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Pedro Scarpinelli

Country: Argentina

Name: Pedro Scarpinelli

Company: Government of the City of Buenos Aires

Position: Adviser to the Under Secretariat for Sustainable Mobility

ITS Course: MSc Sustainability in Transport, 2015

I am a political scientist who graduated in 2015 with a Master's degree in Sustainable Transport from ITS. Currently, I am currently working in the City of Buenos Aires as a consultant for the Undersecretary of Sustainable and Safe Mobility.

I have previously worked on sustainable and safe transportation projects since 2011 in the entire region of Latin America and the Caribbean. Before studying at ITS, I worked in the National Road Safety Agency of Argentina, in the execution of the World Bank project to strengthen the presence of the agency with the different provinces and municipalities of the country. 

I have also worked for the Technical Secretariat of the Ibero-American Road Safety Observatory -OISEVI- supporting the transfer of technical knowledge and good practices among the 20 member countries. Here I participated in projects with the World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the CAF. 

Thanks to the ITS employer visits, I secured myself a job at the JacobĀ“s offices in Manchester. I later then moved to Washington DC to work in the Transport Department of the Inter-American Development Bank as a consultant. 

I specifically chose to study at ITS and the University of Leeds because ITS is well known around the world for the quality of transport studies and research. Moreover, The University of Leeds is in the top of the ranking.

My advice to other international students considering a course at ITS is to look for activities that take place with the staff, professors and PhDs. To join in for a cup of tea in the social space and participate in discussions with them. Those conversations are some of the most valuable experiences!

One of my favourite memories of my time at ITS was being part of a team in the Metropoly Game, which is designed to educate students in the multi modal transport options around West Yorkshire and Leeds with a point scoring system, it was both fun and educational. The other is of the international dinner night in the first semester. Firstly, because I helped Frank Lai to organize it. Secondly, because everyone cooked something typical from their country and we discovered such many yummy and spicey dishes.