Freddy Ehlers

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This name uses Spanish naming customs; the first or paternal family name is Ehlers and the second or maternal family name is Zurita.
Freddy Ehlers
Freddy Ehlers 26 November 2012.jpg
Ecuadorian Minister of Tourism, Freddy Ehlers, at the opening of the airroute between Quito and Lima on 26 November 2012.
Minister of Tourism
Incumbent
Assumed office
10 May 2010
President Rafael Correa
Preceded by Vinicio Alvarado
Andean Community of Nations Secretary-General
In office
1 February 2007 – 7 May 2010
Preceded by Alfredo Fuentes Hernández
Succeeded by Adalid Contreras Baspineiro
Personal details
Born (1945-11-30) 30 November 1945 (age 68)
Quito, Ecuador
Alma mater Universidad Central del Ecuador

Freddy Ehlers Zurita (born 30 November 1945) is an Ecuadorian politician. He has been Minister of Tourism since 10 May 2010. In 1996 and 1998 Ehlers stood candidate for the office of President of Ecuador. Between 1 February 2007 and 7 May 2010 Ehlers was the Secretary-General of the Andean Community of Nations [1]

Early life[edit]

Freddy Ehlers was born on 30 November 1945 in Quito. Ehlers has a degree in Jurisprudence by the Universidad Central del Ecuador, and has studied Television studies in the Netherlands and the United States.[1]

Professional life[edit]

Ehlers has been a journalist for thirty years in which he has produced over a thousand documentaries. In 1979 he started the series Let's talk about ourselves, which was the first program to show the cultural and natural values of the Andes.[2] Between 1980 and 1988 he was director of the Program of Andean Television. In 1990 he began with the production of the series La Televisión, which emphasized environmental issues. It has been the most successful show by audience measurement in the journalism and opinion category in Ecuador between 1990 and 2006.[3]

Political career[edit]

In the 1996 elections and 1998 elections Ehlers was a candidate for the Ecuadorian presidency but both times did not win the election. On 20 October 2002 Ehlers was elected as a member of the Andean Parliament for Ecuador with 20% of the votes as a representative of the Movimiento Cívico Nuevo País. During his term, which ended in 2006, he became vice president of the same parliament.[3] On 18 January 2007 Ehlers was chosen as Secretary-General of the Andean Community of Nations for a five year term. Ehlers succeeded the Colombian Alfredo Fuentes Hernández, an interim Secretary-General.[4] Ehlers formally started his function on 1 February 2007.[5] His term of office was noted by his efforts to implement the mandate handed down to him by the Tarija summit of 2007. On 20 April 2010 he submitted his resignation, which became effective on 7 May 2010. He resigned to return to Ecuadorian politics.[6] On 10 May 2010 he was named Minister of Tourism by President Rafael Correa

Decorations[edit]

He received the Global 500 Roll of Honour by the UNEP in 1993 for his work in raising awareness amongst Ecuadorians for the environment.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b (Spanish) "Curriculum Vitae", Ministry of Tourism, Ecuador
  2. ^ a b Freddy Ehlers Global 500 Environmental Forum
  3. ^ a b (Spanish) Minister "Ministro" Ministry of Tourism, Ecuador
  4. ^ Ecuadorian Freddy Ehlers is elected CAN Secretary General Andean Community of Nations, 18 January 2007
  5. ^ Chronological sequence of events Andean Community of Nations
  6. ^ Freddy Ehlers resigns from the CAN General Secretariat Andean Community of Nations, 20 April 2010