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H.E. DR. ABDULLAH BELHAIF ALNUAIMI
H.E. DR. ABDULLAH BELHAIF ALNUAIMI
Minister of Infrastructure Development,
United Arab Emirates
H.E. DR. HESHAM ARAFAT
H.E. DR. HESHAM ARAFAT
Minister of Transport,
Egypt
H.E. SAAD ALKHALB
H.E. SAAD ALKHALB
Vice Minister of Transport,
Saudi Arabia


DR. AISHA BINT BISHR
DR. AISHA BINT BISHR
Director General of Smart Dubai Office,
United Arab Emirates

SESSIONS:


Plenary Session 1: Measuring and Increasing Happiness for Public Transport | Za’abeel Hall 4

MATTAR AL TAYER
MATTAR AL TAYER
Director General & Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors, Dubai Roads &Transport Authority,
United Arab Emirates

SESSIONS:


Opening Speeches: | Za’abeel Hall 4

PERE CALVET
PERE CALVET
President International Association of Public Transport (UITP) & Director General, FGC,
Spain

SESSIONS:


Opening Speeches: | Za’abeel Hall 4

MOHAMED MEZGHANI
MOHAMED MEZGHANI
Secretary General, International Association of Public Transport (UITP)
Brussels
Mohamed Mezghani has been working for more than 25 years in public transport and urban mobility related fields. He is the Secretary General of the International Association of Public Transport (UITP) since 1/01/2018. He has been Deputy Secretary General of UITP from January 2014 to December 2017.

Until then, he has worked at UITP as Senior Manager (1999-2001) and Knowledge Director (2001-2006) chairing the department developing knowledge-related services for UITP members: professional training, research projects, thematic studies, technical advice, conferences, networking activities, information centre, etc. From 2006 till 2013, he has worked as independent consultant and Adviser to UITP on several technical assistance and training projects in Africa and the Middle-East and managed a number of projects involving numerous experts and multidisciplinary teams.

His main fields of expertise are:

  • Urban mobility policies and travel demand management
  • Trends and innovation in urban transport
  • Institutional organisation and regulatory framework of public transport
  • Relationships between public transport stakeholders
  • Urban transport energy efficiency

Before joining UITP, M. Mezghani has been working as consultant in the French group, BCEOM, (from 1990 to 1999) more particularly in the urban mobility field. He has managed and carried out projects including policy definition, technical assistance and research activities in several countries in Europe, sub-Saharan Africa and Arab countries.

During his collaboration with the French Agency for Environment and Energy Management, ADEME, (from 1988-1990), M. Mezghani carried out actions aimed at identifying and evaluating transport energy efficiency projects likely to be financed by the Agency in France.

He has been graduated in Industrial Engineering (1987) from Ecole Nationale d’Ingénieurs de Tunis, Tunisia and has a Master in Transport (1988) from Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées, Paris, France.

SESSIONS:


Plenary Session 4: Public Transport Into The Future | Za’abeel Hall 4

KHALID ALHOGAIL
KHALID ALHOGAIL
Chairman of MENA Executive Board, Managing Director – CEO, SAPTCO,
Saudi Arabia

SESSIONS:


Plenary Session 2: MENA Public Transport Projects Showcase | Za’abeel Hall 4

YOUSIF AL ALI
YOUSIF AL ALI
CEO Dubai Taxi Corporation, RTA,
United Arab Emirates
Positions:

CEO of Public Transport Agency in Roads and Transport Authority from March 2013 to October 2015.

CEO of Dubai Taxi in Roads and Transport Authority since Oct 2015.

Qualifications:

Started his work in the United States of America in the year 1997 in Toledo factory, then he returned to Abu Dhabi to work as a Head of Manufacturing Apparatus Unit in the Military in 2001. In 2008 he was the Head Section of Vehicles & Maintenance Equipment in Dubai Municipality, in 2009 he hired in RTA as a Director of Transport Fleet Operation in Roads and Transport Authority in Dubai.

He is holder of PH Degree in engineering in 2012, Master Degree in engineering from American University in Sharjah in 2007, and BA Degree in industrial engineering from Toledo University in the United States in 1998

SESSIONS:


Parallel Session 8: The Future of Taxis and Ride Hailing Apps | Za’abeel Hall 6B

ALWALID A. ALEKRISH
ALWALID A. ALEKRISH
Vice President, Programs & Projects, High Commission for the Development of Arriyadh,
Saudi Arabia

SESSIONS:


Plenary Session 2: MENA Public Transport Projects Showcase | Za’abeel Hall 4

MOHAB ABLA
MOHAB ABLA
Account Manager, Giro Inc.,
Canada
Mohab Abla is an Account Manager at GIRO, a leading maker of public transport software solutions with clients in more than 25 countries. He is committed to providing authorities and operators clear, actionable solutions to meet their planning and operations challenges. Mr. Abla acquired extensive experience in high-profile public transport projects in his prior role as Project Manager at GIRO, including leading HASTUS installation projects in Dubai, where he was based for two years, and in Hong Kong.

Mr. Abla holds a Bachelor of Computer Engineering degree from Concordia University and an MBA from HEC Montréal. He is also a certified Project Management Professional.

SESSIONS:


Parallel Session 2: Public Transport Optimize! Using Data and Technology to Provide Exemplary Services With Less Resources | Za’abeel Hall 6B

AHMED ALI AL BULUSHI
AHMED ALI AL BULUSHI
CEO, Oman National Transport Company (Mwasalat), Muscat,
Oman
Ahmed Al Bulushi holds a Master’s degree in Management and Information Technology from Bond University (Australia) and Higher Diploma in Accounting. He has over 20 years of experience and has held different positions during his career such as director of Financial Affairs for the Royal Court Affairs. Ahmed also holds different positions in board level, such as;

  • Chairman of Oman Logistics Association.
  • Vice Chairman of Oman Shipping Company.
  • Vice Chairman of OITP representing GCC.
  • Board Member of Duqm Naval Dock.
  • Board Member of Muscat Securities Market.
  • Board Member of Oman National Engineering and Investment Company.
  • Board Member of SembCorp Salalah Power and Water Company.

In May 2015, he was appointed as CEO of Oman National Transport Company. The company that is since engaged in a profound process of transformation to become a modern and efficient public transport operator that is committed to upgrading the public transport system in Oman.

SESSIONS:


Plenary Session 1: Measuring and Increasing Happiness for Public Transport | Za’abeel Hall 4

IYAD AL-ANSARI
IYAD AL-ANSARI
CEO, Masdar-Hafilat JV,
United Arab Emirates

SESSIONS:


Parallel Session 3: Public Transport and Meeting The Climate Challenge | Za’abeel Hall 6A

MATTHEW BROWNLIE
MATTHEW BROWNLIE
Managing Director, Trapeze Group Middle East, Dubai,
United Arab Emirates
An experienced IT and transport professional, Matthew has spent 15 years implementing and managing technology in the public transport, taxi and demand response sectors of Australia, the United Kingdom and the Middle East. He offers a unique combination of hands-on technical experience in IT infrastructure and systems and skill at business development and relationship management.

Matthew is the leader of Trapeze’s growing team in the United Arab Emirates, improving customer satisfaction and localizing Trapeze’s business activities in the region.

SESSIONS:


Expo Session 1: Tools for Public Transport Optimisation | Za’abeel Hall

DR. ABDULLA AL KARAM
DR. ABDULLA AL KARAM
Chairman of The Board of Directors and Director General, Knowledge and Human Development Authority,
United Arab Emirates

SESSIONS:


Parallel Session 4: School Transport: Smart Innovations for Safety and Efficiency | Za’abeel Hall 6B

ABDULLA ALI AL MADANI
ABDULLA ALI AL MADANI
CEO Corporate Technology Support Services Sector, Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA),
United Arab Emirates
Abdulla Ali Al Madani is the CEO of Corporate Technology Support Services Sector (CTSS) that is in charge of providing effective support for all RTA’s agencies and sectors to ensure adequate working environment through utilization of state-of-the-art technologies, which involve reducing operational costs, augmenting work efficiency, planning and implementing information technology systems.

Al Madani has an intensive practical experience for more than 24 years in senior management and is currently responsible for running five critical support departments serving six of RTA’s sectors/agencies. CTSS comprises of Information Technology Department, Technology Strategy & Governance Department, Smart Services Department, and Automated Collection Systems Department.

Al Madani holds a B.Sc. in “Management Information Systems” from the University of Colorado, Denver, USA in 1991, and the Mohammed Bin Rashid Programme for Leadership Development (2005).

Based on HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum order in 2005, Al Madani joined RTA since inception, where he lead the IT Department and took the onus of planning and developing RTA’s sophisticated infrastructure network. In May 2006, HH Sheikh Mohammed appointed him as a CEO of Corporate Support Services Sector at RTA.

Al Madani headed scores of teams & committees that fall directly or indirectly within the realms of his authorities.  To name some within RTA: Smart City, IT Governance, Enterprise Command and Control Center, Annual Budgeting, Staff Grievances, Dubai Taxi Development, Customer Satisfaction, .. etc.

At Dubai level, he was the Chairperson of Dubai Open Data committee (Based on the resolution, issued by Shaikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council). Major deliverable includes: Dubai Data Strategy, Dubai Data Law, Dubai Data Roadmap, EC3 and Union Museum Moreover, he is a member of Board of the Dubai Smart City Office, and a former member of the Smart Dubai Executive Committee.

Abdulla Al Madani is a member of RTA Board of Executive Directors.

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Parallel Session 7: Smart Applications in MENA cities and Mobility as a Service | Za’abeel Hall 6A

OTHMAN MOHAMMED ALOTHMAN
OTHMAN MOHAMMED ALOTHMAN
Director of Implementation Support, Public Transport Authority,
Saudi Arabia

SESSIONS:


Parallel Session 8: The Future of Taxis and Ride Hailing Apps | Za’abeel Hall 6B

VERONIQUE ANDRIES
VERONIQUE ANDRIES
Eco-Design Director, Alstom Group,
France

SESSIONS:


Parallel Session 3: Public Transport and Meeting The Climate Challenge | Za’abeel Hall 6A

MELIH ARPACI
MELIH ARPACI
Vice President for Global Sales Mass Transit Siemens Mobility Management, Siemens AG MO MMMT S,
Germany
Melih Arpaci is currently Vice President for Global Sales Mass Transit with a broad experience in different areas of railway signalling application. Since joining Siemens Transportation Systems in 1987, he has worked in different fields such as electronic interlocking system development, product management, ERTMS/ETCS, system engineering for mass transit train control systems and business development.

Latest presentations 2011: UITP Conference Dubai/UAE Lessons Learnt from CBTC Projects for New Lines and Migration of Existing Lines 2011: CBTC World Congress Stockholm/Sweden Industry insight – defining targeted solutions and providing greater integration to increase the lifecycle of CBTC technologies and ensure long-term success 2012: CBTC World Congress Amsterdam/Netherlands Industry insight – Working collaboratively with operator to bring down costs and allow for future advancements

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Parallel Session 2: Public Transport Optimize! Using Data and Technology to Provide Exemplary Services With Less Resources | Za’abeel Hall 6B

AHMED BAHROZYAN
AHMED BAHROZYAN
CEO Public Transport Agency, Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA),
United Arab Emirates
Ahmed Bahrozyan is the Chief Executive Officer of The Public Transport Agency, which is responsible for offering the needs of public transport in the city (Public buses, Taxies, School Buses, Lemozine, Labor Transport Buses…) Bahrozyan holds undergraduate degree in Management Information Systems (MIS) from the University of Colorado, USA, 1991.

In December 2017, Ahmed Bahrozyan was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of the Public Transport Agency. In 2008, Ahmed Bahrozyan was appointed as the Chief Executive

Officer of the Licensing Agency where he mainly focused on building a strong team, simplification of the services, improvement of processes and services.

Ahmed Bahrozyan joined the RTA in December 2005, one month after the organization was established, as Deputy Director of the Information Technology Department. He progressed to become the Director of the IT Department and then moved on to hold the position of Director of the Development and Corporate Performance Department where he was responsible for working with all RTA agencies.

Prior to joining RTA, Ahmed Bahrozyan was the Manager of e-Government Services at Dubai Municipality, where he oversaw the development of hundreds of online services that were focused on improving services. Bahrozyan is RTA board member since 2008.

SESSIONS:


Plenary Session 4: Public Transport Into The Future | Za’abeel Hall 4

RALF BARON
RALF BARON
Head of Arthur D. Little Global Travel & Transportation Practice,
Germany
Ralf Baron is Partner at Arthur D. Little and Head of the Global Travel and Transportation Practice. He has been working with Arthur D. Little for more than 20 years. Before joing Arthur D. Little Ralf Baron worked at United Nations Headquarters in New York (UN Secreatariat), Centre for Science and Technology for Development

Ralf’s fields of expertise include Strategy and Innovation, Smart City and Integrated Mobility, Transformation Management and Change, Efficiency and Effectiveness Improvement. He has been engaged to lead numerous projects in these fields for cities, public administrations, companies, mobility service providers. He is also well known in the Industry for his leadership coaching capacity and  his experience to manage transfpramtion.

Ralf Baron studied Political Science with a focus on International Economic Relations and holds an M.A. degree from the Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich.

SESSIONS:


Plenary Session 4: Public Transport Into The Future | Za’abeel Hall 4

LAURENCE BATLLE
LAURENCE BATLLE
President of the Executive Board, RATP DEV,
France
Laurence Batlle is Chairwoman of the RATP Dev Executive Board, and has sat on the RATP Group Executive Board since 1st January 2017. She joined RATP Dev in 2007 as CFO, and since then has played a major role in defining its strategy and supervising its international growth. She became a member of the Executive Board in 2011, and was in charge of its Americas-Africa and Sightseeing Business Units from 2014 to 2016. She has also been an independent Board member of Elior Group since 2014.

Laurence Batlle has a proven executive management track record: prior to joining RATP Dev, she spent 14 years driving sales growth in major consulting firms, first for PricewaterhouseCoopers and then as VP Global Finance Support at Atos Origin for two years. She is a graduate of Harvard Business School and Institut Commercial de Nancy, and is a Knight of the French National Order of Merit.

SESSIONS:


Plenary Session 3: Financing and Governance of Public Transport In The Context of Slow Economic Growth | Za’abeel Hall 4

ZAKARYAE BOUDI
ZAKARYAE BOUDI
Economic Development & African Region Advisor, UIC,
France
Zakaryae Boudi is an international consultant specialized in transport & infrastructure policy and financing. Before joining the International Union of Railways (UIC) as Economic and African Region Advisor, where he was leading the launch of UIC Centre for Railway Financing and PPPs, Zakaryae worked closely with Moroccan Government and Ministry of Transport on PPPs’ framework consolidation, and contributed to the “PPP Procurement in the infrastructure sector 2018” project by the World Bank. At UIC, Zakaryae  played also a major role in developing the new strategy of the international program “Talent”. Prior to that, he contributed in a consulting project to the EU Commission on land transport security and held a project manager position in a technological supplier for the rail and energy sectors. Zakaryae holds an engineering degree from Ecole Mohammadia d’Ingénieurs (EMI) and an Executive Master form Sciences Po Paris.

SESSIONS:


Expo Session 1: Tools for Public Transport Optimisation | Za’abeel Hall

KRISTIAN BRINK
KRISTIAN BRINK
Director Business Development South Europe, nextbike GmbH,
Germany
Kristian joined the NEXTBIKE team in early 2016 to expand the global footprint of the company in Latin speaking countries as well as the MENA region. Before, he served at the UN-Habitat Cairo Office, Egypt, in housing and mobility development. Here he honed his understanding of the challenges and needs of cities in the Middle East.

Among the skills that drive the fulfilment of the tasks of his role are team-building, strategic management, and governmental relations of key relevance. Based in Germany and mastering five languages, Kristian’s role serves as a link between the latest business trends in the MENA region and Europe, as well as other markets, anticipating moves in the industry and bringing state-of-the-art benchmarks in both directions.

SESSIONS:


Parallel Session 1: Pedestrianisation and Non-Motorised Travel | Za’abeel Hall 6A

NICOLAS CARTIER
NICOLAS CARTIER
Director “Bus 2025” Energy Transition Program “, RATP Group,
France
Nicolas Cartier is currently the RATP programme director for Bus2025, which aims to convert RATP’s fleet of 4,700 buses into exclusively green vehicles. Before taking on this role in 2015 he worked in the Transport System Maintenance department. As General Manager he oversaw a staff of 350 to maintain the signalling system of the entire RATP metro and RER rail system. He also served as General Manager of Croix Nivert bus operations in Paris from 2008 to 2011, leading a staff of 650 to operate and maintain seven bus routes and a T3 tramway.

Nicolas Cartier has extensive experience in project management; beginning in 1996 he spent more than a decade working on key projects as a project manager. He was notably involved in rolling out the Navigo pass, the integrated contactless ticketing system, and in promoting innovation and research for other ticketing and passenger-service systems. Over the years, he has provided valuable expertise in IT and network structure.

Cartier is a graduate of École Polytechnique and École Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications (ENST).

SESSIONS:


Parallel Session 3: Public Transport and Meeting The Climate Challenge | Za’abeel Hall 6A

RÉMY CHAINTREAU
RÉMY CHAINTREAU
Vice President Sales, NAVYA,
France
Rémy Chaintreau is NAVYA VP Sales. He and his team are dedicated to demonstrate and sale NAVYA vehicles worldwide. He organizes the international sales structures and deliver profitable growth.

Before NAVYA he has been working for over 20 years on international development within added value products for blue-chip clients across Aerospace, Green Energy, and Automotive.

SESSIONS:


Expo Session 3: Autonomous Vehicles for Public Transport | Za’abeel Hall 5

BRUNO CHARRADE
BRUNO CHARRADE
CEO LATAM, South Europe & MENA, Transdev,
Chile
Bruno Charrade is graduated as a Civil Engineer in France and started his career as a works unit manager for the French civil works company VINCI. He joined Veolia Transport France as a General Manager in 2000 for buses and coaches’ operations in the North East region. In 2005, he was appointed as the Assistant Director – New International Market of Veolia Transport.

In 2006, he was appointed as CEO of Veolia Transport China. In 2012, he was appointed as CEO of Transdev Latin America. From the 1st of January 2018 he was appointed as CEO of Transdev for Latin America, South Europe and MENA.

SESSIONS:


Plenary Session 1: Measuring and Increasing Happiness for Public Transport | Za’abeel Hall 4

JACQUES COLLIARD
JACQUES COLLIARD
Head of Security Division, International Union of Railways (UIC), Paris,
France

SESSIONS:


Parallel Session 5: Safety and Security In Public Transport | Za’abeel Hall 6A

SAMI DUBIKHI
SAMI DUBIKHI
CEO, Tatweer Educational Transportation Services Company (TTC),
Saudi Arabia

SESSIONS:


Parallel Session 4: School Transport: Smart Innovations for Safety and Efficiency | Za’abeel Hall 6B

LEILA FRANCES
LEILA FRANCES
President Middle East and Hyderabad and Chair of Keolis Downer, Keolis Group,
Australia
Leila first joined Keolis in 2006 and led the successful London Midland Rail Franchise tender. In 2008 she moved to Melbourne, Australia and set up the joint venture of Keolis Downer and led the successful MR3 Yarra Trams tender.   After the award of Gold Coast Light Rail Leila moved back to Europe and led the PMO for Keolis International.

Leila re-joined Keolis in May 2014 after two years as Commercial Director and Deputy Managing Director of Abellio UK. Previously, she had spent four years as Keolis Group Executive Vice President for Projects and International Director of Projects, where she led several key international tenders, including Melbourne trams, the Gold Coast Light Rail PPP (Public Private Partnership) bid, E20 in Stockholm and the OWL heavy rail contract in Germany.

She began her career as Franchise Bid Manager at First Group in June 2000, before moving to c2c Rail where as General Manager she transformed the organisation from the “Misery Line” into a top performing rail company and won the prestigious London Suburban Rail Operator of the Year 2005.

Leila holds a MBA from Kingston University London, as well as a Post Graduate Certificate in Education and a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Social Studies from Sheffield Hallam University, UK.

SESSIONS:


Plenary Session 1: Measuring and Increasing Happiness for Public Transport | Za’abeel Hall 4

CHRISTOPHER FREE
CHRISTOPHER FREE
Strategy Lead for Europe, Middle East and Africa, Uber,
United Arab Emirates
Chris Free graduated from the Uni. of Manchester in 2007 and went on to spend the first 4 years of his career within the Strategy Practice at Accenture in London. Following that, Chris joined WPSChallenger, an early stage VC firm based in London and Los Angeles as a Senior Associate. The firm focused on investments within the digital media and technology space.

Chris Free joined Uber in July 2014 as a Launcher, where he helped launch the product in Poland and across the Nordics including Oslo, Copenhagen and Helsinki. For the last 3 years

Chris has been General Manager of UAE & Qatar, before recently moving to Amsterdam where he is currently Head of Strategy for EMEA Operations.

SESSIONS:


Plenary Session 4: Public Transport Into The Future | Za’abeel Hall 4

BIBOP G. GRESTA
BIBOP G. GRESTA
Chairman, Hyperloop Transportation Technologies,
United Arab Emirates

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Plenary Session 4: Public Transport Into The Future | Za’abeel Hall 4

IBRAHIM AL HADDAD
IBRAHIM AL HADDAD
Director of Commercial & Investment Department, Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA),
United Arab Emirates

SESSIONS:


Plenary Session 3: Financing and Governance of Public Transport In The Context of Slow Economic Growth | Za’abeel Hall 4

SYLVAIN HAON
SYLVAIN HAON
Director Knowledge & Membership Services, International Association of Public Transport (UITP),
Belgium
CHANG HAO
CHANG HAO
Vice General Manager of Business Development, Zhengzhou Yutong Bus Co. Ltd, Henan,
China
Chang Hao, vice General Manager of the International Business Dept. of Zhengzhou Yutong Bus Co., Ltd., who is responsible for the market development planning and sales management of Yutong company’s overseas market. He has been involved in the related public transport industry in over ten countries and regions such as Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Philippines and France for over ten years, and has a deep understanding and study on the market characteristics and customer needs of the public transport industry.

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Parallel Session 3: Public Transport and Meeting The Climate Challenge | Za’abeel Hall 6A

MOHAMMED ABUBAKER AL HASHIMI
MOHAMMED ABUBAKER AL HASHIMI
Director of Planning & Business Development Department, Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA),
United Arab Emirates
Mohammed has strong front line management experience gained through working in the transportation and urban mobility industry at various levels of the business leading to Director Level. He offers outstanding business, technical, and people management skills. Well-versed in industry best practices and international benchmarks. Eng. Mohammed has over 15 years of professional experience in delivering strategic governmental projects, developing strategies, KPIs, multi-modal transport modes integration, policies and master plans. He has solid financial acumen and ability to develop procedures to track, measure business performance and to develop best-in-class practices to drive improvements.

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Parallel Session 8: The Future of Taxis and Ride Hailing Apps | Za’abeel Hall 6B

MOHAMED HEGAZY
MOHAMED HEGAZY
Director, Transport for Cairo (TfC), Cairo,
Egypt
  1. Hegazy specializes in combining the collection, integration, and analysis of data with public policy design and implementation to improve urban systems and quality of life. In 2015, he co-founded Transport for Cairo ‘TfC’, which is mapping formal and informal transit in Cairo as an action research project improving mobility and accessibility in Africa.

A passionate cyclist, Hegazy was born in Cairo, Egypt. He is trained in Economics, Public Policy Design and Implementation in the American University in Cairo and Sciences Po in Paris, France and is currently visiting the Center for Sustainable Urban Development, Columbia University, New York, United States.

ABDULMUHSEN YOUNUS IBRAHIM
ABDULMUHSEN YOUNUS IBRAHIM
CEO Rail Agency, Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA),
United Arab Emirates
Mr. Abdul Muhsen Ibrahim Younus is the Chief Executive Officer of the Rail Agency at RTA Dubai. He held this position since 2015 after serving nine years as Chief Executive Officer of Strategy and Corporate Governance at the same authority.

In his role as RTA Rail CEO, he has been focusing on improving the operational function of the Agency, increasing revenue generation and enhancing cost savings. He actively promotes the effective utilization of public funds to expand the Rail network in Dubai, via engaging the private sector in Public Private Partnership (PPP) Schemes. Mr. Younus is currently managing a number of essential and strategic rail projects such as:

  • Updating of the Master Plan of the rail network in Dubai
  • Route 2020 project – Expansion of existing Metro Line (10.6 Billion AED)
  • The Preliminary Engineering of Dubai Tram expansion, phase 2 and 3

Further, Mr. Younus is a strong supporter of innovation to promote Public Transportation, among the innovative projects that he directs at Rail Agency is the feasibility of the Hyperloop for Dubai. As Chief Executive Officer of Strategy and Corporate Governance at RTA, he defined and steered RTA’s strategic direction towards a totally integrated transportation system, in support of Dubai’s long-term Strategic Development Plan.

Mr. Younus has received a number of awards and medals including:

  • Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Medal for his role in delivering large and prestigious projects with excellence.
  • Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Medal for the Best Chief Executive Officer, under the Dubai Government Excellence Programme 2017.

SESSIONS:


Plenary Session 2: MENA Public Transport Projects Showcase | Za’abeel Hall 4


Plenary Session 3: Financing and Governance of Public Transport In The Context of Slow Economic Growth | Za’abeel Hall 4


Parallel Session 6: Mapping and Understanding Paratransit/ Hybrid/ Informal Transport Systems In MENA Cities | Za’abeel Hall 6B

ALOK JAIN
ALOK JAIN
Managing Director, Trans-Consult Asia Ltd.,
Hong Kong
Alok is the Managing Director of Trans-consult Asia, a management-consulting firm, specializing in Traffic and Transport advisory services. He has a long portfolio of experience in transport sector and is a regular international expert trainer with International Association of Public Transport (UITP). Previously, he was Deputy Operations Director of The Kowloon Motor Bus Co. (1933) Ltd. (KMB), leading the strategy and planning for improving efficiency, instilling process management, restructuring the network and implementation of new technology.

Prior to KMB, he was Director of Trans-consult Asia, Hong Kong, and MVA Asia, Hong Kong, and led the design and planning of many large-scale transport infrastructure projects in South-Asian region.

Alok has also worked for MTR Corporation / KCR Corporation, Hong Kong for 12 years. In his last position as General Manager-Marketing, he was heading the Marketing Department. He has also worked in the areas of railway/metro project planning and management, operations planning, testing and commissioning of new lines, revenue management, financial appraisals, and strategic planning.

Alok played an active role in a number of other business organizations and worked in many countries in a career spanning over 25 years. With several publications to his credit including contribution to a book on best practices in railways operations and management, he is a regular speaker on multi-modal integration, public transport operations & management, SMART mobility, and clean vehicle technologies. He is a Fellow of Civic Exchange (a non-profit think-tank), and serves as a Member in

Transport Policy Committee of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport in Hong Kong.

SESSIONS:


Parallel Session 2: Public Transport Optimize! Using Data and Technology to Provide Exemplary Services With Less Resources | Za’abeel Hall 6B

IAN JENNINGS
IAN JENNINGS
Senior Urban Transport Specialist, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), United Kingdom
Ian is Senior Urban Transport Specialist in the Municipal and Environmental Infrastructure Department at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, providing sector expertise for policy guidance, project preparation, implementation support and outreach for all urban transport projects funded by the Bank. Before 2014, he had 20 years of international experience with Egis of France in transport planning studies at urban, national and regional levels, multi-sector infrastructure and private sector/PPP development, of which the South Asia Regional Transport Plan, Secretariat for AU-EU Strategic Partnership in Infrastructure and PPP Toolkit in Roads and Highways.

Ian holds an MBA from HEC-Paris and an MSc in Civil Engineering from University of Manchester

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Plenary Session 3: Financing and Governance of Public Transport In The Context of Slow Economic Growth | Za’abeel Hall 4

LI JIANJUN
LI JIANJUN
Senior IoV Strategy & Product Manager, Zhengzhou Yutong Bus Co. Ltd., Henan,
China
Li Jianjun is the product manager of the intelligent connectivity Research Department of Zhengzhou Yutong Bus Co., Ltd. He also leads a marketing operation team to promote the widely use of connected product and solutions in Domestic and over the seas.  He has participated in many projects of bus&coach connectivity, such as Yutong’s  school bus monitoring system in 2014, the remote control project , the new energy vehicle monitoring platform in 2016, the smart remote charge management system of electric trolley bus in 2017, helps thousands of transport enterprises improve the efficiency of fleet management, reduce the costs.

SESSIONS:


Expo Session 2: E-Buses | Za’abeel Hall 5

AHMAD JAMALUDDIN SALLEH
AHMAD JAMALUDDIN SALLEH
Managing Director, PRIME, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Branch for the MMMSL Project, Makkah,
Saudi Arabia

Ahmad Jamaluddin Salleh is currently the Managing Director at Al Mashaaer Al Mugaddassah Metro Southern Line Project, Saudi Arabia. He has over 20 years of experience in railway industries (LRT, Monorail and Metro) covering the design reviews, post installation check-outs, testing and commissioning, integration, compliance, inspection, quality assurance and operation & maintenance.
A graduate of University of Arizona, Tucson, U.S.A in Computer Engineering, Ahmad Jamaluddin began his career in railways as an engineer in 1997 at the LRT 2 Kuala Lumpur.

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Parallel Session 5: Safety and Security In Public Transport | Za’abeel Hall 6A

DR. PETER JONES
DR. PETER JONES
Professor, Centre for Transport Studies, University College London (UCL), London,
United Kingdom
Peter is a member of the Independent Transport Commission, the DfT’s Science Advisory Council and co-chair of its Joint Analysis Development Group. He is Scientific Co-ordinator for the EU funded ‘CREATE’ project on trends in urban mobility and future city challenges, is a member of the Commission on Travel Demand and of the London Roads and Streets Commission. He was awarded an OBE for services to national transport policy, in January 2017. He has a wide range of transport research and teaching interests, covering both analytical methods and policy. These include transport policy, traveller attitudes and behaviour, travel trends and the determinants of travel demand, traffic restraint studies, accessibility studies, policy option generation, major transport economic and social impact studies, public engagement, development of new survey and appraisal methods, and advances in urban street planning and design.

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Plenary Session 3: Financing and Governance of Public Transport In The Context of Slow Economic Growth | Za’abeel Hall 4

ALEX DE JONG
ALEX DE JONG
Business Development Manager Public Transport, VDL Bus & Coach bv, Valkenswaard,
The Netherlands
Responsible for international Public Transport team and product range at HQ level including in a matrix organisation responsible for the Public Transport subsidiaries. Member of Management Team VDL Bus & Coach HQ, Member of Management Team E-Mobility. Definition and implementation of all necessary processes to support the quotations to the Public Transport tenders as effective as possible. Managing and expanding a team of specialists within VDL Bus & Coach to support the international tenders and quotations to all Public Transport customers. The responsibilities of this tender team are: quotations, order support and sales support to subsidiaries and importers, key account management, product management, implementation coordination. Product range; Public Transport Citea Diesel, Hybrid and Electric, full range. Since January 2018 the Mini/midi product range is added to this portfolio too.

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Expo Session 2: E-Buses | Za’abeel Hall 5

MOHAMMED AL KHAYAT
MOHAMMED AL KHAYAT
Director of Smart Services Department, Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA),
United Arab Emirates
Mohammed Al Khayat has intensive experience of over 17 years in senior management roles in the private and public sector. Currently he is the Director of Smart Services in Corporate Technology Support Services Sector at Roads and Transport Authority (Government of Dubai), Dubai (UAE).

He is in charge of providing technology vision and leadership for developing and implementing smart services initiatives using the state of the art technologies and Artificial Intelligence. He headed numerous committees and teams such as RTA Smart Services, RTA Artificial Intelligence committee, etc. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering from the Khalifah University, (UAE).

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Parallel Session 2: Public Transport Optimize! Using Data and Technology to Provide Exemplary Services With Less Resources | Za’abeel Hall 6B

ROMAN LATYPOV
ROMAN LATYPOV
First Deputy Head, Moscow Metro, Head of Moscow Circle Line, Moscow Metro,
Russia
Roman Latypov, born in 1989

In 2010 Roman graduated from the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA), bachelor of management.

2012 – University of Bedfordshire, United Kingdom. Business Administration

2016 – Massachusetts Institute of Technology course – Fintech technologies, Big data science

Work experience:

2015 till now – Moscow metro, First deputy for strategic development and client services

2012 – 2015 – McKinsey & Company, engagement manager. Was responsible for logistics and lean management projects in in Russia, USA, UK, Saudi Arabia

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Plenary Session 3: Financing and Governance of Public Transport In The Context of Slow Economic Growth | Za’abeel Hall 4

PHILIPPE LEGUAY
PHILIPPE LEGUAY
International Director Urban Transport Systems, Keolis, Paris,
France
Philippe Leguay has 36 years’ experience in railway transport systems, design, conception, launch, operation & maintenance. He has a Master’s Degree in Engineering from the French CESI Paris engineering school and an Executive MBA from the French HEC Paris business school. He is a referent expert in full automated and CBTC metro transport systems for UITP, the EU and for Keolis. Keolis, a French private international public transport operator established in 16 countries, is the pioneer and the world leader in UTO/driverless metro operation & maintenance.

As the global leader for the operation and maintenance (O&M) of fully automatic metro systems (UTO/GoA4) and trams, Keolis is involved in a number of major

international urban railway projects, including the French “Grand Paris Express” CBTC GoA4 metro project (4 lines/200 km), the Indian CBTC metro project in Hyderabad (3 ,lines/71 km), the Qatari CBTC GoA4 metro project in Doha (3 lines/68 km), the Ivory Coast CBTC metro project in Abidjan (1 lines/37 km) and the Chinese CBTC GoA4 metro project in Shanghai (1 line/8 km). Keolis currently operates the world’s largest tram network in Melbourne, Australia (Yarra Trams), three fully automatic GoA4 metro networks in France (Lille’s first UTO metro in the world, Lyon’s first CBTC UTO metro in the world and Rennes’s UTO metro), as well as the London DLR driverless GoA3 CBTC metro network. Through these operations and projects, Keolis has become a worldwide reference for the O&M of CBTC: 310 kilometers of lines, 8 networks, 18 lines, 14 driverless lines, 9 projects including 9 Greenfield lines and 9 Brownfield lines. Philippe’s railway experience also covers Paris metro, Eurotunnel fixed linked between France & the UK, Lausanne’s first driverless CBTC metro in Switzerland, Roissy Airport’s UTO metro and Shanghai first GoA4 metro. Philippe is in charge to support Keolis’s world urban railway business development through engineering and innovation (including digitization). Philippe is also advising the Hyperloop One Company.

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Expo Session 3: Autonomous Vehicles for Public Transport | Za’abeel Hall 5

ALAIN MARTINAIS
ALAIN MARTINAIS
Director, Marketing, New Markets, Giro Inc.,
Canada
Alain Martinais joined GIRO in 1991, bringing with him extensive experience in rail transportation and technology development. Initially responsible for upgrading GIRO’s existing quality-assurance and quality-control processes, Mr. Martinais soon began overseeing large projects for the company’s European clients. His strong commitment to ensuring high-quality products and providing the industry with tailor-made software tools has contributed to the success of the HASTUS product family within the public transport sector.

 

In 1998, Mr. Martinais joined GIRO’s marketing group with responsibilities in the European, MENA, and Latin American markets. Currently, as Director, Marketing New Markets at GIRO, Mr. Martinais is responsible for the company’s MENA and Latin American markets. Through events like UITP seminars and meetings, Mr. Martinais is pleased to share his knowledge and expertise to help build better public transport systems.

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Parallel Session 7: Smart Applications in MENA cities and Mobility as a Service | Za’abeel Hall 6A

GUILLAUME MARTINETTI
GUILLAUME MARTINETTI
Chief Data Officer, RATP Dev,
France
Guillaume is currently the head of RATP DEV Artificial Intelligence & Big Data projects. He is in charge of the development of data management platforms and analytic tools for operation optimization (traffic forecast, offer-demand match, predictive maintenance, etc.). Graduated from the Imperial College of London and the Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées. He was previously the team manager of the Urban transport operation and traffic engineering department at SYSTRA company.

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Parallel Session 2: Public Transport Optimize! Using Data and Technology to Provide Exemplary Services With Less Resources | Za’abeel Hall 6B

RAYMOND MELLEADY
RAYMOND MELLEADY
Executive Vice President, The USSC Group,
USA
Raymond Melleady joined the USSC Group in 2012 serving as the Managing Director of North America. His primary duties include the oversight of manufacturing, sales, customer service and corporate development initiatives in in the North American transit market. Prior to joining the USSC Group, he served as Chief Executive Officer for the Capital District Transportation Authority in Albany, NY. He currently serves as Chair of the APTA Business Member Legislative Committee, and the NYPTA and APTA Board of Directors. He is a published Author and frequent speaker on the topic of strategy and organizational planning. His book, “A Journey into Strategy,” outlines the challenges and opportunities in the life of a transit mind.

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Parallel Session 4: School Transport: Smart Innovations for Safety and Efficiency | Za’abeel Hall 6B

DENNIS MICA
DENNIS MICA
Business Development Manager, 2getthere, Utrecht,
The Netherlands
Dennis (36 years old) has been working for 2getthere in business development and sales, serving clients in Europe, the US, The Middle East and Asia. 2getthere is a supplier of automated transit solutions with fully automated driverless vehicles and has over 20 years of experience. Dennis led the contribution of 2getthere in the consortium study for the A10/Lelylaan of the future. Dennis has over 12 years of experience in sales, business development and (sales) management, mainly at Brunel International NV. He graduated his master Business Studies at the University of Amsterdam.

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Expo Session 3: Autonomous Vehicles for Public Transport | Za’abeel Hall 5

TAMMAM NAKKASH
TAMMAM NAKKASH
Managing Partner, TEAM International, Beirut,
Lebanon
Tammam Nakkash, is a Founding Managing Partner of TEAM International, an engineering and management consulting firm, based in Beirut, Lebanon and operating across the MENA Region.

Mr. Nakkash represents the Federation of Lebanese Engineers in the Transport Committee of the Federation of Arab Engineers, and in the Lebanese National Traffic Safety Committee. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE), Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), and a Distinguished Alumnus of the Faculty of Engineering and Architecture of the American University of Beirut. He was Vice Chairman VC Middle East 2013-2015 of the UITP (International Association of Public Transport) MENA Region and member of Steering Committee of its Center for Transport Excellence. He is a public transport advocate, which earned TEAM International the Public Transport Advocacy Award in the MENA Region of UITP.

Mr. Nakkash earned B.E., MTE, and PhD degrees from AUB, USC, and Purdue.

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Parallel Session 1: Pedestrianisation and Non-Motorised Travel | Za’abeel Hall 6A

TAKAO NISHIYAMA
TAKAO NISHIYAMA
Executive Director, East Japan Railway Company (JR East),
Japan
Mr. Nishiyama joined Japanese National Railways (JNR) in 1981 and was assigned to East Japan Railway Company (JR East) when JNR was divided and privatized in 1987.

In JR East he held various management positions mainly in the transport and rolling stock field such as Chief of an electric railcar depot, Manager of Car & Crew Utilization Division of regional office and General Manager of Transport Department of regional office. From 2007 to 2008 he was responsible for overall customer service in the company as General Manager of Customer Service Department in the Headquarters, and he served as Executive Director of New York Office for four years from 2008 to 2012. From June 2012, he was in charge of overall overseas affairs of the company as Director of International Dep.Since June 2014, he has been a member of the board as Executive Director in charge of overseas affairs.

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Plenary Session 1: Measuring and Increasing Happiness for Public Transport | Za’abeel Hall 4

ANNE-LAURE NOAT
ANNE-LAURE NOAT
Chair of UITP Business and Human Resources Management Commission Partner at Eurogroup Consulting,
France
Anne-Laure Noat, partner at Eurogroup Consulting France, and member of the Mobility, Logistics & Services practice, was born in France in 1964. After studying agro engineering at Paris Grignon National Agronomic Institute and Business Management at ESSEC, she started her worklife in Japan at Crédit Lyonnais. She joined Eurogroup Consulting in 1990 where she developed the consulting activities in transport leading strategic, operational and management project for public transport operators, PTAs, Infrastructure management companies such as airport or ports or Regulators. She has been a member of the corporate management commission since 2007 and Chair of the BHRM commission since May 2017. She is also Board Member at Crédit Agricole Investment Bank and chair of the audit committee and of the remuneration committee.

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Plenary Session 1: Measuring and Increasing Happiness for Public Transport | Za’abeel Hall 4

MUNA AL OSAIMI
MUNA AL OSAIMI
Director of Strategic Planning Department, Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA),
United Arab Emirates
With 14 years of Experience, Mrs. Alosaimi has participated in multiple transportation master plans including Dubai Transportation master plan SPD 25, Rail Master plan, as well as multiple policies and studies.

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Parallel Session 1: Pedestrianisation and Non-Motorised Travel | Za’abeel Hall 6A

AKASH PASSAY
AKASH PASSAY
Senior Vice President, Volvo Bus Corporation,
Sweden
Akash Passey presently serves as Sr. Vice President – Volvo Bus Corporation.  As a member of the Volvo Bus Executive Management, he is responsible for the International Region covering India, China, Middle East/Africa, Asia Pacific and CIS countries. He is the Chairman of Volvo Buses Business Board India. He regards the opportunity to present innovative people transportation solutions working with talented people across the globe as the biggest perk of his job.

 

In prior roles, Akash has served as the Managing Director & CEO of Volvo buses in South Asia, which included all markets in the SAARC region. He had the privilege in 2001 to start and establish Volvo Bus as a ticket brand in India. Other roles included being on the Boards of VCE SIAM and CII Karnataka. He is also a founder member of ASDC (Automotive Skill Development Council of India). Akash has over 25 years of experience in the truck and bus Industry.

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Parallel Session 3: Public Transport and Meeting The Climate Challenge | Za’abeel Hall 6A

JAN POLITIEK
JAN POLITIEK
Chairman of Security Commission and Chief Security officer, Arriva Nederland,
Netherlands

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Parallel Session 5: Safety and Security In Public Transport | Za’abeel Hall 6A

JEROME POURBAIX
JEROME POURBAIX
Director Regional Offices and Services, International Association of Public Transport (UITP),
Belgium

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Parallel Session 2: Public Transport Optimize! Using Data and Technology to Provide Exemplary Services With Less Resources | Za’abeel Hall 6B

KIRILL POLYAKOV
KIRILL POLYAKOV
General Director, Transport Directorate of 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™,
Russia
1995 – 2001 – work in commercial organizations;
2001 – 2003 – Member of the Legislative Assembly of Leningrad region;
2003 – 2007 – Chairman of the Leningrad Region Legislative Assembly;
2007 – 2009 – Member of the Legislative Assembly of Leningrad region Russian Federation;
2009 – 2012 – Chairman of the Board of Directors of OJSC “Kirovsky Plant”;
2012 – 2013 – CEO of investment company “Interprom”;
2013-2017 – General Director of ANO “Directorate for development of St. Petersburg transport system and the Leningrad Region”, Advisor to the Minister of Transport;
Since 2017 – General Director ANO “Transport Directorate of FIFA World Cup Russia 2018”, Moscow, Russia

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Parallel Session 5: Safety and Security In Public Transport | Za’abeel Hall 6A

RICHARD PROBST
RICHARD PROBST
Deputy Resident Director and Coordinator of Regional Programs, Friedrich Ebert Stiftung,
Jordan
Richard Probst is currently the regional Coordinator for the Climate and Energy Project of Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES), based in Jordan, Amman. In his currnet position he organized the annual “Sustainable and Social Cities Conference in the MENA region”.  Before joining FES in Jordan he worked for FES in Tunisia and Berlin, the EU Delegation in Egypt and in the French Parliament. Richard Probst holds a Double Master Degree in International Relations and European Politics from Konstanz University (Germany) and Institut d’Etudes Politiques Grenobles (France).

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Parallel Session 6: Mapping and Understanding Paratransit/ Hybrid/ Informal Transport Systems In MENA Cities | Za’abeel Hall 6B

ALEXANDRA H. ROBINSON
ALEXANDRA H. ROBINSON
Executive Director for the Office of Pupil Transportation, New York City Department of Education,
USA
Alexandra Robinson began her work with students with disabilities as a counselor and teacher of students with severe Autism over 29 years ago. During that time, Alex has presented to transportation professionals and special educators both locally and internationally in the areas of mobility/securement, civil rights, safe transportation of students with medical and special needs.  In addition to serving as an expert witness nationally, her presentations on strategic planning, leadership, logistics and organizational behavior have helped guide transportation professionals in the US, Canada, Asia and the Middle East.

 

Alex is the Executive Director for the Office of Pupil Transportation for the New York City Department of Education, the largest school district in the country and is the Past President of the National Association for Pupil Transportation (NAPT).

 

Alex holds a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration and Special Education; is a Certified Director of Pupil Transportation, and is a NHTSA Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician.  Alex is fluent in French, Spanish, proficient in Russian, and is the proud mother of 22-year-old Rebecca.

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Parallel Session 4: School Transport: Smart Innovations for Safety and Efficiency | Za’abeel Hall 6B

HECTOR GUILLERMO LOPEZ RUIZ
HECTOR GUILLERMO LOPEZ RUIZ
Research Fellow, King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Centre (KAPSARC), Riyadh,
Saudi Arabia
Hector is a research fellow at KAPSARC. He is a transport economist with 12 years of experience in five countries and is fluent in four languages. The focus of his work is on transport economic modeling, offering science-based solutions to aid policy making. He is experienced in building long-term sustainable transport policy scenarios and carrying out model-based policy analysis. During his career, he has modeled mobility for passenger and freight transport; vehicles, and analyzed policy-based effects on transport. He has worked for the French Energy Management Agency (ADEME); the French National Research Centre (CNRS-LAET); the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (ECCET-JRC) and the European Institute for Energy Research (KIT & EDF)]

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Expo Session 1: Tools for Public Transport Optimisation | Za’abeel Hall

ANTHONY RINALDI
ANTHONY RINALDI
Business Development Manager, PBSC Urban Solutions,
Canada

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Parallel Session 1: Pedestrianisation and Non-Motorised Travel | Za’abeel Hall 6A

BRUNO SCHWAGER
BRUNO SCHWAGER
Director, Verkehrsbetriebe Schaffhausen, Schaffhausen,
Switzerland
Bruno Schwager has been the director of the Public Transport Authority of Schaffhausen (VBSH) and the Regional Transport Authority of Schaffhausen (RVSH) since 2014 and is thus responsible for the further development of urban and regional bus transport in and around Schaffhausen, Switzerland. Under his leadership, Schaffhausen has adopted a pioneering role in the field of self-driving vehicles.

Before 2014, Bruno Schwager successfully held key positions in the areas of rail vehicles and plant construction for many years after he completed his training as mechanical engineer (FH) and a post graduate degree in industrial engineering. He is 50 years old, married, father of two children and lives with his family in Hettlingen, Switzerland.

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Expo Session 3: Autonomous Vehicles for Public Transport | Za’abeel Hall 5

JOSEPH SALEM
JOSEPH SALEM
Principal, Arthur D. Little Middle East FZ-LLC,
United Arab Emirates
Joseph is a Principal at Arthur D. Little Middle East and the Global Head of International affairs in the consultancy’s Travel & Transportation practice.

His work focuses on the future of urban mobility and innovative business models in the transport ecosystem. He Led major assignments on future shaping strategies for taxi companies across the globe and supported transport authorities in developing regulatory stategies for their ride-hailing market. He published several thought pieces on the future of mobility and on topics related to mobility as a service.

Joseph graduated from the Amercian University of Beirut with a degree in Engineering and holds a Masters in Strategic Management from HEC Paris

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Parallel Session 8: The Future of Taxis and Ride Hailing Apps | Za’abeel Hall 6B

STEPHEN SEVERANCE
STEPHEN SEVERANCE
Head of Program Management and Investments, Masdar (Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company),
United Arab Emirates

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Parallel Session 3: Public Transport and Meeting The Climate Challenge | Za’abeel Hall 6A

ADEL SHAKRI
ADEL SHAKRI
Director of Transportation Systems Department, Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), United Arab Emirates
Mr. Adel Shakeri is currently serving as the Director of Transportation Systems. He has over 15 years experience in managing large and complex business transformation projects. Currently he is leading the Dubai World Challenge for Self-Driving Transport.  He has also led the team who won Best Innovative Idea at Dubai Government Excellence Award, May 2016.

Some of his major achievements include implementation and management of Bus Automated Vehicle Management System, Bus Automated Fare Collection System, Real-time Passenger Information System, Connected Mobility Platform and several other Smart Applications.

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Parallel Session 7: Smart Applications in MENA cities and Mobility as a Service | Za’abeel Hall 6A

MAHER SHIRAH
MAHER SHIRAH
Director of Information Technology Department, Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA),
United Arab Emirates
Mr. Maher Farid Shirah A results-oriented and innovative leader with extensive technology and management experience perusing his Doctorate in Business Administration and holding a master degree in Information Technology management with more than fifteen years of experience in telecommunication, banking, transportation and mobility in public sector; Shirah is adept at business transformation and technology strategic alignment to advance corporate goals. He is well versed in business models, strategic planning, governance and enterprise architecture practices prevalent in banking, brokerage, and technical services industries as well as in public sectors, especially in roads and transports systems and enterprise technologies. Shirah has recently pioneered his experience in directing and managing the program of delivering unique enterprise command & control center, proudly inaugurated late 2017 by H.H. Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoom as the first delivered project for Expo2020 and beyond. Further perceived as the nerve of transportation and mobility in Dubai.

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Parallel Session 5: Safety and Security In Public Transport | Za’abeel Hall 6A

STEVE A. SIMMONS III
STEVE A. SIMMONS III
President-elect of the National Association for Pupil Transportation (NAPT),
USA
Steve Simmons is President-elect of the National Association for Pupil Transportation (NAPT) and will serve as the organizations President from November of 2019 to November of 2021.  Prior to being elected President, Steve served as NAPT’s Region 3 Director, representing 5 states in the Midwest United States and 4 Canadian provinces.

Steve is a US Navy veteran and former Director of Transportation for Columbus City Schools, the largest school district in the state of Ohio with a fleet of over 850 school buses, 250 pieces of support equipment and more than 1200 drivers and support staff.

During his illustrious career, Steve received numerous awards, including the State of Ohio Transportation Director of the year (2012) and the Ohio Association of School Business Officials Transportation Director of the Year (2014).

In 2013, Steve was named a “Leader to Learn From” by Washington, DC-based Education Week, one of America’s most widely read and well respected education-focused publications.

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Parallel Session 4: School Transport: Smart Innovations for Safety and Efficiency | Za’abeel Hall 6B

BARRY SUDDUTH
BARRY SUDDUTH
President, National Association for Pupil Transportation (NAPT),
United States of America
Barry R. Sudduth is the President of the National Association for Pupil Transportation (NAPT).  Prior to becoming President Barry served NAPT as the Region 2 Director representing the Southeastern United States.

Barry is a Certified Director of Pupil Transportation (CDPT) and holds a Special Needs Endorsement (SNT) through NAPT.  He has taught Professional Development Classes for NAPT since 2007 and is currently the chairman of the Professional Growth Committee.

Currently Barry is the Executive Director for Fleet and Transportation Services in Stafford County, Virginia.  In that position he oversees a fleet of 265 buses in the daily transport of 18,000 students.  Prior to Stafford Barry worked as the Supervisor of Bus Operations in Prince William County, Virginia and as the Supervisor of Transportation in Westmoreland County, Virginia.

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Parallel Session 4: School Transport: Smart Innovations for Safety and Efficiency | Za’abeel Hall 6B

EYAD TAYEB
EYAD TAYEB
Managing Director, Init Innovation in Traffic Systems FZE,
United Arab Emirates
Eyad Tayeb was born in Damascus, Syria but moved to Karlsruhe, Germany in the early nineties to study and graduate from the Technical University of Karlsruhe with a Master’s Degree in Computer Science and Information Technologies.

He has spent several years in research, building his experience in navigation and communication systems for public transport. In 1998 he initiated the product development of Integrated Navigation Systems using the vehicle sensors and digital maps. In 2000 he started with the adoption of voice over IP technologies to implement integrated voice and data communication system using the existing analogue radio systems for public transport.

He has held several positions during his 20 year working career in the ITS industry, such as Hardware Developer, Software Architect, Project Manager and Head of IT Division. He has been serving as the Managing Director of INIT Innovations in Traffic Systems FZE, Dubai, U.A.E, since November 2007.

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Parallel Session 7: Smart Applications in MENA cities and Mobility as a Service | Za’abeel Hall 6A

ROBERT THEILACKER
ROBERT THEILACKER
Manager Strategic Design, Voith Digital Solutions Heidenheim,
Germany
SIAN THORNTHWAITE
SIAN THORNTHWAITE
Director, Specialist Transport Consultancy (STC), Belfast,
United Kingdom
Dr Sian Thornthwaite has a Masters in Transport Engineering and Operations, and a PhD in transport policy, which focused on school transportation in the US and UK.  She has subsequently completed a Masters in Socio Lega studies, and was a Sloan Fellow at London Business School.   She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, and an active member of the US National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation.

She has worked at senior levels in transport consultancy for the past 30 years, working with public and private sector clients in the UK, USA, EU, China, India and the Middle East.  She has published widely on child safety and school transport including three books.

She currently runs a specialist management and transport consultancy, and is also a Transport Adviser to the Strategic Investment Board in Northern Ireland

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Parallel Session 4: School Transport: Smart Innovations for Safety and Efficiency | Za’abeel Hall 6B

BRENT TODERIAN
BRENT TODERIAN
Founder Toderian Urban Works, Vancouver,
Canada

SESSIONS:


Opening Speeches: | Za’abeel Hall 4

FABRICE TOULOUSE
FABRICE TOULOUSE
Smart Mobility Director, Alstom Group,
France
Fabrice Toulouse graduated from the Ecole Polytechnique in France and completed his studies with a Master of Science from Stanford University. Fabrice joined Alstom in 2007 and has spent over 10 years in the company since then, mainly in Signalling and digital areas. Fabrice held positions in bid management, R&D management and strategy. Since Jan 2016 Fabrice is Smart Mobility Director. Smart Mobility is Alstom incubator and digital factory.

In this position, Fabrice is in charge to develop new businesses to enlarge Alstom portfolio in Mobility. He is also in charge to develop new digital solutions to improve operators’ financial and operation performance and to improve passenger experience. Fabrice is managing in particular Alstom initiatives to increase autonomy of all transportation modes.

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Expo Session 3: Autonomous Vehicles for Public Transport | Za’abeel Hall 5

ISMAIL VADI
ISMAIL VADI
Member of the Executive Council, Department of Roads and Transport of Gauteng, Gauteng,
South Africa
Dr. Ismail Vadi is the Member of the Executive Council (MEC) for Roads and Transport in Gauteng Province, South Africa. Between April 1994 and November 2010, he served as a Member of Parliament for the African National Congress in the National Assembly. He served on the Portfolio Committees on Education; Safety and Security; Public Service and Administration; Correctional Services, and the Joint Standing Committee on Intelligence. He served as the Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Communications. He also lectured at the Faculty of Education (University of the Witwatersrand).

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Parallel Session 8: The Future of Taxis and Ride Hailing Apps | Za’abeel Hall 6B

ROGER VAHNBERG
ROGER VAHNBERG
Senior Vice President, Västtrafik AB, Gothenburg,
Sweden
Mr. Roger Vahnberg is the Senior Vice President of Västtrafik, the public transport authority of West Sweden. He is responsible for all operations including, trains, trams, buses and ferries as well as traffic and infrastructure development. Västtrafik has 322 million journeys per year and a turnover of 8.5 billion SEK. Mr. Vahnberg has many years of experience within the public transport sector and has worked with the financial, operational and political sides of the organisation. Mr. Vahnberg represents Västtrafik in UITP. He is the chairperson of the Organising Authorities Assembly as well as a Vice President of UITP. Mr. Vahnberg is an experienced public speaker, and has a well-established international network. He has early experience from the engineering and IT industry in Sweden and in North America. Mr. Vahnberg has a Master and Bachelor of Science in Engineering and a BBA.

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Plenary Session 1: Measuring and Increasing Happiness for Public Transport | Za’abeel Hall 4

PHILIPPE VAPPEREAU
PHILIPPE VAPPEREAU
Chairman, Calypso Networks Association,
Belgium
Philippe Vappereau obtained an Engineer diploma at SupElec (French school) and joined the RATP in 1983. He began as Engineer in rolling stock studies department. From 1989 to 1991, he was Project Manager of vending machines deployment. Then he hold the post of Project Manager of Contactless ticketing to 1998. He was also Coordinator of the European project Icare and then Calypso. Next he became Head of Unit “Innovative Customers Technologies”, charged with designing and deploying all travel information, ticketing, regulation and supervision systems of RATP. From 2010 to 2013, he is President of Ixxi, RATP subsidiary in charge of sale of passenger information and ticketing solutions. From 2014 to 2016, he was risk Manager of RATP Group and member of the RATP Direction Committee. Since 2008 he is Chairman of Calypso (The contactless secure ticketing standard result of the EC funded project).

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Expo Session 1: Tools for Public Transport Optimisation | Za’abeel Hall

DEVIN DE VRIES
DEVIN DE VRIES
CEO, WhereIsMyTransport,
South Africa
Devin de Vries is an entrepreneur dedicated to fostering technological innovation to solve social problems in the developing world. For the last eight years he has lead a growing team inspired by a shared vision to bring technological solutions to the problem of public transport in the emerging world. WhereIsMyTransport, is a leading public transport platform and has been recognized by the Financial Times/IFC, the WWF, and the ITF-OECD. He oversees the development and execution of all strategies at the company, as well as business development, high-value partner management, global expansion, and overall product vision and strategy. With internationally awarded technical and business development skills, Devin develops and directs the vision and strategy of WhereIsMyTransport in the challenging B2G environment and has successfully grown the company from 2 team members to 36.

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Parallel Session 6: Mapping and Understanding Paratransit/ Hybrid/ Informal Transport Systems In MENA Cities | Za’abeel Hall 6B

DIRK WEISSER
DIRK WEISSER
Team Manager Research, Innovation in Traffic Systems FZE (INIT),
Germany
Dirk Weisser graduated in 1998 from the technical university of Karlsruhe with the degree of master for civil engineering. Serving since 2011 at INIT as Team Manager Research, he is involved in all research and development activities. Main focus of the work of him and his team is start working now on questions which might come up to stakeholders in public transport in 5 years from now. Thus some years ago he already started working on projects dealing with electro mobility, autonomous driving vehicles and shared mobility and the chances they will bring to Public Transport

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Expo Session 2: E-Buses | Za’abeel Hall 5

JOCHEN WITZIG
JOCHEN WITZIG
Director Commercial Vehicle Technology, ZF Friedrichshafen AG, Friedrichshafen,
Germany
The foundation for my professional career was laid by the study of mechanical engineering at Technical University Munich (1999 – 2004) and industrial engineering and management at University of Hagen (2007 – 2010). After graduating in mechanical engineering, I worked as a research engineer at the Institute of Machine Elements of Technical University of Munich completing this with my PhD. in transmission technology in 2012. Transition to industry was done by joining ZF Friedrichshafen AG in the business unit Windpower as managing team leader of the design department working in the development of multi-megawatt transmissions for wind energy turbines. After two years, position was changed to passenger car technology and development, where I worked as development project manager responsible for the development of a ZF transmission for passenger cars for a specific customer. After having successfully passed these two steps within ZF Group, I have joint the commercial vehicle division and the Business Unit Axle and Transmission Systems for Buses and Coaches in 2015 and since then heading the Product Center for transmission systems for bus and coach applications. This includes the worldwide responsibility for development of conventional transmissions of different types and sizes and also electrical drivelines as well as for product planning, product strategy, localization and industrialization projects.

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Expo Session 2: E-Buses | Za’abeel Hall 5

KAAN YILDIZGOZ
KAAN YILDIZGOZ
Director of Training, International Association of Public Transport (UITP),
Belgium
Kaan Yıldızgöz based in Brussels at UITP Headquarters working as Training Director with the responsibility of all capacity building activities of the association. Mr Yildizgoz lectured in more than 25 different countries and organised training programmes in 40 countries with participants from 90 countries under UITP.

Kaan Yıldızgöz worked as Senior Manager of UITP Middle East and North Africa Centre for Transport Excellence in Dubai, Customer Loyalty & CRM Director of Turkish Airlines, Quality & Corporate Development Director and Advisor to General Manager in Metro Istanbul. Kaan Yıldızgöz involved several consultancy projects with his consulting firms Urbanfra in Turkey and Mosaic International in Dubai. He worked for consultancy projects for organisations like B&H (Bosnia and Herzegovina) Airlines, Iraq Ministry of Transportation, IETT Istanbul, Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality, Kayseri Ulaşım etc.

Kaan Yıldızgöz was member of Star Alliance Loyalty Strategy Committee, Training Advisory Board of International Road Union (IRU) and Advisory Board of of the International Association of Transportation Regulators (“IATR”). Kaan Yıldızgöz lectured as part time teaching staff between 2010-2012 at Istanbul and Bahcesehir Universities and he was guest lecturer at Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne and Oxford University.

Kaan Yıldızgöz is the first student of Istanbul Technical University who graduated in 2.5 years from 4 years long Management Engineering Programme. He also holds a masters degree from Marmara University in the area of International Business Administration and completed “Infrastructure in a Market Economy: Public Private Partnerships” Executive Education Programme of Harvard University. Mr Yildizgoz has his Phd studies on New Mobility Services at Istanbul Sabahattin Zaim University. In addition to role of Trining Director at UITP, Kaan Yıldızgöz also leads UITP activities related Taxi, Informal Transport and Turkey.

SESSIONS:


Parallel Session 6: Mapping and Understanding Paratransit/ Hybrid/ Informal Transport Systems In MENA Cities | Za’abeel Hall 6B

HAZEM ZUREIQAT
HAZEM ZUREIQAT
Founder, Maan Nassel,
Jordan
Hazem Zureiqat is an experienced transportation professional based in Amman. He is a partner and board member at Engicon, a regional multidisciplinary engineering consulting firm headquartered in Jordan, and the co-founder of Maan Nasel, a public transport advocacy campaign. He has co-authored policy studies on the Kingdom’s transport sector and writes regular columns in local media on matters related to public transportation.

A graduate of MIT and Macalester College, Hazem’s areas of expertise lie in transportation engineering, planning, modeling, and economics. He has previously worked at the Greater Amman Municipality as the Head of the Transportation Economics and Modeling Division.

SESSIONS:


Parallel Session 6: Mapping and Understanding Paratransit/ Hybrid/ Informal Transport Systems In MENA Cities | Za’abeel Hall 6B