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Laura Ballesteros

Deputy Minister of Mobility, Mexico City, Mexico

Laura Ballesteros is a young politician and activist, with 15 years of hard work in public and private sector. She is an expert in policy and regulation in urban affairs. Former Congresswoman at Mexico's City Local Assembly (ALCDMX), she has a Bachelor in Political Science from the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (Tec de Monterrey), and had the highest GPA of her class. Also she has a Masters in Strategic Management and Innovation from the Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona (UAB), in an IUP programme. As a Congresswoman during the 2012-2015 legislative period, she built the new regulations and policies for Mexico City, such as the new Mobility Law, changing the old transportation and roads model, for a public and sustainable transport oriented one, recognising mobility as a social right, setting a new level of priority in the streets for vulnerable users, such as pedestrians, cyclists and public transport users. This new regulation also creates new specialised government capacities such as the design of pedestrian and cyclist infrastructure. As Undersecretary of Planning in the Ministry of Mobility of Mexico City, in 2015-2017 she undertook the first Regulation of Transport Digital Platforms Companies (Uber and Cabify), and together with the Ministry of Urban Development and Housing the new off street Parking Regulation that limits the spaces for car parking in new buildings. She also led a coalition to build Mexico's City Road Safety policy, adopting the Vision Zero philosophy. This led to a new traffic Regulation that decreases the speed limits on the roads, among other actions that have resulted in a reduction of 18% in road fatalities. She is deeply involved in the NGO's urban causes, and since 2014 she is an independent political actor not affiliated to any Party, with a wide national and international network.