Maria Fernanda Espinosa was appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs and Human Mobility of Ecuador
Quito, May 25, 2017
President Lenin Moreno appointed Maria Fernanda Espinosa Garcés as Minister of Foreign Affairs and Human Mobility on the night of May 24 at a public event that brought together thousands of Ecuadorians to Plaza Grande.
The new Ecuadorian Foreign Minister is a PhD candidate on Environmental Geography from the University of Rutgers, New Jersey. She holds a Master’s Degree in Social Sciences and Amazonian Studies; A Post-graduate degree in Anthropology and Political Science from the Faculty of Social Sciences (FLACSO) in Quito; as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Linguistics from the Catholic University of Ecuador. She also completed postdoctoral studies at the Center for Critical Analysis and Contemporary Culture at the University of Rutgers, New Jersey.
The Head of the Ecuadorian Diplomacy has more than 20 years of international experience in multilateral issues, integration, security and defense, human rights, indigenous peoples’ rights and nationalities, culture and heritage.
During her professional career she was Ambassador of Ecuador to the United Nations, Geneva; Minister of National Defense; Coordinating Minister for Cultural and Natural Heritage; Ambassador of Ecuador to the United Nations, New York; Minister of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Integration; Special Adviser to the President of the National Constituent Assembly; Regional Director of the World Conservation Union, South America; Senior Advisor on Biodiversity Policies and Indigenous Peoples for the World Conservation Union (IUCN).
As part of her extensive experience, she has participated at the Intellectual Property Negotiations and Traditional Knowledge in WIPO and WTO. She also has advised CAN and collaborated with ACTO on strategic management and sustainable development.
Teaching is also part of her profile, she worked as an associate professor and researcher at the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences (FLACSO).
During her research work in the Amazon, she obtained scholarships from the Association of Latin American Studies, the Ford Foundation, the Society of Women Geographers of the United States and the Rockefeller Foundation.
She has received recognition from the German Cooperation Agency, GTZ and Fundación Natura, for her research.
First National Poetry Prize of Ecuador.
She is a poet and essayist. (Several books published and present in more than 20 anthologies in Mexico, Spain, the United States.)
She has published more than 30 academic articles on indigenous peoples’ politics, Amazon, Culture and Heritage, Sustainable Development, Climate Change, Intellectual Property, Foreign Policy, Regional Integration, Defense and Security.