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Catalina Díaz

Catalina Diaz works as a research associate and project manager in the research unit “Urban Economy Innovation” at the University of Stuttgart IAT, in cooperation with the Fraunhofer Institute of Industrial Engineering IAO. She holds a master degree in Integrated Urbanism and Sustainable Design from the University of Stuttgart (Germany). With a background in architecture and experience in international projects worldwide, her expertise lies in content management, definition of methodological processes, and the conceptualisation of sustainable urban development strategies.

Since 2020 she is part of the MGI Initiative that supports and provides strategies for sustainable urban development in cities in India, Mexico and Peru in order to address the rapid urban transformation of these cities. Within this project, Catalina is part of the Project Management team, first as project manager and since 2021 as Project Coordinator. Furthermore, she works as co-leader of the City Lab Saltillo within the same project. She provides special support to the achievement of Key Performance Indicators and the general coordination of the initiative.


  • 2019: M.Sc Integrated Urbanism and Sustainable Design, University of Stuttgart / Germany
    • Thesis: Dynamics of Urban Agriculture in Stuttgart. Governance models, roles and contributions in the frame of current challenges.
  • 2012: B.Sc Architecture, UTadeo / Bogotá, Colombia
    • Thesis: Urban renovation in the Central Business District in Bogotá, Colombia
  • 2021: Project Coordinator MGI Project
  • 2020: Project Manager MGI Project
  • 2019 -2018: Research Assistant in the EU Horizon 2020 Project Triangulum



Project Coordinator, Co-Leader City Lab Saltillo


University of Stuttgart IAT




The climate challenges we face as humanity require a thorough analysis and the definition of strategies that allow us to act and tackle them in the best possible way. The MGI project enables us to do precisely this in the cities of Kochi, Saltillo and Piura, with a methodology previously applied in other contexts. The project is an excellent opportunity to create a roadmap towards sustainability in the three cities collaboratively, involving local stakeholders and a specialised team to support the process. Being part of this project is an excellent opportunity to learn, collaborate, and accompany our partners to shape sustainable and resilient cities.