Juan Carlos Villa
Juan Carlos Villa is a researcher with 35 years of experience in the United States, Europe, Mexico, and other Latin American counties. Mr. Villa serves as a member of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Committee on Supply Chain Competitiveness, and he is the incoming chair of the Academy of Sciences’ Transportation Research Board (TRB) International Trade and Transportation Committee. For the past 15 years, he has been researching freight transportation, logistics, and trade for the Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) and currently is manager for Latin America at TTI’s Mexico City office. During his tenure at TTI, he has led research projects for multiple U.S. governmental institutions at the national and state level, including the U.S. Federal Highway Administration, U.S. Department of Homeland Security Centers of Excellence, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Trade and Development Agency, and state departments of transportation at the U.S.-Mexico border. At the international level, he has done research for governmental and multinational organizations, including the Commission for Environmental Cooperation, Inter-American Development Bank, North American Development Bank, Mexican Ministry of Communications and Transport, and Transport Canada. Prior to joining TTI, Mr. Villa was director general and founding partner of the Kinglsey Group in Mexico City, where he managed several multimodal cross-border trade projects, technical and financial feasibility studies for greenfield logistics centers, and intermodal terminal networks and inland ports. Mr. Villa holds an M.S. in transport studies from Cranfield University in England and a B.S. in electronics engineering from the Monterrey Institute of Technology in Mexico.