Closing the gap: leveraging technology for inclusive and sustainable transport systems in emerging economies

Inter-American Development Bank, World Economic Forum & Microsoft

Official Side Event

19 May
09:00 to 10:00
MPA3, Level 0

The session will cover challenges, best practices, and lessons learned in promoting inclusive and sustainable transport systems in emerging economies, by leveraging the opportunities brought by the digital revolution. Specifically, the panel discussion will cover the benefits of digital transformation to improve urban mobility, air transportation and logistics in emerging economies. High-level representatives from leading countries, cities and organizations will present their experiences, share their views on further actions needed and make a call for action to the audience. The session will convey different points of view on the topic: public sector (Ministry of Transportation), private sector (WEF, ACI, UITP) and technology company (Microsoft). It will also provide perspectives on different transportation modes and different development geographies. 


  • Larissa Amorim, Undersecretary of Sustainability, Ministry of Infrastructure, Brazil
  • Florencia Esperon, Director, Ministry of Transport, Argentina
  • Dionisio Gonzalez, Senior Adviser for Advocacy and Outreach at The International Association of Public Transport  
  • Margi Van Gogh, Head of Supply Chain and Transport Industries, World Economic Forum
  • Matthias Maedge, Director of Advocacy, International Road Union 
  • Video message from Jeremy Goldberg, Global Director of Critical Infrastructure, Microsoft
  • Video message from Michael Rossell, Senior Vice President International Relations and Corporate Secretary, Airport Council International 

Moderated by: Agustina Calatayud, Lead Transport Specialist, Inter-American Development Bank