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  • Antanas Mockus

    Antanas Mockus

    He is a Colombian mathematician, philosopher and politician. He left his post as the president of the National University of Colombia in Bogota in 1993, and later that year ran a successful campaign for mayor. He proceeded to preside over Bogota as mayor for two (non-consecutive) terms, between 1993 and 1997 and between 2001 and 2003.
    Under Mockus's leadership, Bogota saw improvements such as: water usage dropped 40%, 7000 community security groups were formed and the homicide rate fell 70%, traffic fatalities dropped by over 50%, drinking water was provided to all homes (up from 79% in 1993), and sewerage was provided to 95% of homes (up from 71%). When he asked residents to pay a voluntary extra 10% in taxes, 63,000 people did so.
    He is currently the President of Corpovisionarios, an organization that consults to cities about addressing their problems through the same policy methodology that was so successful during his terms as Mayor of Bogota.