Founder and Chair
Gil Penalosa is passionate about creating vibrant and healthy cities for all people. He is the founder and chair of the internationally recognized Canadian non-profit organization 8-80 Cities. He is also the first ambassador of World Urban Parks. Before immigrating to Canada, Gil was a renowned parks commissioner in Bogota. He holds an MBA from UCLA and received a PhDhc from the faculty of urban planning at the prominent University in Sweden, SLU. This year, Gil was listed in Planetizen’s Top 100 Most Influential Urbanists and recently received the World Urban Parks Annual Distinguished Individual Award in Australia.