David Alejandro Álvarez Terán is from Quito, Ecuador. He obtained his Undergraduate Law Degree at Universidad de las Américas in 2012. In 2015, he obtained a Specialization Degree in Popular and Solidarity Economy from Simon Bolivar Andean University.
During his professional career, David worked in foreign trade companies, law firms and for the Ecuadorian public sector. In 2009 he started working in one of the most renowned Ecuadorian foreign trade companies, Logística Integral de Comercio Exterior – LIDESER Cia. Ltda., where he expanded his knowledge in the field of Customs Law and International Trade Law thus becoming in 2010 the company's Main Legal Advisor and counselor until 2013.
Prior to enrolling at IELPO LL.M. Programme, between 2014 and 2016 David held the position of Specialist of Norms and Dispute Settlement at the Ministry of Foreign Trade of Ecuador where he acquired important experience on the international trading system. In this position, David was in charge of solving trade disputes mostly held between Andean Community Members, obtaining excellent results. Additionally, David was part of the inter-institutional group that worked in the final drafting of a new bilateral investment treaty (BIT) that Ecuador will be using to negotiate new bilateral investments.
In 2015, David was chosen as the only delegate of the Ministry of Foreign Trade of Ecuador to participate in technical visits and individualized training on the WTO Dispute Settlement System at the World Trade Organization (WTO) and The Advisory Centre on WTO Law (ACWL) in Geneva, Switzerland.
Referring to his background in Popular and Solidarity Economy, David has been involved with groups that aim at helping raise the standards of living of economically weak communities. He has been instrumental in organizing and creating spaces where such communities can trade their own harvested and manufactured products.
Thanks to the support of Fundación Carolina and recognizing his interest in international economic law, David was granted with a full scholarship in order to attend the IELPO LL.M. Programme which will lead him to expand his knowledge in international economic law.