Fernando de Mello Franco

Former Secretary of Urban Development of Sao Paulo

Fernando de Mello Franco was the former Secretary of Urban Development of Sao Paulo City in Brazil from 2013 to 2016. During his time, he was responsible for coordinating the city’s regulatory framework revision of urban policy, which set TOD strategies as one of the main axes. Fernando is an architect and urbanist, and currently the Director of the Institute of Urbanism and Studies for the Metropolis (URBEM), a Brazilian NGO focused on structuring urban projects with social impact. He is also a consultant and researcher for several local and international institutions, including ITDP, UN Habitat, World Bank, Lincoln Institute and CIPPEC. He has a PhD in Environmental Urban Structures from the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil.