Gabriel Sánchez Díaz – Chairman

Gabriel Sánchez Díaz holds a master’s degree in Political Science from Mexico’s National Autonomous University (acronym in Spanish: UNAM); post-graduate studies in clinical psychoanalysis; and a BA degree in sociology, from the UNAM as well.  He worked as a professor at that institution from 1981 to 2000 as well as at Iberoamericana University from 1986 to 2000, specializing in political philosophy, history of political and social ideas, contemporary theories of the state, and comparative political systems, among other specialties.

Sánchez Díaz has additionally worked as a private consultant for political scenario strategy design and building. He realized and published the Manual internacional de observación electoral (International Elections Observation Manual, on CD)—edited by the UN Development Office, Mexico’s Federal Elections Institute (acronym in Spanish: IFE) and Mexico’s Federal Electoral Tribunal (acronym in Spanish: TEPJF)—on behalf on the UN agency, in 1997. The manual was edited in English and Spanish to be used throughout the world as a guide to citizen organizations that undertake elections observations. His articles have appeared in numerous magazines and newspapers as well as in the volume entitled La identidad de la política, published by Alternativa Ciudadana 21. He was also General Director for the publication of Global Cities Covenant on Cimate. The Mexico City Pact. First Annual Report 2011.

Sánchez Díaz has been an active environmentalist for more than twenty years, which led him to start Presencia Ciudadana Mexicana—an organization dedicated to the environment and democratic culture—in 1994. As president and founder, he coordinated democratic leadership culture programs from 1994 to 2000; presidential election quick-count verifications in 1994, 2000 and 2006 as well as local elections quick-count verifications in 1997, 2000 and 2006, under the aegis of the UN Development Program’s Electoral Observations Fund. He has also directed sustainable mobility environmental programs; urban climate-change programs and programs for environmental information access (2005-2009), among others. He has served as General Secretary of the Unión de Grupos Ambientalistas (acronym in Spanish: UGAM), created in 1992, since 2003. The UGAM is the largest network of environmental groups in Mexico and brings together more than 100 affiliate organizations.

Sánchez Díaz created the Fundación Pensar. Planeta, Política, Persona in 2009, and serves as the organization’s president. In conjunction with the foundation, he oversaw organization of the World Mayors Summit on Climate Change, at which the Global Cities Covenant on Climate—commonly called the Mexico City Pact—was signed. He currently leads the Fundación Pensar’s designated activities as the pact’s International Secretariat.