Pablo Vaggione is an urban development specialist with 20 years of experience. He brings together skills along the full urban project cycle, including strategic spatial planning, a sound understanding of key drivers for project feasibility, stakeholder management, fit-for-purpose institutional design, and programme evaluation. Along with technical proficiency, he has demonstrated effective management skills heading the UN-Habitat office for Mexico and Cuba, where in his first year in charge he was able to increase the portfolio by 500% while significantly improving productivity indicators.
Prior to this he had been engaged in a portfolio of consultancies for key actors in the urban sector, including the Asian Development Bank, CAF, Inter-American Development Bank, and the World Bank Group, in project leadership roles on the field as well as on research, facilitation, training and evaluation. He conducted the Independent Evaluation of the World Bank’s Multi-Donor Trust Fund on Sustainable Urban Development and the Mid-Term Review of the City Development Initiative for Asia.
He is the author of UN-HABITAT’s Urban Planning for City Leaders, a guide for emerging cities intending to fill the gap between the technical and the policy aspects of urban planning, one of the most consulted UN-HABITAT publications worldwide. He has advised SECO in project formulation in Vietnam, the Ministry of Construction of Vietnam on National Urban Policies, Singapore’s Center for Livable Cities in urban governance, and the Economist Intelligence Unit in the preparation of the Green City Index comparing 54 cities in Africa, Asia and Latin America. He was the lead consultant to the bid of the city of Madrid that received the World Leadership Award in 2007 in the urban renewal category. He served as Secretary General and Chair of the Scientific Committee of the International Society of City and Regional Planners (ISOCARP).
To these skills he adds familiarity with the property development cycle and in establishing partnerships with the private sector. He has advised international investment consortiums in emerging markets, as well as leading infrastructure and energy companies, including Siemens AG and Engie (formerly GDF Suez). He served in the Urban Land Institute’s Content Advisory Group. In 2004 he founded Design Convergence Urbanism, a collaborative platform of independent experts which has provided technical assistance to cities in Brazil, China, Laos, Mexico, Mozambique and Vietnam. Earlier in his career he was an Associate at Gensler, where he worked in the London office in assignments for leading property developers and Fortune 500 corporations.He holds a Master’s Degree from Harvard University.