Esteban Leon is the Chief, Risk Reduction Unit and Head – City Resilience Profiling Programme of UN-Habitat. He has a background in economics, finance, shelter/housing and settlements program design and management, capacity building, as well as building construction and reconstruction projects in post-crisis situations. He has worked in private sector (banking, microcredit and microfinance in Argentina and Bolivia), NGOs (slum upgrading, building constructions and reconstruction programmes in Bolivia and Kenya) and has been working for UN-Habitat Globally but based in Nairobi, Geneva, Panama and Barcelona.
Esteban was the UN-Habitat rep for the Humanitarian Inter-Agency Standing Committee IASC (WG, Global Shelter Cluster, Cluster Working Group on Early Recovery), former Chair of the IASC Reference Group on Meeting Humanitarian Challenges in Urban Areas (MHCUA), Chair of the Resilience Medellin Collaboration (Rockefeller Foundation, RC100, C40, World Bank, UN-ISDR), Agency focal point for the the Int. Recovery Platform. He’s also the UN-Habitat global Focal point for the UN-International Strategy for Disaster Risk Reduction. He’s developed, fundraised, initiated and managed projects on Disaster Management and Post conflict shelter/housing and settlements recovery in Angola, Mozambique, Kenya, Pakistan, Lebanon, Peru, Colombia, Georgia, Gaza, Haiti, El Salvador, Fiji &Samoa and lately Lebanon, Syria, Philippines and Ecuador while supporting UN-HABITAT in Somalia, Myanmar and Bangladesh operations. He is the Global Programme Manager of the “Making cities sustainable and resilient: Implementing the Sendai Framework for DRR 2015-2030 at the local level” joint programme EC DG DEVCO/UN-ISDR & UN-Habitat implementing the City Resilience Programme in Asuncion (Paraguay), Barcelona (Spain), Dakar (Senegal), Maputo (Mozambique), Port Vila (Vanuatu) and Yakutsk (Russia). Esteban is also de Chair of the UN-ISDR “Making Cities Resilient” Global Campaign Steering Committee.