Marco Kamiya

Marco Kamiya is Senior Economist, ai, Knowledge & Innovation Branch, UN-HABITAT.


Based at Global Headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, he leads operational and normative work on urban planning, economy, finance, and innovation.  Marco has worked in more than 20 countries advising central governments and city leaders. The Sustainable Development Goals and the New Urban Agenda are the main frameworks for UN-Habitat activities. 


He has co-edited “Economic Foundations for Sustainable Urbanization” (UN-Habitat & Morphologie Institute Paris), “Finance for City Leaders Handbook” (UN-Habitat & University College London), and co-authored the World Cities Report 2016 (UN-Habitat), The Future of Asian and Pacific Cities Report 2020 (UNESCAP, UN-Habitat, UNDP) among other flagship publications. Marco is a member of the United Nations Economic Network, UNEN; and of the International Society of Cities and Regional Planners, ISOCARP.


Previously, he occupied senior positions, leading teams on private sector development, infrastructure finance, competitiveness, integrated loan operations, technical cooperation and policy advisory activities at CAF Development Bank of Latin America (Caracas, Venezuela), the Interamerican Development Bank (Washington DC), and was director of projects with development banks at PADECO Co., Ltd., a development consulting firm (Tokyo, Japan).  He studied International Development at Harvard University.