Featured Speakers

Laura Ballesteros

Undersecretary of Planning at the Secretariat of Mobility, Mexico City

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Laura Ballesteros is the Planning Undersecretary at the Secretariat of Mobility in Mexico City’s Government, where she’s implementing the Mobility Law through specialized public policy for non-motorized mobility, road safety, and integrated transport systems. Her first act in the job was promoting the new Transit Regulation for Mexico City, built with the principles of Vision Zero, and she is currently building the Comprehensive Road Safety Program. She also promoted regulation for On-Demand Mobility Services (Uber and Cabify), making Mexico City the first city in Latin America to regulate these services. Laura has a Bachelor in Policy Science from the Technological and Superior Studies Institute (Tec de Monterrey), and a Master’s in Strategic Management and Direction of Innovation from the Autonomous University of Barcelona and the University of Carlos III in Madrid.

Shin-pei Tsay

Executive Director of Gehl Institute

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Shin-pei Tsay is the Executive Director of Gehl institute, whose mission is to transform the way cities are shaped by making people in public space an intentional driver for design, policy, and governance. Previously, Shin-pei served as deputy director at TransitCenter; founded and directed the Cities and Transportation Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; and held posts as Deputy Director of Transportation Alternatives, Chief Operating Officer of Project for Public Spaces, and ZGF Architects. Shin-pei is on the Board of In Our Backyards and Transportation Alternatives, and is a Commissioner for the New York City Public Design Commission. Shin-pei holds a MSc in Cities, Space and Society from London School of Economics and a BA with distinction from Cornell University.

Philipp Rode

Executive Director of LSE Cities

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Philipp Rode is Executive Director of LSE Cities and Associate Professorial Research Fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science. As researcher, consultant, and advisor he has been directing interdisciplinary projects comprising urban governance, transport, city planning and urban design at the LSE since 2003. His current work is on institutional structures and governance capacities of cities and on sustainable urban development, transport and mobility. He is co-directing the cities workstream of the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate and has co-led the United Nations Habitat III Policy Unit on Urban Governance. Rode is Executive Director of the Urban Age Programme and since 2005 organised Urban Age conferences in over a dozen world cities bringing together political leaders, city mayors, urban practitioners, private sector representatives and academic experts.

Manuela Lopez Menendez

Secretary of Public Works for the Transport Ministry of Argentina

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Paula Bisiau

Undersecretary of Sustainable and Safe Mobility at the Department of Transportation, Buenos Aires

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Paula Bisiau is the current Undersecretary of Sustainable and Safe Mobility at the Department of Transportation for the Buenos Aires City Government.  Previously, she served as the Director of Healthy Mobility at the Buenos Aires City Government, and was responsible for the bicycle program in the city. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and History from Paris University – La Sorbonne, and Master’s degree in Urban Economics from the Torcuato Di Tella University.

Paola Tapia Salas

Minister of Transport and Telecommunications, Chile

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Paola Tapia Salas is the Minister of Transport and Telecommunications in Chile and has worked in several roles in the ministry for 13 years. After President Michelle Bachelet’s designation, she is the first woman in Chilean history to lead the Cabinet of the Ministry of Transport and Telecommunications.  Her previous positions in the cabinet include Vice President of the Metropolitan Trains Directory, Manager at the Development Area of the Civil Aeronautic Meeting, Manager of the Legal Area of the National Audit Program, and Legislative Coordinator in Minister Andrés Gómez-Lobo’s cabinet. Paola is a professor at the Universidad de Chile and the Universidad de Talca.  She has a law degree from the Catholic University of Chile and degrees in Public Management and Public Policy from the University of Chile.

Lynn Scholl

Senior Transport Specialist at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)

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Lynn Scholl is a Senior Transport Specialist at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) in Washington DC. She has led several evaluations of the effectiveness of IDB transport investments in the areas of urban transport, climate change mitigation and adaptation, and the environment. Her most recent work includes an in-depth analysis of the impacts of BRT systems on accessibility and mobility for low-income populations in two Latin American cities; she is currently leading a study on the impacts of BRT systems on access to jobs and affordable housing. She holds a PhD degree in Public Policy from the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley and a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Sciences also from UC Berkeley.

Sofía Lopez

Executive Director of Macleta

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Sofia Lopez is the Executive Director of Macleta, a Santiago based NGO that works with women issues in cycling, mobility, and public space.  One of Macleta’s main projects is Escuela BiciMujer (Cycling School for Women), where women are taught how to ride a bike and move safely around the city.  This project has over 600 former students and recently finished its 22th cycle. Macleta has also participated in different seminars and workshops around the world, sharing her experience working on cycling cities with non-cyclists (people who want to ride bikes but do not for various reasons) and the promotion of sustainable transport for women in the context of developing cities. Lopez has a postgraduate degree in sociology and public policy and a Master’s degree in Arts & Philosophy from the University of Sydney.

Sameer Sharma

Additional Secretary (Smart Cities) at the Ministry of Urban Development, India

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Dr. Sameer Sharma is the Additional Secretary (Smart Cities) at the Ministry of Urban Development in India. Since 2015, he has played an instrumental role in designing and implementing two government flagship programs- the Smart Cities Mission and the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT). Prior to this, he has worked on the indicators and targets for the Sustainable Development Goals as the joint Secretary in the Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation.

Dr. Sharma has published over twelve research papers on topics such as Spatial Economics and Social Capital.  He wrote a book called Hourglass Management Parodigm: Pathwoy to Excellence in Leadership, and wrote several academic papers and articles.  He has also taught courses on Spatial Structures and Statistics for Urban planners to postgraduate students at University of Cincinnati, USA. Dr. Sharma has a Ph.D. in Metropolitan Development from the University of Cincinnati, USA.

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