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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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