Native from Cacha, Riobamba, Mariela represents musical calling, with her unique melodic voice now contained in two productions “Una voz mil voces” and “Vengo a Ver”, which include contemporary and indigenous elements inspired in her life transforming processes and her roots.
Since a child, Mariela has dared to tale part in musical projects and festivals, among them, the Ecuadorian group Yarina, winner in 2005 of the Nammy, an award that recognizes the best of Native American music. Mariela is now performing as a soloist.
Born in Quito, Leonor has given most of her life to her intense relationship with literature. She has a deep and fun literary production, which includes forty-four books of tales and novels for children and youth.
She has collaborated with the main institutions in Ecuador related to childhood. In 1999, the National Institute for Children and Families (Instituto Nacional de la Niñez y la Familia) gave Leonor an honorary mention for her contribution creative development to children. Recipient of several awards and prices, including National Price for Children’s Literature Darío Guevara Mayorga, during her long trajectory, Leonor has dared to promote reading and writing for children in the country.
Born in Guayaquil, Daniel is a renowned photographer and contemporary artist. Daniel holds a master in Digital Arts from the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Cataluña and through out his life has dared to follow his interest and pursue his art in all possible forms, from working with large public agencies in Guayaquil, to a personal exploration, discovering and transforming his sensibility towards plastic arts, photography and literature. Daniel’s work “Oceanoarte” received an honorary mention in the Salon de Julio in Guayaquil. Daniel currently has been working on an urban scale in the streets and corners of Guayaquil, contributing to the city with urban art.
They are the three characters of the famous comedy radio show known as Josema, Paquirri y El Shafa, who in 2005 start their adventure as part of another radio show 'Patodos'. Described as their great adventure, their own radio show airs on 2007, as a fresh, original and independent proposal. Thanks to their huge success, Josema, Paquirri and Shafa created
Porsiaca Producciones to organize and manage comedy and motivational events.
Andrés Carrera, Enrique Vivanco and Jerónimo Meneses have taken on this journey without fear, but above all, daring to break the molds and challenge the audience with their wit.
Maria Luz Arellano
A native of Quito, Maria Luz has become a renowned athlete both on a national and international level. In 2009 she took on the challenge of completing her first Ironman and from then on this has become her main passion.
With great effort and discipline, Maria Luz, achieves what no other athlete in Ecuador has achieved and becomes champion of the 2014 Ironman in Arizona, a demanding 226 km challenge that includes swimming, running and cycling. Maria Luz is currently CEO of Sportime, a company dedicated to the production of sporting events. Maria Luz describes the Ironman as the major introspection and self-knowledge process she has gone through, learning to take conscience of her body and her mind.
Born Quito, Diego has dedicated his life to audiovisual production. He graduated from the Universidad San Francisco de Quito. He received a master’s degree in cinematography from Florida State University, and a master’s degree in scrip writing from the University of Bergen, Norway.
With the desire to promote Latin American independent films, Diego became co-founder of the Ecuadorian production company Luna Films with co-founder Hanne-Lovise Skartveit. Luna films currently have several films in development. Composed with great emotions, his opera prima FERIADO had a world premier in the Berlinale in 2014, for which Diego mentions his intention is that the audience dares to accompany the main character through his emotional journey and discover the world through his eyes.
Jose is an outstanding Ecuadorian entrepreneur, who decided to start the adventure of discovering the best coffees in Ecuador and work next to its producers to improve techniques and processed to improve their taste and aroma. José Nicolas graduated as a mechanical engineer
in Chile, and through a process of personal transformation, he has been involved in diverse projects all linked by his passion for coffee. This has led Nicolas to take part in several events and organization, including the role as Executive Director for the National Association of Specialty Coffees in Ecuador, and as founder of the renowned coffee company “Vélez- Café de Altura”.
José Nicolás promotes a school of coffee, focused on the appreciation of coffee as a gourmet product, allowing for the creation of professionals in the industry of coffee.
Juan Carlos in known for his involvement in Ecuadorian Soccer. He was been transformed from a soccer fan to team director, to then taking part in several projects related to the sport. Juan Carlos is still involved in his passion, soccer, as Director of the Project Ecuador Fútbol Club within the Antonio Valencia Foundation, and as Founder and Executive Director of Football Factory (company dedicated to sports marketing), and Executive President of Grupo Link, a holding dedicated to the development of web technology and mobile applications.
Juan Carlos stands out for his Young age and long trajectory. He is a graduate on Public Policy from Georgetown University, and holds a diploma in Government and Leadership from the IDE Business School
TOP Chefs - Mauricio, Ana Teresa and Homero
Mauricio Cepeda, Ana Teresa Pérez and Homero Miño are the authors of the book “Ecuador: Tradiciones de Ayer para la Mesa de Hoy”. Mauricio holds a Master’s degree in Hotel Management from Cornell University; Ana Teresa, is Technician in Culinary Art and Sommelier in the Cofradía del Vino; and Homero, is Executive Chef and Chef and Member of the Culinary Academy of France. Through their project, they have taken on the challenge to create a new vision of traditional Ecuadorian Cuisine, where aesthetics and innovation come together to highlight the flavors without altering the techniques and traditions. This proposal dares to transform Ecuadorian cuisine, taking it from its daily environment and introducing it with contemporary flare that allows it to compete in the demanding world gastronomical arena. Their book has received the award for best Latin American Cuisine as in within the five finalists as “Cookbook of the Year” award by Gourmand World Cookbook Awards.
Nina Tandon is CEO and co-founder of EpiBone, the world’s first company growing living human bones for skeletal reconstruction. She is the co-author of Super Cells: Building with Biology, a book that explores the new frontier of biotech. She is a TED Senior Fellow, a Staff Associate Postdoctoral Researcher in the Laboratory for Stem Cells and Tissue Engineering, Columbia University, and Adjunct Professor of Electrical Engineering at the Cooper Union. She has a Bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering from the Cooper Union, a Master’s in Bioelectrical Engineering from MIT, a PhD in Biomedical Engineering, and an MBA from Columbia University. Her PhD research focused on studying electrical signaling in the context of tissue engineering, and has worked with cardiac, skin, bone, and neural tissue.
With musicians from Latin American, Europe and the United States, Swing Original Monks breaks energetically into the Ecuadorian musical scenery at the beginning of 2010, playing in bars, discos and other stages in the local surroundings. After a few months of adventures, the creative fury, wit and non- conventional proposal of S.O.M. gets them to share stage along side important performers of the country at the Festival "Petronio Álvarez" in Cali, Colombia, to later representing Ecuador in the Book Fair in Santiago de Chile. In 2014 S.O.M. go on their first international tour through Spain, Switzerland, Germany, Holland, Italy and the United States. In their own words, they “extract the essence of popular music in boiling water, and sweeten it with urban poetry, serving it with crackers. Then they tore a handful of modern rhythms, chop them and fry them with exotic spices”. A treat!