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Meet the Speakers
CHARLOTTE ANGERAND

Project Manager, Tous à Pied

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Charlotte Angerand, a graduate of Landscape Architecture, joined Tous à Pied’s team in 2021. As a Mobility Project Manager within the association, she is devoted to the development of pedestrian mobility in Wallonia in Belgium. She specialises in active mobility and her work consists of representing pedestrians’ interests in mobility decision-making processes, creating networks and leading citizen meetings.
DR SALIH ANSARI

Dean of Al Ghad Health Sciences College, Saudi Arabia

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Dr. Ansari is Supervisor of Postgraduate Programme for Family Medicine and an assistant professor in Family and Community Medicine and Head of Family Medicine Department and Dean of Al Ghad Health Sciences College. In physical activity, Dr Ansari is an advocate in health promotion, education and combating noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) through physical activity and walking in the Gulf States and Saudi Arabia. Dr Ansari is an author of two books about walking, and wrote and translated more than 200 articles on promoting personal health and overcoming NCDs.
FRANCISCO ALANIZ URIBE

School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape, University of Calgary

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Francisco is an Assistant Professor at the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape at the University of Calgary. He is Co-Director of the Urban Lab conducting research in sustainable urban design, liveability and the built environment, and quality of the public realm. He focuses on community-based research and often collaborates with grassroots organisations in his teaching and research. He has professional experience as a registered architect and urban designer in Mexico and has conducted research in Zurich, Switzerland where he also leads a field studies programme with University of Calgary students.
PROF LUCA BERTOLINI

Professor of Urban Planning, University of Amsterdam

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Luca Bertolini is a professor of urban planning at the University of Amsterdam. His research and teaching focus on the integration of transport and urban planning for humane, sustainable and just cities, concepts and practices to enable transformative urban and mobility change, and ways of enhancing collaboration across different academic disciplines and between academia and society.
Luca has extensively published on among more Transit Oriented Development, multimodal planning, planning for accessibility, and more recently on transitions and experiments in urban mobility and public space. His contributions have been often used in practice, as in the case of the ’node-place’ model for the integrated planning of stations and their surrounding areas.
DR TAMARA BOZOVIC

Research Fellow, Centre for Transport and Society, University of the West of England

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Dr Tamara Bozovic is a Transport Planner (EPFL 04) interested in urban systems’ retrofit supporting zero-carbon transport, equity of access, public health and liveability. Within her PhD, she examined barriers to walking in car-centric environments for disabled and non-disabled people, considering the theoretical, experiential and professional perspectives. She is now a Research Fellow with the Centre for Transport and Society (University of the West of England) where she focuses on quantitative assessment of sustainable transport initiatives.
CHARLES BROWN

Founder, Equitable Cities LLC

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Charles T. Brown, MPA, CPD, LCI is the founder and managing principal of Equitable Cities LLC – a nationally known urban planning, policy and research firm working at the intersection of transportation, health and equity. He currently serves as an adjunct professor at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey and as a senior fellow with New Urban Mobility Alliance (NUMO). He previously served as a senior researcher with the Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center (VTC) and as a 2020 fellow within the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication in Partnership with The OpEd Project. Lastly, he is the creator of the Arrested Mobility Podcast, which details the impact that over-policing, police harassment and citizen intimidation via anti-Black racism has on Black, Indigenous and other People of Color (BIPOC) in the US.
QUYEN BUI

AIP Foundation, Ho Chi Minh City

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Quyen Bui is the Monitoring and Evaluation Assistant at NGO AIP Foundation dedicated to preventing road injuries and fatalities in Asia and beyond. In her role, Quyen provides oversight and coordination for all the M&E activities related to the organisation’s road safety programmes with a transparent methodology that supports the efficient implementation and achievement of goals. Prior to joining AIP Foundation, Quyen worked as an intern at Hochiminh City Institute for Development Studies.
ROBERT BURNS

Director for Housing and Community Development, Fingal County Council

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Robert Burns is Director for Housing and Community Development with Fingal County Council, with responsibility for the management of a stock of over 6,000 social homes and the delivery of almost 5,000 new social and affordable homes in the next 5 years, under the Irish Government’s Housing for All Plan. On Community Development, Robert leads a team dedicated to supporting community and sport development for a population of over 300,000 citizens across the county.
Before joining Fingal County Council, Robert was Director for Infrastructure and Climate Change with Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, with responsibility for the management and delivery of infrastructure, public realm, active travel and climate action-related projects. He led on the Council’s mobility and public realm projects carried out in response to Covid, including the development the multi-award-winning coastal mobility route and village renewal projects in Blackrock and Dundrum.
Robert graduated as a Civil Engineer from Queens University Belfast in 1995. He has a wide interest in the fields of sustainable development, housing, transportation, community development, urban design and climate action.
CARLOS CAÑAS SANZ

Institute for Climate Change & Sustainable Development, University of Malta

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Carlos Cañas is a geographer and doctoral student, currently working as a Research Support Officer at the Institute for Climate Change and Sustainable Development and as a Teaching Assistant at the Department of Geography, at the University of Malta.
As part of his ongoing doctoral research, Carlos founded Walking Malta, a community research project that applies Citizen Science principles to walkability research and policy.
SUSAN CLARIS

Global Champion for Active Travel, ARUP

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Susan Claris is a transport planner and an anthropologist who has worked for Arup for nearly thirty years. She is Arup’s global champion for active travel and she led the report ‘Cities Alive: Towards a walking world’ and co-authored the ‘Walking for Everyone’ report with Living Streets and Sustrans. Susan is the Vice President of Living Streets. In 2019, Susan was awarded the title of Transport Planner of the Year by the Transport Planning Society based on her work raising the profile of transport planning and being a champion for diversity in the transport planning profession
RICHARD CLARKE

Policy & Evidence Manager, FIA Foundation

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Richard Clarke is Policy and Evidence Manager at the FIA Foundation, which hosts the Child Health Initiative. His work supports the Foundation’s global advocacy work around safe, clean, fair and green mobility for all, including road safety, active travel, the transition to zero emission vehicles and liveable streets. The Child Health Initiative aims to enable a safe and healthy journey to school for every child by 2030, in line with commitments made in Sustainable Development Goals and Habitat III New Urban Agenda.
CIARÁN CUFFE

Member of the European Parliament for Dublin

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Ciarán Cuffe is a member of the European Parliament for Dublin with the Green Party. He sits on the Energy and Transport Committees of the Parliament and serves as president of EUFORES, a European NGO that promotes the deployment of renewable energy sources and energy efficiency. He is an architect and planner having graduated in 2019 with a Masters in Cities from the London School of Economics. Prior to his election to the European Parliament in 2019, he served as a Dublin City Councillor, Teachta Dála (TD) for Dún Laoghaire and Minister of State with responsibility for sustainable transport and climate change.
AARON COPELAND

Founding Member, A Playful City

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Aaron has worked for 20 years in arts and community advocacy and is a founding member of Eek Arts Collective, Upstart, Upon A Tree and A Playful City. Aaron’s work has been recognised and awarded nationally as well as internationally as a founding member of Upstar and he is a keen advocate for child friendly cities as places that benefit the whole community.
PROF ADRIAN DAVIS

Professor of Transport & Health, Edinburgh Napier University

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Adrian has an international standing in the interdisciplinary field of road transport and health in which he has worked and helped to shape for over 30 years. He has devoted much of his energy to developing a better understanding as to the importance of health within transport planning and how this can be embedded in practice. After an early career in the environment sector he returned to academia to train in public health. Adrian is Professor of Transport & Health at the Transport Research Institute, Edinburgh Napier University and Senior Fellow at UWE Bristol. Adrian describes himself as a ‘boundary spanner’ between research and practitioner worlds.
OISÍN DEVILLY

Intelligent Transportation Systems, Dublin City Council

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Oisín is an Executive Intelligent Transportation Systems Officer with Dublin City Council where he has worked for the past five years on traffic signals. In this role he has responsibility for day-to-day traffic signal operations in Dublin Central and has worked on projects including Luas Cross City, the Interim Liffey Cycle Route & Traffic-Free Capel Street. He studied Civil Engineering in Trinity College Dublin where he attained a Bachelors and Master’s degree in Civil Engineering. He has previously presented on a variety of topics at The Transportation Research Board Conference, The European Transport Conference and Velocity.
ANDRÉ DE WIT

Mobility Advisor, Urban Development Department Rotterdam

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André de Wit is currently working as an Mobility Advisor at the Urban Development Department and has been working for the Municipality of Rotterdam since 2007. He has a background in traffic safety and a degree in health policies. Between 2014 and 2020 he was an advisor to the city centre of Rotterdam and wrote the Road Safety Plan 2015-2018.
Since the beginning of 2020, he has been part of the integral team Rotterdam Loopt. Within that programme he focuses mainly on programme renewal and innovation, evidence-based policymaking and is participating in national initiatives such as the Platform Ruimte voor Lopen and the City Deal. In 2021 he received an award from the Dutch CVS conference on urban planning for a paper on the walking monitor he developed together with Witteveen & Bos.
STEPHEN EDWARDS

Chief Executive, Living Streets

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Stephen Edwards is Chief Executive, Living Streets. He joined Living Streets in December 2018 as Director of Policy and Communications, having spent 18 years advising charities, companies and trade associations on their public relations and communications strategies. In 2021 he stepped up to the Chief Executive role of the everyday walking charity. He has a wealth of education experience as Chair of Governors in a North London Primary School and has been a trustee of a number of small charities.
PROF ISABEL ESCOBAR

Professor, Universidad de Especialidades Espíritu Santo, Ecuador

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Isabel is an architect graduate from Universidad Católica de Santiago de Guayaquil. She also has an MSc in Sustainable Urbanism from the University Duisburg-Essen, Germany. She has worked on projects related to sustainable urban mobility with an emphasis on walkability and active mobility for various municipalities and universities. Currently, she works as professor and researcher at the Faculty of Architecture of the Universidad de Especialidades Espíritu Santo (UEES) in Guayaquil, Ecuador.
RONA GIBB

Senior Manager, Paths for All, Scotland

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Rona is a Senior Manager looking after the Community Paths, Policy and Communication teams at Paths for All. She has had a successful 32-year career from Countryside Ranger to Tutor and Access Manager within the public and third sectors in Scotland. She was seconded to the Scottish Government for 14 months in 2013 to help develop the National Walking Strategy (NWS) and facilitates the NWS Delivery Forum. She has also worked with the British Council in Brazil developing community-based interpretive projects. Throughout Rona’s working life the focus has been on getting people outside, active and enjoying their environment
ALEXANDRA GOMES

Research Fellow, LSE Cities

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Alexandra is a Research Fellow at LSE Cities, where she is responsible for coordinating the Centre’s spatial analysis across a range of projects. Her work is multidisciplinary, engaging with a range of areas within urban studies. Her current research focuses on socio-spatial comparative analysis, urban policy, urban inequalities, urban health, sustainable mobility, public space, and visual communication. She has experience leading and coordinating research projects across different scales of analysis and within different geographies, from Europe to the Middle East, Asia, and Africa.
DR ANDREA GORRINI

Head of Research, Transform Transport

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Dr. Andrea Gorrini currently acts as Head of Research of the Systematica’s research foundation – Transform Transport. He is an environmental psychologist with experience in human behaviour in transport systems, pedestrian crowd dynamics and walkability. He oversees research and development activities related to the identification, collection and exploitation of different mobility data sources
ODDRUN HAGEN

Institute of Transport Economics Oslo

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Oddrun Helen Hagen is a Master of Science in Physical Planning, a Research Planner and PhD Candidate within sustainable urban development and mobility at Institute of Transport Economics, Oslo in Norway. Before moving to research she worked for 13 years in planning practice with design of streets and urban spaces, and land use and transport planning. In her research she focuses on both the physical dimension of cities and neighbourhoods, people’s use and perception of their cities as well as planning processes. She has investigated the effects and consequences of changes in transport systems, including changes in Oslo towards a more car-free and walkable city centre, as well as walkable and bikeable neighbourhoods, urban regeneration projects and multi-modal travel and transfer.
ROGER HEALY

Kingston Coalition for Active Transportation Canada

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Roger Healey is Chair of Kingston Coalition for Active Transportation (KCAT) in Kingston, Canada. Since 2008, KCAT has been working with the City of Kingston municipal government to make active transportation (AT) the most convenient, safe, comfortable and affordable form of transportation. Progress has been slow but steady. Recently, KCAT has focused on encouraging youth to walk or cycle to school in hopes that a new generation of citizens will learn to make AT an essential part of their lifestyle.
SIOBHÁN HAMILTON

Transport for Ireland Smarter Travel Programme

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Siobhán leads the national TFI Smarter Travel Programme working with over 200 of the largest employers in Ireland to implement active and sustainable travel plans for staff and students. A  central element of the programme is behaviour change interventions such as the annual walking and  cycling challenges. Siobhán has over 20 years experience in Ireland and the United States working with multinationals, public sector and start-up organisations. Her focus is in the areas of behaviour  change, active commuting and marketing & communications. Siobhán holds an MBA from the  Sawyer Business School at Suffolk University in Boston and is a graduate of the Marketing Institute of  Ireland.
NEASA HOURIGAN

Green Party TD for Dublin Central

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Neasa Hourigan is the Green Party TD for Dublin Central. Neasa is the Green Party Finance & Health Spokesperson. She has a professional background as a specialist in creating sustainable communities and was a university lecturer in environmental development and design.
(Daughter Edith) Edith Toomey is 10 years old and lives in Cabra, just near to the Grangegorman campus. She goes to her local school and likes to spend time with her mam, dad, and her younger brother and sister. Edith was born with a form of congenital retinal dystrophy and has dyspraxia. She has been a white cane user from the age of three. Edith has been very vocal in explaining to people in Dublin what life is like for some one with visual impairment on the streets of inner city Dublin. Edith loves technology and uses both a tablet for fun and a polaris in school.
ULRIKE JEHLE

Researcher, Technical University of Munich

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Ulrike Jehle is a researcher at Technical University of Munich (TUM) and is Chair of Urban Structure and Transport Planning. She has a Master’s in Environmental Engineering and is currently doing her PhD on the topic of walking accessibility. As well as working at TUM, she is co-founder of the software startup Plan4Better, which develops an accessibility instrument that helps planners in implementing the 15-minute city concept.
ZHU KANKANG

Senior Planner, Active Mobility Group, Singapore

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Kankang is a Senior Planner with Active Mobility Group, LTA, from Singapore with a background in urban planning and civil engineering. Kankang has led various initiatives within LTA on projects of planning studies and research, development of planning policy and infrastructure design, promotion of digitalisation and data/GIS analytics for pedestrians, cyclists and other active mobility users. More broadly, Kankang is interested in understanding how land use and mobility can be integrated for greater liveability through data-driven and people-centric planning and design.
CORINE KIBORA

Prevention Specialist, Pedibus Switzerland

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Corine Kibora is a prevention specialist with 20 years of experience in the fields of health promotion and addiction prevention. She worked for Addiction Switzerland (NGO) and the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health. Since 2021, she has been in charge of the Pedibus campaign in Switzerland, promoting walking to school.
MARIANNE KNAPSKOG

Planner, Norwegian Institute of Transport Economics

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Marianne Knapskog is a MSc with a major in geography and has worked as an urban planner with experience from both research and practice as a municipal planner. Currently she works at the Norwegian Institute of Transport Economics (TØI) with Sustainable Urban Development and Mobility. At TØI her research projects encompass planning and decision-making processes, land use policies and practices and walkability. She is especially interested in planning processes, location policies, accessibility and how planning is materialised through agreements, regulations and practices.
KAREN LABAREE

Project Manager, WalkRollMap.org

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Karen is a Project Manager at WalkRollMap.org, a new research project that gathers crowd-sourced reports of micro barriers to walkable environments. She has a wealth of project management and research experience examining the built environment, health and active transportation. No stranger to community engagement and crowd-sourced data, she has been the Executive Director of BikeMaps.org since 2016. Karen is affiliated with the Geography Department at the University of Victoria and the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University.
NIELS LINHART

Voetgangersbeweging (Pedestrian Movement), Belgium

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Niels Linhart works for the Voetgangersbeweging (Pedestrian Movement), an NGO that focuses on sustainable mobility and placemaking. Niels carries out various duties across many different projects and is the primary graphic designer in the team. In the case of the project Force, Niels helps cities and local governments during the planning phase and with the infrastructure of installing a park. Niels studied English Literature at Antwerp University and design and St. Lucas School of Arts. He has a professional background in advertising with a focus on sustainable brands.
DR MADELEINE LYES

Chair, Limerick Pedestrian Network

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Dr. Madeleine Lyes is Chair of the Limerick Pedestrian Network (LPN) working to make Limerick better for, and because of, everyday walking. LPN advocates for pedestrians across the county and aims to develop awareness of pedestrian needs and solutions, to foster links with other community and active travel groups, and to be a source of information around best-practice pedestrian infrastructure and amenities in Limerick. Madeleine is also Community Engagement Officer with Space Engagers, a research and co-design collective working to make Irish towns and cities more sustainable.
DR ÚNA MAY

Chief Executive Officer, Sport Ireland

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Dr. Úna May is the Chief Executive Officer of Sport Ireland, the authority tasked with the development of sport in Ireland. Úna was appointed CEO in January 2022 and has worked with Sport Ireland (previously the Irish Sports Council) since 1998. Prior to her appointment as CEO, Úna was Director of Participation and Ethics. She also held the role of Director of Anti-Doping, leading the creation of a world-class, globally recognised anti-doping programme. Úna has a PhD in Exercise Physiology (1996) and a BSc (Hons) in Sports Science (1991) from John Moores University, Liverpool. Úna is passionate about the power of sport and physical activity to improve lives and communities.
DR SUZANNE MEADE

Road Safety Specialist, Transport Infrastructure Ireland

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Suzanne is a road safety specialist with over 20 years experience in transport safety. She is a chartered engineer and holds a PhD in transport statistics. She manages safety programmes and safety research at Transport Infrastructure Ireland and she also teaches sustainable transport and road safety at TUDublin and ATU.
SARAH MCDONAGH

Senior Transport Planner, Jacobs

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Sarah McDonagh is currently working as a Senior Transport Planner for Jacobs. She has a keen interest in sustainable transport, with a focus on active travel, and improving infrastructure and mobility for children. She is currently seconded into the National Transport Authority where she worked on the publication of the 2021 Walking and Cycling Index in partnership with Sustrans.
PROF NIALL MOYNA

Professor of Clinical Exercise Physiology, Dublin City University

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Niall Moyna is a Full Professor of Clinical Exercise Physiology at DCU. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Limerick, Master’s degree from Purdue University, Indiana, PhD from the University of Pittsburgh and completed a three-year National Institutes of Health Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship in Immunology at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Centre. Niall’s research interests are focused on the role of exercise in the prevention and treatment of chronic disease and in understanding how gene polymorphisms help to explain inter-individual variability in biological responses to exercise. He is a strong advocate for the role of exercise in primary and secondary prevention of chronic disease.
PROF MARIE MURPHY

Professor, Centre for Exercise Medicine, Physical Activity & Health, Ulster University

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Marie is Professor of Exercise and Health in the Centre for Exercise Medicine, Physical Activity and Health at Ulster University. Her research focuses on the effect of physical activity and exercise – in particular walking – on health and uses a multidisciplinary approach that has included outcome measures ranging from the behavioural to the biochemical. Marie’s work has contributed to the evidence base underlying the current physical activity guidelines in the US, UK and Ireland, and she was a co-author of the UK guidelines by the four Chief Medical Officers in the report “Start Active Stay Active” (DoH 2011).
NIAMH NÍ CHONGHAILE

National Woodlands and Nature Project Lead, Mental Health Ireland

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Niamh Ní Chonghaile is the National Woodlands and Nature Project Lead with Mental Health Ireland, Coillte and Get Ireland Walking. Niamh co-ordinates the Woodlands for Health programme and also supports other nature-based wellbeing projects. Niamh’s background is as an Occupational Therapist and Yoga Teacher. She is from West Cork and is a keen sea swimmer and hill walker.
SARAH O'DONNELL

Assistant Chief Architect, Transport Infrastructure Ireland

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Sarah O’ Donnell is Assistant Chief Architect with Transport Infrastructure Ireland and has over 20 years’ experience in the design and delivery of light rail and public transport. She has participated at a senior level in the pre-planning, design, procurement and construction stages of light rail and other associated municipal transport, in an interdisciplinary setting. Prior to that, she worked in private practice – both in Ireland and abroad – on architectural conservation and integrated urban design projects.
She recently completed a master’s degree in Sustainable Development at TU Dublin. Her dissertation explored the potential for Green Infrastructure to be applied – as an organising concept and framework – to urban spatial planning and to what are typically ‘grey’ infrastructure projects.
She is currently a member of the National Cycle Network Advisory Group, while her work with disability groups over many years – through the Luas User Group and other fora – focuses on innovation and best practice in Universal Design.
PROF SHANE O'MARA

Professor of Experimental Brain Research, Trinity College Dublin

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Shane O’Mara is Professor of Experimental Brain Research (Personal Chair) at Trinity College, Dublin – the University of Dublin; he is a psychologist, neuroscientist, and writer. His research interests focus on functions ‘within the brain’ (memory, stress, depression, for example), and on the ‘brain in the world’ (using a ‘brain’s-eye view’ lens on social, cultural, and policy issues).
His book ‘In Praise of Walking’ was chosen by the editors at Amazon.com as one of the best science books of 2020. (widely translated; French, Dutch, Spanish, Norwegian, Russian, Chinese, Greek, German, Polish, Italian, Slovenian, Romanian).
He is a graduate of the National University of Ireland, Galway (BA, MA) and of Oxford University (DPhil/PhD). He is a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science (USA), and is an elected Member of the Royal Irish Academy. His online writing is at brainpizza.substack.com – small, medium, and large slices of writing on brains, behaviour, & lots in between.
RUTH O'REILLY

Centre for Excellence in Universal Design, National Disability Authority, Ireland

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Ruth O’Reilly joined the Centre for Excellence in Universal Design in 2020, as Senior Built Environment Design Advisor. The Centre for Excellence in Universal Design (part of the National Disability Authority in Ireland) is a statutory body that promotes universal design of the built environment, services, products and ICT. Ruth is an architect with an MSc in Accessibility and Inclusive Design. She is passionate about her work to promote the positive impact that universal design can have on well-being and inclusion.
PROF RICARDO POZO

Professor, Universidad Católica de Santiago de Guayaquil, Equador

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Ricardo studied architecture at Universidad Católica de Santiago de Guayaquil (UCSG), has an M.Sc. in Urban Development by the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, and PhD in Advanced Research in Urban Systems by the Duisburg-Essen University. Nowadays, he is professor at the Faculty of Architecture and Design of the UCSG and coordinator of the research group Observatorio Urbano y Territorial. His research topics have focused on the study of urban form, inequality and accessibility to public space in cities and the imbalance in the development of territories using Geographical Information Systems (GIS) as an analysis tool.
EMILIE ROUX

Swiss Association for Transport & Environment, Geneva

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Emilie Roux is a geographer. Since 2016, she has been working for the ATE Swiss association for transport and environment in Geneva, Switzerland. She is in charge of the ‘Reduced Parking Habitat Platform’ to promote forms of housing that reduce the place of the car and encourage active mobility. She also works on the promotion of sustainable mobility among children.
ANUELA RISTANI

Deputy Mayor, Tirana, Albania

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Anuela Ristani is the Deputy Mayor of Tirana in charge of International Affairs and Sustainable Development. She joined the City in 2015 as the Chief of Staff and was appointed Deputy after the 2019 elections. During her work for the city she oversaw the Green City Action Plan, the Tirana Child-Friendly Agenda and the Resilience and Sustainability strategies. Prior to joining local government she established the National Youth Service where she also co-founded RYCO – Regional Youth Cooperation Office with the participation of the six western Balkan countries. Ms. Ristani joined public service from more than a decade of experience with multinational corporations and international organisations where she served as Strategic Management and Communications expert.
LETICIA SABINO

Founder & Director, SampaPÉ!

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Leticia graduated from Urban Design and City Planning at University College London (UCL) and also has an undergraduate degree in Business Administration at FGV-EAESP and a post-grad in Creative Economy and Creative Cities. She is the founder and director of SampaPé!, an NGO focused on improving walking experiences in cities and building more walkable cities together with people, members of International Federation of Pedestrians (IFP). Dreamer and Mobilserr of the Open Street Programme in São Paulo. She also has an artistic project about walking in cities on instagram at @porondeandeisp.
PROF LAKE SAGARIS

Professor of Planning and Community Development, Transport Engineering, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile

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Lake Sagaris is an internationally recognised expert on cycle-inclusive urban planning, civil society development, and participatory planning theory and practice as they relate to urban-regional governance. She works with cross-disciplinary and university-community-government collaborations within a framework of participatory action research, through on-going partnerships, which have deepened over more than 20 years of innovation in urban planning in Chile and elsewhere.
She is an award-winning writer and editor, she began her working life in Chile in 1980, as a freelance journalist with the London Times, Toronto Globe and Mail, Miami Herald and other media. She holds a Master’s of Science (University of Toronto 2006) and a PhD in Urban Planning and Community Development (University of Toronto 2012). In 2019 she was selected in the first generation of Remarkable Women of Transport, by the German development agency, GIZ and other partners in transformative mobility.
DANIEL SAUTER

Founder, Urban Mobility Research, Zurich

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Daniel Sauter runs his own business, Urban Mobility Research in Zurich, Switzerland, since 2001. He has a background in sociology, psychology and political science. He has devoted more than 30 years of his professional life as a researcher of walking, cycling, road danger reduction, the analysis of mobility patterns and the creation of inclusive public spaces.
He started out as co-director of the Swiss Pedestrian Association, represented the International Federation of Pedestrians (IFP) at the United Nations, co-initiated the International Charter for Walking and started the ongoing efforts to develop standards for measuring walking.
ANGIE SCHMITT

Founder, 3MPH and Author of Right of Way: Race, Class and the Silent Epidemic of Pedestrian Deaths in America

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Angie Schmitt is one of the United States’ best-known writers on the topic of sustainable transportation. She was the long-time national editor at Streetsblog. Her writing and commentary have appeared in the New York Times, The Atlantic and NPR. She is the founder of the new firm 3MPH Planning and Consulting, a small Cleveland-based firm which is focused on pedestrian safety. Her book Right of Way: Race, Class and the Silent Epidemic of Pedestrian Deaths in America was published in 2020 by Island Press.
JOE SEYMOUR

Head of Active Travel Investment, National Transport Authority, Ireland

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Joe Seymour is a Chartered Civil Engineer, Fellow of Engineers Ireland and Chartered Institute of Highways and Transportation (UK) and is currently the Head of Active Travel Investment within the National Transport Authority in Ireland. Joe has 30 years’ experience in designing and delivering complex sustainable transport projects on urban streets in Ireland, the UK, the Middle East and Africa. He has particular experience in designing and delivering active travel projects.
TOMER SHACHAF

Urban Planner, PosadMaxwan, The Netherlands

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Tomer Shachaf is a GIS specialist and urban planner at PosadMaxwan. He has extensive experience with analysing and visualising spatial data and applying data work to design projects and research. His work focuses on the overlap of data and design where he promotes and facilitates data-driven design research as much as possible. Tomer has developed a method to create an interactive 3D Digital Twin for the Spatial Development Vision of the city of Eindhoven. He has also developed interactive map-based tools that highlight spatial claims and opportunities for the Province of Flevoland and the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Water. Tomer was also responsible for the development of PosadMaxwan’s Walkability Tool and the development of the MaaS City Scan – an analysis tool for shared mobility.
ROBERT THALER

Ministry for Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation & Technology, Austria

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Robert is Head of Division Active Mobility and Mobility Management at the Ministry for Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology. He is also Vice Chair and Chairman of the UNECE/WHO Transport Health Environment Pan European Programme THE PEP, leads several THE PEP Partnerships and is President of EU Platform on Mobility Management EPOMM. He has a leading role and engagement in EU and international negotiations, development and implementation of strategies, programmes, declarations, guidelines and conferences in the field of transport, health and environment.
DR STEFAN VAN DE SPEK

Associate Professor, Department of Urbanism at TU Delft

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Dr Stefan van der Spek is Associate Professor of Urban Design at the Department of Urbanism at TU Delft in the Netherlands. His main objective is to improve the urban design process by applying new technologies, modelling and simulation, e.g. by using VR and AR as key design tools. He uses evidence-based design and digital tools in his analysis: integration of traditional mapping, dynamic user data and sensing technologies. Users play a central role in his approach, i.e. the City from Eye-Level Perspective. His research covers health by focusing on active modes (walking/cycling) in relation to the built environment.
ERIK VAN HAL

Urban Mobility Planner, Urban Planning Department, Eindhoven

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Erik van Hal studied Traffic and Transport Planning and has worked in the field of traffic modelling and urban and transport planning. He currently works as an Urban Mobility Planner at the Urban Planning Department of the City of Eindhoven since 2006. His main areas of focus are urban densification and sustainable mobility, pedestrians, public transport, re-defining and re-designing public space.
EVELINE VAN HOOIJDONK

Consultant on Pedestrians, City of Ghent

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Eveline van Hooijdonk works in the mobility department of the City of Ghent. She is a consultant on pedestrians whose main focus is to adjust the streets of Ghent to ensure that pedestrians have more safety and comfort. Before this Eveline worked in the social sector and because of that experience she is well aware that sensitivity towards walking is not just about a good enough sidewalk; it also entails a social dynamic, which she believes can be encouraged by infrastructural adjustments.
MICHAEL WALSH

Chief Executive, Waterford City & County Council

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Michael’s background is one of engineering, graduating from University College Cork in 1983 with a Civil Engineering degree. He started his career in local government with Waterford County Council in 1983 and worked between there and Limerick City Council for a number of years at various engineering posts until 2000 when he was appointed as Senior Executive Engineer in Waterford City Council. From there he progressed to the post of Director of Services and became Waterford City Manager in November 2007. In June 2014, Michael was appointed Chief Executive of the newly amalgamated Waterford City and County Council. Michael was also Chair of the City & County Management Association (CCMA) 2019-2020.
MARTIN WEDDERBURN

Transport Planner, Wedderburn Transport Planning

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Martin Wedderburn is a transport planner with 20 years’ experience in transport policy,
research, modelling and analysis, and economic appraisal with an emphasis on sustainable and active travel. He is the founder of Wedderburn Transport Planning, a small consultancy specialising in both sustainable transport planning and pedestrian movement analysis. Martin is a Research Associate of Walk21, a former Board member of the Transport Planning Society and a member of the Urban Land Institute Sustainable Development Council.
DR SANDRA WEGENER

Senior Scientist, Institute for Transport Studies, BOKU, Vienna

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Sandra Wegener is Senior Scientist at the Institute for Transport Studies, BOKU Vienna since 2001. She studied landscape planning with a focus on transport planning at BOKU and holds a PhD in transportation science. She has been involved in various European (e.g. PASTA – Physical Activity Through Sustainable Transport Approaches) and national projects (e.g. active2work) with a focus on active mobility and health. She is an advisor to the Austrian Health Fund in matters of active mobility and a member of a working group for inter-sectoral cooperation between transport and health led by the Federal Ministry of Climate Action, Environment, Innovation and Mobility.
MARIANNE WEINREICH

Market Mangaer, Ramboll’s Smart Mobility

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Marianne Weinreich holds a Master’s in Scandinavian Literature and Language and World History, but for more than 20 years she has advised cities about sustainable mobility policy and promotion as well as mobility management. For the last four years she has been Market Manager in Ramboll’s Smart Mobility division where she manages the thought leadership programme as well as working with clients. As part of that she was lead author of the report ‘Gender and (Smart) Mobility’ published in March 2021 and the coming report on walking and cycling data – practice, needs and gaps. She is also co-founder and Chair of the Cycling Embassy of Denmark and an experienced speaker at, and moderator of, cycling and mobility webinars and conferences around the world.
NADIA WILLIAMS

PhD Candidate, TU Dublin

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Nadia Williams graduated from Dundalk Institute of Technology with a first class Honours in Communications in Creative Media in 2017. She is a TU Dublin Research Scholar whose PhD project focuses on sustainable transport, specifically active travel, and equality. Home is a small town in County Cavan, with her husband, dog and four cats.
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