Enrique Peñalosa is a leader in the field of urban development, whose vision and proposals have significantly influenced policies throughout the world. His advisory work concentrates on sustainability, mobility, equity, public space and quality of life; and the organisational and leadership requirements to turn ideas into projects and realities. Peñalosa has advised governments and lectured governmental and academic forums in Asia, Africa, Australia, Europe, Latin America and the United States.
Enrique Peñalosa has been a consultant on Urban Vision, Strategy and Policy. He was President of the Board of the ITDP (Institute for Transportation and Development Policy) of New York over 12 years; member of the CITISCOPE Board of Directors; member of the London School of Economics ́ Cities Program Advisory Board; member of New York ́s MTA (Metropolitan Transportation Authority) Transportation Reinvention Commission; and a Scholar of the Institute of Urban Research of the University of Pennsylvania.
He was mayor of Bogotá, from 1998 until 2001. In 2015 he was reelected and currently he is Mayor of Bogotá. He was Colombian Presidency candidate in 2014. As Mayor of Bogota, in 1998, the 7 million inhabitants’ capital of Colombia, Enrique Peñalosa profoundly transformed the city, turning it from one with neither bearings, nor self-esteem or hope into an international model for improvements in quality of life, mobility, equity and sustainability. Mr. Penalosa implemented an environmentally and socially sustainable model which prioritizes public transport, public pedestrian spaces and children’s happiness: he created TransMilenio, probably the world’s best bus-based transit system which had a profound influence all over the world. And he built an extensive bike path network before London, Paris or New York had one.
Peñalosa has been awarded important international recognitions such as the Göteborg Award for Sustainable Development, one of the world’s most important environmental awards and Bogota was awarded the Golden Lion of the Venice Biennal for the work he did.
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