Mr Raúl Gangotena

Mr Raúl Gangotena

Position: Visitor
School and/or Centres: Australian National Centre for Latin American Studies


Raúl Gangotena started his activity as Independent Senior Consultant after ending his posting as Ambassador of Ecuador to Australia and New Zealand, on 31 January 2017. He was the Dean of the Group of Latin American Ambassadors.

He was Ambassador to the United States; Executive Director of the National Modernisation Council; Chief of Staff of the President of Ecuador; Member of the Ecuadorian Reserve Board; and CEO of the National Pre-Investment Fund.

In the private sector he has been: Executive Director of the Quito Chamber of Commerce; CEO of Metrozona, free trade zone; CEO of Confiandina, consulting firm; CFO of Palmoriente, palm oil plantation; Sales Vice-president of La Internacional, main textile mill of Ecuador; President and Member of the Board of several companies.

He was columnist for newspapers El Universo, Guayaquil, El Comercio and Hoy, Quito; political analysis panel member at Gama TV; member of the Editorial Board of El Comercio.

He was a Professor at the National Polytechnic School and the San Francisco University; Vice-Chancellor of Universidad de Las Américas; a Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellow, National Endowment for Democracy, 2005; and member of the Ecuadorian Board of the Fulbright Commission.

He was previously participating in the development of an Egalitarian Inclusion Business Model to allow access to individual property for dispossessed population groups such as the Native and Afro-descendant Ecuadorians. This model is conceived to include large numbers of participants in trust funds that may have a strategic partner to operate medium and large business ventures, granting them access to the ownership of relevant assets for present day economic activities.

Raúl Gangotena received a Chemical Engineer degree from the National Polytechnic School in Quito, Ecuador, and an MBA in 1974 from the University of New Mexico, USA.

Mr. Gangotena was born in Quito in 1945, is married to Anne Patteet, Belgian, and has four children.

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