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Transforming Transportation 2019

"How can we turn new technologies into an opportunity to make transport greener, safer, more inclusive and efficient?"

Electric vehicles, shared mobility platforms, and autonomous cars… the transport sector is rife with innovation. New technologies and business models are quickly transforming the way we move, both in developed and developing countries.



About the Presenters

Kristalina Georgieva, Interim World Bank Group President and World Bank Chief Executive Officer

As Interim President, Georgieva drives the World Bank Group’s efforts to end extreme poverty by 2030 and to boost shared prosperity around the world. As CEO for the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the International Development Association since January 2017, she has built support across the international community to mobilize resources for poor and middle-income countries and to create better opportunities for the world’s most vulnerable people.


Previously Georgieva, a Bulgarian national, helped shape the agenda of the European Union starting in 2010, first as Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, where she managed one of the world's largest humanitarian aid budgets and established herself as a global champion for resilience. As the European Commission Vice President for Budget and Human Resources, Georgieva oversaw the European Union's €161 billion (US $175bn) budget and 33,000 staff across its institutions around the world, and tripled funding available to the refugee crisis in Europe.


Georgieva has built a reputation as a gender equality champion, humanitarian, and leader in the global fight against climate change. As co-chair of the Global Commission on Adaptation, she is working alongside Ban Ki-Moon and Bill Gates to bring the issue of climate change adaptation on equal footing with mitigation on the policy agenda. At the World Bank and the European Commission, she has driven progress on gender balance, pushing toward a target of 40 percent women in management by 2019 at the European Commission, and achieving parity in senior management at the World Bank. And as co-chair of the United Nations Secretary-General's High-Level Panel on Humanitarian Financing, she secured the adoption of a much more effective system to meet the needs of record numbers of vulnerable people.


Before joining the European Commission, Georgieva had a successful tenure the World Bank, starting in 1993 as an Environmental Economist, and eventually becoming Director for Environment and Social Development for the East Asia and Pacific Region and then Director in charge of environmental strategy, policies and lending. In 2004, Georgieva was made Director for the Russian Federation, based in Moscow. From 2007 to 2008, she was Director for Sustainable Development in charge of policy and lending operations in infrastructure, urban development, agriculture, environment and social development, including support to fragile and conflict-affected countries. In this role she oversaw around 60% of lending operations of the World Bank Group. From 2008-2010, she was Vice President and Corporate Secretary, serving as the interlocutor between the World Bank Group’s senior management, its Board of Directors, and its shareholder countries. In the wake of the 2008 international financial crisis, she played a key role in the World Bank's governance reform and accompanying capital increase.


Deeply knowledgeable on international development and finance, Georgieva is broadly recognized for her ability to build broad consensus and turn strategies into practice. She has more than 100 publications on environmental and economic policy topics, including a textbook on microeconomics.


Kristalina Georgieva was born in Sofia, Bulgaria, in 1953. She holds a Ph.D in Economic Science and a M.A. in Political Economy and Sociology from the University of National and World Economy, Sofia, where she was an Associate Professor between 1977 and 1991.

Guillermo Dietrich, Minister of Interior and Transport, Argentina

Guillermo Dietrich is an Argentine economist and politician, currently the Minister of Transport of Argentina appointed by President Mauricio Macri. He was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina of German descent. He received a degree in Economics from the Pontifical Catholic University of Argentina in 1993 with a postgraduate degree in Negotiation and a MBA Magna Cum Laude from the IAE Business School of Austral University. He led the Dietrich Company, an automotive retailer founded by his father, Guillermo Dietrich Sr. in 1964. undertook various businesses related to the automotive industry and technology. He is founder and leader of G25 along with Esteban Bullrich, of the Republican Proposal (PRO) created in 2008 and is a member of the board of directors of Fundación Pensar belonging to PRO. In 2009 he was named head of Transport and Transit, where he developed the Metrobús system of lanes for collectives suspected and investigated for surcharges. In 2015, he was appointed as the head the Ministry of the Interior and Transport.

Claudia Dobles Camargo, First Lady of the Republic of Costa Rica

The daughter of a Mexican mother and a Costa Rican father, Claudia Dobles represents thousands of Costa Rican women, workers, wives, mothers and daughters. Women who know that their contribution is fundamental for the construction of a better society. In the case of the First Lady, her contribution is in the construction of said society, given that she has 14 years of experience in design, project management and urban planning. During her career she has been dedicated to the development of large-scale projects (nationally and internationally), while always promoting sustainability and resilience in each of them.

Makhtar Diop, Vice President, Infrastructure, World Bank

Makhtar Diop is the World Bank’s Vice President for Infrastructure since July 1st, 2018. The Infrastructure Vice Presidency comprises Energy & Extractives, Transport, Digital Development, Infrastructure Finance and Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs). In this global role, Makhtar Diop leads efforts to develop sustainable solutions and help close the infrastructure gap in developing and emerging economies.


Prior to this appointment, Mr. Diop served for six years as the World Bank’s Vice President for the Africa Region, where he oversaw the delivery of a record-breaking $70 billion to Sub-Saharan Africa to help tackle development challenges such as increasing access to affordable and sustainable energy; boosting women’s and youth’s economic empowerment; and promoting an enabling environment for more innovation and technology adoption. A passionate advocate for Africa’s right to clean and affordable sources of electricity, he also called for greater investment in renewable energy and pushed for greater regional interconnectivity in the power and transport sectors.


Mr. Diop brings to the post a deep level of experience and understanding of complex infrastructure challenges. His prior experience includes serving as Director for Finance, Private Sector & Infrastructure in the Latin America and the Caribbean Region. From 2009 to 2012, Mr. Diop held the position of World Bank Country Director for Brazil where the World Bank helped finance major infrastructure work and was the Bank’s Country Director for Kenya, Eritrea, and Somalia.


In addition to his international organization experience, Mr. Diop, an economist by training who started his career in the banking sector before joining the IMF and later the World Bank, has extensive private sector experience. He has also held government positions, most notably the position of Minister of Economy and Finance of Senegal, where he played a key role in instituting structural reforms aimed at laying a strong foundation for Senegal’s growth in the late 1980s.


A recognized opinion leader in the economic and social development field, Makhtar Diop has been named one of the 100 most influential Africans in the world. In 2015, he received the prestigious Regents’ Lectureship Award from the University of California, Berkeley.


Mr. Diop holds degrees in economics from the Universities of Warwick and Nottingham in England.

Follow Makhtar Diop on Twitter: @Diop_WB

Souad Abderrahim, Mayor of Tunis, Tunisia

Souad Abderrahim is a Tunisian politician, and she was elected as the mayor of Tunis, Tunisia's capital, on July 3, 2018. She is a member of the Ennahda Movement, and the first woman to serve as Tunis's mayor. She is a native of Métouia. She studied at the Lycée Khaznadar in the suburbs of Tunis where she wore the veil during her years of study at the Faculty of Medicine of Monastir. She began to campaign and meet with activists such as Ajmi Lourimi, who later became a member of Ennahdha's political bureau. She was also a member of the executive Board of the Tunisian general Union of students (UGTE). She did not start overt political activity until after the 14 January 2011 revolution. She joined the Islamist party Ennahdha, following a meeting of the UGTE, over which she presided and where party leaders were present. The political bureau of Ennahdha then contacted her to bring her into the party. On 23 October 2011, she was elected to the Constituent Assembly, for Ennahdha representing of Tunis. She chairs the parliamentary Committee on Human Rights and Freedoms. In 2018, she was an Ennahdha candidate for the City Council of Tunis in the municipal elections of 2018. On 3 July, she was elected by 26 votes of the Municipality Council members, with 22 voting against. She became the first woman elected mayor of Tunis and the first Arab woman to hold such a position.

Arathi Mehrotra, Regional General Manager for JUMP US & Canada, Uber

Arathi is Uber’s Regional General Manager overseeing operations in the US & Canada for JUMP. She and her team’s focus is on bringing riders more affordable and reliable methods of transportation through the Uber platform. Arathi began her career at Uber by launching and running new markets. Since then, she has grown and managed Uber in cities across the US & Canada. Prior to Uber, Arathi held leadership positions in media, corporate development and finance. She began her career in investment banking at Deutsche Bank in NYC. She later transitioned to ImpreMedia, LLC, reporting to the CEO and playing a key role in two acquisitions as well as the launch of the company’s digital business. After business school, Arathi worked as Director, Digital Products at National Geographic where she drove monetization efforts and business strategy across products and acted as a strategic adviser to the President of Publishing & Digital Media. She holds an MBA from the Wharton School and a bachelor's degree from Georgetown University where she graduated magna cum laude. Arathi, her husband Tushar and their two children live in Washington, DC.

Questions Submitted

James Damian

- Sep 30, 2021
Innovation is an excellent way to transform infrastructure and protecting our environment.


- Sep 22, 2021

jose luis

- Jul 13, 2021
muy bueno


- Jan 20, 2021
Great course! informative and knowledgeable documents.

Joy Mildred Adhiambo

- Dec 2, 2019
Transportation revolutionized


- Oct 16, 2019

Dr. Illakkuvan

- Jun 6, 2019

Waqar Aamir

- May 23, 2019


- Apr 25, 2019
good job


- Apr 1, 2019
Transforming Transportation 2018: Realizing Sustainable Mobility for All in the Digital Era
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