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Elkin Velasquez Monsalve

Regional Director, Latin America and the Caribbean, UN-Habitat

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Mr. Elkin Velasquez Monsalve is the Regional Director of UN-Habitat in Latin America and the Caribbean. He co-leads the Regional Action Plan for the implementation of the New Urban Agenda in LAC. Elkin also has served as Leader of Regional and Metropolitan Planning Unit at Nairobi-HQ and started the flagship initiative on National Urban Policies. He was Chief of the Urban Governance Section; coordinator of the Safer Cities Programme and temporally responsible for the Gender Unit.

Elkin has wide experience in the field, particularly in Latin America, assisting national and local governments in areas like urban governance, territorial planning, urban safety and area-based public policies. He also developed research in these areas and taught at several universities.

Elkin is a national of Colombia. He studied Public Administration at the ENA (French National School of Public Administration); obtained a Ph.D. in Geography, specializing in Territorial Policy and Planning, at the University of Grenoble (France); and did graduate in Engineering at School of Mines, National University of Colombia in Medellin.