Dora de Ampuero is founder and director of the Ecuadorian Institute for Political Economy (IEEP), perhaps best known for her tireless work in helping Ecuador through the process of dollarization in the year 2000. Through her work at IEEP, she was instrumental in “training and hosting seminars for businesses and individuals to understand the change in currency.” IEEP was founded in 1991 with the stated mission of analyzing public policies and advancing the cause of liberty in Ecuador. It is privately funded through voluntary donations from individuals, companies and foundations and is a member of the Atlas Network and The Liberal Network for Latin America (RELIAL). It was awarded a Templeton Freedom Award for Institute Excellence in 2004.