Frederick Ashton was a British choreographer and ballet dancer. He is best remembered for his work as a choreographer and director in opera, film, and revue. He achieved popularity as the chief choreographer at the Royal Ballet, where he worked alongside Ninette de Valois. Frederick Ashton succeeded de Valois as the company's director, serving until his retirement in 1970.
Rafael Correa is an Ecuadorian economist and politician. From 2007 to 2017, Correa served as the president of Ecuador. During his presidency, Ecuador managed to reduce its poverty and raised the minimum wage, which in turn enhanced the standard of living in the country.
Jaime Roldós Aguilera was an Ecuadorian political figure who served as the President of Ecuador from 1979 until his death in 1981. Although his presidency was short-lived, Jaime Roldós Aguilera achieved immense popularity and reverence for his support for human rights.
Abdalá Bucaram is an Ecuadorian lawyer and politician. He is best known for his service as the President of Ecuador from 1996 to 1997. An influential politician, Abdalá Bucaram also served as the Mayor of Guayaquil from August 1984 to September 1985.
Cynthia Viteri is an Ecuadorian politician, journalist, and lawyer. She is currently serving as the Mayor of Guayaquil, Ecuador's second-largest city. After starting her career as a public relations manager for lawyer and politician, Jaime Nebot, Cynthia Viteri went on to establish herself as a successful politician. She even competed in the 2006 presidential elections, where she finished fifth.
León Febres Cordero was an Ecuadorian political leader best remembered for his service as the President of Ecuador from 1984 to 1988. During his presidency, Febres-Cordero led a security crackdown on an infamous guerrilla group called Alfaro Vive, Carajo (AVC). An important politician, León Febres Cordero also served as the Mayor of Guayaquil from 1992 to 2000.
José Joaquín de Olmedo was an Ecuadorian political leader best remembered for his service as the President of Ecuador from March 1845 to December 1845. A prominent politician, José Joaquín de Olmedo also served as the Vice President of Ecuador from 12 September 1830 to 15 September 1831.
Alfredo Palacio is an Ecuadorian former politician best known for his service as the President of Ecuador from 2005 to 2007. A prominent politician, Palacio also served as the Minister of Health from 1994 to 1996 and as the Vice President of Ecuador from 2003 to 2005. Since retiring from politics, Palacio has focused on his career as a cardiologist.
Gabriel García Moreno was an Ecuadorian aristocrat and politician. He is best remembered for his service as the President of Ecuador on two occasions; from 1861 to 1865 and again from 1869 to 1875. He was also the Interim President of Ecuador on two occasions between 1861 and 1869. Gabriel García Moreno is also remembered for his stance against corruption.
Zoraida Córdova is an Ecuadorian-American writer who specializes in children's literature. She is best known for a series of novels, collectively known as Brooklyn Brujas. Zoraida Córdova also writes short stories and works as an editor.
Ecuador’s 49th vice-president, Maria Alejandra Vicuna has also led the country as its Minister of Urban Development and Housing. The PAIS Alliance member also co-founded the Ecuadorian Commission on Education, Science, Technology, and Communication. She has also spent a year in prison for receiving money illegally.
Carlos Julio Arosemena Monroy was an Ecuadorian politician best remembered for his service as the President of Ecuador from 1961 to 1963. During his presidency, Arosemena Monroy modernized the telecommunications network and launched road construction work in Ecuador. A prominent political leader, Carlos Julio Arosemena Monroy also served as the Vice President of Ecuador from 1960 to 1961.
Alfredo Pareja Diezcanseco was an Ecuadorian essayist, novelist, journalist, diplomat, and historian. He is credited with co-founding a popular literary group called Grupo de Guayaquil. Over the course of his illustrious career, Pareja won many literary awards, including the prestigious Eugenio Espejo National Award. From 1979 to 1980, Alfredo Pareja Diezcanseco also served as Ecuador's foreign minister.
Ecuadorian author Monica Ojeda is known for her use of taboo topics as themes in her works. She depicts issues such as sexual perversion, religion, and pain with a feminist tone and is known for works such as Mandibula. She also calls her genre of work “Andean Gothic.”
Lebanese-origin Ecuadorian politician Ivonne Baki, who is the Ecuadorian ambassador to the US, has previously been Ecuador’s Minister of Industries and Productivity. The Harvard-educated diplomat has also been the President of the Andean Parliament. She is also an artist and painter and has been a UNESCO Dialogue of Civilizations goodwill ambassador.
Joaquín Gallegos Lara was an Ecuadorian novelist, poet, short story writer, and essayist. An exponent of social realism, Lara is best remembered for writing poems that discussed the social and political situations of his country. His poems were often published in literary magazines like Cosmos, Ilustración, Letras y Números, and Variedades.
José de la Cuadra was an Ecuadorian writer and one of the most important exponents of social realism. His short stories are counted among the most prominent in Ecuadorian literature. José de la Cuadra was part of Guayaquil Group, one of the most popular Ecuadorian literary groups. Many of his works have been translated into several languages.
Cristina Reyes is an Ecuadorian lawyer, politician, and poet. She previously served as a member of the Ecuadorian Constituent Assembly from 2007 to 2008, and is currently serving as a member of the National Assembly. As a poet, Cristina Reyes is best known for Travesía, a collection of 62 poems.
Karina Galvez is an Ecuadorian American poet and TV presenter. Many of her Spanish-language poems have been translated into several languages, including English, Italian, French, Portuguese, Bulgarian, Romanian, Czech, and Slovakian. Karina Galvez has also received several awards, including the prestigious Crystal Condor at the Ecuadorian Achievement Awards.
Rosa Borja de Ycaza was an Ecuadorian poet, essayist, writer, dramatist, novelist, sociologist, activist, and feminist. She is credited with founding a magazine called Nuevos Horizontes. An ardent advocate for women's rights, Rosa Borja de Ycaza is also credited with establishing the Women's Legion of Popular Culture with other popular feminists like Amarilis Fuentes.
Demetrio Aguilera Malta was an Ecuadorian writer, diplomat, painter, and film director. He is best remembered for his 1970 novel, Siete lunas y siete serpientes, which was translated into English by Gregory Rabassa as Seven Serpents and Seven Moons in 1979. In 1981, Demetrio Aguilera Malta was honored with the prestigious Eugenio Espejo Prize for his outstanding literary career.
Ecuadorian feminist author Marieta de Veintemilla served as the First Lady of Ecuador during the presidency of her uncle, Ignacio de Veintemilla, who was unmarried. She introduced the norm of women going out without male guardians and wearing bright colors in Ecuador. She also controlled the army in her uncle’s absence.
Ecuadorian politician and the Prefect of Guayas Province, Susana Gonzalez Rosado has also been a well-known journalist. The Social Christian Party member has also served as a Member of the National Assembly of Ecuador and as the municipal councilor of Guayaquil. She is married to Spanish entrepreneur Antonio Sola Ortigosa.