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  • Haesung Ahn

    Chung-Ang University, Korea
    Master’s course

    Oral Presentation 4

    Improving the walking environment and addressing air pollution: It’s a win-win!

    Haesung Ahn

    Chung-Ang University, Korea
    Master’s course

    Haesung Ahn got a bachelor’s degree majoring in urban design and studies at Chung-Ang University in 2019 and currently in the master’s course in urban design laboratory. Haesung Ahn worked as an intern at World Citizens’ Organization (WCO) from 2015 to 2018. The current field of research is the air quality according to the planning and design factors in urban area, to present that improving physical area with design alternatives could provide a better environment for citizens and enhance the quality of life. Personal interests are in public health, environment, climate change, regional planning, international development, and sustainable development.
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  • Salih Alansari

    Health Promotion Center, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
    Founder, CEO

    Oral Presentation 2

    Community co-creation and health promotion campaigns

    Salih Alansari

    Health Promotion Center, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
    Founder, CEO

    Dr. Ansari has an academic expertise as a Supervisor of Postgraduate Program for Family Medicine and an assistant professor in Family and Community Medicine and Head of Family Medicine Department and as Dean of Al Ghad Health Sciences College. He published 14 articles on Child Health Medical Education, School Health, and Physical Education.

    In physical activity, Dr Ansari is an advocate in Health Promotion, Education and combating NCDs through physical Activity and walking in the Arab, Gulf States and Saudi Arabia. Dr Ansari is an author of 2 Arabic books on Walking, and wrote and translated more than 140 articles on promoting personal health and overcoming NCDs and documented tens of success stories.

    Dr. Ansari is an activist on social media (Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, WhatsApp, Keek, Snapchat, and Facebook). He also established “Riyadh Walkers” (@musha_riy), and “Saudi Walkers” (@mushat_saudia) that consisted of more than 100 groups that promoted walking in the Saudi community….
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  • Heather Allen

    Median scl
    Sustainable transport expert

    Plenary 6

    The Future of Research for Walking; VREF Session

    Heather Allen

    Median scl
    Sustainable transport expert

    Heather Allen has more than 25 years international experience and is a highly-regarded expert in gender, transport and sustainable development. Her knowledge covers both practical experience and research. She has worked widely in Europe, Latin America, Asia and Africa including UN Women (Papua New Guinea), Asian Development Bank (China, Philippines, and Cambodia); CAF (the Development Bank of Latin America) in Argentina, Chile and Ecuador and the World Bank. Other recent projects include an international review of gender transport data for the FIA Foundation, developing an inclusive urban transport planning guide for C40 CFF, a 3-country review of the impact of COVID-19 on women’s mobility in Sub-Saharan Africa, collecting and analyzing data on sexual harassment on public transport in Malawi and Nigeria. She was recognized as a GIZ TUMI ‘Remarkable Women in Transport’ and is currently a Trustee for Walk21 and a Director of their European Foundation.
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  • Regina Obilie Amoako-Sakyi

    University of Cape Coast (UCC), Ghana
    Senior Lecturer

    Plenary 6

    The Future of Research for Walking; VREF Session

    Regina Obilie Amoako-Sakyi

    University of Cape Coast (UCC), Ghana
    Senior Lecturer

    Regina Obilie Amoako-Sakyi, PhD is a Senior Lecturer and Head of the Department of Geography and Regional Planning, University of Cape Coast. As a Transport Geographer, her main areas of focus have been on child and youth mobilities, the creation of safe, secured convenient and attractive environments for walking and cycling, Transport and development, Transport and Social exclusion and rural transport Services. She has adequately addressed issues in these fields through research, teaching and advocacy and has published several articles in connection with this for more than a decade. She is currently the country lead on the Volvo Research and Education Fund Project on Urban Spaces Design, Mobility and Transport Safety of Children: A Comparative Study of Nairobi and Kumasi Cities and was also involved in GCRF funded project on Transport and Mobilities: Meeting the Needs of Vulnerable Population in Developing Cities.
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  • Dhawal Ashar

    World Resources Institute (WRI)
    Senior Manager

    Oral Presentation 6

    Understanding and creating safe places for people to walk

    Dhawal Ashar

    World Resources Institute (WRI)
    Senior Manager

    Dhawal Ashar is a Senior Manager with the Integrated Transport team at the World Resources Institute, India’s Ross Center for Sustainable Cities and Transport program. His work integrates transport engineering and urban design to improve safety and sustainability in cities. Dhawal works out of WRI’s Mumbai office, and manages road safety projects in several cities and India and South-East Asia. Dhawal is a founder member and trustee of the Equal Streets Movement – a sustained community movement towards the provision of better and safer cycling infrastructure in Mumbai. This is an open streets movement inspired by Ciclovía in Bogota.

    Dhawal has over 12 years of experience working as a transportation planner and engineer. Prior to joining WRI, he was working as a Transportation Engineer with TATA Consulting Engineers, where he was responsible for activities ranging from transportation planning to the detailed design of roads in greenfield development projects. Dhawal holds a bachelor’s in Civil Engineering from Mumbai University, India, and a master’s in Civil Engineering from Virginia Tech University, USA, with a specialization in Transportation Planning.
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  • Glynda Bathan-Baterina

    Clean Air Asia
    Deputy Executive Director

    Oral Presentation 4

    Improving the walking environment and addressing air pollution: It’s a win-win!

    Glynda Bathan-Baterina

    Clean Air Asia
    Deputy Executive Director

    Glynda Bathan-Baterina is the Deputy Executive Director of Clean Air Asia. She is a lawyer with 20 years of experience in policy and program development for clean air, sustainable transport, industrial emissions control, and climate change mitigation. She was among the lawyers who helped draft the 1999 Philippine Clean Air Act Implementing Rules and Regulations. In 2020, she was named one of the Remarkable Women in Transport by the Transformative Urban Mobility Initiative (TUMI). She is a member of the 2020-2021 World Economic Forum Global Future Council for Clean Air. Glynda holds a Master’s in Environmental Management degree from the Ateneo de Manila University and University of San Francisco; and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of the Philippines.
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  • José Besselink

    City of Rotterdam
    Urban Planner

    Oral Presentation 1

    Building a walkable city

    José Besselink

    City of Rotterdam
    Urban Planner

    José Besselink is an Urban Planner in the field of public space and active mobility at the City of Rotterdam. She was the initiator for hosting Walk21 in Rotterdam 2019. The conference has served as a catalyst in creating the city’s very first walking strategy. José was the chief editor of Rotterdam Walks 2025 and she is member of an interdepartmental team Rotterdam Walks, with representatives from the urban planning, mobility, health, maintenance, safety, sports, and accessibility departments. José is a changemaker within the organization of a local government and she has been instrumental in many of the city’s changes implementing pop-up plazas, tactical urbanism experimentation and creating more accessible and fun urban spaces.
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  • Judith Bokhove

    City of Rotterdam
    Vice Mayor for Urban Mobility

    Opening Ceremony

    Congratulatory Remarks

    Judith Bokhove

    City of Rotterdam
    Vice Mayor for Urban Mobility

    Judith Bokhove has been a councilor in Rotterdam on behalf of GroenLinks since 5 July 2018. She is responsible for the Mobility, Youth and Language portfolio. On behalf of the municipality of Rotterdam, she is a member of the board for traffic and transport of the Metropolitan Region Rotterdam The Hague (MRDH).
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  • Fiona Bull

    Department of Physical Activity, World Health Organization (WHO)
    Unit Head

    Oral Presentation 5

    Measuring Walking: the invisible asset and how to make it more visible

    Fiona Bull

    Department of Physical Activity, World Health Organization (WHO)
    Unit Head

    Dr Fiona Bull MBE is the Head of the Physical Activity Unit at the World Health Organization Headquarters providing global leadership on physical activity and supporting country implementation of the Global Action Plan on Physical Activity 2018-2030. Work includes developing capacity, extending global partnerships and policy coherence across intersecting areas and developing global guidelines, standards and technical tools, based on the latest scientific evidence and best practice experiences. With a focus on supporting low- and middle-income countries, the overall goals is to increase the opportunities and supportive environments that enable people of all ages and abilities to be regularly active. Before joining WHO, Fiona was Professor of Public Health and Physical Activity at the University of Western Australia, Director of the Centre for Built Environment and Health and previously Director of the National Centre for Physical Activity and Health in the UK. Her professional career spans over 30 years and covers developing global and national policy on physical activity, epidemiology of physical activity and health, digital innovations, and systems and settings approaches to national action on increasing physical activity.
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  • Dino Buzzi

    Mobility Planning, Buenos Aires City Government
    General Director

    Oral Presentation 1

    Building a walkable city

    Dino Buzzi

    Mobility Planning, Buenos Aires City Government
    General Director

    Dino Buzzi is an architect with a degree from the architecture, design and urbanism university, UBA. He has been working in the field of urbanism and academic management for the last few years. He is currently studying a masters in cities, also from UBA. He has collaborated with various different media outlets (Revista Panamá, Revista Summa, Infobae) focusing on architecture, territory and society. In March 2021 he began his new role as General Director of Planning, Use and Evaluation for the Secretary of Transportation and Public Works.
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  • Rachel Cahill

    Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII)
    Head of Executive Office

    Plenary 1

    Global Imperatives for supporting more walking and creating walkable cities

    Rachel Cahill

    Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII)
    Head of Executive Office

    Rachel is Head of TII’s Chief Executive Office and Sustainability Lead and leads key strategic cross organisational initiatives and programmes; most notable TII’s sustainability strategy.
    As a leading transport agency within Ireland’s transport community and the body directly responsible for delivering transport infrastructure and operating Ireland’s public transport light rail system, TII has a responsibility to provide sustainable transport networks for all. With women accounting for half of the population, TII recognises the importance of understanding and addressing the different mobility patterns and needs of both men and women. Rachel commissioned and is the business sponsor of TII’s “Travelling in a Woman’s Shoes” study and report published in July 2020. This study is a first of its kind in Ireland and is guided by the UN’s Sustainable Developments Goals, in particular, Goal 5: Gender Equality, Goal 11 Sustainable Cities and Communities, and Goal 13: Climate Action.
    Rachel is a chartered accountant with over 25 years’ experience working in complex and demanding financial and operational environments including the last 15 years in the transport and mobility sector. Prior to joining TII, Rachel spent 10 years working in the banking industry in both operational and financial roles.
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  • Maruxa Cardama

    SLOCAT Partnership
    Secretary General

    Plenary 1

    Global Imperatives for supporting more walking and creating walkable cities

    Maruxa Cardama

    SLOCAT Partnership
    Secretary General

    Passionate about social, economic and environmental justice, over the past 20 years, Maruxa has worked with leaders in government, parliament, multilateral institutions, activism, philanthropy and business across continents to advance equitable prosperity and climate change solutions.
    Maruxa has recently been appointed as Champion of the Pathfinder Initiative, which focuses on pathways for healthy zero-carbon futures and is overseen by The Lancet Pathfinder Commission. In 2019 she was selected to Chair the 68th United Nations Civil Society Conference. Previously Maruxa founded Communitas, the multi-stakeholder coalition which pioneered knowledge-based advocacy for the Sustainable Development Goal on Cities and Human Settlements. Maruxa also served as Secretary General of Regions for Sustainable Development, and during her tenure co-facilitated the engagement of sub-national governments in the UN Rio +20 Conference. She has also held posts as Senior Policy Specialist in Cities Alliance-UNOPS; as well as in local and regional government in the UK and Spain.
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  • Justin S. Chang

    Department of Environmental Planning, Seoul National University
    Professor

    Plenary 7 **Korean Session**

    Seoul pedestrian safety policy

    Justin S. Chang

    Department of Environmental Planning, Seoul National University
    Professor

    Dr. Justin S. Chang earned a BA in Geography and a MS in City Planning from Seoul National University. He also attained a PhD in Transport Studies from University College London. He is currently the Vice Dean as well as the Professor of Transportation Planning at the Graduate School of Environmental Studies, Seoul National University. Seoul National University is the most prestigious university in Korea, and is also one of most famed advanced institutions of higher education in the world; the university is the 37th and 60th in the world according to Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) and Times Higher Education (THE) world university rankings in 2020, respectively.

    His research interests cover transportation planning and polices, sustainable transportation, rail transportation, and transport big-data and artificial intelligence. He has published over 50 papers on renowned journals as of March 2021. He has served as an editorial board member of top journals such as Transportation Letters, and has also participated in advisory committees for the Korean government such as Rail Industry Commission.
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  • Mary Creagh

    Living Streets, UK
    Chief Executive

    Oral Presentation 4

    Improving the walking environment and addressing air pollution: It’s a win-win!

    Mary Creagh

    Living Streets, UK
    Chief Executive

    Mary is the Chief Executive of Living Streets, the UK charity for everyday walking. She was the Labour MP for Wakefield 2005-2019, Shadow Secretary for the Environment, Transport and International Development and chaired Parliament’s Environmental Audit Committee.

    She is an influential, international thinker on climate change and environmental policy, and has shaped UK government policy on net zero, single use plastics, fast fashion, green finance, air pollution, flooding, biodiversity, heatwaves, and resource efficiency.
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  • Robyn Davies

    Department of Transport and Main Roads, Queensland, Australia
    Manager (Walking and Cycling)

    Plenary 5

    Building momentum, measuring impact

    Robyn Davies

    Department of Transport and Main Roads, Queensland, Australia
    Manager (Walking and Cycling)

    Robyn Davies is Manager (Walking and Cycling) in the Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) in Queensland. Robyn oversees implementation of the Queensland Walking Strategy and Queensland Cycling Strategy including working collaboratively with multiple departments and 77 local governments. She is an urbanist and transport planner with over 20 years' experience working in state and local governments in Australia and the UK, including 15 years in TMR. She is an advocate for sustainable transport and making cities great places for people.
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  • André De Wit

    City of Rotterdam
    Advisor Mobility

    Oral Presentation 2

    Community co-creation and health promotion campaigns

    André De Wit

    City of Rotterdam
    Advisor Mobility

    André de Wit is a Mobility Advisor and has been working for the City of Rotterdam since 2007. Before that he worked for the Dutch traffic safety organisation VVN. From that experience he always has the focus on the position of vulnerable road users, equal access to safe mobility and the health and social benefits of traffic. He wrote the Traffic safety program 2015-2018 for the city of Rotterdam. Since beginning of 2020 he is part of the interdepartemental team Rotterdam Walks.
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  • Aswathy Dilip

    Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP)
    Senior Programme Manager

    Plenary 2

    Post-pandemic: putting our best foot forward for resilience and regeneration

    Aswathy Dilip

    Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP)
    Senior Programme Manager

    Aswathy Dilip is a Senior Programme Manager at ITDP India Programme leading the Complete Streets strategy, Policy, and project work. She works with the National, State, and City governments; providing them technical assistance on sustainable, equitable, and inclusive urban mobility and development.

    Her current most exciting work includes championing a walking and cycling revolution in the country through the India streets for People Challenge and Cycles4Change Challenge respectively in partnership with the Smart Cities Mission of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs. Aswathy is also working with governments of Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra to transform 1000s of km of congested roads into vibrant streets for people. Her work on streets in Chennai – the Chennai Streets for People programme – won the Ashden Awards 2020 under the Sustainable Mobility Category.

    She is actively involved in training and capacity development of city officials, engineers and town planners. With a keen interest in citizen engagement, Aswathy has organized tactical urbanism interventions around schools, Car-Free Sundays, Intersection design testing, as well as street and public space exhibitions.

    Aswathy believes in the simple joys of life. Ordinary yet uncommon sights-such as children playing carelessly, elderly chi-chatting joyfully, and women travelling confidently-in public spaces of our cities make her smile. Through her professional endeavour, she strives to create more such settings to allow many more such heartening experiences.
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  • Lorraine D'Arcy

    Department of Sustainable Transport and Mobility, Technological University Dublin (TU Dublin)
    Senior Lecturer

    Plenary 6

    The Future of Research for Walking; VREF Session

    Lorraine D'Arcy

    Department of Sustainable Transport and Mobility, Technological University Dublin (TU Dublin)
    Senior Lecturer

    Dr Lorraine D'Arcy is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Transport Engineering, Environment and Planning in TU Dublin. Her Walkability PhD research drew on her professional experience in civil engineering, sports participation, health promotion and transport planning to explore the design features in neighbourhoods that deter people from walking, cycling or using public transport which result in higher car dependency, social isolation and a more sedentary population, all which impact on population health and carbon emissions. She believes that not only should design practitioners understand the impact of these design choices but also local residents and public representatives who can make informed contributions to local interventions. In TU Dublin she has been instrumental in setting up a new part-time MSc in Sustainable Transport and Mobility aimed at upskilling transport practitioners and those interested in a career in sustainable mobility in urban or rural settings.
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  • David FitzPatrick

    Technological University Dublin (TU Dublin)
    President

    Handover Ceremony

    David FitzPatrick

    Technological University Dublin (TU Dublin)
    President

    Professor David FitzPatrick received his Engineering (BAI) degree (University of Dublin) in 1985 and D.Phil degree (University of Oxford) in 1990. From 1990 to 1998, he worked in the orthopaedic industry in Ireland and the UK, becoming Senior Development Manager for knee, upper limb, trauma and spinal product lines at DePuy International in 1996.

    Holding academic appointments in University College Dublin from 1998 to 2018, he was directly involved in mechanical engineering design and bioengineering teaching and research at undergraduate and post-graduate levels, with management roles of Head of School (2005 – 2011) and Vice-Principal (Internationalisation & Development) (2011-2012) in the College of Engineering & Architecture. He was appointed as Provost (Chief Academic Officer) of the Beijing-Dublin International College in October 2012 and, contemporaneously, Dean of Engineering & Principal, UCD College of Engineering & Architecture in 2014. In January 2019, he was appointed as the inaugural President of Technological University Dublin.
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  • Patrick K W Fung

    Clean Air Network, Hong Kong
    Chief Executive Officer

    Oral Presentation 4

    Improving the walking environment and addressing air pollution: It’s a win-win!

    Patrick K W Fung

    Clean Air Network, Hong Kong
    Chief Executive Officer

    Patrick Fung is the CEO of the Clean Air Network, a non-profit organisation that dedicates its focus to clean air in Hong Kong.
    Born and educated in a highly urbanised city of Hong Kong, Patrick is interested in improving the overall well-being of urbanites through fostering partnership among civic, professional, business, local and international communities, and arousing conversation and actions on improving walkability, transport management and zero emission mobility.
    He is a regular speaker on urban environment issues, currently serves in the steering committee of another non-profit Walk DVRC on walkability issue, and was appointed by the HKSAR Government as expert member of the Air Quality Objectives Review Working Group during 2016-18.
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  • Sangjin Han

    Centre for Transport Safety, Korea Transport Institute
    Senior Research Fellow

    Plenary 7 **Korean Session**

    Seoul pedestrian safety policy

    Oral Presentation 6

    Understanding and creating safe places for people to walk

    Sangjin Han

    Centre for Transport Safety, Korea Transport Institute
    Senior Research Fellow

    HAN Sangjin is currently working as a senior research fellow in the Korea Transport Institute (KOTI) for more than 20 years. His research fields include road safety, pedestrian transport, transport big data, transport and climate change. He has worked for International Transport Forum (ITF) as a seconded expert from KOTI and has organized official sessions in the ITF summit 2012 and 2013, and ran the sub-working group committee within IRTAD (International Road Traffic Accident Database).

    Recently he has studied on setting the national road safety target and actively working on reducing default speed limits in urban roads. He is an author of the book titled , and translated books such as and in Korean. He has also contributed on developing transport big data platform in Korea.

    He received his B.Sc. in University of Seoul, M.Sc. from Seoul National University and Ph.D. from University College London in the U.K.
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  • Youngjun Han

    Department of Transportation System Research, The Seoul Institute
    Associate Research Fellow

    Plenary 7 **Korean Session**

    Seoul pedestrian safety policy

    Youngjun Han

    Department of Transportation System Research, The Seoul Institute
    Associate Research Fellow

    Dr. Youngjun Han is an Associate Research Fellow in the Department of Transportation System Research at the Seoul Institute. His research interests cover Smart Transportation, Intelligent Transportation System, and Traffic Safety based on the traffic flow theory, modeling, and Big-data analysis. Especially, he provides various insights of future transportation system with the social economics changes such as advent of Smartphone, platform business, and emerging infectious diseases. Recently, he led a research for ‘Urban Infrastructure Response to the Pandemic’ and suggested a vision of future city structure, transportation system, and environmental issue in Post-Covid era. He is also an experienced engineer in urban planning with over 8 years of experience in city development at Korea Land and Housing Corporation. He majored in Urban Planning and Engineering and hold BS and MS from Yonsei University, and earned a Ph.D. degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from University of Wisconsin-Madison.
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  • Helge Hillnhütter

    Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)
    Associate Professor

    Oral Presentation 3

    Walking and Public Transport - Benefits and impacts

    Plenary 6

    The Future of Research for Walking; VREF Session

    Helge Hillnhütter

    Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)
    Associate Professor

    Helge Hillnhütter is associate professor at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in the Institute of Architecture and Planning. His research focuses on the role of urban environments to support active mobility modes and walking to access public transport. He works as a peer reviewer for several scientific journals, is a member of the Walk21 Advisory Board and Director of Walk21 Europe. Hillnhütter is frequently invited to national and international conferences as a presenter and keynote speaker. He has experience from planning practice in countries as Tanzania, China, Bahrain, UK and Norway.
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  • Stefanie Holzwarth

    United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat)
    Associate Urban Mobility Specialist

    Oral Presentation 5

    Measuring Walking: the invisible asset and how to make it more visible

    Stefanie Holzwarth

    United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat)
    Associate Urban Mobility Specialist

    Stefanie Holzwarth is an Associate Specialist in the Urban Mobility Team at UN-Habitat. She is trained in urban planning and has been working on sustainable mobility projects for more than 6 years, providing technical advice, knowledge and advocacy to governments around the world. In her work, she supports broad consultation processes of stakeholders to develop mobility strategies that are adapted to local needs, avails international expertise and best practices, and is also involved in capacity building, training events and city-to-city exchanges. Previously she worked in an urban development project at GIZ. Stefanie is a passionate cyclist and regularly participates in Open Streets Activities or Critical Mass Events to create awareness of pedestrians’ and cyclists’ rights to shared urban roads.
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  • Joohee Hong

    Department of Pedestrian Policy Division, Seoul Metropolitan Government
    Professional Engineer

    Plenary 4 **Korean Session**

    Pedestrian Policy and task for the better Seoul

    Joohee Hong

    Department of Pedestrian Policy Division, Seoul Metropolitan Government
    Professional Engineer

    Joohee Hong has served in the Seoul Metropolitan Government(SMG) and the Seoul institute for 18 years as a traffic Engineer. Her main duty is to establish the City’s Walking Policy and carry out various projects such as road diet and improvement of the pedestrian environment.
    Also, she has worked on various topics of urban transportation issues including green transportation, improvement of congestion sections and traffic axis, protection of transportation-vulnerable population as well as communication in large-scale businesses.
    She holds a bachelor’s degree from Hanyang University, and a master’s degree from Seoul University. She is currently enrolled as a Ph.D. candidate from Seoul University.
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  • Shaila Islam

    Dhaka University of Engineering and Technology, Gazipur, Bangladesh
    Assistant Professor

    Oral Presentation 3

    Walking and Public Transport - Benefits and impacts

    Shaila Islam

    Dhaka University of Engineering and Technology, Gazipur, Bangladesh
    Assistant Professor

    Architect Shaila Islam is currently working as a faculty member in a reputed public university of Bangladesh. She holds a professional B.Arch degree from Khulna University and a Master’s degree in Urban Planning from The University of Tokyo. She obtained prestigious ADB–JSP scholarship in 2017 for pursuing her postgraduate study in Japan. Her area of research includes urban mobility, walkability, tactical urbanism, people centric transportation planning and design. She also earned several awards for academic excellence and also published multiple articles in various journals.

    Being grown up in a high dense, developing context, she is fascinated issues related to urban development and the future of urbanity especially the threats of climate change, haphazard urbanization, and erratic redevelopment in cities. With her research and practice she is committed to help reach the Sustainable Development Goals for her country Bangladesh.
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  • Aida Kaffel Rodriguez

    Walk21
    Consultant

    Oral Presentation 5

    Measuring Walking: the invisible asset and how to make it more visible

    Aida Kaffel Rodriguez

    Walk21
    Consultant

    Aida Kaffel is currently working with Walk21 on their global data and policy analysis work. She leads the research on data
    for international indicators for measuring walking and policy examplars. Aida has worked with WHO on various research
    assignments, especially about Walking and Cycling, and with other UN agencies and international organizations in several
    countries. She holds a Master Degree in International and European Law from the University of Geneva (Switzerland),
    a Master degree in International Business Law from the University of Barcelona (Spain). She is a lawyer from the
    University La Sabana of Bogotà (Colombia).
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  • Anne Kerr

    Mott MacDonald Hong Kong Limited
    Managing Director, Greater China

    Plenary 8

    Data and how we know what to want

    Anne Kerr

    Mott MacDonald Hong Kong Limited
    Managing Director, Greater China

    Leading Mott MacDonald’s Global Strategic Initiative for Cities providing expertise in visioning, master-planning and delivery of developments at local, national and cross boundary. Also Managing Director for Greater China. In both roles involved in developing roadmaps, development strategies as well as detailed plans for (and delivery of) integrated developments (both new and redevelopment/regeneration) for communities, landuse and transportation, innovative technologies, and resource management in more than 30 countries. Advises governments, developments and agencies on policy matters and strategies to deliver integrated solutions for the built environment – always putting people first. Has provided advisory services to a number of eco-city and smart city developments, mixed use communities, transit oriented developments and entertainment districts and for various other master-planning developments around the world, and provides inputs to Regional goals in support of sustainable development goals and particularly SDG 11.
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  • Jongmin Kim

    Department of Pedestrian Policy Division, Seoul Metropolitan Government
    Professional Engineer

    Plenary 7 **Korean Session**

    Seoul pedestrian safety policy

    Jongmin Kim

    Department of Pedestrian Policy Division, Seoul Metropolitan Government
    Professional Engineer

    From 2004, Jongmin Kim has been working as a public official in charge of transportation in Seoul.
    Kim successfully carried out tasks for public transport system in Seoul, dealing with issues involving fee, route, and management. At the same time, Kim identified special measures for transport during the G20 summit in 2010 and the 2012 Nuclear Security Summit.
    In the past five years, Kim has been in charge of pedestrian safety in Seoul; Kim oversees and implements policies to reduce traffic accidents that involve children, which is one of the major issues in Korea.
    Kim graduated from Korea University in 2003, and earned a master's degree in transportation planning from Seoul National University in 2005.
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  • Hirotaka Koike

    Utsunomiya Kyowa University, Japan
    Professor

    Oral Presentation 2

    Community co-creation and health promotion campaigns

    Hirotaka Koike

    Utsunomiya Kyowa University, Japan
    Professor

    Hirotaka Koike is a professor of transportation planning at Utsunomiya Kyowa University in Japan. He graduated from the University of Tokyo in 1964 and obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Washington, Seattle, in 1970. Before the current position, he worked for the University of British Columbia and B.C. Research in Vancouver, Canada. In 1985 he returned to Japan and taught at Utsunomiya University and now an emeritus professor. He is a registered professional engineer and works for many committees in national, provincial, and municipal governments.
    His research interests include pedestrian, bicycle, public transport, traffic safety, and urban planning. He is the chairman of the Traffic Safety Council in Utsunomiya City since 1999. He is instrumental in planning the new LRT system in Utsunomiya, which will open for service in 2023.
    He has been a frequent participant in many international conferences, including Walk21 and Velo-city.
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  • Etienne Krug

    Department of Noncommunicable Diseases, Disability, Violence and Injury Prevention, World Health Organization (WHO)
    Director

    Plenary 1

    Global Imperatives for supporting more walking and creating walkable cities

    Etienne Krug

    Department of Noncommunicable Diseases, Disability, Violence and Injury Prevention, World Health Organization (WHO)
    Director

    Dr Krug is Director of the Department for Social Determinants of Health at the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland. He leads global efforts to prevent violence and injuries, to address social determinants of health and promote healthy ageing. He oversees the development of intergovernmental resolutions and global reports, the implementation of multi-country development projects, and advocacy campaigns. He chairs the International Organizing Committee for World Conferences on Injury Prevention, the United Nations Road Safety Collaboration and co-chairs the Executive Committee of the Global Partnership to End Violence against Children. He is a member of the Editorial Board of several scientific journals. Before joining WHO, Dr Krug worked at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, USA, with Médecins sans Frontières and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Dr Krug holds a degree as Medical Doctor from the University of Louvain in Brussels, Belgium and a Masters Degree in Public Health from Harvard University and has received many awards.
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  • Annisa Dyah Lazuardini

    Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP)
    Urban and Visual Design Associate

    Plenary 3

    How do we imagine and invest in walkable cities for the future?

    Annisa Dyah Lazuardini

    Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP)
    Urban and Visual Design Associate

    Annisa is an Urban and Visual Design Associate at ITDP Indonesia. With an educational background in Architecture from Universitas Indonesia, her works ranging from spatial and visual design, to participatory and community co-design. She took an MA in Narrative Environments at Central Saint Martins, a collaboration-driven course focusing on applying narrative methods to design an environment, ranging from city branding, exhibition, design foresight, and community co-design. Since joining ITDP in 2019, Annisa is responsible for visual and design projects of non-motorized transport system, public transport, and TOD. As a daily public transportation user, her main interests are exploring how design can improve urban mobility experience for vulnerable users, also ensuring public engagement in city planning and design process.
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  • Shinhae Lee

    Department of Transportaion System Research, The Seoul Institute
    Senior Research Fellow

    Pleanry 4 **Korean Session**

    Pedestrian Policy and task for the better Seoul

    Shinhae Lee

    Department of Transportaion System Research, The Seoul Institute
    Senior Research Fellow

    Shin-Hae Lee received her master's degree in urban planning and her doctoral degree in public transportation at the Graduate School of Environmental Studies (GSES), Seoul National University. While studying for her doctoral course, she joined the Seoul Institute. Ms. Lee is currently working as the Research Director of Transportation Research System. Throughout her long career at the Seoul Institute, Ms. Lee has focused on research in relation to the Seoul Metropolitan Government's transportation policy development and its execution. She served as a commissioner of the Traffic Impact Assessment Committee, the Architecture Committee, and the Environmental Impact Assessment Committee for the Seoul Metropolitan Government. Currently, she is the commissioner of the Citizen Committee to Create ''A City of Walkers, Seoul". Ms. Lee’s major researches include the Seoul Metropolitan Government's basic plan for pedestrian safety to improve convenience for the pedestrians, research on the benefit calculation followed by the improvement of the pedestrian environment on roads, research to decrease the speed limits on roads used in daily life, the execution plans to bring about a pedestrian-friendly city, and the development of a manual to manage street design.
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  • Sangkook Lee

    Department of Pedestrian Policy Division, Seoul Metropolitan Government
    Division Leader

    Opening Ceremony

    Showcase Seoul

    Sangkook Lee

    Department of Pedestrian Policy Division, Seoul Metropolitan Government
    Division Leader

    Sangkook Lee entered public service in 1994 in Seoul. As of now, Lee serves as a director. From 2020, Lee has been leading the Pedestrian Policy Division to oversee pedestrian policies in Seoul. Moreover, Lee has a broad experience in areas such as welfare, industrial economy, administrative tasks for family and women, culture and tourism, and water supply. Lee received a master's degree from Graduate School of Public Administration of Seoul National University, and a doctoral degree from Myongji University.
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  • Haekyeong Lee

    Department of Pedestrian Friendly Planning Bureau, Seoul Metropolitan Government
    General Director

    Handover Ceremony

    Haekyeong Lee

    Department of Pedestrian Friendly Planning Bureau, Seoul Metropolitan Government
    General Director

    Hyekyeong Lee entered public service in 1998 and has worked as a public official for more than twenty years. From this year, Lee is leading the Pedestrian Friendly Planning Bureau of Seoul to oversee walking and cycling policies for walkable environment. Lee has experience from the bureau of bicycle transportation in Seoul, and worked at Finance Bureau, Administrative Services, and International Relations Division of Planning and Administration Office. Lee graduated from Seoul National University.
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  • Hyungsup Lee

    Asia and the Pacific Office, UN Environment Programme (UNEP)
    Senior Programme Management Officer

    Oral Presentation 4

    Improving the walking environment and addressing air pollution: It’s a win-win!

    Hyungsup Lee

    Asia and the Pacific Office, UN Environment Programme (UNEP)
    Senior Programme Management Officer

    Dr Hyungsup Lee has been working for UNEP, Asia and the Pacific as Senior Programme Management Officer since Feb 2019. Before joining UNEP, he worked for the Ministry of Environment of Korea for 16 years. While working for the ministry, he dealt with a wide range of environmental issues such as transportation environment, air quality policy, environmental health policy (including environmental liability insurance), carbon emissions trading scheme and wastewater treatment policy. Hyungsup holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Engineering from the Korea University in Seoul, and a Ph.D. in the Environment Management & Development from the Australian National University in Canberra.
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  • Natalia Lleras

    Despacio, Colombia
    Healthy Cities Lead and Vivo Mi Calle Project Director

    Oral Presentation 6

    Understanding and creating safe places for people to walk

    Natalia Lleras

    Despacio, Colombia
    Healthy Cities Lead and Vivo Mi Calle Project Director

    Natalia is the Healthy Cities Lead and Vivo Mi Calle Project Director at Despacio. Her work focuses on the creation of sustainable, safe, equitable and active spaces and routes that address the needs of the youth and tackle the risks that limit their mobility and access to the public space aiming to improve their health and well-being. Prior to joining Despacio, Natalia worked as an Urban Mobility and Road Safety Project Manager at the World Resources Institute. Her work focused on helping cities implement sustainable and safe mobility solutions through research, street design and the development of public policies, which included Bogota’s Road Safety Vision Zero Plan 2017-2026 and the Speed Management Program.
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  • Bruce McVean

    City of London
    Acting Assistant Director – City Transportation

    Oral Presentation 1

    Building a walkable city

    Bruce McVean

    City of London
    Acting Assistant Director – City Transportation

    Bruce is a transport planner and urbanist with a passion for creating attractive, accessible streets and spaces that are great places to walk, cycle and spend time. Bruce leads the team that develops and delivers transport policy and projects in the City of London, helping to ensure London’s financial district and historic centre remains a great place to live, work, learn and visit. Previous roles include Principal Strategy Planner at Transport for London, Senior Policy Advisor at the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE) and Trustee of Living Streets.
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  • Simon Ng

    Business Environment Council (BEC)
    Director – Policy & Research

    Oral Presentation 1

    Building a walkable city

    Simon Ng

    Business Environment Council (BEC)
    Director – Policy & Research

    Simon Ng, Director – Policy & Research of Business Environment Council, is responsible for BEC’s work on policy advocacy, thought leadership development, and collaborative research on environmental issues such as climate change, decarbonisation, circular economy, clean energy, sustainable mobility, air pollution and sustainable living environment. Trained as a geographer, Simon is known for his ground-breaking work on ship emissions inventory in Hong Kong and the Pearl River Delta, and he was instrumental in working with the shipping industry leading to the launch of the Fair Winds Charter. Simon is also well-regarded for his pioneering research and engagement work on walkability in Hong Kong, which laid the groundwork for the Walk21 Hong Kong Conference in 2016. Simon is an Expert Member of the UNCRD Regional Environmentally Sustainable Transport Forum in Asia since 2006, and he is recently appointed as Member of Council for Sustainable Development in Hong Kong.
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  • Henrik Nolmark

    Volvo Research and Educational Foundations (VREF)
    Director

    Plenary 6

    The Future of Research for Walking; VREF Session

    Henrik Nolmark

    Volvo Research and Educational Foundations (VREF)
    Director

    Henrik Nolmark is Director of the Volvo Research and Educational Foundations. From a background as civil engineer and urban planner he has been working many years with research management and cooperation related to the fields of urban development, mobility and transportation. He has 30 years of experience from research councils, innovation SMEs, universities, cities and the European Commission. He has taken a specific interest in conceptualizing and implementing inter- and transdisciplinary approaches and methodologies in research, innovation and capacity building, including being responsible for building up the international centre Mistra Urban Futures and leading the Pan-European programme COST C20 Urban Knowledge Arena.
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  • Sunghoon Oh

    Department of Planning and Coordination Architecture and Urban Research Institute
    Senior Research Fellow

    Plenary 4 **Korean Session**

    Pedestrian Policy and task for the better Seoul

    Sunghoon Oh

    Department of Planning and Coordination Architecture and Urban Research Institute
    Senior Research Fellow

    Sunghoon Oh is a tenured senior research fellow in Architecture and Urban Research Institute in Korea, as well as an academic member of the Urban Design Institute of Korea. His main fields of interest are pedestrian behaviour, walking environment, and the future city restructuring strategy against climate and social crisis.
    Dr. Oh’s work on the walking environments in Korea has appeared in a series of publications such as “Pedestrian City; 12 Guidelines for Better Pedestrian Environment(2011)”, “Pedestrian Priority Street Guideline(2012)”, “Urban Design for Pedestrians Vol.1(2013)”, “Pedestrian Priority Street 2013 Evaluation Report(2014)”, “Assessing Legal Issues for Pedestrian Priority Street in Korea(2014)”, “Spatial Factors on Satisfaction Level of Baby Strollers and Parenting Stress(2015)”.”Crossing Design Improvement for Pedestrians(2017)” “Walking: Connecting Sustainable Transport with Health (2017)”, “Urban Design for Pedestrians vol.2(2018)” , “Manual for Pedestrian Priority Street(2019) , “Design for Pedestrians; Before & After (2020)”. He has been in charge of major design consultancy and evaluation on over 150 pedestrian environment projects such as “Pedestrian Priority Street” Project and “Road Diet” Projects for Seoul Metropolitan Government as well as the Ministry of Interior and Safety since 2013.
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  • Oh Se-hoon

    Seoul
    Mayor

    Opening Ceremony

    Opening Remarks

    Oh Se-hoon

    Seoul
    Mayor

    (Former) Mayor of Seoul (33th, 34th)
    (Former) Member of the National Assembly (16th)
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  • Monica Olyslagers

    International Road Assessment Programme (iRAP)
    Global Innovation Manager and Cities Specialist

    Oral Presentation 5

    Measuring Walking: the invisible asset and how to make it more visible

    Oral Presentation 6

    Understanding and creating safe places for people to walk

    Monica Olyslagers

    International Road Assessment Programme (iRAP)
    Global Innovation Manager and Cities Specialist

    Monica Olyslagers currently leads iRAP’s innovation agenda, which includes projects such as ‘AiRAP’ for the accelerated and intelligent collection of data for road safety assessments; and CycleRAP, a bicycling and micro-mobility risk assessment model. Monica started in iRAP in 2015 as iRAP’s Programme Coordinator for its projects under the Bloomberg Philanthropies Initiative for Global Road Safety.
    Before joining iRAP, Monica worked in the Australian Government's transport ministry on aviation safety in the PNG and Pacific (2007-9) the national urban policy and cycling strategy (2010-11), high speed rail study (2012-13) and transport policy development (2014).
    Monica has a keen interest in improving urban environments for people—all people—for a healthier, safer, and more inclusive, equitable and sustainable future. She holds a Master’s degree in Development Planning (2011) and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and the Arts. Monica lives in Guangzhou, China.
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  • Shane O'Mara

    School of Psychology and Institute of Neuroscience, Trinity College Dublin
    Professor of Experimental Brain Research and Wellcome Trust Senior Investigator

    Keynote Session

    Shane O'Mara

    School of Psychology and Institute of Neuroscience, Trinity College Dublin
    Professor of Experimental Brain Research and Wellcome Trust Senior Investigator

    Shane O’Mara is the Professor of Experimental Brain Research 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). He has published more than 140 scientific papers, and has written for many newspapers and magazines ((by-lines in, e.g., Foreign Affairs, Chronicle Higher Ed, Times Higher Ed, Project Syndicate, PsychologyToday, Irish Times, Sunday Business Post, Wall Street Journal).
    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. shaneomara.com
    He publishes a very popular, regular, newsletter at brainpizza.substack.com - small, medium, and large slices of writing on brains, behaviour, & lots between.
    His book 'In Praise of Walking: A New Scientific Exploration' was chosen by the editors at Amazon.com as one of the best science books of 2020: it explores the science behind this most overlooked but defining human adaptation - one that enabled us to conquer the world - by walking together to new, and perhaps better, lives. It has been widely translated (French, Dutch, Spanish, Norwegian, Russian, Chinese, Greek, German, Polish, Italian, Slovenian, Romanian).
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  • Carlos Felipe Pardo

    The New Urban Mobility alliance (NUMO)
    Senior Advisor

    Plenary 2

    Post-pandemic: putting our best foot forward for resilience and regeneration

    Carlos Felipe Pardo

    The New Urban Mobility alliance (NUMO)
    Senior Advisor

    Colombian psychologist with a MSc in Contemporary Urbanism from the London School of Economics. He focuses on urban development, mobility (urban, new mobility and digital technologies in mobility), lighting and climate change projects in cities of the developing world. He has participated in technical consultancies in more than 30 cities in Asia, Latin America and Africa, and has coordinated and delivered more than 70 training courses on urban development, climate change, public and non-motorized transport, travel demand and sustainable transport. Has coordinated projects at a regional level and is also the author of various documents. Proud recipient of the Danish Cycling Embassy’s 2018 Leadership Award, and a Distinguished TUMI friend 2019. He is the Founder of Despacio.org and is Senior Advisor to NUMO.
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  • Trey Park

    ChangeWalk
    Team Member

    Oral Presentation 2

    Community co-creation and health promotion campaigns

    Trey Park

    ChangeWalk
    Team Member

    For Trey Park, growing up consisted of drastic urban landscape changes. He has lived in developing parts of Seoul, open fields and country sides of Oxford and Coventry, and in the world’s most complex and diverse intersection, New York. He has lived in three of the most blank-slate cities in Korea, including Songdo, Chungra and Wirye. This diverse background served him well when he went from business undergrad to working at a think tank researching urban issues.
    After his stint at research, he and his colleagues left to try out tactical urbanism first hand, launching ChangeWalk. Tactical Urbanism Project Group ChangeWalk has so far tested out four pilot cases, from using toilet plungers for traffic calming, to installing temporary benches, to building a pocket park, to testing asphalt art. ChangeWalk has also concluded a tactical urbanism guide project, focusing on re-examining citizen interventions in Korea in a tactical urbanism framework.
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  • Margarita Parra Cobaleda

    Clean Energy Works
    Director of Transport

    Oral Presentation 4

    Improving the walking environment and addressing air pollution: It’s a win-win!

    Margarita Parra Cobaleda

    Clean Energy Works
    Director of Transport

    Margarita leads Clean Energy Works’ transportation portfolio in Latin America and in the United States. Trained as an engineer with a master’s in environmental engineering and a diploma in Sustainable Development, Margarita has worked for two decades in Latin America, China, India, and the United States to reduce local air pollution and global carbon emissions from transportation. Prior to joining Clean Energy Works, she managed the low carbon transport portfolio of the Hewlett Foundation’s Global Climate Initiative. Margarita serves on the Board of Directors of the Silicon Valley Bike Coalition and was highlighted as one of 50 global changemakers in the 2020 Remarkable Women in Transport publication from Transformative Urban Mobility Initiative (TUMI).
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  • Claire Pascoe

    NZ Transport Agency
    Lead Advisor Urban Transformation

    Plenary 5

    Building momentum, measuring impact

    Claire Pascoe

    NZ Transport Agency
    Lead Advisor Urban Transformation

    Claire Pascoe is the Lead Advisor Urban Transformation at Waka Kotahi, the New Zealand Transport Agency. In her current role, she provides technical expertise and leadership in relation to accelerating the transition to a low carbon, safe and healthy transport system in Aotearoa.
    She was previously involved in developing and delivering the Urban Cycleways Programme and managing the national cycling culture change team.
    More recently, Claire has co-developed and co-led the national Innovating Streets programme, to integrate tactical urbanism into the urban toolkit for adapting streets. She has leads a national capability building programme to support the transport sector to achieve its strategic objectives.
    She has a Masters degree in Environmental Studies, and in 2008 completed her research thesis on the potential of individualised transport marketing to support mode shift.
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  • Cam Perkins

    Urban Pirates, New Zealand
    Director

    Plenary 5

    Building momentum, measuring impact

    Cam Perkins

    Urban Pirates, New Zealand
    Director

    A celebrated thought leader and agent of change, challenging the status quo in a quest to improve the way we live, work and play in cities.

    A trusted cities advisor and design director working at the nexus of behaviour change and urban regeneration. Motivating, inspiring and leading teams to deliver extraordinary outcomes through authentic engagement with communities.

    Extensive design and delivery experience of award winning private and public urban development outcomes in Australia, Middle East, Northern Africa, UK and New Zealand.
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  • Alice Perrin

    Roads and Mobility Department, Ville de Paris
    Research officer on quality of public space and accessibility

    Oral Presentation 1

    Building a walkable city

    Alice Perrin

    Roads and Mobility Department, Ville de Paris
    Research officer on quality of public space and accessibility

    I am an architect and urban planner. I work for the Mobility Agency as a research officer on public space design and accessibility. The Mobility Agency is in charge of prospective, innovation and conception of public policies for the Roads and Transit Direction of the city of Paris.

    My work focuses the distribution of public space in favour of pedestrians. I work on a school street program, as well as on a restricted traffic zone in the center of the city. I also participate to the developing of new solutions to better the accessibility of the Parisian public space through experimentations. I follow the Pedestrian Plan of the city and a few projects ensuing.
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  • Francesca Racioppi

    WHO European Centre for Environment and Health
    Head

    Plenary 1

    Global Imperatives for supporting more walking and creating walkable cities

    Francesca Racioppi

    WHO European Centre for Environment and Health
    Head

    Francesca joined the World Health Organization in 1997 and currently is the Head of the WHO European Centre for Environment and Health in Bonn, Germany.
    Francesca has more than 30 years of international experience in environment and health policies and science. Her specific interest and expertise include the promotion of “health in all policies” approaches, health impact assessment, violence and injury prevention, urban health, active mobility policies and interventions and consumer safety. She has coordinated the development of the WHO Health Economic Assessment Tool (HEAT) for Walking and Cycling. She has authored several papers and publications. In May 2018 she was awarded a Honorary Doctorate by the Swedish School of Sport and Health Science in Stockholm, Sweden, for her leading engagement in environmental health and active transport.
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  • Daria Raspopina

    Center for Urban Projects, Shtab, Russia
    Co-founder

    Oral Presentation 6

    Understanding and creating safe places for people to walk

    Daria Raspopina

    Center for Urban Projects, Shtab, Russia
    Co-founder

    Daria Raspopina, co-founder of Center for Urban projects Shtab, consultancy, research and planning bureau with a focus on urban mobility and sociology based in Moscow, Russia.
    Tutor at Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design, Moscow, Russia. Providing tutorship for the group of professionals – architects, municipalities officers from different regions of Russia – guiding participants during individual projects development. Topic of the group – Urban Mobility.
    Previous working experience: Project director, Chief specialist in the Department for Transport and Road Infrastructure Development and Traffic management center of Moscow City government. Management and coordination of projects promoting better pedestrian and public transport infrastructure, mostly working on streets design and providing coordination and expertise on about 500 streets redevelopment program.
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  • D. Taylor Reich

    Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP)
    Research Associate

    Plenary 8

    Data and how we know what to want

    D. Taylor Reich

    Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP)
    Research Associate

    Taylor Reich (they/them pronouns) is responsible for ITDP’s global programs in urban mobility analytics and in monitoring and evaluation. Working with ITDP’s offices in ten countries, they use data to advocate for sustainable, inclusive urban mobility in low- and middle-income cities worldwide. Their work on pedestriansfirst.itdp.org created the first-ever geospatial open dataset of indicators of walkability in cities all around the globe. Taylor is also interested in access quantification, GHG impact measurement, and the culturally-variable meaning of walkability.

    Before ITDP, Taylor completed a Fulbright fellowship in Amman, learning Arabic and researching the history of Jordanian housing policy. They hold an Sc.B. in biochemistry from Brown University.
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  • Maria-José Rojo Callizo

    POLIS Network
    Coordinator Active Travel & Health

    Plenary 2

    Post-pandemic: putting our best foot forward for resilience and regeneration

    Maria-José Rojo Callizo

    POLIS Network
    Coordinator Active Travel & Health

    Maria-José Rojo is Coordinator for Active Travel and Health at POLIS Network. POLIS is the leading European network of cities and regions working together to deploy innovative solutions for sustainable mobility. At POLIS, Maria-José looks at the relation between mobility and health, with a focus on the active modes, walking and cycling.

    Maria-José holds an international PhD in sustainable urban development by the Technical University of Madrid (UPM). Previously, she worked as an urban planner for international organisations (UN-Habitat) and technical offices, developing climate resilient design strategies and regenerative projects. As a researcher, she worked for NYU’s Marron Institute and for UPM in projects related to sustainable urban mobility, urban density and bioclimatic design. She has been a visiting researcher in several Latin American universities.

    The aim of her work is helping cities become more liveable, healthy and equitable, considering spatial and mobility planning as key tools for this purpose.
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  • Ben Rossiter

    Victoria Walks, Australia
    Executive Officer

    Oral Presentation 3

    Walking and Public Transport - Benefits and impacts

    Ben Rossiter

    Victoria Walks, Australia
    Executive Officer

    Ben Rossiter is the founding Executive Officer of Victoria Walks and has led a small but enterprising team to see it become the primary Australian organisation leading the move for walkable communities. Victoria Walks is an evidence-based organisation working to get more people walking more every day.
    Ben is the Vice President of the International Federation of Pedestrians and his expertise is widely sought in Australia and beyond. The theme of his doctoral dissertation was walking in cities. Ben takes great pleasure in the simple joy of walking, getting lost in urban areas and exploring new places on foot.
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  • Richard Vinc Nicolay Santoso

    Koalisi Pejalan Kaki, Indonesia
    Application Developer

    Oral Presentation 2

    Community co-creation and health promotion campaigns

    Richard Vinc Nicolay Santoso

    Koalisi Pejalan Kaki, Indonesia
    Application Developer

    Richard Vinc, an experienced educator/tech savvy. Right now, he is the Chief Technology Officer at Kudu, a research, technology, and education company. His focus in education led him to cofounded Sekolah (Milik) Publik, a nonprofit organization with mission to provide free education to everyone. He is also served as an application developer for Koalisi Pejalan Kaki, a nonprofit organization with a mission to defend pedestrian’s right in Indonesia and part of International Federation of Pedestrians.
    He and his team has developed a concept for machine learning solution to help diffable walk safer on sidewalk. This concept has received an award from Microsoft in Microsoft’s AI for Accessibility Hackathon Asia Pacific back in October 2019.
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  • Daniel Sauter

    Urban Mobility Research, Switzerland
    Director, Owner

    Oral Presentation 5

    Measuring Walking: the invisible asset and how to make it more visible

    Daniel Sauter

    Urban Mobility Research, Switzerland
    Director, Owner

    Daniel Sauter studied sociology, psychology and political science in Zurich, Switzerland, and has been devoting the last 30
    years of his professional life as researcher to the world of walking, road danger reduction, the analysis of mobility patterns
    and the creation of inclusive public spaces and their related policies. His main interests are in the social and societal
    dimensions of these issues.
    Daniel started out as co-director of the Swiss pedestrian organisation, represented the International Federation of
    Pedestrians (IFP) at the United Nations, initiated the International Charter for Walking and started the ongoing efforts to
    develop standards for measuring walking. He performed and co-ordinated research in many local, national and
    international projects, e.g. within the European COST Action 358 on Pedestrian Quality Needs. He runs his own business,
    Urban Mobility Research, in Zurich, Switzerland.
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  • Trevor Shilton

    National Heart Foundation, Australia
    National Director Active Living

    Plenary 8

    Data and how we know what to want

    Trevor Shilton

    National Heart Foundation, Australia
    National Director Active Living

    Trevor is National Director Active Living at the National Heart Foundation of Australia, Adjunct Professor at Curtin University. Trevor is Global Vice President for Advocacy with the International Union for Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE), a member of the WHO Civil Society Working Group on NCDs, and the World Heart Federation’s Advocacy Committee. Trevor was the founding National President of the Australian Health Promotion Association (AHPA) and is a Life Member of AHPA. Trevor also led the led the advocacy work of the International Society for Physical Activity and Health 2014-2020. Trevor’s principal research and health interests are in chronic disease prevention, advocacy, policy, equity and programs relating to physical activity, obesity, tobacco control and social marketing.
    He has directed major community-wide initiatives, including community-wide campaigns in obesity, physical activity and tobacco, as well as state-wide and national initiatives in workplace health and school health.
    Trevor’s main passion is advocacy, and this is because there is nothing else, done well, which can provide a better return on investment.
    Trevor has published book chapters and over 80 papers in peer reviewed journals. He has given many national and international conference presentations and workshops. He has participated in guideline and policy development in Australia, Canada, Asia and the United States and at global level with leading Civil Society organisations.
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  • Jaeick Shim

    Department of Road Transport, Korea Transport Institute
    Senior Researcher

    Plenary 4 **Korean Session**

    Pedestrian Policy and task for the better Seoul

    Jaeick Shim

    Department of Road Transport, Korea Transport Institute
    Senior Researcher

    Jaeick Shim is currently working as a senior researcher of Department of Road Transport in Korea Transport Institute, also one of members of pedestrian environment improvement committee in Ministry of the Interior and Safety. He has carried out various projects about road transport safety, with an aim to enhance pedestrian safety. In this regard, masterplan for village zone, intensive investigation of pedestrian crash data and estimations of annual traffic accident costs have successfully been carried out.
    He earned his MS degree of Engineering from Yeungnam University in 1990.
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  • Hyeongkwon Sohn

    Department of Pedestrian Policy Division, Seoul Metropolitan Government
    Team Leader

    Oral Presentation 1

    Building a walkable city

    Hyeongkwon Sohn

    Department of Pedestrian Policy Division, Seoul Metropolitan Government
    Team Leader

    Hyeongkwon Sohn has been serving as a public official in Seoul for more than twenty years since 1999. Currently, Sohn is working as a team leader. In 2018, Sohn joined the City Transportation Office. Since 2019, Sohn has been in charge of pedestrian policy. His administrative work scope includes transport, environment, youth, housing, and working with other cities around the world. Sohn received an MPA degree from Portland State University in 2012.
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  • Bronwen Thornton

    Walk21
    CEO

    Keynote Session

    Plenary 1

    Global Imperatives for supporting more walking and creating walkable cities

    Bronwen Thornton

    Walk21
    CEO

    As CEO of Walk21 she works closely with international agencies to address global challenges and ensure walking is incorporated into the solutions, including climate change, road safety and public health, the Sustainable Development Goals and New Urban Agenda. She leads on the annual international Conference series and strategic development of knowledge products and training. She has over 20 years experience in strategic transport planning, community and political engagement, on-street analysis and creative development, policy and project delivery with a focus on equitable and sustainable transport.
    Bronwen is Chair of the Board of the Sustainable Low Carbon Transport Foundation (SLOCAT).
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  • Geetam Tiwari

    Department of Transportation Research and Injury Prevention Programme (TRIPP), Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi
    Professor

    Plenary 6

    The Future of Research for Walking; VREF Session

    Geetam Tiwari

    Department of Transportation Research and Injury Prevention Programme (TRIPP), Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi
    Professor

    Geetam Tiwari is Chair Professor for Transport Planning at the Transportation Reearch and Injur Prevention Programme and Department of Civil Engineering, IIT Delhi. She has received the degree of Doctor of Technology honoris causa from Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden in 2012. She has been Adlerbretska Guest Professor for sustainable urban transport at the Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden 2007-2010. She has been working in the area of traffic and transport planning and traffic safety focusing on pedestrians, bicycles and bus systems. She has worked with city, state and national government in India on public transport and road safety projects. She has over 100 publications in peer reviewed journals, has co-edited four books on transport planning and safety. She is editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Injury Control and Safety Promotion since 2009. She continues to be on the Board of Urban Mass Transit Company, India, IATSS(International Association for Traffic Safety Science) forum and LEAD India.
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  • Rodney Tolley

    Walk21
    Conference Director

    Plenary 3

    How do we imagine and invest in walkable cities for the future?

    Rodney Tolley

    Walk21
    Conference Director

    Dr Rodney Tolley has been involved in the field of active, sustainable transport for over 40 years, first as a university researcher and teacher, and now as an experienced writer, international speaker and consultant. He has led hundreds of presentations, walkabouts and workshops in communities across the world, including over 50 cities in Australasia.

    He was a founder member of the Steering Group for Walk21 - the first International Conference on Walking and Livable Cities - and has been the Conference Director for every Walk21 Conference since then. He was central to the development of the International Charter for Walking, which is has now been signed by over 500 mayors to lead their communities towards better walkability. His most recent book (with Paul Tranter of UNSW Canberra) is ‘Slow cities: conquering our addiction for health and sustainability” (https://www.elsevier.com/books/slow-cities/tranter/978-0-12-815316-1), published in June 2020.

    His passion is walking – and talking walking.
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  • Janene Tuniz

    UN Environment Programme (UNEP)
    Programme Coordinator - Share the Road

    Plenary 2

    Post-pandemic: putting our best foot forward for resilience and regeneration

    Janene Tuniz

    UN Environment Programme (UNEP)
    Programme Coordinator - Share the Road

    Janene Tuniz is a Programme Coordinator for the UN Environment Programme’s Share the Road Initiative. She’s worked extensively on promoting the environmental, safety and accessibility benefits of investing in walking and cycling and is passionate about active civil engagement, transport justice and conflict resolution. Her work is focused on Sub Saharan Africa and involves prioritising the needs of vulnerable groups and engaging with key stakeholders to adopt and/or implement low greenhouse gas and sustainable transport strategies. Janene is currently working on strengthening the relationship between people that walk and cycle and urban decision makers in several African cities. She’s also conducting research on the global financing of walking and cycling projects.

    Janene has a Masters degree in Sustainable Development and International Cooperation from the University of Milan and a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) from the University of Pretoria.
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  • Nick Tyler

    Centre for Transport Studies, University College London
    Director

    Closing Speech

    Walking as the key to sociality

    Nick Tyler

    Centre for Transport Studies, University College London
    Director

    Professor Nick Tyler CBE FREng is the Chadwick Professor of Civil Engineering at UCL and the Director of the UCL Centre for Transport Studies. His £50M massive (40,000m3) multiscale multisensorial laboratory allows him and his team to study the interactions of environments, people and their activities at life-scale – including how people walk in urban environments. PEARL is the part of the UK national research facility for infrastructure and cities. He is a co-investigator of the UCL Ecological Brain Doctoral Training Programme. Nick combines highly diverse fields in his research, from civil/transport engineering and architecture to neuroscience, psychology, physiology, ophthalmology, audiology, orthopaedics, lighting, sound and acoustics. His research extends to projects in Latin America, Japan and Europe. Nick is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Institution of Civil Engineers, the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation, and the Royal Society of Arts, and was appointed CBE in 2011.
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  • Filip van As

    Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management, Netherlands
    Program manager pedestrian policy and coordinator national walking platform

    Plenary 5

    Building momentum, measuring impact

    Filip van As

    Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management, Netherlands
    Program manager pedestrian policy and coordinator national walking platform

    Filip van As has been working at the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management since 2019. He has been municipal councillor (8 years) and alderman (11 years), between 1998 and 2017. In the years between 2014 and 2017, when he was alderman in the city of Zwolle, he initiated a national platform to enhance the position of cycling in the Netherlands (Tour de Force). Since 2017 his focus has been on the position of pedestrians in the public space, an even more neglected subject. He was one of the initiators of a bottom up movement, which in 2019 resulted in the formation of a national platform (Ruimte voor Lopen). He is coordinator of this platform. Van As began his career as a civil servant in the province of Zuid-Holland. He has an MA degree in law and a BA degree in history, both earned from Leiden University.
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  • Jim Walker

    Walk21
    Founder

    Opening Ceremony

    Welcoming Remarks

    Conference Report & Conclusions

    Jim Walker

    Walk21
    Founder

    Jim is the Founder of Walk21, growing the movement from a London conference to a global network over the last 21 years. He is an international policy advisor, communications expert and special projects manager to enable more people to walk and ensure they have safe, attractive and accessible environments to walk in.
    Jim specialises in developing professional standards and resources to benefit pedestrians as well as managing national campaigns and sustainable transport, active health and accessible recreation projects. He is Founder of the Commonwealth Walkway Trust which builds urban trails around the world.
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  • Jonathan Ward

    NBBJ, USA
    Design Partner

    Plenary 3

    How do we imagine and invest in walkable cities for the future?

    Jonathan Ward

    NBBJ, USA
    Design Partner

    As Design Partner at NBBJ, Jonathan’s hallmark is visionary design that challenges commonly held assumptions about program, space and human experience to deliver highly creative built environments. Over the past 18 years, Jonathan has led the design and delivery of a variety of progressive buildings for innovative global clients. His work has taken him to the Americas, Europe and Asia, and his breadth of experience continues to help him bring new thinking to any building type.
    Jonathan has been instrumental in the development of computer technology in the design process, leading to new design possibilities and better project delivery. His use of technology to communicate the design to the client, the building team and the public has had significant impact on complex building projects.
    His global experience includes work across multiple typologies on some of NBBJ’s most notable and award-winning buildings, such as headquarters projects for Tencent in Shenzhen, Samsung in San Jose and South Korea, Ant Financial in Hangzhou, the Wellcome Trust in Cambridge, Telenor in Oslo and Reebok in Massachusetts, as well as new and renovated sports facilities for Hangzhou, UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion, Kentucky’s Rupp Arena and more.
    His work has received widespread recognition, including the highest honors from the AIA, RIBA, CoreNet, and Interior Design magazine. Leading design magazines in more than 15 countries have featured his projects, and he has presented and served as a guest lecturer, award juror and critic at conferences and design schools around the world.
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  • Jennifer Wiggle


    Principal Consultant

    Oral Presentation 2

    Community co-creation and health promotion campaigns

    Jennifer Wiggle


    Principal Consultant

    Before leaving the UK at the end of 2020, Jenni was Senior Director at Living Streets and stood as Interim CEO for six months. She worked in the UK charity sector for over 15 years, leading on strategy, programme delivery and communications.
    Prior to joining Living Streets in 2012, Jenni was Head of Schools, Community and Youth at Global Action Plan where she oversaw the delivery of sustainability and climate change programmes for UK and international audiences and was the GAP UK lead for Global Action Plan International from 2008-2015.
    Jenni is passionate about enabling positive social and environmental impact. She has recently returned to her home Aotearoa New Zealand where she is working as a consultant in Wellington.
    She was awarded the Charity Times Supporting Executive of the Year Award 2018 and won an Everywoman in Transport and Logistics Leader Award in 2019.
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  • Lloyd Wright

    Asian Development Bank (ADB)
    Senior Urban Development Specialist

    Plenary 3

    How do we imagine and invest in walkable cities for the future?

    Lloyd Wright

    Asian Development Bank (ADB)
    Senior Urban Development Specialist

    Lloyd Wright is currently a Senior Urban Development Specialist within the Central and West Asia Department at the Asian Development Bank. He supports the development of new initiatives for quality urban public transport systems and non-motorized transport integration.

    Mr. Wright has conducted post-graduate research at Osaka University and at the Bartlett School of Planning at University College London. He also possesses an MSc with Distinction in Environmental Assessment from the London School of Economics, an MBA from Georgetown University, and a BSc in Engineering from the University of Washington.

    He is the author and editor of several sustainable transport publications, including Car-Free Development and the Bus Rapid Transit Planning Guide.
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  • Seungkook Wu

    Road Traffic Operation and Pedestrian Mobility Research, Korea Transport Institute
    Team Director, Senior Researcher

    Oral Presentation 3

    Walking and Public Transport - Benefits and impacts

    Seungkook Wu

    Road Traffic Operation and Pedestrian Mobility Research, Korea Transport Institute
    Team Director, Senior Researcher

    SeungKook Wu is a Senior Researcher in the Korea Transport Institute and Director of Traffic Operation and Personal Mobility Research Team. His major research area is policy development for sustainable transport. He conducted studies on mitigation of GHG emissions in transport sector and improvement of pedestrian and personal mobility environment. Before he came to the Korea Transport Institute, he was a postdoctoral fellow in the Georgia Institute of Technology. Also he worked for several years as a transportation engineer at Yooshin Engineering Corporation in Korea.
    He received his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta in 2009. He earned his B.S. and M.S. in Civil Engineering from the Seoul National University in 1993 and 1995.
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