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Ecuador’s Capacity For Strengthening Global Food Security

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Ecuador’s Capacity For Strengthening Global Food Security

Ecuador is the world's top exporter of bananas and ranks second in shrimp and canned tuna, offering a variety of these products to a growing number of international consumers. Amidst shocks in international logistics, The Business Year gathers key stakeholders to discuss Ecuador's vital role in strengthening food security worldwide. Additionally, as concerns increase over better and healthier consumable products, this roundtable sheds light on local producers' efforts to meet consumer demands in the most sophisticated foreign markets and how the country is advancing under the “Ecuador Premium and Sustainable" strategy and new trade agreements.


  • Food safety measures followed by Ecuadorian exporters
  • Measures to maintain international food supply chains
  • Dietary benefits and competitive advantages of premium Ecuadorian products
  • Progress on new commercial agreements

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Iván Ontaneda Berrú
Iván Ontaneda Berrú
Minister of Production, Trade, Investment, and Fisheries of Ecuador

Iván Ontaneda Berrú is a prominent businessperson in the Ecuadorian cocoa industry with more than 30 years of experience in the sector. He has a degree in business management from Universidad Católica Santiago de Guayaquil. He also has an AS degree in business and management from ICPR Junior College in Puerto Rico. He describes himself as an agroindustrial entrepreneur focused on sustainable business models. His vision and leadership led him to become CEO and founder of Eco-Kakao in 1994.

Vicente Andrés Wong
Vicente Andrés Wong
Commercial Manager
Reybanpac

Vicente A. Wong Cevallos is a master in science in food and resource economics and has worked for 8 years as Commercial Manager of Reybanpac CA, one of the main Ecuadorian producers and exporters of bananas. During this period, he has been responsible for banana sourcing, international logistics, and managing sales in strategic worldwide markets. He is also a member of the Board of the Chinese Ecuadorian Chamber of Commerce.

Santiago Salem B.
Santiago Salem B.
CTO
Industrial Pesquera Santa Priscila

Santiago Salem Jr. is the CTO at Industrial Pesquera Santa Priscila S.A., where he also takes part in R&D, as well as technology developments focused on packing operations and the export side of the business. He's an IT and software engineer by profession, having graduated from the University of Miami. Before joining the family business in 2009, he worked at CIMA Telecom and Grupo T.V. Cable in the field and on technical operations.

Roberto Aguirre Chiriboga
Roberto Aguirre Chiriboga
COO
NIRSA

Roberto Aguirre Ch is COO at NIRSA, as well as taking the lead in the R&D and lean manufacturing process development areas of the company. He has a degree in international business management from the Blue Hill College and a degree in operations management from the IDE Business School. He joined the family business in 2005, where he started his career in the production and quality control areas.

Daniel Legarda
Daniel Legarda
Vice Minister of Foreign Trade of Ecuador

Daniel Legarda is an economist, born in Ecuador, and has an executive master's degree in business administration and several studies in foreign trade. Prior to undertaking the position of Vice Minister of Foreign Trade, he was executive president of FEDEXPOR. He has been linked to the country's private export sector for several years.

​Felipe Ribadeneira
​Felipe Ribadeneira
President of the Board
FEDEXPOR

Felipe Ribadeneira Molestina is the President of the board of directors at FEDEXPOR. Prior to that, he was the president of FEDEXPOR from 2009 to 2016. Molestina is an expert in internationalization services, investment support, private- public negotiations, and foreign trade law. He specialized as a lawyer in business consulting at Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador. He also has a master's degree in economic law and public policy.

​Felipe Espinosa
​Felipe Espinosa
Executive Director
Amcham Quito

Felipe Espinosa Terán has a degree in mechanical engineering from Texas A&M University and a master's in industrial engineering from the same institution. He has occupied several top management and strategic positions of varied complexity in the pharmaceuticals, food, logistics, automotive, and healthcare sectors. He is currently the executive director of the Ecuadorian-American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM Quito).

Han Le
Moderator: Han Le
Managing Director LATAM
The Business Year

Han Le is The Business Year's Managing Director for the Latam region. During his career in TBY, he has been based in Latin America, Africa and the Middle East. Before joining TBY, he worked in various media outlets in the Middle East and North Africa region.

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Tuesday, June 02

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09:00 AM TO
09:05 AM

Welcome remarks

Iván Ontaneda Berrú
Iván Ontaneda Berrú
Minister of Production, Trade, Investment, and Fisheries of Ecuador,
Iván Ontaneda Berrú
Iván Ontaneda Berrú
Minister of Production, Trade, Investment, and Fisheries of Ecuador

Iván Ontaneda Berrú is a prominent businessperson in the Ecuadorian cocoa industry with more than 30 years of experience in the sector. He has a degree in business management from Universidad Católica Santiago de Guayaquil. He also has an AS degree in business and management from ICPR Junior College in Puerto Rico. He describes himself as an agroindustrial entrepreneur focused on sustainable business models. His vision and leadership led him to become CEO and founder of Eco-Kakao in 1994.

09:05 AM TO
10:05 AM

Panel I: Quality control in international supply chains

Vicente Andrés Wong
Vicente Andrés Wong
Commercial Manager, Reybanpac
Vicente Andrés Wong
Vicente Andrés Wong
Commercial Manager
Reybanpac

Vicente A. Wong Cevallos is a master in science in food and resource economics and has worked for 8 years as Commercial Manager of Reybanpac CA, one of the main Ecuadorian producers and exporters of bananas. During this period, he has been responsible for banana sourcing, international logistics, and managing sales in strategic worldwide markets. He is also a member of the Board of the Chinese Ecuadorian Chamber of Commerce.

Santiago Salem B.
Santiago Salem B.
CTO, Industrial Pesquera Santa Priscila
Santiago Salem B.
Santiago Salem B.
CTO
Industrial Pesquera Santa Priscila

Santiago Salem Jr. is the CTO at Industrial Pesquera Santa Priscila S.A., where he also takes part in R&D, as well as technology developments focused on packing operations and the export side of the business. He's an IT and software engineer by profession, having graduated from the University of Miami. Before joining the family business in 2009, he worked at CIMA Telecom and Grupo T.V. Cable in the field and on technical operations.

Roberto Aguirre Chiriboga
Roberto Aguirre Chiriboga
COO, NIRSA
Roberto Aguirre Chiriboga
Roberto Aguirre Chiriboga
COO
NIRSA

Roberto Aguirre Ch is COO at NIRSA, as well as taking the lead in the R&D and lean manufacturing process development areas of the company. He has a degree in international business management from the Blue Hill College and a degree in operations management from the IDE Business School. He joined the family business in 2005, where he started his career in the production and quality control areas.

10:05 AM TO
10:35 AM

Panel II: Ecuador’s commercial policy

Daniel Legarda
Daniel Legarda
Vice Minister of Foreign Trade of Ecuador,
Daniel Legarda
Daniel Legarda
Vice Minister of Foreign Trade of Ecuador

Daniel Legarda is an economist, born in Ecuador, and has an executive master's degree in business administration and several studies in foreign trade. Prior to undertaking the position of Vice Minister of Foreign Trade, he was executive president of FEDEXPOR. He has been linked to the country's private export sector for several years.

​Felipe Ribadeneira
​Felipe Ribadeneira
President of the Board, Fedexpor
​Felipe Ribadeneira
​Felipe Ribadeneira
President of the Board
Fedexpor

Felipe Ribadeneira Molestina is the President of the board of directors at FEDEXPOR. Prior to that, he was the president of FEDEXPOR from 2009 to 2016. Molestina is an expert in internationalization services, investment support, private- public negotiations, and foreign trade law. He specialized as a lawyer in business consulting at Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador. He also has a master's degree in economic law and public policy.

​Felipe Espinosa
​Felipe Espinosa
Executive Director, Amcham Quito
​Felipe Espinosa
​Felipe Espinosa
Executive Director
Amcham Quito

Felipe Espinosa Terán has a degree in mechanical engineering from Texas A&M University and a master's in industrial engineering from the same institution. He has occupied several top management and strategic positions of varied complexity in the pharmaceuticals, food, logistics, automotive, and healthcare sectors. He is currently the executive director of the Ecuadorian-American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM Quito).

Han Le
Moderator: Han Le
Managing Director LATAM, The Business Year
Han Le
Han Le
Managing Director LATAM
The Business Year

Han Le is The Business Year's Managing Director for the Latam region. During his career in TBY, he has been based in Latin America, Africa and the Middle East. Before joining TBY, he worked in various media outlets in the Middle East and North Africa region.

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