IRF Young Professionals Summit 2023



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IRF Young Professionals Summit 2023

September 26 @ 1:00 pm 3:00 pm CEST

About the Event

The International Road Federation (IRF) Young Professionals Programme will convene online in the fourth edition of the IRF Young Professionals Summit on 26 September 2023 at 13:00 – 15:00 CEST.  

Under the theme “Achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in Road Transport,” the Summit will revolve on the various strategies in the Sustainable Development Goals relevant to road-based mobility. This includes areas such as active transport, electric vehicles, road-based mass transportation systems, road safety, gender equality, disability and social inclusion in road transport, and land use planning and management. 

Get involved with us

Partnerships with other organisations in the conduct of this summit are welcome. This can be in the form of nominating speakers in the activity as well as co-hosting of future activities with the IRF Young Professionals Programme. 

Stay tuned! Programme and speakers will be soon available.


13:00 – 13:20

Opening Session & Keynote
Welcome of Participants
  • Anouar Benazzouz – President, International Road Federation (IRF)
Young Professionals at the IRF World Congress 2024 in Istanbul
  • Gonzalo Alcaraz – Deputy Director General, International Road Federation (IRF)
Keynote Speech
  • Dan Chen – Former President, Transport Safety Division, 3M
  • Karla Gonzalez Carvajal – Practice Manager Transport, The World Bank

13:20 – 13:45

Safer Cities & Communities ▾
Road Safety as a Key Driver for Sustainable Development 
  • Olufunke Afesojaye – SDG Champion, YOURS-Global Youth Coalition for Road Safety
Establishing a One-Stop Traffic Crash Data Centre in Tanzania
  • Laurent Maganga – MSc Student, University of Birmingham
Panel Discussion and Brief Q&A
  • Tendekayi Marapara – Transport Safety Engineer, WSP in New Zealand / IRF Young Leader for Memberships

13:45 – 14:15

Combatting Climate Change
The Role of Transport in Decarbonisation and Sustainability
  • Carol Masingi – Member, SLOCAT-VREF Young Leaders in Sustainable Transport
Unveiling Institutional Catalysts for Empowering Sustainable Electric Bus Adoption
  • Ann Mary Varghese – Ph.D. Candidate, Indian Institute of Technology
EcoRodovia’s Pathway to a Net-Zero Emissions World
  • Renata Cabelho – Environmental Specialist, Ecorodovias
Panel Discussion and Brief Q&A
  • Cecilia Merighi – Innovation Coordinator, EcoRodovias and IRFYPP Lead for Partnerships

14:15 – 14:55

Building Resilient Infrastructure and Fostering Innovation
Pavements for Tomorrow: Academia and Industry Collaborating for Sustainability
  • Marcela Krau – Ph.D. Candidate, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro
2023 Drainage Standards by the National Society of Highways of Morocco
  • Benyahya Yassir – Studies Manager, National Company of Moroccan Highways
Visual Inspection Indexes Obtained by Computer Vision Monitoring
  • Beñat Lopez Arantzamendi – Chief Technical Officer, ASIMOB
Building a Digitial Twin of a Transportation System
  • Marios Ntaflos – Product Sales Engineer, Bentley Systems
Panel Discussion and Brief Q&A
  • Shashank Misra – Founder, Ekak Innovation and IRF Young Leader for Projects

14:55 – 15:00

Closing & Wrap-up
  • Ray Adrian Macalalag – MTrans Student, The University of Sydney / IRF Young Leader for Communications


Ann Mary Varghese

Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur

Beñar Lopez


Benyahya Yassir

National Company of Moroccan Highways (ADM)

Carol Masingi

SLOCAT Partnership

(Slocat VREF-Young Leaders)

Laurent Maganga

University of Birmingham

Marcela Krau

Federal University of Rio de Janeiro

Marios Ntaflos

Bentley Systems

Olufunke Afesoyaje

Global Youth Coalition for Road Safety (YOURS)

Renata Cabelho


Cecilia Merighi

IRF Young Professionals Programme

Ray Macalalag

IRF Young Professionals Programme

Shashank Misra

IRF Young Professionals Programme

Tendekayi Marapara

IRF Young Professionals Programme