Eugene Zapata-Garesché is Managing Director for Latin America, overseeing 100RC’s work with cities in Latin America and the Caribbean. Before joining 100RC, Eugene was International Advisor to the Mayor of Mexico City. In this capacity he headed the AL-LAs project, a Europe-Latin America network of cities working to professionalize their international affairs. He was also Latin American Regional Director for the World Fund for City Development (FMDV in French) as well as North American Secretary of METROPOLIS, the world association of the largest cities.
His has extensive experience in city to city cooperation, decentralization and local government capacity building. He has authored dozens of books and articles and lectured on the topic of the international affairs of cities and mayors. He has also worked in a wide range of international assignments as a private consultant for institutions like the European Commission, the World Bank, UCLG, UNESCO, UNITAR, UN-Habitat, among others.
Eugene studied International Relations in the National Autonomous University of Mexico, a Masters Degree in European Integration in the London School of Economics and Political Science and a Masters Degree in International Development and Cooperation at the University of Paris, La Sorbonne.
In 2013, he was chosen by CAF, the Latin American Development Bank, as one of the 30 Future Leaders in the region. In 2015, the French Republic granted Eugene Zapata the title of Knight of the National Order of Merit, in recognition to his outstanding career in building bridges across nations.
Eugene was born in Mexico City, has lived in Chicago, London, Paris, New York, India and Sri Lanka. He is fluent in English, French and Spanish and is passionate about a world without frontiers.