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Dr. Victor Santiago Pineda

Dr. Victor Santiago Pineda is a globally recognized human rights expert, published author, scholar, and philanthropist.
He is a two time presidential appointee, serving three US Administrations on issues of accessibility, inclusion and urban transformation.
The Victor Pineda Foundation / World ENABLED works to accelerate inclusive innovation with organizations and communities around the world.
He leads research and training efforts globally with cities around the world and teaches a popular class at UC Berkeley called “Building the Inclusive City”.
With partners like the UN and the World Economic Forum he helped establish and supports the Global Network for Disability Inclusive and Accessible Urban Development, the GAP-PWD Partner Constituent Group, and the Smart Cities for All Global Initiative.

He is a Senior Fellow at the Mohammed Bin Rashid School of Government in Dubai and directs the Inclusive Cities Lab at UC Berkeley. He received degrees in Political Economy and Business Administration, and a Masters in City and Regional Planning from the University of California Berkeley, and a PhD in Urban Planning from the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs.


  • Luskin School for Public Affairs at the University of California at Los Angeles, Ph.D.
  • University of California at Berkeley, MA, City and Regional Planning
  • University of California at Berkeley, BA, Political Economy
  • University of California at Berkeley, BS, Business Administration


  • US Federal Access Board, Public Member, Appointed by President Obama
  • Human Development and Capability Association
  • National Council on Disabilities, International Watch
  • Global Partnership on Disability and Development
  • Global Partnership on Children with Disabilities
  • Global Flagship on Inclusive Education
  • American Planning Association (APA)
  • American Public Health Association (APHA)
  • Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP)
  • National Science Foundation (NSF) innovative research grant recipient
  • Fulbright-Hays Fellowship
  • Thomas Jefferson Award winner
  • Tom Clausen Fellowship for Business and Policy
  • AAPD Paul G. Hearne Leadership Award

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