Carlo Ratti

An architect and engineer by training, Carlo Ratti practices in Italy and teaches at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he directs the Senseable City Lab. His work has been exhibited worldwide at venues such as the Venice Biennale, the Design Museum Barcelona, the Science Museum in London, GAFTA in San Francisco and The Museum of Modern Art in New York. His Digital Water Pavilion at the 2008 World Expo was hailed by Time Magazine as one of the Best Inventions of the Year. In 2010 Blueprint Magazine selected him as one of the ‘25 People Who Will Change the World of Design’ and Forbes listed him as one of the ‘Names You Need To Know’ in 2011. He was recently a presenter at TED 2011 and is serving as a member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council for Urban Management.

Michael Szeiler

Michael Szeiler has been working as Transport Planner and Consultant at Rosinak & Partner in Vienna since 1997 and now is Head of the Transport Planning and Consulting Department. He is also a member of the Austrian Research Association Road – Railway – Transport and the Scientists for Cycling Network (ECF). He is mainly woriking on Transport and Mobility Concepts, Transport Planning and Transport Studies, Transport Consutling for politicians, administration, architects and private Companies. He is also specialised in projects focus on sustainable transport in cities (cycling, walking, public transport) as well as moderation and process design for public participation projects.

Robert Stüssi

Robert Stüssi is an urban and regional planner, and specialized in transport policy and planning and sustainable mobility. His competences include: mobility management; communication, promotion and branding; transport authorities and contracting; project monitoring, evaluation, benchmarking and management; institutional strengthening; shared and soft modes (car sharing, car pooling, bike sharing, bicycling and walking) and vehicle technologies; international networking and lobbying; keynote speaker, presenter, moderator and organizer of conferences; articles, proceedings and publications. Currently he is Director and owner of Robert.Stüssi.Mobil international consulting.

Alain Ayotte

Since 2008, Alain Ayotte is President of the Public Bike System Company located in Montreal. The company designed and distributed the BIXI, a bike sharing system.  Since its introduction in the spring of 2009, BIXI has scored tremendous success with Montrealers. This service allows citizens to rent a bike at a given station, go about their business and return the bike to any station in the network. A model of operational success, one year after its inauguration, the network comprised more than 400 stations and 5,000 bikes in Montreal. BIXI’s resounding success has attracted the attention of international municipalities, such as London, Melbourne and Minneapolis which will have BIXI bikes in circulation this coming summer.

Hiroki Nakamura

Hiroki Nakamura is a lecturer at College of the Healthcare Management and a Ph.D. candidate at the Tokyo Institute of Technology. His research work has been about energy, environment, and transport policy and management issues (especially, bicycle-related and solar power-related policies). His main research field is Kitakyushu City and Fukuoka in Japan as “the Environmental Model-City”. He has worked at the Energy and Environment Department, Japan Productivity Center, and is working as a research assistant of the  “Multidisciplinary Education and Research Center for Energy Science, Tokyo Institute of Technology Global Center of Excellence (GCOE) Program.”

Purnima Parida

Purnima Parida received her Ph.D. in Transportation planning from Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee. She  is currently working as senior scientist in Central Road Research Institute, New Delhi, India. Her research specializations include Non Motorized Transport, women issues in transportation, and Energy Loss Assessment. She has prepared  PPTA for Sustainable Rural Infrastructure Improvement Project for Bangladesh sponsored by Asian Development Bank.

Mark Zuidgeest

Mark Zuidgeest has 14 years experience in the transport sector, both as an academic as well as a consultant. Currently, he works as an assistant professor Urban Transport in the department of Urban and Regional Planning of the University of Twente in The Netherlands. His research interests include sustainable urban transport, particularly cycling; transit oriented development; transport related exclusion as well as transport and climate change. His recent research is on valuing climate benefits of cycling. He has worked in several cities in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Caribbean. Dr. Zuidgeest is secretary of the Cycling Academic Network (CAN), an international collaboration of universities studying the role of cycling in sustainable urban development.