Basel, Switzerland
December 12-15
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Alfonso Govela

Co-Founder and COO
Alfonso Govela, MIT & UIA, is passionately involved in Architecture, Cities and ICT. 

Holds a degree in Architecture from Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City (1974), and a Master of Architecture in Advanced Studies and Applied Computer Sciences, from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1977). He is a member of the National Academy of Architecture (1996), and the College of Architects of Mexico (1989), as well as the Official College of Architects of Madrid (2004).

His architectural work, in new buildings and historical restoration, is published in several books and magazines and has been shown in various national and international exhibitions. Main awards include the Francisco de la Maza Award for Preservation of Historical Heritage; the Gold Medal of the Third Biennial of Mexican Architecture; the First Phase of Competition for the Prado Museum in Madrid, Spain; the Rescue of the Jesuit Church in Antigua Guatemala, the Cover for the Temple of Quetzalcoatl at Teotihuacan, and the Children's Museum in Central America, Honduras, organized by the World Bank.

Deputy Director of Planning for the Federal District, part of the team responsible for the First Urban Development Plan for the City of Mexico (1980) and its first Geographic Information System (GIS) (1982), actively involved in the reconstruction of housing destroyed by the 1985 earthquakes in downtown Mexico City.

Consultant for UNESCO for the Master Plan for the Morro - Cabaña Fortifications in the City of Havana, Cuba; international consultant for the European Union in the URB-AL Program for Preservation of Heritage; co-founder of Mex-SmartCities with the support of Telmex and America Movil; UN-Habitat Consultant in charge of DigitalCivix, a global initiative to advance civic literacy, and empower citizenship in our digital era, through platforms of knowledge, ecosystems of interaction, and interfaces of governance. 

Among them: City Builder Labs to teach children and teenagers (19,000+) to build public space playing with Minecraft (Guinness World Record at Aldea Digital 2016). City Changer Labs engage youth (3,500+) to solve urban issues with mobile technology. City Maker Labs to open digital fabrication for citizens of all ages to make better cities. City Blockchain Labs to explore urban opportunities for this new technology. City Coins to capture and transact community values with Center for Citizenship, Enterprise and Governance, Northampton University, UK.

Ambassador for Urban Innovation of Metropolis, the World Association of Major Metropolises.

Speaker at many congresses and seminars. Among them Smart City Expo and World Congress.