The 9th annual Transforming Transportation conference will focus on big ideas to scale up sustainable transport in cities worldwide. Over two days, more than 300 global experts will reflect on past successes and ongoing challenges in sustainable transport and urban development, while exploring ways to scale up through innovation. Special attention will be given to financing from private sources, national government programs and international development agencies.

This year’s conference is organized by EMBARQ – the World Resources Institute Center for Sustainable Transport, the World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, Asian Development Bank, Institute for Transportation Development and Policy, Clean Air Initiative for Asian Cities, and the Partnership for Sustainable Low Carbon Transport.

View the full agenda online:


Thursday, January 26, 9:30–10:30 a.m.
Keynote address by Jaime Lerner, former Mayor of Curitiba and former Governor of Parana State, Brazil, on the “Future of the City: Challenges of Scaling Up Good Practices in Urban Transport.”

Thursday, January 26, 10:30-11:00 a.m.
Media availability immediately following the keynote address with Jaime Lerner; Holger Dalkmann, Director, EMBARQ; and Jose Luis Irigoyen, Sector Director of Transport, Water and ICT, World Bank.

Friday, January 27, 9:00-10:30 a.m.
Keynote address by Chris West, Director, Shell Foundation, on “Innovations in Scaling: What Lessons are Available for the Transport Sector?”

Followed by a panel discussion with Ashwin Mahesh, CEO, Mapunity; Kelly Larson, Program Manager, Bloomberg Philanthropies; and Alex Perera, Co-director, Business Engagement in Climate and Technology, World Resources Institute; moderated by Sommer Mathis, Editor, The Atlantic CITIES.

The World Bank
Preston Auditorium
1818 H Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20433

Registration required:

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For more information or to set up interviews contact:
Lauren Zelin, WRI, Senior Media Officer, (202) 729-7736,
Erica Schlaikjer, EMBARQ, Media Relations Coordinator, (202) 729-7722,