Jaime Vasconez is a research contractor working on the NYU Urban Expansion initiative in Latin American. Vasconez is an architect with expertise in Urban Planning. He graduated from the Central University of Ecuador (1980). Early in his career Vasconez worked at an urban planning firm in Ecuador. Later, he was an independent consultant for various cooperation agencies in Ecuador as well as municipal, regional, and national governments throughout the region. From 1998 to 2005 he was Regional Advisor for the Latin American and The Caribbean Regional Office of the Urban Management Program (UMP-LAC), part of UN-Habitat/UNDP. In this role, he provided support to over 50 cities throughout the region. More recently, he directed the International Centre for Urban Management (CIGU), a NGO based in Quito. CIGU worked with international agencies such as the World Bank, UN-Habitat, and GTZ, consulting on projects in areas such as urban planning, urban management, and local government. Vasconez has also taught at the School of Architecture in the Catholic University in Quito.