Juan Manuel Restrepo Cadavid

Juan Manuel Restrepo Cadavid

Founder of Low Carbon City

2017 Climate Fellow

Low Carbon City is a citizen-led global platform building collective solutions to tackle climate change in cities. Low Carbon City educates citizens using creative, participatory, and artistic tools to enhance climate friendly lifestyles. Low Carbon City connect citizens with experts and champions to exchange knowledge and we implement solutions with local communities creating tools for advocacy and building EcoDistricts. Through citizen empowerment and mobilization, Low Carbon City’s goal is to foster Low Carbon Districts with sustainable modes of transport (walking, cycling and public transport), zero-waste solutions, local markets with climate friendly products and services, community-driven urban gardening and breathable green public spaces.


Juan is co-founder and co-director of Low Carbon City, a citizen-led global platform building collective solutions to tackle climate change in cities. He is convinced of the power of citizens to make changes in society and has been actively involved in the social sector for more than ten years creating projects involved in urban sustainability, education advocacy and social entrepreneurship. He has a masters degree in Governing the Large Metropolis from SciencesPo, France and a masters in Management from the NEOMA Business School, France. As of 2017, he is a PhD candidate in Politics and Public Administration in the University of Hong Kong. His research interests lie on the areas of collective governance, scaling-up social innovation, and urban sustainability. He has published articles for the Stanford Social Innovation Review and Policy & Politics.