Keynote speakers for upcoming World Road Congress have been announced. The organizers, World Road Association (PIARC) and Abu Dhabi Department of Transport (DoT), are expecting 120 nations and 50 transport ministers at the event being held from October 6 to October 10.
Mattar Al Tayer
Mattar Al Tayer is the Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), Dubai. Prior to taking up RTA’s leadership role in November 2005, Al Tayer worked in Dubai Municipality since 1983. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Wisconsin, USA. He has received multiple accolades in recognition of his successful leadership of the RTA.
Under his leadership, RTA has made remarkable achievements in a variety of fields including radical development of the mass transit system through megaprojects, like Dubai Metro (Red and Green Lines) and Dubai Tram. It has made a major shift in the bus and marine transit services as well as the developments in the road network including multiple crossings on Dubai Creek such as the Business Bay Crossing, Al Garhoud Bridge and the Floating Bridge. RTA has also developed key roads and interchanges on the Sheikh Zayed Road, Al Khail Road, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road, and Emirates Road.
Luis Castilla is the CEO of Infrastructure at ACCIONA since January 2014. It covers the Construction, Concessions, Water, Industrial and Services divisions of the ACCIONA Group, employing over 33,000 people in 39 countries.
Guangzhe CHEN is the global director of Transport Global Practice, the World Bank Group and also holds the position of Regional Director for the South Asia Infrastructure Department. An economist by training, Mr. Chen has over 25 years of international experience in the field of sustainable development, infrastructure finance and management with the World Bank Group and the Asian Development Bank.
He oversees the formulation and implementation of World Bank strategy and programs for sustainable road, urban, rail, logistics, water and air transport, and as well as key cross-cutting agendas such as road safety, climate adaptation/mitigation, gender, human capital development, disruptive technologies, and financing.
Jean-Luc di Paola-Galloni
Jean-Luc di Paola-Galloni is the Group Corporate Vice-President for Sustainable Development and External Affairs at Valeo. He is also the President of Artemis-IA, the European association representing the embedded systems industry and research actors in the ECSEL Joint Undertaking.
Dr Etienne Krug
Dr Etienne Krug is Director of the World Health Organization’s Department for Social Determinants of Health. He holds a degree of Medical Doctor from the University of Louvain in Belgium and a Masters Degree in Public Health from Harvard University. Dr Krug has lead WHO road safety efforts for 2 decades, including preparations for Ministerial Conferences, development of the Global Status Reports, the UN Road Safety Weeks and technical advice to countries. Dr Krug also chairs the United Nations Road Safety Collaboration.
Nazir Alli is the founder and the former Chief Executive Officer of the South African National Roads Agency (SANRAL). He transformed SANRAL into a fully corporatized entity with over ZAR365 billion in assets under management. He has over 40 years of experience as a civil engineer and in management, in both the private and public sectors. During his tenure, the agency was responsible for introducing a number of innovations in the field public-private partnerships, corporate governance, funding of roads including the use of technology in the collection of tolls and asset management. He has consulted internationally to a wide range of governments including the World Bank on public-private partnerships, institutional reform, and change management.