Ecuador native Pablo Better has vast experience in academic, managerial and executive roles in the public and private sectors, both in Ecuador and abroad. After elementary and secondary schooling in Quito, he obtained a BA in political science from Pennsylvania State University and a PhD in public and international affairs from the University of Pittsburgh.
Better began his career as an educator. He taught at the Universidad Central del Ecuador, the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador and the Center for Andean Studies of the University of New Mexico. He served as a dean and then as academic vice chancellor at the Universidad de las Americas. He was also principal (1993–97) of Colegio Experimental Alberto Einstein, one of Ecuador’s most prestigious K–12 schools.
Better held several positions, including deputy president, at Petroecuador, Ecuador’s state-owned oil exploration and production enterprise. In 1991 he was appointed governor of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund for Ecuador. In that same year, he represented Ecuador on the board of governors of the OPEC Fund for International Development; he was re-elected in 1992. In June 1999 he was appointed chairman of Ecuador’s Central Bank, a post he resigned in January 2000.
Currently, Better is the majority shareholder, president and CEO of Stealth Telecom del Ecuador SA. He also serves on the boards of several nonprofit organizations. He is married, with four children.