International Road Federation (IRF )

Who we are

The International Road Federation

Promoting the development of roads and road networks that enable access and sustainable mobility for all since 1948.

The International Road Federation (IRF) is a global, independent, not-for-profit organisation with headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. Active since 1948, IRF is a membership-based organisation, representing leading corporate and institutional players drawn from the road and mobility sectors worldwide. Its mission is to promote the development of roads and road networks that enable access and sustainable mobility for all. Its approach is centred on key strategic components of knowledge transfer & information sharing, connecting people, businesses and organisations, and working with policy & advocacy. 


Late in 1947, following a meeting of the International Chamber of Commerce in Paris, a small group consisting of M. Gallienne (Union Routiere de France), M. Britschgi (Federation Routiere Suisse) and several prominent American and European business leaders met in Paris to discuss the founding of an international organisation to weld together the “Good Roads Associations” existing in many countries. The response of industry directly interested in Road Transport to the suggestion of an International Road Federation was immediate and whole-hearted. The International Road Federation was born in 1948.


With a presence and network on over five continents, IRF provides a neutral and global platform for the road and mobility sectors. Our network stretches across all parts of the globe and continues to grow every year. This undeniable global presence enables us to better connect the sectors and to promote safer, greener, more sustainable road transport, and mobility.

IRF has extensive experience in convening and leading high-level multi-stakeholders groups towards results. It is reputed in the sector for its untiring efforts to build capacity around the world and for being a hub of knowledge, expertise and contacts. IRF has 60 years of experience in data collection and capacity-building all over the world. Since 1964, the IRF World Road Statistics (WRS) have been an invaluable reference tool for anyone wanting to analyse, understand and report on worldwide, regional, and national trends and developments.

With headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, the Federation also encompasses an IRF Chapter in New Delhi, India, an IRF Africa Board, and regional representation and ambassadors around the world.

IRF India-Chapter

Established in 2009, the IRF India-Chapter initiates
and coordinates all of IRF’s activities in India.

IRF Africa Board

Established to coordinate programmes being implemented in Africa and to facilitate and further strengthen collaboration with African partners.


IRF is registered as a not-for-profit association in the Canton of Geneva, Switzerland. The Federation’s main organs are the General Assembly, the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee. These are presided over and chaired by the IRF President. The governance structure and functioning of the Federation is defined in the Statutes of the International Road Federation and in the IRF Code of Conduct.


The President is responsible to the Board and the General Assembly for all functions and performance pertaining to the IRF. In addition to presiding over all of the governance bodies of the IRF, the President also serves as the global face and ambassador of the IRF.

Anouar Benazzouz

President – International Road Federation


The Executive Committee is comprised of the President, two Vice Presidents, the Treasurer and other members elected by the Board of Directors. It meets regularly and oversees strategic decisions for the organisation.


The Board of Directors is responsible for the appointment of the Executive Committee, as well as the implementation of resolutions of the General Assembly. The Board also appoints the Director General as the Chief of the Secretariat and establishes regional offices and chapters in order to fulfil the purpose of the IRF.

Members of the IRF Board of Directors
Full NameCountryCompanyJob Title
AYDIN HamdiTurkeyTurkish Road AssociaitonBoard Member
BASURIC SlobodanSerbiaPE Roads of SerbiaTechnical Director
BENAZZOUZ AnouarMoroccoIRFPresident
CALTABIANO MichaelAustraliaAustralian Road Research Board (ARRB)Chief Executive Officer
COCONEA LauraItalySWARCO AGInnovation Office Manager SWARCO ITS Division
CROCCO DomenicoItalyANAS SpAHead International Affairs
EVANS MikeUnited KingdomARUPGlobal Highways Leader
GUAN NinaChinaChina Highway and Transportation Society (CHTS)Director of International Cooperation Department
HALKIAS BillGreeceIRFImmediate Past President
HAN ClarissaAustraliaAustralian Road Research Board (ARRB) / National Transport Research Organisation (NTRO)Chief Technology Leader, Network Sustainability & Resilience
HAULE Joseph O.TanzaniaTanzania Roads Association (TARA)Chairman
HENDRICKS PhilipsSouth AfricaSouth African Roads Federation (SARF)Immediate Past President
KAPILA Kiran K.IndiaIntercontinental Consultants and Technocrats Pvt. Ltd.Chairman and Managing Director
LIPAR PeterSloveniaDRC ZdruženjePresident
LIU WenjieChinaChina Highway and Transportation SocietyVice President and Secretary General
MANDALOZIS DimitrisGreeceAegean Motorway S.A.Chief Operations Officer
MOLINARI ValerioItalyEcogest SpAMajority Shareholder
MOSBÖCK HaraldAustriaSWARCO AGVP RMS Division Europe APMEA
NANNI MichelaItalyEcogest SpAChairman of the Board and Managing Director
PEKEVSKA MajaSerbiaPE Roads of SerbiaAssociate for Foreign Affairs
SABATO MauraItalyANAS SpAHead of Subsidised Finance Unit
SHANKARI ArunaIndiaIRF India ChapterPMU Head
SHI LiangqingChinaTransport Planning and Research Institute (TPRI)Deputy Director General
SINGH Lt. Gen. HarpalIndiaIRF India ChapterPresident
TYROGIANNI HelenGreeceAttikes Diadromes S.A.Strategic & Organisational Manager
WOILLEZ ElodieFranceOrisChief Strategy and Impact Officer
ZAMMATARO SusannaSwitzerlandIRFDirector General
ZHENG Jian-LongChinaNational Engineering Laboratory for Highway MaintenanceDirector
ZOUHAIR FatimaMoroccoNational Highway Company of MoroccoHR & Communication Director
Advisors to the IRF Board of Directors
Full NameCountryCompanyJob Title
EVDORIDES HarryUnited KingdomUniversity of BirminghamProfessor, Senior Road Executives Programme Leader
MARSHALL AnthonyUnited Kingdom2MPyAdvisor
PEDERSEN NeilUSAIndependent Consultant / TRBIndependent Consultant / Former Executive Director
QUEIROZ CesarBrazilInternational Consultant / World Bank GroupInternational Consultant / Former WB Highway Adviser


The Secretariat is IRF’s main working body, headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. Under the supervision and oversight of the Executive Committee, the Secretariat is responsible for all activities, memberships, and partnerships of the IRF and works as the liaison between all IRF members, ensuring that partnerships occur effectively and efficiently. The management of the Secretariat is entrusted to the Director General, appointed by the Board of Directors. The Director General represents the Federation in all legal and administrative matters. Together with the President and the Board, the DG defines strategic plans for the Federation and ensures the daily management of the Secretariat.

Susanna Zammataro

Director General
International Road Federation

Gonzalo Alcaraz

Deputy Director General
International Road Federation


In addition to its membership platform, IRF also engages with a variety of other key organisations and sector partnerships, such as: SuM4All, FIA, UNRSC, iRAP, UNECE, ITF, BSEC, WB, UNECA, African Union, IRU, PIARC, TRB, BRITA, ASECAP, ERTICO, ERF, EIT and the European Startup Prize for Mobility.