Mauricio Rodas served as the Mayor of Quito, Ecuador until 2019. He was the hosting mayor of the UN Habitat III Conference in 2016, and acted as world Co-President of the United Cities and Local Governments Organization (UCLG), and a member of the boards of the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy, C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, and the International Council for Local Environmental (ICLEI). He is a Young Global Leader and former member of the Future Global Council of Cities and Urbanization of the World Economic Forum. In 2019, he received the Urban Leadership Award from Penn, and was named one of the world’s 100 most influential people on climate change by Apolitical. He is a Senior Fellow of the Adrienne Arsht-Rockefeller Foundation Resilience Center and a Distinguished Fellow on Global Cities at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. He holds a J.D. from Universidad Católica de Quito and Master’s degrees in government administration and political science from Penn.
Expertise: Climate Change, Democracy, Populism, & Domestic Politics, Latin America, Urbanization