Oscar Edmundo has devoted his career to urban transportation and planning. He is widely recognized for his work in more than 30 cities in the Americas, Asia and Africa. He has led the implementation of BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) systems and the planning and development of safe infrastructure for Non-Motorized Transport-NMT (cycling and walking). This expertise is complemented with a solid financial knowledge to structure projects in major urban areas. He is recognized as an innovative professional. He implemented the first city-wide Car Free Day in the world (Bogotá, February 2000) and developed guidelines for safe design for bicycle infrastructure, a Traffic Calming guide, and a methodology to set speed limits in urban areas.
Mr. Diaz has worked in public sector twice (1998-2000 and 2016-currently), private sector with his own consulting firm (2008-2015), as well for two non-profit organizations (2001-2010). His main role in urban transportation projects has been as project manager and has also been part of teams as business model specialist, BRT or NMT expert or financial expert, implementing projects in Mexico, Guatemala, Colombia, Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay, Dakar Senegal, Ghana, Tanzania, South Africa, India, Indonesia, China.
Oscar Edmundo currently serves as Special Advisor to the Mayor of Bogota, Colombia, Enrique Penalosa. He is part of the negotiation team for the financial sustainability of the Public Transport Integrated System (SITP), he works on the re-engineering of TransMilenio’s operations as well as the introduction of cleaner technologies for the bus renewal such as biodiesel, CNG and electric, the new bicycle infrastructure, the implementation of vision zero for Bogota and the regulation of e-scooters. He has also led a new city open protocol for Bogota’s ticketing system.
Oscar Edmundo led the Stockholm Award-winning First Bogotá’s Car Free Day, which led to a successful referendum that approved an annual car free day. He has advised several cities worldwide on Car Free Day implementation.
Mr. Diaz is currently a member of the High-Level Consultative Committee for the 3rd Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety. He was member of the first Regional NAMA discussions, Center for Clean Air Policy and World Bank Institute in 2011, member of the UNHABITAT Group of Experts in Basic Public Services in Geneva in 2007, member of the UNEP Riso Center Steering Committee Project for Latin America and part of the Global Environmental Facility’s Science and Technology Advisory Panel (STAP) in Nairobi in 2002. He has given lectures on sustainable transport in four continents, including the US Senate Committee of Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs and the Mexico City’s Legislative Assembly.
Oscar Edmundo Diaz holds has a bachelor’s degree in Finance and International Affairs from Universidad Externado de Colombia, in Bogotá, and a master’s degree in International Affairs with emphasis in Business Administration from Columbia University, in New York. Mr. Diaz has written three technical guides on road safety infrastructure, several articles on sustainable transport, op-eds and has been interviewed by several newspapers throughout the world.