Alejandra Mortarini – Senior Research Affiliate



MUP (Harvard), MBA (Universidad Austral), Architecture (Universidad de Belgrano)

Alejandra Mortarini has been involved in urban land policy and the planning arena for over fifteen years, specializing in fostering sustainable cities through strategic planning and capacity building. She emphasizes economic development, social inclusion and climate change adaptation through the application of adaptive technologies and urban land policies. Currently, she is leading a study on the impacts of climate change on informal settlements in Cartagena, Colombia and Condega, Nicaragua and their land policy implications.

At the Institute for International Urban Development, Alejandra has worked as a senior planner in nine South African townships developing strategies and sustainable urban plans, and designing impact projects within a participatory framework to foster social integration, economic development and environmental health in the Municipalities of Emfuleni, Ladysmith, and Lesedi. She was also senior planner in the development of Urbanization Strategies and Urban Development Plans for the Municipality of Arusha, Tanzania as well as in cities in Egypt, Syria and in Latin America.

Prior to her work with I2UD, she served as the Latin America and the Caribbean Program Manager at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, where she was responsible for operations and implemented more than 100 programs. Additionally, her experience includes project management in India at Sasaki Associates and community task-force facilitation (HUD-COPC Grant) at the University of Massachusetts.

Alejandra has worked in sponsored projects and collaboration with multilateral organizations and foundations, cities and non-for-profit organizations.

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