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.
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 56 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 and regional representation and ambassadors around the world.
Evolution of IRF’s logo since its creation until today
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.
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.
Managing Director and CEO – Attikes Diadromes SA
Bill M. Halkias, PE, MSCE, F. ASCE, F. ITE, was elected President of IRF in May 2019. He is the Managing Director and CEO of “ATTIKES DIADROMES SA”, the Operating Agency of Attica Tollway (Attiki Odos Motorway), in Athens, Greece, since the inception of the company in 1999, while from 1996 until 1999 he was Technical Director of the Concessionaire “ATTIKI ODOS SA”. He served as the first President of “HELLASTRON” (HELLENIC ASSOCIATION of TOLL ROAD NETWORK) formed by all toll highways operating in Greece (2014-2019), as well as President of ASECAP, (2018-2019), the European Toll Road Association, serving a four year term (2016 – 2020) on the Executive Committee since 2016, when he was first elected as 2nd Vice President.. Currently serves as Vice President of Aktor Concessions SA, representing the Company as Managing Director of Aegean Motorway SA and Member of the BoD of Olympia Odos Operation SA, the two largest interurban Toll Roads of Greece.
With thirty eight (38) years of experience, the first fifteen (15) in the USA and the remaining in Europe, he is specialized in transportation and road infrastructure works. He has completed his Bachelor Degree in Surveying Engineering (1981) at the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) and his Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering (1984) at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), USA.
Past President (2010-2012) of the Hellenic Institute of Transportation Engineers (H.ITE) and a Licensed Professional Engineer (PE) in eight US States. Fellow Member of both the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE). Currently Member of the BoD, of the International Bridge Tunnel Turnpike Association (IBTTA) having served also in the past (2007-2010) and Member (2004-2010) of the Freeway Operations Committee of the Transportation Research Board (TRB).
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.
Board of Directors
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
ADVISORS TO THE IRF BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The General Assembly (GA) meets at least once a year, usually in Spring and its meetings are open to all IRF members. The GA elects all members of the Board of Directors, as well as the President of IRF.
The Secretariat is IRF’s main working body based out of 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.
Director General IRF
In her capacity as Director General (DG) of the International Road Federation (IRF) in Geneva, Switzerland, Susanna Zammataro is responsible for developing and implementing strategic plans for the organization.
As in-house expert on Environment and Climate change, she is also responsible for the overall environmental programmes and activities run by the IRF. These include the Greenhouse Gas Calculator for road infrastructure (CHANGER), the Green Public Procurement Initiative and Innovative Practices for Greener Roads. Susanna represents IRF in several Technical Committees relating to Sustainability: she’s a member of the UNECE Climate Change Expert Group on Adaptation and the accredited IRF representative for the COP negotiations in between others.
Mrs Zammataro is a member of the Advisory Board of the FIA High Level Panel on Road Safety. She’s serving since 2012 as the Co-Chairperson of the “Safer Roads and Mobility” Pillar of the United Nations Road Safety Collaboration Group (UNRSC).
She has recently joined the Board of the Total Foundation to support and lend her expertise to the Sustainability and Road Safety work streams of the Foundation. She serves as Steering Committee Member in the Sustainable Mobility for All initiative (SuM4All) led by the World Bank and as expert in the WGs on Efficiency, Safety and Gender. She has represented the Federation at high-level meetings all over the world. She is regularly invited to speak on a variety of topics at international fora and conferences.
IRF India Chapter
Established in 2009, the IRF India Chapter initiates and coordinates all of IRF’s activities in India. Visit IRF India Chapter’s website.
Established to coordinate programmes being implemented in Africa and to facilitate and further strengthen collaboration with African partners with whom those programmes will be implemented. Learn more.
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.