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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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