Gil Peñalosa

An international leader in creating great cities and communities through active public spaces, Gil Peñalosa is passionate about realizing the potential of great places to foster healthier communities with happier residents. As the Commissioner of Parks, Sport and Recreation for the City of Bogotá, Colombia, he led his team to create one of the most successful and renowned parks and recreation systems in the world. Now he is Executive Director of 8–80 Cities aiming at creating of vibrant cities and healthy communities.

Bernhard Ensink

Bernhard Ensink is since May 2006 Secretary General of the European Cyclists’ Federation (ECF) and Velo-City Series Director, based in Brussels (Belgium). He was previously Director of the Fietsersbond, the Dutch Cyclists’ association (1998 – 2006) and has been Vice Mayor of the Dutch city of  Coevorden (1994-1998). He was born in Germany (1956) and studied theology in Germany and The Netherlands.

Debra Efroymson

Debra Efroymson is Regional Director for HealthBridge, a Canadian NGO working on health and health equity, including Liveable Cities. Debra has lived and worked in Asia since 1994, and has been working on issues of non-motorized transport and urban planning since 2004. She has given many talks and written numerous articles and four books on liveable cities, public spaces, climate change, economics, urban transport, carfree cities and related subjects. Based in Dhaka, she works in other countries in Asia as well, supporting local NGOs to work for policies and programs to make cities more equitable and liveable.

Manfred Breithaupt

Manfred Breithaupt received his Masters in Economics in 1975. After working as Transport Economist for a German consulting company in Europe, Africa and Asia he joined GTZ in 1981 and works as Senior Transport Advisor. His experience covers transport planning, transport sector policy and restructuring, commercialisation and  institutional development. He advised Governments, transport authorities and municipalities in over 50 countries. Over the last years he worked overwhelmingly in the area of sustainable urban transport. He is  the editor of  the Sourcebook on Sustainable Urban Transport , meanwhile covering over 30 modules and various training  packages, having been translated in various languages and hosts the webpage on sustainable urban transport,

Li Shanshan

Li Shanshan is based on ITDP-China, she has a Master’s degree on transportation engineering. Her main focus is public bicycle and NMT project. She has experience on most public bicycle systems in China. Now she works on Guangzhou, Lanzhou and Dongguan’s public bicycle projects.

Jürgen Perschon

Jürgen Perschon has professional working experience in the transport sector of both developed and developing countries since 1995, predominantly on transport planning, road safety low-cost public and non-motorized transport as well as gender-related transport in rural and urban Africa and in the European and Eastern European context. Since 1995 Jürgen Perschon has consulted for GTZ, the German Agency for Technical Cooperation. His work focuses on the relation between transport and CO2 emission reduction, transport and the Millennium Development Goals, Poverty Alleviation, Environmental Protection, Road Safety and Freight. He is now the Managing Director of the European Institute for Sustainable Transport (EURIST), based in Hamburg.

Johannes Link

Johannes Link, born 1984, grew up in Germany and France. After graduating in Chinese Studies at the University of Würzburg and Beijing University he moved to Munich and started working for Green City e.V. in the field of urban mobility with a strong focus on cycling.