About the Series

In conjunction with the Access for Babies Toddlers and Their Caregivers report, two Access for All webinars explore issues around mobility and access for cities’ most vulnerable residents—young children and the people who take care of them. Thinking about urban planning through the eyes of babies, toddlers and caregivers provides new opportunities to reimagine best practices worldwide.

About the Webinar

Quality public transport is essential in bridging mobility needs for babies, toddlers and their caregivers, and in complementing other sustainable travel modes like walking and cycling. 

The second webinar in a two-part installment on Access for All series will be focused on mobility behaviors and needs through the lens of caregivers traveling with their young children. It will highlight key enablers of quality public transport stemming from the new report, and it will bring together two cities, Istanbul, Turkey and Recife, Brazil, to discuss gaps in transport systems and solutions that can improve the mobility needs of young families.



About the Moderator

Cecilia Vaca Jones, M.A. Executive Director, Bernard van Leer Foundation

Cecilia has over 20 years of experience managing social development policies and programmes. Prior to becoming the Executive Director of the Bernard van Leer Foundation, she was the Minister of Social Development of Ecuador from 2013 to 2016. She championed policies to improve the conditions of children, women and indigenous communities, including a cross-sectoral policy for ECD. Cecilia has also worked for several civil society organizations, the Organisation of American States, UNDP and has been a university professor. She holds a Master’s degree in Social Policies for Sustainable Development from the University of Bologna, a BA in International Relations from the Pontifical Catholic University in Ecuador, and an executive Master’s degree in cities from the London School of Economics.


About the Presenters

Aimee Gauthier Chief Knowledge Officer

Aimée manages ITDP’s global initiatives, international policy program, leadership and innovation program, and global research and projects. She is responsible for the organization-wide implementation and alignment of programs and practices through effective communication, monitoring, and evaluation. Aimée is also instrumental to ITDP’s international advocacy, raising support for sustainable transportation and urban development from major international agencies, governments, and key stakeholders and decision makers around the world. This role is complemented by her involvement in our MOBILIZE program and Sustainable Transportation Awards… View more >

İlhan Akbulut Organizational Development Officer, Public Transportation Directorate, Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality

İlhan has been working for the İstanbul Metropolitan Municipality as a R&D Engineer and an Organizational Development Officer since 2019. Before that, he worked for Istanbul’s Metropolitan Municipality Public Transportation Directorate as seaways planner and an administrative assistant. In his current role, he is taking charge of developing and managing projects for the Public Transportation Department in the Municipality. İlhan has a degree in Electrical Electronic Engineering from Karabuk University.

Beatriz Rodrigues Senior Public Transport Coordinator, ITDP Brazil

Beatriz Rodrigues joined ITDP in January 2016. Through her work, she analyzes the qualification of public transport projects, strategies and policies, with an emphasis on promoting more efficient, integrated, inclusive and zero emission systems. Through her past and current work, she has deepened her knowledge on how to provide quality to the bus system, considering the impacts of individual perceptions of vulnerable users, especially babies, toddlers and caregivers. Beatriz has a degree in civil engineering from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) and holds a Master’s in Transport Engineering from COPPE/UFRJ.


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