Omar has helped Happy Cities become a dynamic and internationally recognized leader in urban wellbeing consulting. In his former role as Managing principal at Happy Cities, he co-developed ground-breaking research and interventions to improve community wellbeing. He nurtured a talented interdisciplinary team of experts in urban planning, architecture and public health. He also led collaborations among senior government officials, real estate developers, academic partners and other city builders.
With a background in sustainable finance and urban design, Omar focuses on ways to ensure that new urban developments maximize public benefits and mitigate risks to society, investors and the environment. Omar is also a member of the Vancouver City Planning Commission, where he advises City Council on matters pertaining to the future of the city.
Omar currently works as Director of Government Relations & Sector Development at Vantage Point, where he connects, empowers and advocates for the non-profit sector.
Omar completed a degree in International Business from the Technological Institute of Monterrey in Mexico City and has an MA in Community Development and Social Planning from the University of British Columbia.