As a regional and urban planner, Valentina Amaya Marin (1987) has focused her career on the concept of climate adaptation and landscape (water) urbanism. She has completed two Master’s programs at KU Leuven in Belgium, related to urban planning and design: Urbanism and Strategic Planning (MaUSP) and Human Settlements (MaHS). She is fascinated by large-scale projects where she uses research and innovation tools as one of the most important strategies to improve the quality of life, always thinking about environmental and social issues in a given area.
Valentina was involved in international projects in Colombia, Panama, Belgium, the United States, Vietnam, the Netherlands and Nepal. Her international experience also includes working at UN-HABITAT (United Nations Human Settlements Program) in New York. She was part of several UN humanitarian missions, including a reconstruction plan for Kathmandu in Nepal, following the 2015 earthquake.