Founder, Experimentalista / Founder and former director, Laboratorio para la Ciudad

  • Gabriella Gómez-Mont founded and directed Laboratorio para la Ciudad (2013 – 2018), the award-winning experimental and creative office of the Mexico City government, reporting to the Mayor. She headed a young, transdiciplinary team: from urban geographers, political scientists and civic tech experts, to artists, historians and philosophers. The Lab was created to tackle urban challenges, creating novel transdisciplinary methodologies and participatory practices (such as crowdsourcing the Mexico City Constitution), continuously exploring ways to find common ground in a gargantuan, diverse (and often divided) city.

She is a Yale World Fellow, MIT Director’s Fellow, a GeorgeTown University Global Cities Initiative Visiting Fellow, a TED Senior Fellow, an Institute for the Future Fellow and has received several awards in different disciplines: from 1st prize in the Audi Urban Future Award to 1st Prize in the Best Arts Practice and TED City  2.0 award , as well as recognized as a leading “creative bureaucrat” at the Creative Bureaucracy Festival 2018. Gabriella is also part of the international advisory committee for the Mayor of Seoul on Social Innovation, as well as NACTO’s Streets for Kids, The XXII Triennale of Milan, C40´s Knowledge Hub, Canada`s MaRS Lab, amongst others. She was also named one of the 100 most creative people in business by Fast Company magazine in 2018.

She is now working with several cities across the world and in the process of launching Experimentalista: a novel type of creative studio specialized in cities, public imagination and system change.

She can be found on twitter @gabriella_lab