The Urban Management (UM) Degree Program has over 400 alumni all over the world – in approximately 65 countries, on all continents. They work in local administrations, ministries, in private or semi-private planning offices, NGOs, international institutions, universities etc.
Hereinafter you can find a collection of portraits of our alumni from all over the world recounting their motivations for participating in the Urban Management Degree Program and their experience during and after finishing.
Our alumni are further connected through the UM Alumni Network, that was founded by UM alumni in spring 2012.
Having joined the UM program at TU Berlin with a Bachelor’s degree in Land Economics but with great interest in the urban sector, the program equipped me with well consolidated knowledge on urban issues such as mobility, waste management, land and housing, urban economics and water management among others. The program being only 1.5 years is so well structured that at its completion, one is well grounded to launch into an urban career. Prior to taking on this master’s program, I had four years of work experience in compulsory acquisition of land, valuations for secured lending and assessment of municipal property rates.
Since completing the program in March 2022, I joined the World Bank Group as a Consultant on a Land Administration in Uganda and most recently as an Urban Specialist. I currently support the Bank in delivering projects under its urban portfolio in the country.
"Joining the UM Program at TU Berlin gave me the skills and knowledge for my transition from architecture to the field of sustainable urban mobility. After completing my studies, I worked at the World Resources Institute (WRI) in Mexico in the field of Mobility Economics and Public Transportation Policies. During this time, I collaborated in the creation of a web tool called “Mexican Observatory of Public Transport”, as well as in the development of the Tourist Map: “Know Mexico City through the BRT Metrobus”. I coordinated the specialized assistance to the Federal Financing Program for Massive Transport (PROTRAM) and contributed to the elaboration of Methodological Guidelines for public transport authorities. I have worked on projects in Latin America, Europe and the Middle East.
Currently I work as a Technical Advisor in the sector of Urban Mobility in EUROCLIMA+ at the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ), based in Mexico City. Here I monitor the planning and execution of a pilot project of electric tricycles in San Juan Comalapa Guatemala and provide technical assistance to the Federation of Latin-American Cities, Municipalities and Associations of Local Government in the conceptual and organizational development of the Community of Practice, “Plataforma de Movilidad Urbana Sostenible en Latinoamerica”.
“Since I graduated from the UM program in Berlin, I was active as an urban practitioner in several ways: For example as a consultant in urban mobility for ́Ciudad Emergente ́ (Chile) or in the field of risk management in Honduras for ClUrb, a startup developed by two friends and former fellow students of the UM master program. Between 2017 and 2020 I was active as a researcher for the ‘National Autonomous University of Honduras’ (UNAH) and as an honorary member of a research group called ‘MODUS-UNAH’ (Mobility and Sustainable Urban Development). From 2019 to 2020 I worked as a consultant in territorial and urban planning for a local government in Honduras, and was part of a technical committee in charge of the development of a master plan for a region, that today hosts the main international airport in the country. Currently, I work as a technical adviser for the ‘Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit’ (GIZ) in Honduras, on a regional project called Circular Caribbean, whose main objective is to improve the conditions for preventing plastic waste from entering the Caribbean Sea.
The Urban Management program allowerd me to have a broader vision of what sustainable development means, about our role as technical advisors, consultants, entrepreneurs or decision-makers, plus it offered the door to a lot of good friends and networks around the world. Our main goal should always be to make the world a better place."