Eugene Zapata Garesche is the Rockefeller Foundation's 100 Resilient Cities program's regional director for Latin America and the Caribbean starting August 2016. He was born in Mexico City and studied international relations at the National University of Mexico, the London School of Economics and the University of Paris-Sorbonne. For over two decades he has specialized in the international relations of local governments, particularly as senior international adviser to the mayor of Mexico City, North American regional secretary of Metropolis and coordinator of the AL-LAs project.
If the 20th century belonged to nation states, then the 21st will be owned by cities. When city authorities tap into the ingenuity and know-how of citizens, remarkable ecosystems of innovation emerge. The Igarapé Institute's Robert Muggah, and Eugene Zapata-Garesché from the Rockefeller Foundation's 100 Resilient Cities program, explain more in this guest column.