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. He changed from academia to the World Bank in order to participate, not only in the planning, but also in the implementation of sustainable transportation policies. Ardila-Gómez advocates sustainable solutions within the reach of developing countries, such as riding public transportation, walking, or biking instead of using car-based transport.
He 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. He was a Fulbright scholar.
Ardila-Gómez has served as a researcher for the Center for Transportation Studies at MIT, the Research Center of the School of Engineering and the Center for Economic Development Studies, both at Los Andes University, and the SER Research Institute in Bogotá. He has consulted for the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank, as well as the governments of Bogotá, Cartagena, San Juan, La Paz, Ciudad de Panamá, San José de Costa Rica, Managua, Ciudad de Guatemala, San Salvador, and Tegucigalpa. He is the author of several peer-reviewed articles and a book.