Politician and scholar Osvaldo Hurtado lives in Quito, where he heads a think-tank: the Corporation for Development Studies (CORDES).


He was vice-president (1979-1981) and president (1981-1984) of the Republic of Ecuador and chairman of the 1997-98 Constituent Assembly.


He has written a dozen books on economic, social, political and cultural issues in Ecuador, as well as numerous essays and papers on Latin America.


Osvaldo Hurtado Larrea (born in Chambo, Ecuador in 1939) was the fourth child of Agustín (a farmer) and Elina. From his marriage to Margarita Pérez Pallares, he has five children: Sebastián, Andrés, Cristina, Isabel and Felipe. The last two are twins who were born during his term in office as president.

He attended the Christian Brotherhood’s La Salle Elementary School and the Jesuits’ San Felipe Secondary School, both in Riobamba. He continued his studies in Quito, at the Catholic University of Ecuador, where he obtained an undergraduate degree in Political and Social Sciences and a doctorate (J.D.) in Law. He underwrote part of the cost of his university studies by working as a clerk for Quito’s Fire Department and as a teacher at the San Gabriel Secondary School.

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