Arturo Ardila-Gomez is an urban transport specialist with the World Bank in Washington, D.C. Previously, he was the director of the Transportation Studies Group at Los Andes University in Bogota. Ardila-Gomez advocates sustainable solutions for cities, such as riding public transportation, walking, or biking instead of using car-based transport. He is also involved in urban transport projects in Latin America that seek to improve the quality of public transport, to reduce the carbon footprint of urban transport, and help cities adapt to the challenges brought about by climate change. Currently he works on urban transport projects in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; several cities in Mexico; and Lima, Peru; and he provides technical support to Ecuador.
A former Fulbright scholar, Ardila-Gomez holds a doctorate degree in urban transportation planning and a master's degree in city planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is also a civil engineer and holds a master's degree in economics, both from Los Andes University in Bogota.
Ardila-Gomez has served as a researcher for the Center for Transportation Studies at MIT, for the Research Center of the School of Engineering and the Center for Economic Development Studies, both at Los Andes University, and for the SER Research Institute in Bogota. He has consulted for the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank, as well as for individual cities across Latin America. The author of several peer-reviewed articles and a book, he has appeared frequently in the Colombian media and has been interviewed by CNN.