Alberto Acosta studied Energy Economics, Economic Geography, Industrial Economics and Business Administration at the University of Cologne in Germany. These studies allowed him to work as a consultant for the American Institute for Social Research ILDIS (Friedrich Ebert Foundation) and lead the project of this organization to analyze the economic situation in Ecuador. He has taught undergraduate and postgraduate courses at universities in Quito, Guayaquil and Cuenca in Ecuador, and at the Complutense University of Madrid in Spain. In 2007, he was Minister of Energy and Mines, and in 2007-2008, he was president of the Constituent Assembly of Ecuador. For the 2013 elections, Acosta ran to be president of the Plurinational Unit of the Left. Acosta has participated as a panelist in national and international conferences and is the author of numerous articles, books and publications.