Oscar Edmundo Diaz

 

Co-Founder and President

 

Global Solutions Dynamic Plus

 

Bogota, Colombia

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Oscar Edmundo Diaz

Oscar Edmundo Diaz holds a BA in Finance and International Affairs from Externado University in Bogotá, Colombia and a Masters degree in International Affairs from Columbia University in New York City. He has over 12 years of experience working on transportation projects for both the government and the non-profit sectors. Mr. Diaz is Co-Founder & President of GSD+, a Bogotá-based management consulting firm that focuses on strategies for institutional transformation, regulation, financial sustainability, the implementation of new technologies and processes optimization.

 

Mr. Diaz has worked directly with over 30 governments in cities worldwide in the implementation of Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) systems and its integration with Non-Motorized Transport (NMT), planning of bicycle paths, Car Free Days and Car Free Sundays as well as public spaces planning and improvement. He has also conducted studies on BRT financing, mainly for Chinese cities and developed financial models for BRT projects. Mr. Diaz has managed BRT and NMT implementation projects in Mexico City, Belo Horizonte, Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, Brazil; Buenos Aires, Argentina, Asunción, Paraguay, Cartagena, Colombia and Cape Town, South Africa. He has also been involved in BRT projects in Jakarta, Indonesia, Guatemala City, Guatemala and Johannesburg, South Africa.

 

From 2001 to 2010 Mr. Diaz worked for the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP), a New York-based Non-Profit Organization. ITDP promotes environmentally sustainable and equitable transportation worldwide. From 2005 to 2007, Mr. Diaz was the Executive Director of Por el País que Queremos Foundation (PPQ), an NGO based in Bogotá, Colombia, founded by former Bogotá Mayor, Enrique Penalosa aimed to promote and advocate for better bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure, advises city governments on urban issues and hosts international delegations interested in learning first-hand about the Bogotá model. Prior to PPQ, Mr. Diaz worked with Enrique Penalosa at New York University from 2001 to 2004, advising developing country city governments in Latin America, Asia and Africa on BRT systems and NMT. Between 1998 and 2001, he worked as Special Advisor to Mayor Enrique Penalosa, developing special projects including studies on the international experience of BRT systems, car restriction schemes, bicycle paths amongst others. Mr. Diaz was responsible for the city marketing and international cooperation. He was also in charge of implementing the Stockholm Award-winning First Bogotá’s Car Free Day, which led to a successful referendum that approved an annual car free day and a total ban of private automobile use during peak hours by 2015. His work on Car Free Day projects continues, advising various cities worldwide directly, or through the Earth Car Free Day Committee, and the United Nations Car Free Days program.

Mr. Diaz has worked on the implementation of BRT systems and its integration with NMT in over 30 cities in Asia, Southeast Asia, Africa and Latin America.

Mr. Diaz was part of the Global Environmental Facility’s Science and Technology Advisory Panel (STAP) in Nairobi in 2002 and a member of the UN-HABITAT Group of Experts in Basic Public Services in Geneva in 2007.

He has given lectures on sustainable transport issues at the US Senate Committee of Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, Mexico City’s Legislative Assembly, the OECD and German Cooperation Agency–GTZ in Berlin (Germany), The CEOs for Cities Connectivity Challenge in 2010 (Chicago, USA); the 2005 Conference on Sustainable Transportation in Developing Countries in Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates); the London School of Economics urban experts–Urban Age in Mexico City; Johns Hopkins University; Tufts University; the Inter-American Development Bank; the World Bank; the World Resources Institute; the 97th conference of the Air and Waste Management Association; Interbike Convention in Las Vegas (USA); the International Forum on Urban Mobility and Advanced Transportation in Mont-Tremblant (Canada). Conferences in other cities include: Prague (Czech Republic), Budapest (Hungary); Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong (China); Amsterdam (The Netherlands); Montreal, Ottawa, Québec, Toronto (Canada); El Paso, Chicago, Philadelphia (USA).

 

 

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