Monica Patricia Estupiñan. 68, Quito, Ecuador. Political Scientist and Journalist. BA in Journalism at Central University, Quito. Master of Arts and Master of Philosophy in Political Science, University of Kansas. Worked as a cub reporter in Ultimas Noticias in Quito for seven years but most of her career has been at Vistazo, Ecuador’s leading news magazine. In Vistazo she has been Managing Editor, Editor in chief and presently Editorial Director. Has won for five times the national journalism award Jorge Mantilla and once a second prize at the international award Ortega y Gasset, from Diario El País, Spain. She has also served as correspondent for Business Latin America, a newsletter in New York. In addition, she has published essays in a collection of books: la Nueva Historia del Ecuador and Los Millonarios de América.
During the span of her career, has interview presidents of United States, Brazil, Chile, Venezuela, Portugal, and the Secretary of OAS and all the leading politicians in Ecuador, including seven presidents from the last four decades. She has written about Ecuadorian and Latin American politics, concentrating public affairs and elections.
She has served as a full-time member in several organizations: The Observatory of Fiscal Policy for a Ecuador, backed by United Nations; the Carter Dialogue Center por the Colombian- Ecuadorian conflict and for the Andean Region, and the Fulbright Commission in Ecuador.