Our world continues to change and evolve everyday since the coronavirus outbreak, and this pandemic will likely have longer-term impacts on our individual behaviors, lifestyles, commutes and travel. In China, strict containment measures have reduced the spread of the virus but also profoundly impacted urban transport systems. In this webinar, ITDP China will discuss the modal shift and other significant changes thus far in Chinese cities. Shuai Ren from DiDi Global, the world’s leading mobile transportation platform, will also share insights on private sector responses and shifts in public transit since the onset of the pandemic in China.
Richard is an international executive and urban planner with 20 years of experience in China, the US, and Europe. Richard brings a deep knowledge of transport to ITDP, having worked with ITDP since 2013 in his former role at the Oak Foundation. In that role, he developed, monitored, and provided strategic direction for a grant making pipeline and portfolio on climate mitigation in developing nations. Previously, he was a specialist with the Natural Resources Defense Council in Beijing, and a principal consultant to the American Planning Association. Richard got his start working as a planner with government agencies in Florida and Texas. He holds a bachelor of architecture from Tianjin University in China and a master of urban planning from the State University of New York.
Shuai Ren is a Senior Manager at DiDi Chuxing. She oversees strategy and investment, business development, and globalization agenda for DiDi Public Transport. Prior to DiDi, she worked with the Global Infrastructure Facility at the World Bank on public-private partnerships and financial structuring for projects in Asian countries to attract private sector investment. She also worked on the World Bank’s Transport Global Practice department on lending and advisory projects in China, focusing on urban mobility and municipal financing. Shuai holds a Master of Urban Planning from New York University, and a Bachelor of Urban Planning from Peking University.
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