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Jorge Glas
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Vice President of Ecuador
In office
24 May 2013 – 3 January 2018
President Rafael Correa
Lenín Moreno
Preceded by Lenín Moreno
Succeeded by María Vicuña
Coordinating Minister of Strategic Sectors
In office
5 April 2010 – 10 November 2012
President Rafael Correa
Preceded by Galo Borja
Succeeded by Rafael Poveda
Minister of Telecommunications and Information Society
In office
14 August 2009 – 3 April 2010
President Rafael Correa
Preceded by Position created
Succeeded by Jaime Guerrero
Personal details
Born
Jorge David Glas Espinel

13 September 1969 (1969-09-13) (age 52)
Guayaquil, Ecuador
Nationality Ecuadorian
Political party PAIS Alliance
Spouse(s) Cinthia Díaz Aveiga
Parents Jorge Glas Viejó
Norma Espinel Aráuz
Alma mater ESPOL

Jorge David Glas Espinel (born 13 September 1969) is an Ecuadorean politician and electrical engineer. He has been Vice President of Ecuador from 24 May 2013 until his resignation on 13 December 2017.

Personal life

Jorge Glas was born 13 September 1969 in Guayaquil. He has known and been friends with president Rafael Correa since their time as boy scouts.

Education

He holds a degree in electrical engineering from the ESPOL which he obtained on 22 September 2008. On 3 January 2013 Jorge Glas was reported to the police for plagiarism of his thesis. He was reported by Galo Lara, a member of the rival Patriotic Society Party. The thesis was reviewed by Genove Gneco, a professor from the Dominican Republic, who investigated the thesis and found 35% of it to be suspected plagiarism. An investigation by a commission set up by ESPOL found Glas not guilty of plagiarism. Glas however recognized that he should have cited his sources better.

Political career

Since 2007 Glas has held several political appointments in the government of Rafael Correa. He was General Manager of the now shut down Solidarity Fund between 2007 and 2009. He was also the President of the National Telecomunications Council.

Afterwards Glas was Minister of Telecommunications. He directed the joining together of Andinatel S.A. and Pacifitel S.A. into a single company,the National Corporation of Telecommunications, a corporation that he became the first chairperson of.

As Coordinating Minister of Strategic Sectors he was responsible for the building of several hydroelectric power plants the he had to borrowed money from Chinese banks to build.

Vice Presidency

Glas started his time as Vice President on 24 May 2013.

On 4 August 2017, Glas was suspended of his duties as Vice President due to corruption. He resigned from the office on 13 December 2017. He was replaced by Urban Minister María Vicuña.

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