ECUADOR AND LATIN AMERICA: NEW HEIGHTS
Her Excellency Nathalie Cely Suárez, Ambassador of the Republic of Ecuador to the United States
Ecuador was catapulted onto the global stage this summer following the decision to grant asylum at the country’s embassy in London to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. While this situation captured the world’s attention, Ecuador has been quietly enjoying a period of political, economic, and social development. Rafael Correa is the longest-serving president since 1979, the country’s per capita income more than tripled in the last decade, and the poverty rate has been significantly reduced. Ecuador’s GDP grew by over 7% in 2011 and the economic forecast is positive. Such advances make Ecuador an attractive foreign investment destination, and illustrate the dynamism of Latin America. Join The Chicago Council and Ambassador Nathalie Cely Suárez for a discussion on the U.S.-Ecuador relationship and the growing investment opportunities in Latin America.
This program is preceded by a complimentary wine and cheese reception. The reception is generously supported by PRO ECUADOR.
Her Excellency Nathalie Cely Suárez
is the ambassador of the Republic of Ecuador to the United States, a post she has held since January 2012. Prior to her appointment as ambassador, Cely served in a number of public sector positions, including coordinating minister of production, employment, and competitiveness, and coordinating minister of social development. Between 2002 and 2007, Cely served as president of Edúcate, a foundation working to improve the quality of education, as well as president of Stratega, a foundation working to promote the development of sustainable small businesses in Ecuador. Cely holds a B.A. from Universidad Católica de Guayaquil, an M.P.A. from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, and was a doctoral degree candidate at The Latin American School of Social Sciences.