January 15-16, 2015World Bank Headquarters, Preston Auditorium

Transforming Transportation convenes leading transport and urban development experts to discuss the latest global trends, experiences, and best practices in sustainable transport.

Transforming Transportation (#TTDC15) is the annual conference co-organized by EMBARQ, the sustainable urban transport arm of the World Resources Institute's (WRIWRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities and the World Bank

This year’s conference will focus on Smart Cities for Shared Prosperity, and will examine how smart, connected urban mobility can improve quality of life in cities. Through panels, presentations and networking opportunities, discussions at Transforming Transportation 2015 will address how the upcoming United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) impact urban transport, with an emphasis on data and technology, governance and international financial flows.


8am – 9am

Registration and Welcome Coffee


Welcome Address from Mr. Pierre Guislain, Senior Director, Transport and ICT, World Bank, and Dr. Andrew Steer, President and CEO, World Resources Institute

9:30am – 10am

The New Climate Economy: Keynote Presentation by Felipe Calderón, former President of Mexico, current Chair of the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate

Plenary: Two Big Opportunities to Grow Smarter and More Inclusive Cities

10am – 11:15am

Panel 1A: Smart Cities for a Global Sustainable Development Agenda

11:15am – 11:45am

Coffee Break

11:45am – 1pm

Panel 1B: Advancing Climate Action through Sustainable Mobility

1pm – 2pm

Lunch *

2pm – 3:30pm

Breakout Sessions:

        Country Focus: India – New Urban Mobility Mission

        The Role of Technology in Fostering Sustainable Mobility and Inclusive Growth

        Reducing Energy Consumption in Transport: Behavior vs. Technology (A Debate)
        Innovations in Urban Development for Smart Cities: PechaKucha Presentations

3:30pm – 4pm

Coffee Break

4pm – 5:15pm

Halfway Through the Decade of Action on Road Safety: Time to Speed Up!

5:15pm – 5:45pm

Lee Schipper Scholarship: Young Leaders in Sustainable Transport

5:45pm – 7pm

Cocktail Reception 



8am – 9am

Registration and Welcome Coffee

9am – 10:30am

Keynote Session: Urban Connectivity and its Impact for Business

10:30am – 11am

Coffee Break

11am – 12:30am

Breakout Sessions:

        Effective Urban Transport Policymaking and Implementation

        New Tools to Finance Sustainable Urban Transport: Land Value Capture and Climate Finance

        Region Focus: Sustainable Transport in Africa

        Competitive Cities: Improving Urban Logistics Networks

12:30pm – 2pm

Lunch *

2pm – 3:30pm

Breakout Sessions:

        Collecting and Using Data for Sustainable Mobility

        Towards Strong Institutions: The View of Practitioners

        Country Focus: China – Strategies for Low-Carbon Transport Development

        Innovations in Mobility for Smart Cities: PechaKucha Presentations

3:30pm – 4pm

Coffee Break

4pm – 5pm

Call to Action: Boosting Shared Prosperity through Cities

5pm – 5:30pm 

Closing Remarks from Jose Luis Irigoyen, Director, Transport, Water, and ICT, World Bank, and Holger Dalkmann, Director, EMBARQ

* Please note that lunch will not be provided for conference attendees. We invite you to bring a lunch or purchase a lunch at the World Bank café or one of the many food options in the area. Comments or questions? Contact



January 15-16, 2015