International Road Federation (IRF )

Who we are

About IRF

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

Governance

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.

President

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.

Bill HALKIAS

Managing Director and CEO – Attikes Diadromes SA

Bio

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).

Executive Committee

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
Full NameCountryCompanyJob title
AYDIN HamdiTurkeyTurkish Road AssociationBoard Member
BASURIC SlobodanSerbiaPE Roads of SerbiaTechnical Director
BENAZZOUZ AnouarMoroccoNational Highway Company of MoroccoGeneral Manager
CALTABIANO MichaelAustraliaAustralian Road Research Board (ARRB)Chief Executive Officer
COCONEA LauraItalySWARCO AGInnovation Office Manager SWARCO ITS Division
DE LA PARRA AlfonsoMexicoTecnosistemas y Peaje S.A.Director General
DE LA PARRA ROVELO Ana MariaMexicoTecnosistemas y Peaje S.A. Social Development Consultant
EVANS MikeUnited KingdomARUPInfrastructure leader for Europe
GANGOPADHYAY SubhmayIndiaIRF India ChapterChairman
GUAN NinaChinaChina Highway and Transportation Society (CHTS)Director of International Cooperation Department
HALKIAS Bill GreeceAttikes Diadromes SAManaging Director and CEO
HAN ClarissaAustraliaARRBNational Leader, Sustainability and Resilience
HAULE Joseph O. TanzaniaTanzania Roads AssociationChairman
KAPILA Kiran K.IndiaIntercontinental Consultants and Technocrats Pvt Ltd.Chairman and Managing Director
LIU Wenjie ChinaChina Highway and Transportation SocietyVice President and Secretary General
MANDALOZIS DimitrisGreeceAegean Motorway SAChief Operations Officer
MOSBÖCK HaraldAustriaSWARCO AGVP RMS Division Europe APMEA
NABAR VeenaIndiaIRF India ChapterChief Executive Officer
PEKEVSKA MajaSerbiaPE Roads of SerbiaAssociate for foreign affairs
SHANKARI ArunaIndiaIntercontinental Consultants and Technocrats Pvt Ltd.Deputy General Manager
SHI LiangqingChinaTransport Planning and Research Institute (TPRI)Deputy Director General
TYROGIANNI HelenGreeceAttikes Diadromes SAStrategic and Organizational Manager
ZAMMATARO Susanna SwitzerlandIRFDirector 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 TonyUnited KingdomIndependant ConsultantDirector

General Assembly

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.

Secretariat

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.

Susanna Zammataro

Director General IRF

Bio

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.

IRF Africa

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

Partners

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.

The IRF is also proud to support the European Startup Prize for Mobility

Liesbeth CasierSenior Policy Advisor, International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)


Liesbeth Casier is a Senior Policy Advisor with IISD’s Economic Law and Policy Program. She works with the Public Procurement and Infrastructure Finance team on research and advisory services that involve innovation in public procurement. She also works on IISD’s Sustainable Asset Valuation. Liesbeth has advised governments in Bhutan, Canada, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, India, Morocco, Paraguay, Senegal, South Africa and the Netherlands.
 
Liesbeth also works extensively with the European Commission, the Inter-American Development Bank, the World Bank and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) on policy frameworks and the business case for sustainable infrastructure. She represents IISD at the OECD Working Group on Leading Practitioners on Public Procurement.
  
Liesbeth previously worked with UN Environment and started her career as consultant in auditing and corporate finance with a family-owned consultancy business in Belgium. Liesbeth has an academic background in political science and law.