CPI Experts

CPI Experts

Eduardo López Moreno, Ph.D.

Head, Research and Capacity Development

Eduardo López Moreno is the Director of Research and Capacity Development at UN-Habitat. He has over 20 years of academic and professional experience in housing and urban development policies, institutional analysis and urban poverty alleviation issues. He has an extensive number of publications: five books on topics related to social housing, land policies and urban development. Dr. López Moreno is the Task Manager and principal author of UN-Habitat State of World Cities Report, the flagship publication of the Agency.

Robert P. Ndugwa, Ph.D.

Head, Global Urban Observatory Unit

Robert P. Ndugwa is currently the Officer in charge of the Global Urban Observatory Unit in the Research and Capacity Development Branch at the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) in Nairobi, Kenya. He is primarily responsible for the UN-Habitat’s global urban monitoring and reporting on SDGs and also doubles as the chief statistician for UN-Habitat.  Prior to joining UN-Habitat, Robert worked with UNICEF as head of Research, Evaluation and Statistics in Kenya Country Office; London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine-UK; University of Heidelberg-Germany; African Population and Health Research Center, Kenya, and Makerere University Kampala.  

Robert holds a PhD in Epidemiology and Biostatistics.  His research interests include: slum estimations; city prosperity measurements ; urbanization and health systems dynamics; urban inequalities and marginalization; urban spatial analysis and mapping; mobile technologies for data collection in urban and remote areas; urban demographic surveillance systems; urbanization and adolescents transitions.  He has contributed to several book chapters and peer-review articles in Journals such as:  Journal of Urban Health; Lancet , International Journal of Epidemiology; Journal of Child Health; Malaria Journal; Studies in Family Planning; Bulletin of World Health Organization , etc.

Regina Orvañanos Murguía

CPI Task Manager

Regina Orvañanos Murguía is the coordinator of the City Prosperity Initiative at UN-Habitat. She is an architect and MSc. in International Cooperation and Urban Development with work experience in Kenya, Switzerland, Venezuela and Mexico in the fields of global urban monitoring, inequality, spatial planning, sustainable urban mobility and public space rehabilitation. Previous to the UN-Habitat she has been engaged with United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR), as well as on non-profit organizations for the advocacy of policies for more sustainable cities.

Giulia Lavagna

CPI Project Associate

Giulia Lavagna is an Architect and Urban Planner, working as Project Associate for the City Prosperity Initiative. Her work at the UN-Habitat’s Research and Capacity Development Branch includes substantive, methodological and technical activities related to the global initiative. She closely collaborates with the UN-Habitat Regional Offices to inform and support cities and countries implementing the initiative. She has international experience in inclusive urban planning, evidence-based decision-making and urban policy definition.

Giulia is also a doctoral candidate in Public and Urban Policy at the New School University in New York. She holds MA in Architecture from Politecnico di Milano, Italy and a MA in International Cooperation from the Universitat Internacional de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain. Her current research focuses on building methods for city performance assessment through innovative data solutions combined with a social and spatial city analysis. Her interests include: urban inequalities and marginalization; city prosperity measurements; urbanization and urban density; urban spatial analysis and planning; evidence-based urban policy-making.

Antony Abilla

CPI Data Analyst/Statician

Antony Abilla is a statistician and Data analyst with the Global Urban Observatory Unit of the UN-Habitat. He is responsible for the computation and verification of CPI indicators data for the cities participating in the initiative as well as offering technical support with regards to the collection, compilation and computation of the indicators in the proper CPI methodology. He has a master’s in Economic Policy from the University of Nairobi and Bachelor’s degree from the same University.