Leonardo Elizalde gained a BSc in engineering geology and an MSc in geochemistry before studying as a PhD candidate in geomathematics at Kentucky University, USA. From 1977 he held a number of high profile academic and governmental positions within Ecuador in the natural resources sector until 1991. In 1992 Leonardo entered the private sector and he worked as country-manager and general manager for several mining companies including Echo Bay Mines, Corriente Resources (Ecuacorriente S.A), COMINCO, Gencor, Billiton, and BHP-Billiton. From 2006 to 2018, Leonardo was Vice-President of Corporate Affairs of Ecuacorriente S.A during which time the US$1.4 billion Mirador copper was developed. Production at Mirador, targeted at 95,000 tonnes per annum of copper, started in 2019. Leonardo was the Director of the Chamber of Mines from 2001 to 2008. He is widely published on the subject of geomathematics and the economic mineral potential of Ecuador, among other subjects. He has represented the Ecuadorian resources sector at international conferences on the subject of general economic potential as well as the topic of geomathematics.