Gabriel is an outcome-focused practitioner and academic with extensive project management experience. For more than 30 years he has pioneered people-centred design techniques, public-private partnerships, and market land-based instruments to deliver and finance urban development projects. He holds qualifications as an Urbanist and Architect from the Universidad de Los Andes and a Masters in Urban Development Planning from the UCL London.
He is: a Project Management Professional (PMP®); an official at the Ministry of Economic Development, FNA, ICT, Metrovivienda, and the Department of Planning; a consultant, with the World Bank, IFC, USAID, OAS; and a UN-Habitat, and IDB specialist.
He has experience in the structuring, financing, and execution of urban development projects, including construction and Public Private Partnerships (PPP) in the United States, Afghanistan, Iraq, Mongolia, Serbia and Albania. He has developed strategic plans for regional and urban development, urban renewal plans, and action plans for the sustainable development of Bogotá, Port of Spain, Paramaribo, El Alto, Baghdad, Chicago and Kane County. He has worked on: legalization, neighbourhood improvement and housing programs in Bogotá, Bolivia, Honduras, the Dominican Republic, Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, Ecuador; decentralization projects and strengthening local governments in Suriname, Guyana and Ecuador; as well as a project for the conservation and protection of cultural heritage; and a project to strengthen the pre-investment cycle in Ecuador. He was also responsible for the quantification of damages, needs assessment and preparation of emergency care plans and housing reconstruction in Armero (1985), Armenia (1999) and Haiti (2009).