Institute for Transport Studies (ITS)



Galo Eduardo Cardenas

Country: Ecuador

Name: Galo Cardenas


Position: Independent consultant

ITS course: MSc Sustainability in Transport (2015)

I am currently an independent transport consultant. My most recent job was to coordinate the project “Ella Se Mueve Segura” or “She Moves Safe” in English. This project investigates the conditions of women in public transport and defines a strategy to tackle sexual violence and harassment while women travel in three Latin American cities, (Quito, Ecuador, Buenos Aires, Argentina and Santiago, Chile). Both the FIA foundation and CAF-Latin American Bank support this project. I have also worked as a consultant for IADB to design the national strategy of low emission transport for Ecuador.  This consultancy was developed with the Ministry of Environment and had a nation-wide impact because of the results of the study.

My experience at ITS helped in my job and career because I could arrange a set of knowledge to promote my career with intelligence. Also the orientation that ITS encourages critical thinking and to be a good professional is very important for my career development. The technical elements and the use of software for modelling is very important to have a wide range of perspectives.

I chose my ITS course and the University of Leeds because of its reputation and the variety in courses, because you can have an engineering perspective but also you can approach social sciences and the use of qualitative techniques for studying transport and society.

My advice to prospective students interested in this course and a career in transport is to pay attention at the beginning on how to write good essays, because if you are not used to writing essays your marks will be affected. Also, try to use simple methods when writing your dissertation, but also focus your dissertation topic in the field of study that you have experience in or you enjoy.

The highlight of my career so far has been to publish many articles in books, websites, index magazines and opinion articles in newspapers nationwide. In addition to being one of the leading experts in the field of sustainable transportation in Ecuador.

My advice to ITS international students who are seeking work in the transport sector is try to identify the job market in your country, and define a clear strategy for the next three years. It means that if you have small consultancy firm you can associate with the owners or if you have big firms you can join as junior and then try to become a senior.