Transport Policy Advisor
Daniel Moser is Management Head of the Transformative Urban Mobility Initiative (TUMI) at GIZ. In his position he leads the management team and pursues the strategic development of the initiative and its activities. He is also closely associated with various activities in sustainable urban mobility at GIZ. In this capacity, he is directing sustainable urban mobility programs and interdisciplinary projects comprising transport, governance, city planning and urban technology. In his current position he is also advising the Government of Germany and the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development on sustainable urban mobility.
Transport Policy Advisor
Verena Flues gained a degree in Political Science and specialization in Environmental Politics from the University Sciences Po in Paris and National Autonomous University in Mexico City. She gained valuable experience in the fields of waste, energy and biodiversity conservation at the German Ministry for the Environment and different civil society organizations. As an advisor focusing on cycling, public transport and transport budget allocation at Greenpeace Mexico, she gained the enthusiasm for sustainable urban mobility that continues to drive her work within the TUMI Team today. Since joining the TUMI team in April 2017, Verena has contributed to its capacity development and utilized her intercultural, language and didactical skills to strengthen its methodological approach. In her free time, she is actively engaged in social movements for the fossil-fuel phase-out.
Transport Policy Advisor
Educated as an economist, geographer and mobility expert in Germany, Romania and France, Martin Schäfer gained specific experience in international cooperation working for KfW Development Bank and their urban mobility portfolios in Frankfurt and India. His interest in urban mobility led him to Germany’s capital where he worked as a consultant for companies and governments to bridge the gap between transport systems and climate change. His current role within the TUMI upon this knowledge to contribute to electric bus mobility and integration. Martin’s support to the TUMI and its partners in knowledge sharing of lessons learnt and best practice is a valuable asset to the team’s capacity building and international exchange objectives.
Frederic Tesfay is a Project Manager focused on project implementation. A Mechanical Engineer by education, Frederic immediately went into project management within the field of construction; having worked two years in USA and a further five years for GIZ in Africa. After developing a strong focus on monitoring and controlling, he then successfully began managing a variety of projects in the field of technical education and capacity building in Asia.
Through his personal and professional cultural experiences, he has gained understanding of the cultural intricacies, which are a factor in his past success. Frederic joined the TUMI team in May 2018 and is working hard to support the successful execution of projects and advancement of Sustainable Mobility Projects.
Transport Policy Advisor
Eager to actively shape the transformative issues of our time, Linus Platzer has studied and worked at the intersection of urban social systems, climate change, and mobility. He graduated with a dual bachelor’s from the universities of Muenster and Twente, and received a Master of Public Affairs from Indiana University, focusing on energy and sustainability policy. Before joining the TUMI team in Fall 2018, he gained experience at several NGOs, research institutions and local governments in Germany, USA, Argentina, and South Korea. Linus brings in strategic thinking and awareness for organizational sustainability to contribute to the exciting future of mobility. He is passionate about moving people towards human-scale and effective institutional solutions for a sustainable future, of which biking and sharing are just two daily exercises.
Heather Thompson is the Chief Executive Officer of ITDP. Previous to her appointment as CEO, Ms. Thompson has been involved with ITDP as a funder, serving on the Board of Directors, and as interim CEO. Ms. Thompson has focused her career on designing strategies for large-scale impact in the environmental non-profit sector, including writing strategies for many of the leading foundations and nonprofit organizations in the United States focused on climate change and environmental action. Previously, Ms. Thompson was co-founder and Vice President of Programs for ClimateWorks and Principal at California Environmental Associates. Ms. Thompson also serves on the Board of the Gehl Institute. Ms. Thompson has lived and worked abroad in China, the U.K., and Denmark. She holds a MSc in environmental economics from the University of York, U.K. and a B.S. in biological sciences from the University of California, San Diego.
Dr Kevin Austin serves as C40’s Deputy Executive Director. Kevin oversees all of C40’s programme delivery, operations and finance functions as well as contributing to global thought leadership and innovation in urban climate change issues.
Kevin joined C40 from the Greater London Authority where he was responsible for External Relations for the Mayor of London. His previous role at the GLA included Head of Olympic projects, leading the delivery of the major city-related elements associated with the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympics Games. Between 2002 2009 he served as Head of Transport, advising the Mayor of London on all aspects of transport policy.
In earlier years he worked for a major consultancy advising clients on project implementation and economic appraisal.
He has a Masters in Transport Planning and a Doctorate in Civil Engineering from Leeds University.
Jamie Leather is the Chief of the Transport Sector Group at the Asian Development Bank. Mr. Leather has 30 years of experience in transport, and over 25 years of experience working internationally, primarily covering the Asian region. Mr. Leather leads ADBs transport sector operations and overseas the strategic direction of ADBs knowledge, technical and financial support to its developing member countries and partners. Mr. Leather obtained his master of science in transport planning and engineering from the Institute of Transport Studies, Leeds University (UK) and a bachelor of arts in human geography also from Leeds University.
Harvey Scorcia is a Principal Executive at CAF – Development Bank of Latin America. Harvey is a Colombian national and an urban transport specialist with 10 years of work experience. Harvey has worked in academia (research assistant at MIT), public sector (Chicago Transit Authority and Transport for London), private sector (Steer Davies Gleave), and multilateral organizations (World Bank and Inter-American Development Bank). Harvey holds an M.S. in Transportation and a Master in City Planning from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He also earned a M.S. in Civil Engineering, a B.S. in Civil Engineering, and a B.A. in Music from the Universidad de los Andes.
Ani Dasgupta is Global Director of WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities, a program galvanizing action to help cities grow more sustainably and improve quality of life in developing countries around the world through developing environmentally, socially, and financially sustainable solutions. Ani leads a team of global experts in sustainable transport, urban development and building efficiency, as well as its engagement across air quality, low-carbon energy, governance, water risk, and associated areas. The Ross Center works in approximately 100 cities, with over 200 experts based around the world.
Ani serves as WRI Director of the Coalition for Urban Transitions, Special Initiative of the New Climate Economy (NCE), a global partnership of 20-plus economic and policy research institutes, city networks and private companies, of which WRI Ross Center is the Managing Partner. Through an independent, evidence-based approach, the Coalition is a major new international initiative to support national decision-makers to unlock the power of cities for enhanced national economic, social, and environmental performance, reducing the risk of climate change and maximizing benefits for people and the planet.
Debashish Bhattacharjee is a Human Settlements Officer, and the Lead for the Urban Mobility Unit at UN-Habitat. Debashish has been working with UN-Habitat for more than 10 years. Previously, he has been involved in large infrastructure projects on energy, water supply, sanitation and transport in different institutions including the Asian Development Bank. Debashish holds degrees in civil engineering and management.
Stefanie Holzwarth, is an Associate Human Settlements Officer at the Urban Mobility Unit at UN-Habitat. She is trained in urban planning and has been working on sustainable mobility projects for the last 4 years, providing technical advice, knowledge and advocacy to governments around the world. Stefanie is a passionate cyclist and regularly participates in Open Streets Activities or Critical Mass Events to create awareness of pedestrians’ and cyclists’ rights to shared urban roads.
Sergio Avelleda is the Global Urban Mobility Director in WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities, a program galvanizing action to help cities grow more sustainably and improve quality of life in developing countries around the world through developing environmentally, socially, and financially sustainable solutions. Sergio leads a team of global experts in urban mobility who are involved in different projects dedicated to improve urban mobility, reduce fatalities caused by traffic, to implant disruptive new mobility solutions around the world.
Sergio is former Secretary of Mobility and Transports in Sao Paulo, former CEO of the suburban trains company (CPTM) and subway company (Metro de SP) in Sao Paulo.
Sebastián is the Manager, Strategy Development & Performance, for WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities. He supports the program’s Executive Team in shaping and piloting new strategies, and monitors strategy performance to guide informed decisions for strategic growth. Sebastian also leads the program’s scaling strategy, which aims for amplifying the adoption of good practices through capacity development, knowledge dissemination and improved collaboration among stakeholders (More information at thecityfixlearn.org).
Prior to joining World Resources Institute, Sebastián served as project coordinator in WRI's sustainable urban mobility initiative EMBARQ in Mexico, where he managed a technical assessment team assisting PROTRAM, a national program supporting the implementation of massive transport systems in Mexican cities.
Gunjan Parik serves as the Director of the Transportation & Urban Planning Programme at C40. In this position she is responsible for driving and delivering C40’s transportation and urban planning strategy globally. Prior to joining the C40, Gunjan worked at Transport for London (TfL) in a range of strategy and policy roles, most recently as the Head of Paralympic Transport and Accessibility, where she was responsible for ensuring TfL’s capacity to operate a robust transport network able to meet the unique challenges of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Previously, Gunjan was based in India where she worked as a Senior Consultant for Pricewaterhouse Coopers, working across a range of government institutions at local and national levels.
Gunjan holds a Masters of Science in the Management and Regulation of Risk, and a Master’s of Science in Information Systems, both from the London School of Economics.
Tsu-Jui leads the Sustainable Urban Mobility / EcoMobility Team and coordinates ICLEI interoffice cooperation. He oversees the implementation of the projects and guides cities to provide liveable, accessible and equitable urban mobility for both citizens and freight through the EcoMobility Alliance and the Ecologistics initiative. Tsu-Jui has a background in transport and city planning.
Tu My is coordinates the TUMI program in ICLEI. Tu My's work focuses on knowledge exchange, multi-stakeholder planning processes, and outreach in the urban sustainable development field. Tu My has an interdisciplinary background in global economics and social affairs, and tourism management.
Passionate about social, political, economic and environmental justice for human development, Maruxa specialises in integrated urban and territorial development. Over her 16-year career, Maruxa has worked with multilateral institutions, national, regional and local governments, NGOs and philanthropy in 33 countries across continents to develop public policies, capacity and implementation projects, and multi-stakeholder partnerships.
Maruxa currently serves as Secretary General of the Partnership on Sustainable, Low Carbon Transport SLoCaT. Previously she founded Communitas, the multi-stakeholder coalition which pioneered knowledge-based advocacy for the Sustainable Development Goal on Cities & Human Settlements. Maruxa also served as the Secretary General of the Network of Regional Governments for Sustainable Development (nrg4SD), and during her tenure co-facilitated the engagement of local and regional governments in the UN Rio +20 Conference. She has also held posts as Senior Policy Specialist in Cities Alliance-UNOPS, as well as in local and regional government in the UK and Spain. In 2004-2010, she was Deputy Director of the Representation of the South West of England to the EU, where she led on the sustainability portfolio for a partnership of regional authorities, academia and the private sector.
Prolific public speaker and analyst, Maruxa is member of the Future Earth community. In recent years, she has served in the UCL- Nature Sustainability Expert Panel on the Urban Science-Policy Interface and as Adviser on Global Agendas to the Conference of European Peripheral Maritime Regions of Europe CPMR. Her formal training was as a lawyer, as well as in EU law and in development economics.
Angela is a Senior Associate and provides project management and research support on climate change and urban transport projects. Prior to SLoCaT, Angela was an Associate at the World Resources Institute where she supported research on the topics of urban transport actions and policies within the climate agendas on the sub-national, national and global levels. She was also the lead of the Low Emissions Development Strategies Global Partnership (LEDS GP) Transport Working Group where she provided capacity building support to national and subnational governments on how to plan and implement sustainable, low carbon transport actions. Prior to joining WRI, Angela worked as a Transportation Planner in the public and private sectors. Her responsibilities included performing stakeholder outreach, market research, and developing cost-effective alternatives within budgetary constraints for public transport projects.
Angela holds a joint Master of Science in Regional Development Planning and Management from Technische Universität Dortmund and University of the Philippines, Diliman and a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Analysis and Design from the University of California, Irvine. She currently resides in Washington, DC.