Federico Cartín-Arteaga, MUP
Principal Latin America & Co-Founder
Federico is a seasoned and progressive leader with planning and management professional experience in North and Central America. His passion centres around helping organizations and communities innovate, adapt, and continuously improve to their changing environments.
Sustainable development, human-centred design, public policy and management are areas Federico has integrated into his practice.
He brings over 15 years of experience working with diverse communities and organizations from the private, public, academic and voluntary sectors. An award-winning professional, he was recognized as one of Toronto's 27 emerging leaders when selected as a DiverseCity Fellow by CivicAction GTA in 2013.
Federico is excited to lead SUM Consulting's Latin America office in his homeland: San Jose, Costa Rica. He has a bachelor's degree in Economics, a minor in Business Administration and a Master's of Urban Planning from McGill University in Montreal, Canada. He is fluent in English and Spanish and speaks Portuguese and French.
Veronique Dryden, MUP
Principal North America & Co-Founder
Veronique is an experienced and versatile professional with a wide array of planning experience in North America and Asia. She has a passion for open government, environmental design and sustainable communities.
Having worked out of Hong Kong for clients in Asia and the Middle East plus projects in Central and South America, she brings over 15 years of global experience to her clients. As a LEED Accredited Professional in Building Design and Construction (BD+C), she also has a solid background in Open Data and Open Government which make her a unique contributor to any project she is involved in.
As Principal for North America, Veronique is excited to build on her experience working in developed and developing economies to SUM Consulting's growing practice in Latin America.
She has a Master's in Urban Planning from McGill University and a Bachelor of Arts (Honors), Political Science with a Minor in Liberal Arts from Concordia University in Montréal, Canada. Veronique is fluent in both English and French.
Eddy Morataya, MDUT
Senior Associate - Urban design & mobility
Eddy is an architect and urban development professional with over 10 years of experience in Central America. He is passionate about urban regeneration and mobility.
His inquisitiveness have taken him to pursue further knowledge on areas as diverse as land tenure, urban management and design in different parts of the world. He has taken courses throughout Latin America, Asia, the US and Europe.
Eddy has a passion for sharing his knowledge and is also an adjunct profesor at Rafael Landívar University and at San Carlos de Guatemala University on Urban and Sustainable Mobility.
He has a Licenciatura degree in Architecture from Francisco Marroquín University and two Master's Degrees in Urban and Territorial Development from the San Carlos de Guatemala University and the Polytechnic University of Cataluña in Barcelona. He speaks both Spanish and English.
Rahul Nargas, M.ENG, MUP
Senior Associate, Urban design & planning
Rahul has an extensive professional background in Architecture, Urban Planning and Urban Design. He has worked over the past twelve years in different urban contexts with private and public sector clients across North America, Singapore, Middle-East and India.
His approach to urban design is based on understanding of the city as a social and built entity, where the built, through its constant iterative process of design and planning, provides opportunity to create meaningful, democratic and vibrant places. He brings to his work skills in establishing these ‘places’ and an understanding of role of infrastructure in informing a strong public realm.
Rahul started his career as an architect in India working on residential architecture projects leading to larger urban revitalization projects. He went on to pursue his Master in Urban Planning at McGill University. He has worked on large, complex, multi-layered projects which range from downtown revitalization, urban waterfront projects, urban design guidelines, urban planning policy and campus master planning. Rahul speaks English and Hindi.
Joséphine Dusapin, Lic. Arch.
Junior Associate, Research & Design
Wendy Molina, MSc. soc.
Senior Associate, Research & Sociology
Wendy is a high-level researcher and professional with solid professional experience in urban planning as well as research on regional and local affairs. Her passion centres on studying and explaining human processes in the city. With that in mind, she drafts guidelines, intervention and planning proposals for comprehensive social and urban development.
Socio-territorial diagnoses, human-centred design, urban culture and participation, as well as public policy which direct the development of the city and its inhabitants are areas that Wendy has integrated into her practice.
Wendy is a unique professional in Costa Rica, since her background in urban sociology provide her with the rare ability to read space and architecture. This, along with her ample experience in complex planning and architecture processes in the country make her a formidable asset to any project she’s involved in.
She has over 15 years of teaching and applied research experience in Schools of Architecture, Geography and Sociology working with Costa Rican urban development projects, central government agencies, private sector and community groups.
Wendy is excited to be part of SUM Consulting’s practice in Latin America, exporting her experience from Costa Rica. She has a Licenciatura and Master’s degree in Sociology. She also has several professional development courses by the Central American Centre for Demography (CELADE) and the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy. She speaks both English and Spanish.
Joséphine is a French architect who has been living in Costa Rica for over 7 years. Here academic studies in both France and Costa Rica, have allowed her to study architecture and urban planning with a multicultural and interdisciplinary lens. Her curiosity and passion for urban processes are based on the comprehension of cultural diversity, relationships among many stakeholders and the democratization of urban concepts to all groups of society.
Including population groups in all urban processes is one of her foremost priorities. This has led her to win several awards having run several planning and architecture workshops for children with both national and international organizations.
It is through this experience with children that her interest and passion for urban planning and research started: to integrate multi-scale urban projects and provide urban space for increased quality of life. The complexity and wealth of territories, the pursuit of harmony among conflicting interests, and the comprehension of the difficult political processes these entail, stimulater her to continue to grow in the field.
Joséphine has a bachelor in architecture from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Architecture de Paris-Val de Seine (Paris) and a licenciatura degree (honours) from Véritas University (San José). She is fluent in French, Spanish and English.