Speakers

Amadou Saidou Ba

President, Conseil Executif des Transports Urbains de Dakar (CETUD)

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Amadou Saidou Ba has been the President of CETUD Senegal, the Organizing Authority of Public Transport in the Greater area of Dakar, since January 2016. He has spent most of his career with Exxon Mobil, where he held various management positions, such as the General Manager of Guinea Conakry, Tactics Advisor Pricing Group in Calgary, and Operations Manager for East Canada in Montreal. Prior to Exxon Mobil, he was Chief of Staff of the Senegal’s Emerging Plan implementation and Deputy Director General of APIX Senegal. Amadou Saidou Ba is an active member of the Sustainable Development Commission of UITP and has represented the Commission and the Association at COP 22 in Marrakesh with the UITP former Secretary General Alain Flausch.

Christian Benimana

Rwanda Programs Director, MASS Design Group

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Christian Benimana is the Rwanda Programs Director at MASS Design Group and Founding Director of the African Design Centre. Christian leads the implementation of the African Design Centre, a field-based apprenticeship fellowship program to train top design talent on the continent in impact-based methods. He has been involved with design/build and consultancy projects across many countries in Africa, development initiatives, operational and administration leadership, as well as with teaching at the then architecture department of the former Kigali Institute of Science and Technology (KIST). He has served as the chairman of both the Education Board of the Rwanda Institute of Architecture and the East African Institute of Architects. He was a TED speaker at the TED Global conference in Arusha in July 2017, a 2014 Aspen Ideas Festival: Spotlight Health fellow and a 2011 Global Health Corps fellow with MASS. Christian holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the College of Architecture and Urban Planning (CAUP) of Tongji University in Shanghai, China (2008), and worked with LongiLat Architecture and Research in Shanghai prior to joining MASS.

Michael Browne

Professor, University of Gothenburg

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Michael Browne is a Professor at the University of Gothenburg. His research focuses on urban logistics and he provides academic leadership in the Urban Freight Platform a University of Gothenburg and Chalmers initiative supported by the Volvo Research and Educational Foundations. He is committed to engaging industry and policy-makers with the research community on all aspects of urban goods transport that will impact on future city planning.

Alison Conway

Associate Professor of Civil Engineering, City College of New York

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Dr. Alison Conway is an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at the City College of New York and the Associate Director for Education at the Region 2 University Transportation Research Center (UTRC). She currently chairs the ASCE Transportation and Development Institute’s Freight and Logistics Committee and the Transportation Research Board’s Freight Data Committee.Her recent research focus has been in the areas of sustainable urban logistics and interactions between freight, passenger and non-motorized modes in livable communities. Dr. Conway holds Ph.D. and Master’s degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor’s of Civil Engineering from the University of Delaware.

Amy Cotter

Associate Director of Urban Programs, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy

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Amy Cotter is the Associate Director of Urban Programs at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy. She works to expand and coordinate the Lincoln Institute’s global work in metropolitan and urbanized areas, with a particular focus on its goals related to climate change, sustainability, and spatial equality. Prior to the Lincoln Institute, Amy spent thirteen years with the Metropolitan Area Planning Council in Boston. There, she was a director responsible for development and strategic implementation of MetroFuture, the growth and preservation plan for a more sustainable and equitable metropolitan region. Amy has also held positions at the Tellus Institute and ICF Consulting; obtained Master’s degrees from the University of Michigan in Environmental Policy, and Urban and Regional Planning; and received her Bachelor’s degree from Tufts University.

Laetitia Dablanc

Director of Research, French Institute of Science and Technology for Transport, Development and Networks

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Laetitia Dablanc is a Director of Research at the French Institute of Science and Technology for Transport, Development and Networks (IFSTTAR, University of Paris-Est), and a member of MetroFreight, a VREF Center of excellence in urban freight research. She is a part-time visiting professor at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. She heads the “Young Initiative” of the World Conference on Transport Research Society. Her areas of research are freight transportation, freight and the environment, urban freight and logistics, rail freight, freight transport policies, and logistics sprawl. She received a PhD in transportation planning from Ecole des Ponts-ParisTech, and a Master’s degree in city and regional planning from Cornell University. She was initially trained in policy analysis and economics at Science Po Paris.

Marc Ebuna

President and Co-Founder, Transit Matters

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Marc Ebuña is a co-founder of TransitMatters, a Boston-based non-profit group focused on working with government and community leaders, providing a high level of critical analysis to advocate for plans and policies that promote convenient, effective, and equitable transportation for everyone. Since 2009, he has grown TransitMatters into an organisation driven by strategic transit activism, uniting rail advocates and enthusiasts to call for system improvements. He has served as President of the Board since its formal incorporation in 2015. In 2016, he was an Emerging Leaders in Transportation Fellow at the NYU Rudin Center for Transportation Policy and Management.

Fernando de Mello Franco

Former Secretary of Urban Development of Sao Paulo

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Fernando de Mello Franco was the former Secretary of Urban Development of Sao Paulo City in Brazil from 2013 to 2016. During his time, he was responsible for coordinating the city’s regulatory framework revision of urban policy, which set TOD strategies as one of the main axes. Fernando is an architect and urbanist, and currently the Director of the Institute of Urbanism and Studies for the Metropolis (URBEM), a Brazilian NGO focused on structuring urban projects with social impact. He is also a consultant and researcher for several local and international institutions, including ITDP, UN Habitat, World Bank, Lincoln Institute and CIPPEC. He has a PhD in Environmental Urban Structures from the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Aimée Gauthier

Chief Program Officer, ITDP

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Aimée Gauthier has been working at ITDP since 2003. Currently, she manages global projects, communications, and monitoring and evaluation. She began working on Sub-Saharan Africa transport projects in Ghana, Senegal, South Africa, and Tanzania. In that capacity, she worked on non-motorized transportation, developing private sector small bicycle businesses and examining the intersection between health care service delivery and transport. She also worked on promotion of bus rapid transit projects in Accra and Dakar, as well as BRT planning in Dar es Salaam and Johannesburg. Aimée holds a Master’s degree in Urban Planning from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor and has dual Bachelor’s degrees in Anthropology and Political & Social Thought from the University of Virginia.

Genevieve Giuliano

Director of the METRANS, California State University Long Beach Transportation Center

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Genevieve Giuliano is Margaret and John Ferraro Chair in Effective Local Government in the Sol Price School of Public Policy, University of Southern California, and Director of the METRANS joint USC and California State University Long Beach Transportation Center. Her research areas include relationships between land use and transportation, transportation policy analysis, travel behavior, and information technology applications in transportation. She has conducted extensive research on freight policy and planning and published over 170 papers. Professor Giuliano is a past Chair of the Executive Committee of the Transportation Research Board, and of the Council of University Transportation Centers. She has received numerous distinguished scholarship and service awards.  She was a member of the National Freight Advisory Committee, and currently serves on the California Freight Efficiency Group.

Simon Kalolo

Program Manager, Amend

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Simon Kalolo a Senior Programme Officer for Amend in Dar es Salaam, an NGO that develops, implements and evaluates evidence-based programmes to reduce the incidence of road traffic injury in Africa. Simon is involved in overseeing overall implementation of Amend’s road safety programmes in Africa. His work focuses on detailed field research into the causes of motorcycle crashes on rural roads in Africa, and assessing child pedestrian safety around urban schools. He currently manages implementation of such infrastructure improvements, road safety education and advocates for Safe and Sustainable Schools in ten countries in southern, eastern and western Africa.

Eva Kail

Executive Group for Construction and Technology, City of Vienna

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Eva Kail have been working for the City of Vienna since 1986, and is currently the Gender Planning Expert for the Executive Group for Construction and Technology-Competence Centre Overall Urban Planning, Smart City Strategy, Participation, and Gender Planning. She was the first Head of the Women´s Office (1991-1998) and built up and run the Co-Ordination Office for Planning and Construction Geared to the Requirements of Daily Life and the Specific Needs of Women (1998-2009).  She coordinated about 60 Pilot Projects in the fields of Housing, Mobility, Public Space, Urban Development and Social Infrastructure .She is one of the leading experts for Gender Planning in Europe. Eva studied Urban and Regional Planning at the Technical University of Vienna.

Solomon Kidane

Head of Addis Ababa City Road and Transport Bureau

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Dr. Solomon Kidane is the Head of Addis Ababa City Road and Transport Bureau. He is currently responsible for the overall planning, development and management of the road and transport system of Addis Ababa City. His background is in Intelligent Transportation Systems, and his PhD focused on the use of control systems (ITS) for sustainable mobility where he designed control schemes for the minimization of travel time, emissions, fuel consumption, and dispersion of emissions.

Jacqueline Klopp

Associate Research Scholar, Center for Sustainable Urban Development in Columbia University

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Jacqueline Klopp is an Associate Research Scholar at the Center for Sustainable Urban Development at Columbia University. Her research focuses at the intersection of sustainable land use, democratization, violence, displacement and corruption. Klopp is the author of articles for Africa Today, African Studies Review, African Studies, Canadian Journal of African Studies, Comparative Politics, Forced Migration Review, Urban Forum, World Policy Review among others. She is also a founder and Board member of the Internal Displacement Policy and Advocacy Center based in Nakuru, Kenya. Klopp received her B.A. from Harvard University in Physics and her Ph.D. in Political Science from McGill University.

Michael Kodransky

Director of Global and U.S. Initiatives, ITDP

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Michael Kodransky is Director of Global and U.S. Initiatives at ITDP. He created and heads the MOBILIZE program and as part of that role is Chair of the Sustainable Transport Award (STA) committee. He leads ITDP’s work in the U.S. and created a training series for transit agency board members. Additionally, he led an international team working on a USAID technical assistance project in Kiev, Ukraine as part of ITDP’s programmatic activities in Central-Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) region. Michael also oversaw the Our Cities Ourselves urban visioning program on transit-oriented development with stakeholders in Brazil and India. Since joining ITDP in 2008, Michael has overseen projects in parking management, bus transit, shared mobility concepts, land use regulations, spatial planning, street design and urban freight. Michael holds a master’s degree in urban planning from New York University and a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University. 

Ronald Lwakatare

CEO, Dar Rapid Transit Agency (DART)

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Engineer Ronald Muberwa Lwakatare is the CEO of the Dar Rapid Transit Agency (DART), Dar es Salaam’s first bus rapid transit system. Ronald is a civil servant with 25 years working experience in the government of Tanzania. From 1993 to 2016, he worked in various positions in the Ministry of Works, including serving as the Deputy Manager (CEO) of the Roads Fund Board. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering and Master’s degree in Highway Engineering both from the University of Dar es Salaam.

Winnie V. Mitullah

Associate Research Professor of Development Studies, University of Nairobi

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Winnie V. Mitullah is Associate Research Professor of Development Studies based at the Institute for Development Studies, University of Nairobi. Her background is in political science and public administration specializing on local governance. Her special focus is in institutional framework, including policies, regulations, and stakeholders that inform provision and management of urban services. Her most recent publications in transport are: journal article on “Mainstreaming Non-Motorised Transport (NMT) in Policy & Planning in Nairobi”, two co-authored chapters in the book “Paratransit in African Cities: Operations, Regulations and Reform,” and an edited forthcoming book on “Non-Motorised Transport Integration into Urban Transport Planning in Africa,” due for publication by Routledge in 2017. She is a member of several boards including the Sustainable Low Carbon Transport (SLoCaT), and the Eastern Africa region director for Afrobarometer Surveys. Mitullah has a Bachelor’s and Master’s in Government from the University of Nairobi, and a PhD from the University of York, United Kingdom. 

Rehana Moosajee

Former Councillor in the City of Johannesburg

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Rehana was a Councillor in the City of Johannesburg between 2000 and 2013 and is currently the founder of Rehana Moosajee Consulting. She served on the Mayoral Committee in the City of Johannesburg during the period 2006 – 2013. Under her stewardship, Johannesburg introduced Africa’s first Bus Rapid Transit System – Rea Vaya. Rehana holds a Bachelor of Arts in Education from the University of the Witwatersrand.

Thomas O’Brien

Executive Director of the Center for International Trade and Transportation of California State University

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Thomas O’Brien is the Executive Director of the Center for International Trade and Transportation (CITT) at California State University, Long Beach and the Associate Director of Long Beach Programs for the METRANS Transportation Center, a partnership between CSULB and the University of Southern California. His teaching and research focus on logistics, supply chain management, and goods movement policy. He currently serves as the Chair of the Southern California Regional Transit Training Consortium and on the boards of the National Transit Institute, Council of University Transportation Centers, Los Angeles Transportation Club, Southern CA Roundtable of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals, Harbor Association of Industry and Commerce,  and the Foreign Trade Association. He is both an Eno and Eisenhower Transportation Fellow and a member of the Transportation Research Board’s Intermodal Freight Transport Committee and Intermodal Freight Terminal Design and Operations Committee, and also serves as the director of the FHWA Southwest Regional Surface Transportation Workforce Center (SWTWC). Dr. O’Brien has a Master’s degree in Urban Planning and Development and a Ph.D. in Policy, Planning, and Development from the University of Southern California.

Olajide H. Oduyoye

Head of Transport Safety and Traffic Management, Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (LAMATA)

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Olajide is the Head of Transport Safety and Traffic Management of Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (LAMATA). He is a Nigerian Transport Management professional with special expertise in Traffic Management and Road Safety. His current role focuses on safety components in all of LAMATA’s infrastructure development, traffic flow improvements, and accident reduction. He was introduced to LAMATA during his time as a consultant for the World Bank in 2005, when the agency was first formed. From 1990 to 2005, he was a traffic engineer and Principal for road maintenance in the Highways and Engineering at the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham. Olajide is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT). He earned a Master of Science in Airport Planning Design and Management at the Loughborough University of Technology in Leicestershire, and received a Bachelor’s in Transport Management from the University of Greenwich and London University.

Bright Oywaya

Executive Director, ASIRT Kenya

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Bright Oywaya is the Executive Director of the Association for Safe International Road Travel (ASIRT-Kenya), a not-for profit organization that promotes road safety through education, awareness creation and advocacy. Bright has been actively advocating for issues related to road transport and safety since 1997 when she was involved in a road crash, causing her to use a wheelchair. She has advocated for transport issues both at national and global levels, including the inclusion of transport and safety in the Sustainable Development Goals. She is also a counseling psychologist and ex-banker, and serves in various organizations, such as a board member of the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) and International Road Victims Partnership, and as a Trustee for the Association for the Physically Disabled of Kenya.

Benjamin de la Pena

Deputy Director for Policy, Planning, Mobility and Right of Way, City of Seattle Department of Transportation

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Benjamin de la Pena serves as the Seattle Department of Transportation’s Deputy Director for Policy, Planning, Mobility and Right of Way. He works on urban issues that cover public life, engagement, technology, sustainable transportation and informal systems. He spent nearly a decade in philanthropy supporting pioneering work such as WalkScore, TransitScore, DigitalMatatus, CityCamp, TransportationCamp, the BRT Standard, the Informal City Dialogues, Code for America and Gehl Institute. He has a Master’s in Urban Planning from Harvard University and Bachelor’s in Communication (Journalism) from the University of the Philippines.

Stacy Thompson

Executive Director, LiveableStreets

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Stacy is the Executive Director of LivableStreets, overseeing all programs including Vision Zero, Better Buses, and the Emerald Network, and ensuring overall programmatic and operational excellence for the organization. Stacy works towards improving many challenges facing Metro Boston, including increasing access to jobs and affordable housing, improving safety and public health outcomes, and building climate resiliency. Prior to Liveable Streets, she served as the Director of Events & Sponsorship at Ceres, a sustainability nonprofit organization, where she developed the strategic focus, content, and communications for major events. She also worked for the Office for Peace and Justice at the Archdiocese of Chicago where she collaborated with community partners to organize educational forums and supported a broad array of social justice initiatives. She has a Master of Arts in Social Justice from Loyola University and a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Education from Saint Vincent College.

Geetam Tiwari

Department Chair of Transport Planning at the Transportation Research and Injury Prevention Programme and Department of Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi

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Geetam Tiwari is the MoUD Chair Professor for Transport Planning at the Transportation Research and Injury Prevention Programme and Department of Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi. Geetam’s work focuses on traffic and transport planning for pedestrians, bicycles, and bus systems. She has been the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Injury Control and Safety Promotion since 2009. She has been an Adlerbretska guest professor for sustainable urban transport at the Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden from 2007-2010. Geetam has a Bachelor’s in Architecture from the University of Roorkee and a Master’s in Urban Planning and Policy and Ph.D. in Transport Planning and Policy, from the University of Illinois, Chicago. In 2012, she received a Doctor of Technology honoris causa from Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden.

Carolina Tohá

Former Mayor of Santiago

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Carolina Tohá currently presides over the Fundación Instituto Ciudad (City Institute Foundation), of which Carolina is the founding member, a recently formed civil society organisation dedicated to the promotion of urban policies centred on people and emphasizing equality and sustainability. From 2012 to 2016, she served as the Mayor of Santiago, Chile. During her term, she actively encouraged policies in favour of a sustainable transit system, prioritizing public transport, pedestrian and cycling schemes. These policies, together with a series of other interventions like the Central Plan, the cycle path network and the publicly accessible bicycles, led to the Sustainable Comprehensive Mobility Policy which won the 2017 Sustainable Transport Award 2017. Tohá also acted as Co-Chair of the High Level Advisor Group on Sustainable Transport, convened by the ex-United Nations General Secretary, Ban Ki-moon. Before becoming mayor, she worked as Minister of the Government’s General Secretary under the first Michelle Bachelet’s government (2009), as a Member of Parliament from 2002 to 2009, as Government’s General Under-Secretary during the Ricardo Lagos government (2000-2001), and as President of the Partido por la Democracia (PPD) from 2010 to 2012. She has a Bachelor’s from Milan’s Universita delgi Studi and a Law degree from the University of Chile.

Christo Venter

Associate Professor, Center for Transport Development, University of Pretoria

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Dr. Christo Venter is an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Pretoria in Pretoria, South Africa. His research is generally focused on the intersection of transport policy, public transport deployment, and planning processes within the challenging environment of developing countries. He is a registered professional engineer and a member of the South African Institution of Civil Engineering, a past member of the TRB’s Committee on Accessible Transport and Mobility, and a serving member on several editorial and research advisory panels.

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