Arturo Ardila-Gómez is an urban transport specialist with the World Bank in Washington, D.C. Before joining the World Bank, he was the director of the Transportation Studies Group at Los Andes University in Bogotá. Ardila-Gómez 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 mitigate climate change. Currently he works mostly on urban transport projects in Perú and Mexico.
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 Bogotá.
Ardila-Gómez 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 Bogotá. He has consulted for the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank, as well as for the following cities: Bogotá, Cartagena, Medellín, Bucaramanga, Barranquilla, Puerto Rico, La Paz, Ciudad de Panamá, San José de Costa Rica, Managua, Ciudad de Guatemala, San Salvador, and Tegucigalpa. The author of several peer-reviewed articles and a book, he has appeared frequently in the Colombian media and has been interviewed by CNN.