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Transforming Transportation 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has created unprecedented challenges for the global transport sector and the people who rely on it. Across the globe, rethinking mobility is now a priority to build back better, with safer, more resilient and efficient transport systems for all.

Transforming Transportation 2021 will bring together world leaders in sustainable mobility from the public, private, academic and civil society spheres to discuss the path forward.

Join us over three days of virtual events featuring high-level policymakers and cutting-edge thinkers to explore solutions for countries and cities around the world – from reimagining public transport to reducing emissions, safer micromobility, the new reality of freight, electric vehicles, and more.

Want to enjoy the full Transforming Transportation experience? Register free of charge to access follow all sessions, access exclusive content, and network with other attendees.

Check out the agenda and website of Transforming Transportation 2021.
See the list of speakers.

February 3-4: 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM ET
February 5: 8:30 AM to 1:00 PM ET

Watch a replay of Transforming Transportation 2021 by Day 1, Day 2, Day 3.


  • Keynote: Andrew Steer, President and Chief Executive Officer, World Resources Institute

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    Panel Discussion

    • Makhtar Diop, Vice President for Infrastructure, World Bank
    • Stientje Van Veldhoven, Minister for the Environment/Chair of the Transport Decarbonization Alliance, the Netherlands
    • Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr, Mayor of Freetown, Sierra Leone
    • Kailash Gahlot, Transport Minister, Delhi, India

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  • Keynote: Mamta Murthi, Vice President for Human Development, World Bank

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    Panel Discussion

    • George Njao, Director General, National Transport and Safety Authority, Kenya
    • G. Prakash, Commissioner, Greater Chennai Corporation, India
    • James Woodcock, Principal Research Associate, University of Cambridge
    • Etienne Krug, Director, Department for Management of Noncommunicable Diseases, Disability, Violence and Injury Prevention, World Health Organization

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    • Tasha Keeney, Analyst, ARK Invest
    • David Sarley, Senior Program Officer, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
    • Tom Plümmer, Chief Executive Officer, Wingcopter
    • Temie Giwa-Tubosun, Chief Executive Officer, LifeBank
    • Esther Kunda, Director General for Innovation and Emerging Technologies, Ministry of Information Communication Technology and Innovation, Rwanda

    Moderator: Catalina Ochoa, Senior Urban Transport Specialist, World Bank

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    • Panel Discussion

      • Ekrem İmamoğlu, Mayor of Istanbul, Turkey
      • Eneas Comiche, Mayor of Maputo, Mozambique
      • Bruno Covas, Mayor of São Paulo, Brazil
      • Claudia López, Mayor of Bogotá, Colombia
      • Erion Veliaj, Mayor of Tirana, Albania
      • Qingsheng Liu, Executive Vice Mayor of Shenzhen, China

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    • Keynote: Stephanie von Friedeburg, Chief Operating Officer/Interim Managing Director, International Finance Corporation

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      Panel Discussion

      • Fang Liu, Secretary General, International Civil Aviation Organization
      • Carlos Mier y Terán, Director of Transport and Acting Chief Executive Officer, National Infrastructure Fund, Mexico Florent Menegaux, Chief Executive Officer, Michelin
      • Julian Ware, Head of Major Projects Funding, Transport for London/Chair of Transport Economics Committee, International Association of Public Transport
      • Francisco Iglesias, Chief Executive Officer, ALSA Group

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      • Anitha Bhatia, Assistant Secretary-General for Resource Management, Sustainability and Partnerships, and Deputy Executive Director, UN Women
      • Sinem Dedetaş, General Manager, City Lines Istanbul, Turkey
      • Sonal Shah, Founder, The Urban Catalysts, India
      • Heather Allen, Independent Gender and Transport Consultant
      • Nato Kurshitashvili, Gender Specialist, Transport Global Practice, World Bank

      Moderator: Franz Drees-Gross, Regional Infrastructure Director, World Bank

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      • Ramon Munoz-Raskin, Senior Transport Specialist, World Bank
      • Awardee - Abisai Konstantinus, Chief Executive Officer, Ndatara
      • Awardee - Fariba Siddiq, Doctoral Student, Department of Urban Planning, UCLA
      • Awardee - Jungwoo Chun, Doctoral Student, Department of Urban Studies & Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
      • Holger Dalkmann, Chief Executive Officer/Founder of Sustain 2030, Co-Founder of Lee Schipper Scholarship

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      • Ralph Buehler, Professor, Virginia Tech’s Research Center
      • Amanda Ngabirano, Acting Chairperson, National Physical Planning Board, Uganda
      • Mai Thị Liên Hương, Director General, Technical Infrastructure Department, Ministry of Construction, Vietnam
      • Lilian Tilburgs, Economic Consultant, Decisio
      • Jill Warren, Chief Executive Officer, European Cyclists' Federation

      Moderator: Claudia Adriazola-Steil, Deputy Director, Urban Mobility/Director, Health & Road Safety, WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities

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    • Panel Discussion

      • Alan McKinnon, Professor of Logistics, KuehneLogistics University
      • Luc Arnouts, Vice President, International Relations and Networks, Port of Antwerp
      • Margi Van Gogh, Head of Supply Chain & Transport, World Economic Forum
      • Lance Kaneshiro, Chief Information Officer, Port of Los Angeles
      • FedEx Representative (TBC)

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    • Panel Discussion

      • Carlton Reid, Journalist
      • François Bausch, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Mobility and Public Works, Luxembourg
      • Claudia Dobles Camargo, First Lady, Costa Rica
      • Dagmawit Moges, Minister of Transport, Ethiopia
      • Jürgen Zattler, Deputy Director General for Multilateral and European Policy, Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, Germany

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    • Fireside Chat

      • Pablo Fajnzylber, Acting Global Director, Transport Global Practice, World Bank
      • Ani Dasgupta, Global Director, WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities

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    The Event has concluded


    David R. Malpass, President of the World Bank Group

    President, World Bank Group

    Makhtar Diop, Managing Director, IFC

    Managing Director, IFC

    President and CEO of the World Resources Institute

    Stephanie von Friedeburg, Senior Vice President, Operations, IFC

    Senior Vice President, Operations, IFC

    Mamta Murthi, Vice President, Human Development, World Bank

    Vice President, Human Development, World Bank

    Minister of Transport, Ethiopia

    First Lady of the Republic of Costa Rica

    Mayor of Istanbul, Turkey

    Mayor of Bogotá, Colombia

    Mayor of Freetown, Sierra Leone

    Mayor of São Paulo, Brazil

    Chief Executive Officer, Michelin


    International Journalist

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