The overarching theme for the 2019 Transforming Transportation Conference is ‘Will New Mobility Deliver Sustainable Transport for All?’ The conference will focus on how new technologies, data platforms and business models are integrating with current transport modes to solve old problems, from efficiency and equity to safety, and how new mobility can help address climate change. We will discuss the current and future challenges faced by countries across the world in providing sustainable mobility for everyone.

More than 1,100 participants will join the World Bank and EMBARQ, the sustainable mobility initiative of WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities, at the World Bank Headquarters in Washington, D.C., to discuss the current and future challenges faced by countries across the world in providing sustainable mobility for everyone.

SSATP will take a lead role in organizing a parallel session on "Strengthening Research Communities to Leverage Human Capital." The session will focus on how research networks and communities can support low-income countries in building capacity and strengthening Human Capital to leverage new mobility solutions. The session's main objectives, with a special focus on Africa, include:

  • Understanding the status quo and promoting transport research from academics, universities, and centers of excellence in low-income countries
  • Understanding how the network of African universities established in 2018 with support of the World Conference on Transport Research Society (WCTRS), the World Resources Institute (WRI), universities and other academics from Europe and America has become an instrumental player in building capacity in Africa's transport sector and how this model could be replicated.
  • Identifying what low and middle-income countries can do better to leverage research talent and resources within the academic community for capacity building in the region, educating the next generation of transportation professionals, and advancing the gender research agenda.

While drawing lessons from worldwide experiences and sharing information are critical for low- and middle-income countries to build from these successes, any successful solutions and approaches will have to be customized to the local environment, political economy and needs. To that end, universities and research centers should work together, in a collaborative network to build capacity and scale up the impact of transport research. As an example, African Universities, WRI, WCTRS and WB under the patronage of SSATP signed a Letter of Intent in January 2018 and a MOU in June 2018 to commit to strengthening this collaboration platform and network across Africa to promote research partnership and exchanges.

Session Moderator:

  • Ibou Diouf, Program Manager, SSATP, World Bank


  • Koffi N'Guessan, Director-General, INP Yamoussoukro, Côte d'Ivoire
  • Elleni Ashebir, Program Manager, WRI
  • Zemedkun Girma Tessema, Senior Transport Specialist, SSATP
  • Prof. Lori (Lóránt) Tavasszy, Professor in Freight and Logistics, Delft University of Technology and Chair of the Scientific Committee, WCTRS (World Conference on Transport Research Society)
  • Evelyn Blumenberg, Professor of Urban Planning, UCLA
  • Tawia Addo-Ashong, Senior Transport Specialist, SSATP
January 17, 2019 to January 18, 2019
World Bank Headquarters, Washington DC