Ivonne A-Baki, artist, painter, diplomat, peace negotiator, humanist, and politician, is a multifaceted woman who has always been driven by her ideals.
It is through her art that she tries to promote peace, unity, and love among nations, to make them see that beyond hate and prejudice there is a power, bigger and more sublime, which can reach into our innermost being and change us forever: Art.
With the aim of changing this world into a better and more tolerant place, Ivonne started her long and successful career as a visionary artist. She has exhibited her paintings in many countries on four continents, and her works of art have touched the souls of thousands of people.
In 1990, she moved to the United States and became the Artist-in-Residence at Harvard University. Her art, as always, has a conscience and is socially responsible; it promotes peace, unity, and social justice. She created the Harvard Arts for Peace Foundation through which she organizes many joint exhibitions and art shows between countries at war; the purpose is to build bridges and find solutions. At the same time, she has started the Beyond Boundaries Foundation to improve the health of the poor people of Ecuador through prevention and education. The foundation has worked in the eradication of river blindness (onchocerciasis) and is currently focusing its efforts to educate people in the diagnosis and early treatment of tuberculosis and diabetes.
In 2002, she became a candidate for the presidency of Ecuador. She runs on a social justice platform aimed at shrinking the great gap between the affluent rich and the desperately poor through education and sustainable development. Her message was also aimed at advancing the cultural and economic integration of Latin-America and eradicating the spectre of corruption, which for many decades has haunted her country.
In 2003, she became Ecuador’s Minister of Foreign Trade, Industry, Regional Integration, Fisheries, and Competitiveness. Through various programs designed to increase the value added of Ecuadorian products, she strives to strengthen the national industry and promote job creation and trade. She also initiates the negotiation of trade agreements with several important trade partners, including the United States and the European Union.
In 2006, she ran and won in the elections for the Andean Parliament and, in 2007, was elected as the President of the Andean Parliament with the unanimous vote of the 5 member countries: Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru.
Her goals are to achieve real integration and unity of the Andean nations through education, cultural exchange, trade, science and technology, tourism, and, most importantly, peace and regional security. As the President of the Andean Parliament, she has incessantly worked to achieve these goals.
Currently, she is the Chief Negotiator for the Yasuni ITT initiative which aims to keep 846 million barrels of oil from being exploited to preserve the Yasuni National Park in Ecuador, the most biodiverse place on the planet.