Habitat Unit


Ari Maximiliano Rizian


Room: A 619
T: +49 (0)30 314 21908

Curriculum Vitae

Ari Rizian was born in the city of Buenos Aires, Argentina and lives since 2020 in Berlin. He holds a MSc degree in Urban and Regional Planning at the TU Berlin, as well as a MSc in Mobility Planning at the Universidad de Buenos Aires. He is part of the Habitat-Unit since 2021.

He has 15 years of working experience in the transport and mobility sector (public and private sector as well as academia), focusing on the transition to sustainable mobility. His fields of expertise are project & stakeholder management, policy advice, capacity building and international cooperation. 

Ari is currently engaged in research and implementation projects in the field of sustainable urban mobility, low-carbon logistics and digitalization with special focus on the Latin-American region and emerging economies. The region needs strong impulse in public policy and regulations to encourage the adoption of sustainable and socially inclusive mobility and transportation models. Through pilot projects (demos) and capacity building activities, local innovators and policy makers are inspired and supported to generate a positive impact in their communities.

From 2020 Ari is the representative of the City of Buenos Aires in Berlin, contributing to bilateral cooperation and exchange.

Education +

2016 - 2020
Magister (MSc) en Planificación y Movilidad Urbana, Facultad de Ingeniería – Facultad de Diseño, Arquitectura y Urbanismo, Universidad de Buenos Aires

2016 - 2020
Master of Science (MSc) Stadt- und Regionalplanung – Urbane Mobilität, Institut für Stadt- und Regionalplanung, Technische Universität Berlin

2006 – 2010
Bachelor of Science (BSc) Management, Facultad de Ciencias Económicas y Empresariales, Universidad del Salvador, Buenos Aires

Employment History+

Since 2021
Researcher Urban Mobility and International Cooperation
Technische Universität Berlin, Habitat Unit
Wuppertal Institute, Urban Living Lab Center
Urban Electric Mobility Initiative (UEMI)

2013 – 2020
Transport Consultant & Advisor
Ministerio de Transporte de la Nación Argentina
Ministerio de Producción de la Nación Argentina
Companies & Start-ups (Buenos Aires and Berlin)

2014 – 2015
International Network Coordinator - Alternative Fuels
Aspro GNC Argentina

2011 – 2013
Trade Finance Analyst – Freight Transport Finance
Volvo Argentina

2008 – 2010
Risk Management Analyst – Mobility Finance
Ford Argentina

Research Projects+

Since 2022
Urban Living Lab Center (ULLC) - UN-Habitat Collaboration Center
LATAM region team member

Since 2022
ACCESS – Accelerating Access to Low Carbon Urban Mobility Solutions through Digitalization
International Climate Initiative - BMWK
Argentina country coordinator

Since 2021
SOLUTIONSplus - Urban mobility and sustainable electrification in large urban areas in developing and emerging economies
European Union - Horizon 2020 Program
LATAM region team member

DTEE – Decarbonising Transport in Emerging Economies
International Climate Initiative - BMWK
Argentina country support

Teaching Activities +

Habitat Unit Design Studio – Urban Mobility Living Labs Buenos Aires & Kumasi (summer semester 2023, with Dr. Oliver Lah at Technische Universität Berlin)

Habitat Unit Design Studio – Urban Mobility Living Lab Hamburg & Kathmandu (summer semester 2021, with Dr. Oliver Lah at Technische Universität Berlin) 

Publications +

Rizian, A. (2020). Electric buses for Buenos Aires. The conditions for a technological transition towards sustainable mobility

Grants, Awards, and Fellowships+

Since 2020
Representative of the Buenos Aires City Government in Berlin (Voceros BA Program)

Master Thesis with distinction at Technische Universität Berlin
Master Thesis with distinction at Universidad de Buenos Aires

2016 – 2017 
DAAD scholarship from the German-Argentinian University Center (DAHZ)