That was how Iñaki Azkuna described the city he was managing during the last fifteen years. The former Mayor of Bilbao was one of the few political leaders persuaded that success could be measured in terms of citizens wellbeing and not just in terms of GDP. Doctor, Mayor, global actor, a man from the Renaissance, Iñaki refurbished a declining industrial city into an inclusive city, creating a broader scope that has enhanced the citizens and the city. He died after a long illness on Friday, March 20th.
The City Mayors Foundation recognized this effort in 2012, announcing him as winner for the World Mayor2012. Bilbao´s debt was reduced during his mandate until being paid off in 2011, being an example of managing and building consensus with other political groups, including all stakeholders of the society.
Bilbao, since Iñaki took the highest position at the City Hall, has been an example of shared prosperity, becoming a place of synergies, art, and inclusive opportunities for people from all over the world
This city is very representative of a shared and inclusive city, and a mirror to look into, following in his bold steps to create a better Shared Society.