Speakers

Javier Tello Díaz is a presenter and political analyst. He studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Balliol College of the University of Oxford in England and has a Masters in Political Science from Columbia University in New York. He worked for the Presidency of the Republic and the Secretariat of Foreign Affairs, and for the consulting firm McKinsey & Company as well. Since February 2010, he has participated as a political analyst in several Televisa programs, including “Es la hora de opinar” and “Despierta with Loret”. He also regularly publishes articles on political and social topics in Nexos magazine.

Guillermo (Gil)) Peñalosa, MBA, PhDhc, CSP
Chair, World Urban Parks
President, Gil Penalosa & Associates
Guillermo Penalosa is passionate about cities for all people. He advises decision makers and communities on how to create vibrant cities and healthy communities for everyone regardless of age, gender and social, economic, or ethnic background. His focus is on the design and use of parks and streets as great public places, as well as sustainable mobility: walking, riding bicycles, using public transit, and new use of cars.

Guillermo is the founder and chair of the board of the internationally recognized non-profit organization 8 80 Cities, based in Canada. The organization was created and centred on a simple but powerful philosophy; if you create a great city for an 8-year-old and an 80-year-old, you will create a successful city for all people. Gil also runs his own international consulting firm – Gil Penalosa & Associates and is an accomplished keynote speaker, facilitator of strategic workshops, and advisor to decision makers and community groups.

Because of Guillermo’s unique blend of experience, pragmatism and passion, his leadership and advice are sought out by many cities and organizations. He has worked in over 300 different cities in all continents.

Guillermo has been a strong supporter and advocate for improving city parks, first making his mark in the late 1990s, when he led the transformation of Bogota’s park system as Commissioner. During his tenure, Gil successfully led the design and development of over 200 parks including Simon Bolivar, a 113-hectare park in the heart of the city. His team also initiated the “new Ciclovia”/ Open Streets – a program that sees over 1.5 million people walk, run, skate and bike along 121 kilometers of Bogotá’s city roads every Sunday, and today is internationally recognized and emulated.

Guillermo is chair of the board of World Urban Parks, the international representative body for the city parks, open space and recreation sector. He also serves as senior advisor to Vision Zero Network, Children & Nature Network, and America Walks.

Guillermo holds an MBA from UCLA’s Anderson School of Management, where he recently was selected as one of the “100 Most Inspirational Alumni” in the school’s history. He received the Queen Elizabeth II – Diamond Jubilee Medal, given by the Governor General of Canada. In 2015 Gil received a Doctorate Honoris Causa from the Faculty of Urban Planning at the prominent Swedish university, SLU. In 2017. He is certified as a Professional Speaker by the US-NSA. Guillermo was listed in Planetizen’s Top 100 Most Influential Urbanists.

Recently, Guillermo contributed chapters to three books: Enabling Cycling Cities: Ingredients for Success – CIVITAS, Europe; Facilities for Cyclists – Copenhagen, Denmark; Resilient Sustainable Cities, Melbourne, Australia.

Valeria Moy is General Director of the economic policy think-tank Mexico, ¿Cómo vamos? She is an economist graduated from the Autonomous Technological Institute of Mexico (ITAM), with a postgraduate degree from the London School of Economics. He has worked in the regulatory sector of Mexico, in the area of banking regulation and securities. Also in the private sector as treasurer in the insurance company Grupo Nacional Provincial. In the academic sector, she has taught macroeconomics courses since 2001 at the undergraduate and master’s level in the ITAM and the Interactive Museum of Economics (MIDE). She also worked as a researcher for the Business School of Harvard University. He participates as a recurrent economic analyst in television, radio and printed publications, nationally and internationally, such as CNN, The Washington Post, The Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, among others. In 2018, Forbes named her one of the 100 most powerful women in Mexico.

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