations Office in Nairobi (UNON). Javier served as the Vice-President of the Association of Teachers of Spanish-Kenya (ATS-K). From 2016-2018, Javier served as the President of the Federación Internacional de Asociaciones de Profesores de Español (FIAPE), an umbrella organization comprising 20 associations of teachers of Spanish scattered among four continents, including AATSP. He is the editor of La enseñanza del español en África Subsahariana published by Instituto Cervantes in 2014 and currently is head of the Instituto Cervantes in Jakarta, Indonesia.