SPEAKERS

Benjamin Laniado
Re-imagining the reconstruction

Benjamín has been a community leader for more than 20 years in different international organizations. He is President and founder of “CADENA”, an NGO dedicated to helping people and communities that suffer from a natural disaster. Benjamín is also president and CEO of Alta Prevención WT México S.A. of C.V. Dedicated to the application of high technology worldwide to prevent disasters and save lives.
In 2014, he was awarded by the President of Mexico with the “National Prize for Civil Protection” and with the CLARES award to the Social Leader by the Anáhuac University. In 2015, he was awarded too by the Zionist Council of Mexico with the “Teodoro Herzl Award” for his work and social activism. Postulated by the Mexican Government to assume the position of “Assistant Secretary General for Disaster Risk Reduction” at the United Nations.

Esben Kristensen
Re-imagining the reconstruction

As Associate and Architect at Gehl, Esben has worked with a broad range of clients on public space design, master planning frameworks and urban strategies. Esben is passionate about understanding and fostering high quality and inviting places, districts and cities. His work revolves around linking the Gehl toolbox of discovery, analysis and mapping with people-centered design at all scales. Esben has been responsible for numerous strategy and design projects in Europe, Latin America, North America and Australia. His work experience spans across the disciplines of urban design and strategy, building architecture and interior design.

María Dolores Franco
Re-imagining the reconstruction

Urbanist of the UNAM, Master in urban management by the University of Barcelona. Passionate about the City With more than 20 years of experience, he has collaborated in different institutions such as the Colegio de México, the PUEC UNAM, the UAM Azcapotzalco.
Since 2004 she joined the United Nations Human Settlements Program UN-HABITAT, being the youngest woman in the world to hold the position of National Coordinator, where she was responsible for the entire operation of the program in Mexico, later as Senior Technical Advisor for Latin America and the Caribbean it developed the regional platform on public spaces that has served as a reference for the global strategy.
She currently works as Lorenza’s mother, a teacher of the UNAM’s Degree in Urban Planning, a columnist, adviser, national and international lecturer; as well as President of El Colegio de Urbanistas de México A.C.

Manuel Aguilera
Re-imagining the reconstruction

Manuel Aguilera was responsible for the Popular Housing Renewal Program that supported the construction and rehabilitation of nearly 60,000 homes to the victims of the earthquake of 85. He does not consider himself a “political survivor” of that tragedy because he considers that the success of the program prevented the discredit will drag him, as it did with other public servers.
He has also been Senator of the Republic, federal deputy, Assemblyman in the Legislature of the Federal District (D.F.), Regent of Mexico City and member of the National Executive Committee of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) of which he was president in the steering committee of the F.D. twice. His experience in the field of national and international economics, has led him to give keynote lectures on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), in the main centers of higher education in the country. He is the author of more than ten books on economics, politics and history. Manuel Aguilera Gómez is presented as a critical political analyst and recognized in various discussion forums on the economy and national politics.

Homero Garza Terán
Re-imagining the reconstruction

Bachelor in Economics from the Autonomous Technological Institute of Mexico (ITAM) and Master in Public Administration from the University of Syracuse, New York. He has been an advisor to the Finance and Budget Commissions in the Chamber of Deputies of Mexico. He is currently Director of Market Development in Sociedad Hipotecaria Federal (SHF) where he is in charge of structured financing schemes, securitizations and multilateral financing.

Mónica Tapia
Re-imagining the reconstruction

Director of Ruta Cívica, an organization dedicated to forming initiatives, networks and civic leaderships for social and political transformation. Founding leader of civil society organizations such as Alternativas y Capacidades, the Citizen Coalition for Education and Synergos México, as well as co-founder of initiatives and coalitions such as # CIUDADania19s, #ObraChueca, # TúConstituyente, #Corruptour, #wikibanqueta and against Supervía. She graduated from El Colegio de México, the University of Oxford and the London School of Economics, specialist in social policy and development. Co-author of publications on State-society relations, public policies and civil society.

Héctor Zamarrón
Re-imagining the reconstruction

 He works as Deputy Editorial Director of Grupo Milenio. Coordinates the journalistic work for platforms of this editorial group. Since 2013 he is responsible for Milenio Diario and the Mexican edition of the Spanish newspaper El Mundo. Previously, between 1997 and 2006 he served as editor of the City section and of the publication of weekly depth reports Enfoque. Throughout his career he has specialized in mobility issues.
He studied a degree in Sociology at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, as well as a Master’s degree in Communication from the same university.

Arnoldo Mattus Kramer
Resilient City | Human City

Dr. Arnoldo Matus Kramer is the first General Director of the recently created Resilience Agency of Mexico City. Previously, he was the Resilience Director of the CDMX, under the position that has been promoted globally by the 100 Resilient Cities initiative. Since 2014, Arnoldo has led the design and implementation of the CDMX Resilience Strategy. His main areas of knowledge include climate change, sustainability, comprehensive risk management, mobility and air quality. Due to the multiple risks of the city, the Resilience Strategy works on various risks for the city such as droughts, earthquakes, the sustainability of water resources and the mobility system. Currently, he teaches at the Faculty of Architecture and the Postgraduate Course in Sustainability Sciences at UNAM.
He holds a Ph.D. in geography and the environment from the University of Oxford. A Master’s Degree in Renewable Energy and Environment from the University of Reading, United Kingdom; a master’s degree in Environment and Resource Management from the BTU-Cottbus, Germany; and a bachelor’s degree in Political Science with a minor in Economics and Environment from McGill University, Canada.

James von Klemperer
Resilient City | Human City

James von Klemperer is President and Design Principal at Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, where he began as a young architect in 1983. His work ranges in scale from a house to a city, and he contributes closely to these efforts from conception to completion. In addition to focusing on his own projects, he leads the community of designers within the firm in exploring shared architectural agendas and goals. As President of the firm, he leads the staff of 550 people in six offices around the world. Jamie received a Bachelor of Arts from Harvard University in 1979 and his Master of Architecture from Princeton University in 1983.

José Ignacio Lanzagorta
Resilient City | Human City

He is a social anthropologist and political scientist. His main lines of academic research are the space and urban place, the spaces of sociability of sexual diversity and the construction of urban heritage. He is currently a doctoral student at the Center for Sociological Studies of the Colegio de México, where he develops his thesis on the Zona Rosa of Mexico City. José Ignacio is a teacher in social anthropology at the Universidad Iberoamericana, developing an investigation on the Glorieta de Insurgentes as a place of dispute in gentrification contexts. As a political scientist, José Ignacio is a graduate of ITAM and has worked for ten years in consultancies, including the Group of Economists and Associates, where he has served both the public and private sectors. He is a passionate traveler, photographer, scholar and reader of Mexico City. He collaborates periodically in the magazine Nexos, Arquine, Sopitas and other media.

Laura Ballesteros
Resilient City | Human City

Activist, expert in public policies and regulation, Laura Ballesteros is a political scientist graduated from Tecnológico de Monterrey, and Master in Strategic Management and Innovation Management by the Autonomous University of Barcelona and the Carlos III University of Madrid.
As a local deputy, Laura Ballesteros promoted the Mobility Law in coordination with civil society organizations and the Head of Government, Miguel Ángel Mancera. The Law recognized mobility as a right, established the priority of the most vulnerable users of the road and led to the administrative transformation of the now Ministry of Mobility and the transversal coordination between government agencies. Subsequently, it promoted the regulation of Transport Network Companies (such as Uber and Cabify), making Mexico City the first in Latin America to regulate these new services.
Currently, Laura Ballesteros is Undersecretary of Planning in the Mobility Secretariat of Mexico City, from where she implements the Mobility Law through a specialized public policy for active mobility, road safety and integrated transportation systems. Her first act in the post was to install Vision Zero as a road safety policy, through the new Traffic Regulations and the Comprehensive Road Safety Program. These actions have led to a reduction of 18% in deaths due to traffic events, with the target of a reduction of 35% in 2018.

Laura Janka Zires
Resilient City | Human City

 He has worked since 2007 on issues related to urban development in the context of mexican cities, coordinating the Public Space Recovery Program for Mexico City, developing the first Transportation Oriented Development Manual for the Mexican context within WRI -Mexico, carrying out the pilot project of Atlas of Public Space, coordinating the Project of the General Program of Urban Development for Mexico City and the Master Plan Granadas (very high real estate investment area of ​​the country). Leading the Manual of Design Criteria for Modal Transfer Centers, and directing public works of parks, infrastructure and roads as Director of Chapultepec Forest.
At the end of 2015 she founded l-o-c-a-l, a collaborative platform, where from research, conversation, planning and action around the public space, develops spatial transformation projects and citizen and institutional strengthening in the construction of an active public life.

Xavier Treviño
Resilient City | Human City

Founding partner in Céntrico (2016), consultancy body on urban mobility. He has studies in Physics at UNAM and Urban Studies at El Colmex. He founded and directed the Mexico office of the ITDP until 2015. He focuses on the planning and design of sustainable urban mobility projects in the country, especially on streets and public spaces management and its link with land management, mobility demand and transport services. In sustainable mobility, the worst projects are those that are not implemented.

Tatiana Bilbao
Resilient City | Human City

Tatiana is the founder of the architecture firm Tatiana Bilbao S.C., with projects in China, Europe and Mexico. In the year 2000 he founded, together with the architect Fernando Romero, the Laboratory of Mexico City, which tried to promote the diffusion of contemporary culture in general through conferences, forums, exhibitions and other activities.
He studied architecture at the Universidad Iberoamericana and since the beginning of his professional career, he has distinguished himself by seeking a relationship between architecture and social uses, with the aim of developing an architecture with values ​​that care about the most vulnerable groups of the population.

Arturo Hernández
Shared responsibility & the city

 In 2005, Arturo created the concept of Supercívicos, following an incident in a car in Mexico City. Through social networks make complaints about civic failures of both citizens and police. YouTube, Facebook and Twitter are the platforms through which the Súper Cívicos disseminate lessons of civility and urbanity with wit and humor.
In the words of Hernández, “the main problem in the city is that we have no authority: they are corrupt, they do not apply the law and even they are put in double file; that’s why the Súper Cívicos try to do the job that the police do not do”.

Daniel Martínez-Valle
Shared responsibility & the city

Daniel Martínez-Valle is CEO of Kaluz. Prior to joining Kaluz, Daniel was Director of Worldwide Strategy & Planning at Cisco.
Previously he was Managing Partner at Nebli Capital Advisors, a private equity and investment advisory firm based in Spain, and CEO and founder of Aquanima, the leading provider of global supply management for large corporations in Europe and Latin America. He was also a founding partner of BBF Ventures.
He has also worked as a consultant at McKinsey & Co., and has served as Chief Economic Advisor of the Deputy Minster of Communications and Technology in Mexico and Chief-of Staff of the Deputy Minister of Finance.
Daniel holds a Masters in Business Administration degree from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, a Bachelor of Science in Economics from ITAM, and a diploma in Economics from the London School of Economics.

Darío Ramírez Salazar
Shared responsibility & the city

Bachelor in International Relations from the Universidad Iberoamericana and Master in International Public Law from the University of Amsterdam. He has been a columnist in Sin Embargo, El Universal and El Nuevo Mexicano and professor of International Journalism and International Information Analysis at the Universidad Iberoamericana. For 10 years he was Director of the Office for Mexico and Central America of Article 19. Previously, Darío was Deputy Director General of the Unit for the Promotion and Defense of Human Rights of the Ministry of the Interior. He also worked in the Office of the High Commissioner for Refugees of the United Nations (UNHCR), in El Salvador, Honduras, Cuba, Belize and Angola.

Diane Davis
Shared responsibility & the city

Diane E. Davis is the Charles Dyer Norton Professor of Regional Development and Urbanism and Chair of the Department of Urban Planning and Design at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. Before to moving to the GSD in 2011, Davis served as the head of the International Development Group in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT, where she also had a term as Associate Dean of the School of Architecture and Planning. Trained as a sociologist, Davis’s research interests include the relations between urbanization and national development, comparative urban governance, socio-spatial practice in conflict cities, and new territorial manifestations of sovereignty. Her books include Urban Leviathan: Mexico City in the Twentieth Century (Temple University Press 1994; Spanish translation 1999), Discipline and Development: Middle Classes and Prosperity in East Asia and Latin America(Cambridge University Press, 2004; named the ASA’s 2005 Best Book in Political Sociology), Irregular Armed Forces and their Role in Politics and State Formation (Cambridge University Press, 2003) and Cities and Sovereignty: Identity Conflicts in the Urban Realm(Indiana University Press, 2011).

Juan E. Pardinas
Shared responsibility & the city

Juan E. Pardinas is the General Director of the Mexican Institute for Competitiveness (IMCO in spanish).
Prior to his current position, he was a CNN correspondent in Spanish in India, the Philippines and Japan. He collaborates weekly in the newspaper Reforma.
He holds a PhD in Public Policy from the London School of Economics (LSE), a Master in Economics from the University of Sophia in Tokyo and a Bachelor in Political Science from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM in spanish).

Pepe Merino
Shared responsibility & the city

José Merino is a political scientist from CIDE, with doctoral studies from New York University, where he specialized in political economy and quantitative methodology. Since 2006 he is a professor in the department of political science of ITAM; and since 2014 professor in the master’s degree in journalism and public affairs at CIDE. Among his publications are the books El Consumidor Mexicano del Siglo XXI and Ciudadanos.mx: Twitter and political change in Mexico. He is a frequent writer in various publications, such as Nexos and Political Animal. His academic work has recently focused on the analysis of violence in Mexico and its causes. In 2013, Merino founded the company Data4, a unique company in Mexico dedicated to the generation, management, visualization and analysis of data; and in 2015 he co-founded Data Cívica, a Civil Association dedicated to the generation of technological solutions for the publication, distribution and consumption of data. In 2015, he received the INEGI award for his use of census data in journalism.

Genaro Lozano
Shared responsibility & the city

Intense user of social networks, is a political scientist, internationalist, professor and columnist. Almost vegetarian. He is a reader and a full-time citizen, as well as a photographer and urban cyclist on occasion. He is a candidate for a PhD in Political Science from The New School for Social Research, where he coordinated the Janey Program for Latin American Studies. Since August 2016, Global Forum has been running and since 2012 moderates Sin Filtro, which airs every Sunday on FOROtv. In addition, he is a professor at the Universidad Iberoamericana and a columnist at Grupo Reforma. Forbes Magazine named him one of the 10 most influential opinion leaders in Mexico in 2013 and 2015. Lecturer in national and international politics, he has given talks at Harvard University, the University of Chicago, The New School for Social Research, as well as in the main universities in Mexico and for global companies such as Merck and Pfizer. He has co-authored several books, such as Same Sex Marriage in Latin America: Promise and Resistance, Mexico’s Foreign Policy and What is United States ?, has also collaborated in media such as CNN, La Nación and Gulf News, in Dubai. He was Deputy Director of the Foreign Affairs Latin America Magazine and advisor in the General Coordination of Advisers of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He also coordinated the Citizen Monitoring and Linking Project with the Legislative Branch, in Fundar-Analysis and Research Center. Bachelor in International Relations from the Autonomous Technological Institute of Mexico, where he was also a professor, holds a Master’s degree in Political Science / American Politics from The New School for Social Research.

David Sim
Envisioning the city 2040

David Sim is Creative Director at Gehl. For more than ten years David has been focusing on Masterplanning Frameworks and urban design, collaborating with other professionals in the planning and building process, applying Jan Gehl’s theories to large-scale projects. David is also renowned as an inspiring educator and lecturer, and has taught at architecture and design schools all over the world.

Eugenio Riveroll
Envisioning the city 2040

Eugenio Riveroll is a Mexican entrepreneur of entertainment, technology and mobility. He is the co-founder and CEO of SinTráfico, a Mexican technology startup, creator of the first Big Data platform and mobility analytics for companies and governments in his country. Eugenio is a recurring lecturer in the mobility programs of the National Polytechnic Institute, in the Entrepreneur Week of the National Institute of the Entrepreneur, in the innovation programs of the Autonomous Technological Institute of Mexico (ITAM in spanish) and is a mentor and lecturer in the main acceleration programs and incubation of the country.

Jorge Macías
Envisioning the city 2040

Jorge is Director of Urban Development and Accessibility (DUA), who rejoins the CTS EMBARQ Mexico team after working as Manager of Environmental Economics in this organization from 2007 to 2013. Among his functions will be the linkage of the regulatory and economic instruments of urban design to influence the urban form and the social and economic structure to promote local economic development.
As Manager of Environmental Economics, Jorge led important projects such as the Vehicle Efficiency Standard, sustainable energy for transportation and study of the Metrobús case in Mexico City, among others.

Peter Park
Envisioning the city 2040

 He is an urban planner with more than 25 years of experience in the public and private sectors. He is internationally recognized for his leadership in the innovation of transport systems and the practice of land use planning. He is the Director and founder of Peter J. Park, LLC, a planning and design firm based in Denver, Colorado. In addition, he is Associate Associate Professor of Urban Design at the College of Architecture and Planning at the University of Colorado-Denver.
Peter’s comprehensive approach to the review of comprehensive planning, urban design and development has created clear visions for sustainable urban development, places with high-quality design and optimized permit systems.

Steven Popper
Envisioning the city 2040

Steven W. Popper is a senior economist at the RAND Corporation and a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. As associate director of the RAND Science and Technology Policy Institute (1996–2001), Popper provided research and analytic support to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and other agencies of the Executive Branch. His current work is on science and technology policy, socio-economic long-term strategy, energy, decisionmaking under uncertainty, and security planning. His research focuses on regional economic development and international economics. He has served as a consultant to the World Bank and OECD.

Valeria Moy
Envisioning the city 2040

Valeria Moy is the General Director of think-tank Mexico, ¿Cómo Vamos?, which is dedicated to developing clear and simple tools that allow evaluating the performance of the country in order to promote an accelerated and sustained economic growth.
She studied a degree in economics at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM in spanish) and has a master’s degree in administration from the London School of Economics. During her professional life she has collaborated in the public and private sectors: in the National Banking and Securities Commission; in the consultant for the Strategic Planning and Business Development Group of American Express from London, England. Later, she was Director of Treasury in the National Provincial Group. Since 2001 she has taught macroeconomics courses in undergraduate and master’s degrees. She is currently a part-time professor at ITAM.

Antonio del Valle
Connecting the dots

Chairman of the Board of Directors of Kaluz, S.A. de C.V. since September 1, 2013 (Holding company of Mexichem, S.A.B. and Elementia, S.A.), as well as Chairman of the Board of Grupo Financiero Ve por Mas, S.A. (BX +). Also Mr. Del Valle Perochena is a member of the Board of Directors of Byline Bancorp and Afianzadora Sofimex.
Mr. Del Valle Perochena has over 25 years of experience in the financial and business sector. He started in Bital Financial Group, S.A., where he held different positions within the companies of the group from 1992 to 1999, to become the Director of the following subsidiaries: General Insurance and Pensions, Bonds, Brokerage and Leasing. He later joined ING Group as Executive Vice President of Insurance and Pensions in Mexico, and later as Director of New Projects of the direct banking business of the group, ING Direct, in Madrid, Spain. Since 2003, along with his family, incorporated Kaluz and BX+, where he currently works.
Currently is a member of the Consejo Mexicano de Negocios, A.C

Gabriella Gómez Mont
Connecting the dots

Gabriella is the founder and director of the City Laboratory. She has also been a consultant for international multidisciplinary and creative projects for renowned universities, foundations and companies. He has also ventured into various artistic disciplines such as visual arts, writing and documentary film.
She is interested in exploring the potential of experimental and multidisciplinary formats: other mechanisms and creative methodologies to concretize citizenship, help to articulate communities with common interests to improve the urban experience and inject good ideas into the system.

Jose Castillo
Connecting the dots

Jose Castillo (Mexico City, 1969) is an architect from the Universidad Iberoamericana of Mexico City, with a master degree and doctorate in urban planning from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University. His architectural work and writings have been published in Mexico and abroad. He has lectured in several places, including the universities of Harvard, Tulane, Princeton and Berkeley, New Museum of New York, Storefront for Art and Architecture of the city of New York, Casa Encendida in Madrid, the Museum of Fine Arts of Houston and the Deustche Architectur Zentrum in Berlin. He is currently a professor at the Harvard GSD. He has also been a member of numerous juries and has been a fellow of CONACYT, the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard, and the National System of Art Creators of the FONCA. Since 2005, Castillo has curated several exhibitions, and is currently a member of the editorial board of Arquine, the board of LSE Cities and Urban Age and the Alfred Herrhausen Society of Deutsche Bank.
In 2002, he founded aI911 together with Saidee Springall. The firm has received several awards for its projects and contributions to the field of architecture and urban planning such as the National Housing Prize 2011, the bronze medal of the Holcim awards for Latin America 2011, the Ermeging Voices award, for the Architectural League of New York in 2012, and other prizes, among which those received by the Elena Garro Cultural Center stand out. In 2014, the team managed by al911 won the Audi Urban Future Award, in Berlin, Germany and, in 2015, the firm was recognized as the most visionary architecture firm in Mexico by Obras Magazine.

Gabriela Alarcón
Connecting the dots

 She is a consultant in urban development. She directed the area of ​​cities in the IMCO. She has participated as a counselor in the Association Alliance for Urban Regeneration, National Housing Council of SEDATU, Observatory of Non-Communicable Diseases of the Ministry of Health, Revista R of the newspaper Reforma and Mayors of Mexico, among others. She is an economist from ITAM and a Master in Public Administration from Columbia University.

María Blanca del Valle

Blanca was a member of the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee of Grupo Financiero Bital until 2002 when the del Valle family ceased being an investor.
Since 2005, she focuses in volunteering and philanthropic projects. She participated in the restructuring of Kardias AC in 2008 and since then, acts as executive vice-president. Sine 2015 she presides Fundación Kaluz, the philanthropic arm of the del Valle Perochena family.
Currently, she participates as an active member in several NGOs, Hospital and Museum boards, as well as in the Boards of Directors of several companies controlled by her family.