High-Level Working Group on U.S.-Ecuador Relations


Global Americans is proud to launch a new research initiative evaluating the future of U.S.-Ecuador relations. This independent project examines how both the United States and Ecuador might benefit from deeper engagement; a dedication to common principles of democracy, human rights, and the rule of law; and an emphasis on shared prosperity. At the end of this project, Global Americans will offer specific recommendations on how to strengthen the U.S.-Ecuador relationship to the benefit of the people of both countries.

Read our latest report, “Ecuador and the U.S.-China Rivalry: Between Two Great Powers.”

This special report is a collaboration between Global Americans and Prófitas, Ecuador’s leading political risk consultancy firm. Founded in 2004, Prófitas gathers a specialized team of entrepreneurs and social scientists, whose goal is to help companies understand and manage the economic, political, and social environment of business.

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Recent developments in both the U.S. and Ecuador—including the elections of new presidents in both countries—offer a unique opportunity to discuss how the two countries might combat the COVID-19 pandemic, spark economic growth, and pursue other priorities.

In the coming months, Global Americans will present findings to policymakers and civil society leaders across the hemisphere. The reports will also be featured on the Global Americans website and across other relevant Global Americans social media and multimedia channels.

High-Level Working Group Co-Chairs:

  • Caterina Costa, Ecuador – President of the Industrial Group Poligrup
  • Luis Gilberto Murillo-Urrutia, Colombia – Former Governor of the Colombian State of Choco (co-chair)
  • Nathalie Cely Suárez, Ecuador – Former Ambassador of Ecuador to the United States
  • Richard Feinberg, United States – Professor at the School of Global Policy and Strategy, University of California, San Diego
  • Tulio Vera, United States – Former Managing Director and the Chief Investment Strategist for the J.P. Morgan (JPM) Latin America Private Bank
  • Verónica Arias, Ecuador – Former Secretary of Environment of the Metropolitan District of Quito

High-Level Working Group Members:

  • Abelardo Pachano, Ecuador – Former General Manager of the Central Bank of Ecuador
  • Anibal Romero, United States – Founder of The Romero Firm
  • Carolina Barco, Colombia – Former Foreign Minister and Ambassador to the United States
  • Christian Gómez, United States – Walmart’s Director of Global Government Affairs for Latin America
  • Enrique Crespo, Ecuador – Global Shaper of the World Economic Forum
  • Gabriela Sommerfeld – CEO of Equair
  • Gaston P. Fernández, United States – Partner at Hogan Lovells
  • Guy Edwards, United States – Former Senior Consultant in the Climate Change Division at the Inter-American Development Bank 
  • Jonathan T. Stoel, United States – Partner at Hogan Lovells
  • José Antonio Ocampo, Colombia – Professor at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs
  • José Emilio Vásconez – Dean and Academic Director of the School of International Relations and Global Studies at the Universidad Internacional del Ecuador
  • Kelly Ann Shaw, United States – Partner at Hogan Lovells
  • Lourdes Catrain, United States – Partner at Hogan Lovells
  • Luis Enrique García, Bolivia – Former Executive President of CAF
  • Luis Felipe Duchicela, Ecuador – Former Global Advisor on Indigenous Peoples at the World Bank
  • Magdalena Barreiro, Ecuador – Professor of Finance at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito and former Minister of Economy and Finance for Ecuador
  • María Gloria Barreiro, Ecuador – Executive Director of Desarrollo y Autogestión (Development and Self-Management, or DyA) Peru
  • Maria Rosa Baquerizo, Ecuador – CEO of the Andean American Association 
  • María Sara Jijón Calderón, Ecuador – Former Undersecretary General of Governance in Ecuador 
  • Maria Sonsoles García León, Ecuador – President of the Foreign Trade and Investment Policy Committee of the International Chamber of Commerce in Ecuador
  • Nelson Ortiz, Venezuela – Former President of the Caracas Stock Exchange
  • Nicolás Albertoni, Uruguay – Professor at the Universidad Católica del Uruguay 
  • Nicolas Espinosa Maldonado, Ecuador – President of the National Finance Corporation (CFN)
  • Olga Lucía Lozano, Colombia – Former Vice Minister of Foreign Trade for Colombia
  • Patricio Navia, Chile – Professor at New York University and the Universidad Diego Portales in Chile
  • Rodrigo De la Cruz Inlago, Ecuador – Member of the Global Steering Committee for the World Bank’s Dedicated Grant Mechanism (DGM) for Indigenous Peoples 
  • Veronica Vásconez, Ecuador – Consultant for the Inter-American Development Bank at the Innovation for Citizen Services Division (ICS)
  • Walter Spurrier, Ecuador – President of Grupo Spurrier
  • Warren H. Maruyama, United States – Partner at Hogan Lovells
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