CARLOS CADENA GAITAN

PROFESSOR, EAFIT UNIVERSITY (MEDELLIN) AND DIRECTOR, LA CIUDAD VERDE
@CadenaGaitan

As an affiliated researcher at the Maastricht Graduate School of Governance, Colombian-born Carlos is the co-founder of La Ciudad Verde, a Colombian activist think thank that promotes sustainable cities through citizen participation and creativity. La Ciudad Verde uses social media and art as a tool to take academic knowledge on sustainability to citizens. They have mobilized more than 100 thousand citizens in Colombia through global campaigns such as BikesForLife, which mobilized almost 200 cities in 2013. Furthermore, Carlos coordinates the World Bicycle Forum, which unites citizens, advocates, researchers, administrators, policy makers, and artists, amongst others, to think about how urban cycling can become a serious form of urban transport and help to build better “Cities for All”.