Mario Conde has carried out studies related to literature and teaching Spanish as a foreign language. He obtained a Master's Degree in Hispanic-American Literature from the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador (PUCE, 2010), and has developed a career as a children's and youth literature writer.
In the literary field, one of his interests focuses on the study of the oral tradition of his country, Ecuador. In early 2000, he started a research and rescue project through the rewriting of the Ecuadorian oral tradition. As a result of this work, he published four compilation books: ghost stories, animal tales, legends, and folk tales, as well as a critical study on the Ecuadorian folktale. In addition to these works, he has also published five novels and two volumes of short stories, all intended for children and young readers.
In the academic field, he is a fulltime professor of Spanish as a Foreign Language for the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador (PUCE) with a current study license until Fall 2020. He was coordinator of the Spanish Foreigners Department at PUCE from August 2012 until July 2016.