IRF Young Professionals Summit 2022



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IRF Young Professionals Summit 2022

September 28, 2022 All day

Event Recap

The new normal in mobility influenced by the pandemic and climate change was the main discussion of young professionals during the International Road Federation (IRF) Young Professionals Summit 2022 hosted online on 28 September 2022.

Twelve speakers and panelists from all over the world shared their current work and thoughts on road transport revolving around this year’s summit theme, “Going Active, Going Electric, Going Autonomous.”

“For the past year or so, we witnessed how the world of road transport changed to meet the challenges of the pandemic and climate change,” IRF Young Professional Lead for East Asia and Pacific Ray Adrian Macalalag shared.

The event was divided into three sessions tackling active mobility, electric vehicle adoption, and the development and adoption of cooperative, connected, and automated mobility (CCAM). Each session had its own panel discussion.

The “Going Active” session moderated by IRF Young Professionals Secretary Tendekayi Marapara had four specific topics: Relationship between Sustainable Cities and Climate Change by Alain Ghossein of PTV Group (United Arab Emirates); The Growth of Active Mobility Thanks to Shared Services Across Europe by Harry Maxwell of Fluctuo (France); How the Transition from “Conventional” Traffic Management to “Dynamic Mobility Management” is Key in Providing Safe and Attractive Active Mobility for All by Jop Spolstra of Technolution (The Netherlands); and What is the Future of Active Transportation in Developing Cities by John Jowhell Villegas of City of Antipolo Institute of Technology (The Philippines).

Meanwhile, the “Going Electric” session moderated by IRF Young Professional Lead for Asia Shashank Misra discussed two topics: Bus Fleet Electrification: The Pathway to Sustainable Transportation by Tomaz Cigut of Aneja ECG (Slovenia); and Towards Low Carbon Urban Mobility: Addressing Cameroon’s Heavy Dependence on Used Vehicles by Tokam Cabrel of SLOCAT Partnership (Cameroon).

Capping the summit was “Going Autonomous” moderated also by Misra had two topics: Going Autonomous: Challenges and Perspective for Autonomous Vehicles by Cecilia Merighi of Ecorodovias (Brazil); and Why CCAM is Much More than Fancy Autonomous Vehicles by Itir Coskun of SWARCO (Germany).

In its third year, the IRF Young Professionals Summit was first launched online in 2020, and it has continued to be a venue for young professionals from all over the world to share their work and their advocacies as the future leaders of road mobility.

“I’m glad that we can provide [young professionals] the possibility to engage with other peers and exchange ideas… I hope this event to repeat in the years to come,” former IRF Young Professionals Programme Lead and now IRF Deputy Director General Gonzalo Alcaraz shared in his welcome address.

The IRF has been supporting the programme since its inception where it provides three core functions of inspiration, networking, and advocacy, among young professionals with the Summit as its main annual gathering.

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