Carolina Tohá

Former Mayor of Santiago

Carolina Tohá currently presides over the Fundación Instituto Ciudad (City Institute Foundation), of which Carolina is the founding member, a recently formed civil society organisation dedicated to the promotion of urban policies centred on people and emphasizing equality and sustainability. From 2012 to 2016, she served as the Mayor of Santiago, Chile. During her term, she actively encouraged policies in favour of a sustainable transit system, prioritizing public transport, pedestrian and cycling schemes. These policies, together with a series of other interventions like the Central Plan, the cycle path network and the publicly accessible bicycles, led to the Sustainable Comprehensive Mobility Policy which won the 2017 Sustainable Transport Award 2017. Tohá also acted as Co-Chair of the High Level Advisor Group on Sustainable Transport, convened by the ex-United Nations General Secretary, Ban Ki-moon. Before becoming mayor, she worked as Minister of the Government’s General Secretary under the first Michelle Bachelet’s government (2009), as a Member of Parliament from 2002 to 2009, as Government’s General Under-Secretary during the Ricardo Lagos government (2000-2001), and as President of the Partido por la Democracia (PPD) from 2010 to 2012. She has a Bachelor’s from Milan’s Universita delgi Studi and a Law degree from the University of Chile.