Mario Raimondi is the co-founder of El Desafío Foundation, situated in Rosario, Argentina. El Desafío focuses on youth development and citizen participation through art, urban planning, social innovation, sports and creativity. Mario has been changing cities for the better for more than 15 years now.
A highlight of his work is the Ciudades Felices festival, taking place annually in El Rosario: It connects citizens, organizations, students, professionals and governments to create Happy Cities for everyone. 2019, the Jóvenes Líderes Programme (a partner programme of the Urban Future Young Leaders Programme) took place during Ciudades Felices for the first time.