Clayton Lane | Chief Executive Officer
Clayton Lane brings two decades of sustainable transport experience and a fresh, innovative perspective to the leadership of ITDP’s international team.
Prior to joining ITDP, Lane was Deputy Director of the WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities, where he helped lead 200 professionals in China, India, Brazil, Mexico, and Turkey to create more equitable, healthy, vibrant, climate-friendly cities. Lane played an instrumental role in raising funds and developing the strategy to establish the program. Previously, Lane served as Acting Director and COO of EMBARQ, the WRI Center for Sustainable Transport, where he unified the program and led it to some of its brightest days.
Previously, Lane co-founded PhillyCarShare and grew it to become the world’s largest regional car-sharing organization, serving 50,000 members with nearly 500 vehicles, and won numerous accolades including Nonprofit of the Year, Best Places to Work, and EPA’s prestigious Environmental Achievement Award.
Lane began his career as Professional Associate and Lead Planner for Parsons Brinckerhoff (PB), where he directly planned and designed BRT and rail systems; evaluated land-use impacts, ridership, and costs; led long-range transport plans; and helped secure federal financing. He holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering systems from the University of Pennsylvania, and master’s degrees in both transportation and city planning with an emphasis on international development from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
Melinda Eisenmann | Chief Operating Officer
As the Chief Operating Officer, Melinda manages finance, administration, human resources and information technology globally. Since joining ITDP in 2004, Melinda has overseen the organization’s financial management through major periods of growth, previously serving as the Chief Financial Officer and as the Director of Finance & Administration. Previously, she worked as a researcher at Hunter College on human rights and political persecution projects and as an office manager for a real estate company. Melinda also spent a semester working in Mexico with Dr. Jorge G. Castañeda, ex-Foreign Minister of Mexico and then presidential candidate.
Melinda has lived and studied in Europe, Latin America, and Africa. She holds a master’s degree in international affairs with a specialization in international finance from Fordham University.
Aimée Gauthier | Chief Program Officer
Aimée has been working at ITDP since 2003. Currently, she manages global projects, communications, and monitoring and evaluation. She began working on Sub-Saharan Africa transport projects in Ghana, Senegal, South Africa, and Tanzania. In that capacity, she worked on non-motorized transportation, developing private sector small bicycle businesses and examining the intersection between health care service delivery and transport. She also worked on promotion of bus rapid transit projects in Accra and Dakar, as well as BRT planning in Dar es Salaam and Johannesburg.
Before joining ITDP, Aimée worked at the Moriah Fund as the grants and office manager. Aimée holds a master’s degree in urban planning from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor and has dual bachelor’s degrees in anthropology and political & social thought from the University of Virginia.
Kathleen Letchford | Development Director
Since joining ITDP in 2009, Kathleen has overseen resource development and fundraising for the organization on a global scale. In this role, Kathleen is responsible for crafting and executing strategies for foundation relations, as well as identifying opportunities with public and multilateral institutions for project support.
Previously, she was in charge of North American marketing and communications for FXB International, where she worked to raise support for community-based programs targeting families affected by HIV/AIDS in low income countries. Kathleen has also consulted with grassroots organizations in sub-Saharan Africa that catalyze and build local microenterprises. A lifelong environmentalist, Kathleen has held positions in the private sector and academia as a researcher and editor in areas ranging from factory farming to environmental tort. Kathleen holds an MPA in international development and nonprofit management from New York University’s Wagner School of Public Service.
Tristan Braithwaite | Finance Associate
Initially hired as a temporary Accounting Associate in November 2014, Tristan joined ITDP full time in February 2015. He is primarily responsible for all accounts payable, processing US payroll and benefits’ payments, bank deposits and other general accounting duties as assigned. Tristan is a Graduate of the City University of New York- College of Staten Island School of Business with degrees in Accounting and Business Finance. Previous to ITDP, Tristan worked as an intern at the Jewish Community Center of Staten Island in the Administration Department and the National Grid Tier-3 Grant Program to assist Staten Island businesses impacted by Super Storm Sandy ( the project was assisted by the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce). Tristan enjoys spending time watching sports, reading, and being a father to his children.
Bridget Burns | Administrative Assistant
Bridget joined ITDP in the fall of 2014. She works primarily with the Finance Team and also completes daily office tasks. Before coming to ITDP, she held a similar role at a real estate firm and was a cake decorator. Bridget has Bachelors degrees in Anthropology and Creative Writing from Seton Hall University, where her passion for all things book related grew exponentially.
Ramón Cruz | International Policy Program Manager
Ramón has over 15 years of experience combining international policy, sustainability, transportation, urban planning, environmental stewardship, and climate change.
Since 2009, he has been integral to ITDP’s International Policy program as an advocate for sustainable transport and urban development, building relationships with multilateral development banks, governments, and United Nations processes including the Framework Convention on Climate Change, the Post-2015 Development Agenda, the Commission on Sustainable Development, the Rio+20 Process, and the Partnership on Sustainable Low Carbon Transport.
With a bachelor’s in International Relations from American University (Washington, D.C.) and a master’s in Public Policy and Urban and Regional Planning from Princeton University, Ramón has dedicated his entire career to environment and sustainability advocacy. His prior roles include vice president of the Environmental Quality Board (Puerto Rico’s environmental regulatory agency), vice president of Energy and Environment at the Partnership for New York City, and senior policy analyst at the Living Cities Program of the Environmental Defense Fund. He has been a consultant for the World Bank, the Natural Resources Defense Council, and the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ).
Michael Kodransky | Director, Global and U.S. Initiatives
Michael is a transport and urban development specialist focused on shaping the built environment to improve economic and social conditions for people in cities around the world. He created and heads the MOBILIZE program at ITDP and as part of that role is Chair of the Sustainable Transport Award (STA) committee. He leads ITDPs work in the U.S. and created a training series for transit agency board members. Additionally, he led an international team working on a USAID technical assistance project in Kiev, Ukraine as part of ITDP’s programmatic activities in Central-Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) region. Michael also oversaw the Our Cities Ourselves urban visioning charrette program on transit-oriented development with stakeholders in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and Chennai, India. Since joining ITDP in 2008, Michael has overseen projects in parking management, bus transit, shared mobility concepts, land use regulations, spatial planning, street design and urban freight.
Michael began work at ITDP from Hamburg, Germany where he did research on European transport and urban development best practices. Michael is bilingual in Russian, proficient in Spanish and has working knowledge of German and French. He holds a master’s degree in urban planning from New York University and a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University.
Jemilah Magnusson | Global Communications Director
With a more than 15-year background in non-profit communications and international development journalism, Jemilah heads ITDP’s global communications team. She oversees ITDP publications (print and online), social media campaigns, strategic promotions, and global knowledge management and draws on her wealth of non-profit sector experience as a communications advisor to ITDP’s global field offices.
Jemilah has worked in every one of ITDP’s program areas—including bus transit, walking and cycling, parking reform, climate change, and road safety—ensuring the effective transition of information between technical staff, funding agencies, municipalities, the public, and other stakeholders. She led the development and publication of ITDP’s TOD Standard and spearheaded the integration of transit-oriented development and other holistic transportation solutions into ITDP’s recognized practice areas. She is also the joint lead of ITDP’s annual Mobilize Summit and Sustainable Transport Award, which brings municipalities, innovators, and sponsors from around the world together and showcases a city’s achievements in sustainable mobility.
Before joining ITDP in 2012, Jemilah was a managing editor for United Nations–sponsored publications (Peace Child International), a journalist for The Green Guide (now part of National Geographic), a communications director for one of the oldest microfunding organizations in the United States (Citizens Committee of New York City), and a communications and event lead for renowned international and NYC-based organizations such as the Buckminster Fuller Institute.
Stacy Mayers | Director of Finance and Administration
Stacy joined ITDP in 2006 as ITDP’s administrative assistant. Since then, she has transitioned into working solely in the accounting and finance department. She currently works in overseeing accounts payable and accounts receivable at headquarters, as well as managing payroll. She graduated from Sacred Heart University with a bachelor’s degree in economics. She loves to play billiards and PC games.
Luc Nadal | Technical Director, Urban Development
Luc Nadal is an architect and urbanist. Prior to joining ITDP, he contributed to numerous urban planning and design projects, including the La Villette Park and the Charles de Gaulle Airport, in Paris. Luc wrote extensively about the role and functions of urban public space.
He received his doctorate’s degree in urban planning from Columbia University, and his diploma of architecture (DPLG) from Ecole d’Architecture de Paris-La Villette. Luc was a Mombusho Scholar at Kyoto University, and he has taught at Columbia University, the New School University, and the Parsons School of Design in New York.
Maxim Novichenko | Finance Manager
Maxim is primarily responsible for overseeing the accounting and reporting by ITDP’s Field Offices. Prior to joining ITDP in November of 2011, he has served as Finance and Administrative Manager of the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience for almost five years. Before his engagement in the non-profit field Maxim has worked for several years in the financial services industry. He holds a master’s degree in international affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and bachelor’s degree from the University of Rochester.
Kyle Rectenwald | Senior Development Associate
Kyle joined the Development team at ITDP in 2014. His role includes grant writing and reporting, leading individual giving campaigns, prospect research and cultivation, and grants management, as well as managing ITDP’s Salesforce database.
Before joining ITDP, Kyle worked in education and woodworking at several nonprofits. Most recently, he worked at the New York Harbor Foundation on Governor’s Island, whose primary mission is the restoration of New York Harbor. He holds Bachelor’s degrees in History and Political Science from the University of Pittsburgh and is pursuing his Master of Public Administration at Baruch College, City University of New York. Kyle loves everything related to cycling, music, art, and film and you can generally find him at home listening to records or riding around New York searching for the best vegetarian restaurants.
Nneka Njoku | Communications Associate
Nneka joined ITDP in April 2016 to work in communications and outreach including creating and editing written content, website management, and social media.
Before coming to ITDP, she lived in Minnesota where Nneka held a similar role at a property management non-profit specializing in affordable housing. She has a bachelor’s degree in Business Law from the University of St. Thomas (Minnesota). Nneka was born in Nigeria and grew up in Trinidad, Scotland, and the United States. She is passionate about art with a particular interesting in writing, photography, and videography.
Carolynn Johnson | Partnership Development Manager
Carolynn joined ITDP in 2016. As Development Manager she raises resources for ITDP’s global programs by identifying and cultivating institutional donors, including governments, corporations and foundations.
Prior to joining ITDP, Carolynn worked at the Rainforest Alliance, where she was responsible for project design, proposal development, and partnership building for the organization’s sustainable agriculture, finance, forestry, and tourism programs across Latin America, Africa, and Asia. She has also held positions at New York City’s Office of Long Term Planning and Sustainability analyzing data for an electric vehicle feasibility study, the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development, and People for the American Way.
She holds a MPA from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and a BA from Carleton College.
Thais Lima | Knowledge Manager
A specialist in data literacy, Thais Lima holds a MBA in Knowledge Management and Business Intelligence from Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and is currently pursuing a MBA in Web Intelligence at the same institution. Thais joined the organization staff in 2013 as Communications Manager of ITDP Brazil field office, and since December 2016 is part of the global team as Knowledge Manager.
Since 2009 Thais has been enrolled in more than 200 different projects related to mobility, transportation and urban affairs, applying communication, design, data literacy, information and knowledge management tools, approaches and methodologies.
Iwona Alfred | Program Associate, Urban Development
Iwona is an urban planner with a master’s degree in City and Regional Planning from Pratt Institute and a dual bachelor’s degree in Education and Geography from Hunter College. She is interested in issues around development and sustainability in fast growing urban and rural areas alike.
Iwona is not new to ITDP, she has previously assisted with the release of the TOD Standard v. 2.1 in 2014. Before joining ITDP full time in 2017, she has also worked as a LEED consultant and a community liaison in the Far Rockaway, Queens area. Iwona enjoys a variety of interdisciplinary fields utilizing her passion for sciences and arts. After graduate school, she produced a film “Save our Seaport” for the City Club of New York which focused on development of the South Street Seaport area in the New City Harbor. As an avid photographer, she spends her weekends cycling and photographing as well as assisting with other ongoing film projects.
Christina Jang | Program Coordinator, Global Initiatives
Christina joined ITDP in May 2017 as a Program Coordinator for the Global Initiatives Program. Her role provides support for the global team and ITDP senior management, including program and grant reporting. Prior to ITDP, Christina completed a Fulbright grant in the Northeast of Brazil and worked as an Adult Education Program Manager at New York Cares. She has a bachelor’s degree in Global Liberal Studies from New York University. Christina speaks Portuguese and Spanish, and during her free time enjoys baking, visiting other cities, and volunteering.
Graham Cavanagh | Senior Program Associate, U.S. and Global Initiatives
Graham is a city and regional planner specializing in transportation. He has experience working with municipalities, private stakeholders, and community organizations. He has collaborated on international transportation policy frameworks, complete street infrastructure designs, and community engagement strategies to enhance multi-modal integration, encourage balanced mode-shares, and prioritize public transport with active mobility (cycling and walking) to reduce urban congestion, improve safety and quality of life in cities.
Prior to joining ITDP in 2017, Graham worked with BFJ Planning on transportation studies, conducted research and project coordination via an Alexander von Humboldt German Chancellor Fellowship in collaboration with Rupprecht Consult for Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMP) in EU cities, as well as worked with Sam Schwartz Engineering, and NYC DOT in the Manhattan Borough Commissioner’s Office. Graham holds a MS in City & Regional Planning from Pratt Institute and a BA in History of Art & Architecture from Boston University.
Jacob Mason | Transport Research and Evaluation Manager
Jacob manages data collection, reporting, and evaluation for ITDP globally. He specializes in strategic research that drives the conversation about sustainable transportation and development, assessing new technologies and identifying new, quantifiable ways of meeting program goals.
Jacob has been the lead researcher for many of ITDP’s most recognized publications, including the Bike Share Planning Guide, the BRT Standard, and A Global High Shift Cycling Scenario and Three Revolutions in Urban Transport, quantifying the multi-trillion-dollar savings in transportation costs and massive reductions in CO2 emissions possible through more sustainable urban transport. He also oversaw the production of ITDP’s People Near Transit report, which developed and measured an international metric for rapid transit coverage, which has since been adopted by city, national, and international governments.
Jacob has been responsible for data collection analysis—and, often, metric development—for ITDP projects worldwide, including a walkability study in five African cities and a BRT project in Nairobi, Kenya. Within the World Bank’s Sustainable Mobility for All program, Jacob co-chairs the Urban Access working group, which is developing sustainable urban transport indicators that are shared across multiple international institutions.
Jacob has a master’s in urban planning from McGill University (Montreal) and a bachelor’s in civil engineering from Columbia University.
Michael Marks | Transport Research Associate
Michael joined ITDP as a research intern in the Washington, D.C. office in November 2014, before joining full time in December 2015. His role includes developing metrics for monitoring and evaluating access and mobility in ITDP’s target cities. Previously, Michael worked at the Maryland Department of Transportation. Michael is a native of Bethesda, Maryland and holds a bachelor’s degree in International Relations and Chinese from Tufts University. In his spare time, he enjoys watching hockey, reading biographies, and exploring new cities.
Joe Chestnut | Transport Research Associate
Joe Chestnut joined ITDP in May of 2017. His role includes work on implementing indicators to analyze organizational impact, urban growth, and walkability. Prior to his work at ITDP Joe was a research intern at The Brookings Institution in their Metropolitan Policy Program. Growing up on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, in what is far from an urban setting, Joe has always been drawn to cities. Aside from his interests in cities and public transportation, Joe is interested in college basketball, the Food Network, and reading. He has a bachelor’s degree in International Affairs and Geography from The George Washington University and a master’s degree in Geography, also from The George Washington University.
Chris Kost | Africa Program Director
Chris joined the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy as a full-time staff member in 2008 after being involved as a consultant since 2004, focusing on transport projects in Africa and India. In Cape Town, Accra, and Johannesburg, he assessed the impacts of proposed BRT systems on greenhouse gas emissions. More recently, Chris has been involved in projects in the Indian states of Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Gujarat, and Jharkhand, covering areas such as bus rapid transit, street design, parking management, and transit-oriented development. Chris has been involved in a number of TOD projects, including the Local Area Plan for Ahmedabad’s Central Business District, an updated TOD policy for BRT corridors in Pimpri Chinchwad, TOD planning efforts for Chennai’s metro and suburban rail networks, and TOD elements in Nashik’s new Development Plan. Chris now leads ITDP’s initiatives in Kenya, Uganda, and other African countries.
Before joining ITDP, Chris worked for the Transportation and Land Use Coalition (now Transform) in Oakland; the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, also in Oakland; the City of Berkeley’s Planning Department; Meyer, Mohadddes Associates, Los Angeles; and Delin Consult in Accra. Chris received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in environmental policy from the Earth Systems Program at Stanford University.
Maina Gachoya | Transport Planning Associate
Maina Gachoya holds a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from University of Nairobi and an Msc in Transport Planning and Engineering from the University of Leeds, where he was awarded the Arup Transport Studies Prize for academic excellence. His transport planning experience spans across numerous cities in East and West Africa. He has worked in these cities to tackle challenges of congestion, accessibility, sustainability, and social inclusion through policy reform, planning and design. A large focus of his work has sought to balance low-carbon urban growth and planning through strategies that increase the market share of walking, cycling, and public transport as essential ingredients for safeguarding quality of life and reconciling economic and environmental policy priorities. He has a deep fascination with how cities are planned, designed and operated and is dedicated to promoting the growth of sustainable transport and urban development in cities across Africa.
Mary Gitonga | Operations Manager
Mary is responsible for the operations of ITDP’s Africa office. Prior to joining ITDP in March 2016, she served as a Regional Assistant Administration Coordinator for Secours Islamique France in Nairobi for three years. She has cumulative experience of over eight years working with international NGOs with operations in Kenya, South Sudan, and Somalia. She holds a diploma from Association of Business Executives, UK.Mary is passionate about making the world a better place for all.
Rose Kebut | Administrative Assistant
Rose joined ITDP in March 2016 and is tasked with provision of administrative support to the ITDP Africa team. She has over five years experience in human resources and administration management.Rose earned her Bachelor’s degree in Arts from the University of Nairobi. She also studied management at the Cooperative University of Kenya and the Kenya Institute of Management. She is convinced of availability of sustainable solutions to the socioeconomic problems in Africa.
Naomi Mwaura | Mandela Washington Fellow
Naomi has over four years of experience in the public transport industry focusing on prevention of sexual harassment and violence. She is the founding director of Flone Initiative, an organization that trains public transport operators in customer service, prevention of sexual violence, and professional development. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (Honors) from United States International University, Kenya, and is currently pursuing a Masters in Business Administration, also from United States International University.
Clarisse Cunha Linke | Country Director
Clarisse Cunha Linke is a Brazilian with 14 years experience in social policy, planning and implementation in Brazil, Mozambique and Namibia. She holds an MSc in Social Policy, NGOs, and Development from the London School of Economics and Political Science, where she won the Titmuss Prize. She also holds a MBE in NGOs and Civil Society from the Institute of Economics, Rio de Janeiro Federal University, Brazil. From 2006-2011, Clarisse was one of the Bicycling Empowerment Network Namibia (BEN Namibia) directors, where she played a key role in the expansion of BEN Namibia’s activities, helping it develop the biggest community-based enterprise bicycle distribution network in sub-Saharan Africa. In 2010 she was the winner of the Ashoka Changemakers Challenge “Women, Tools and Technology”.
Clarisse joined ITDP Brazil in January 2012. Since then, she has become a member of the Board of Director to the Network for Sustainable Low Carbon Transport (SLoCaT), Associação Nacional de Transporte Público (ANTP), Instituto Movimento Nacional pelo Direito ao Transporte (MDT), Associação Transporte Ativo, and Casa Fluminense. She also has a seat in the Advisory Boards Conselho Municipal de Transportes do Rio de Janeiro and Conselho de Desenvolvimento Urbano da Região Metropolitana do Rio de Janeiro.
Celia Regina Alves de Souza | Financial and Administrative Director
Celia started at ITDP Brazil in July 2010 as the Financial and Administrative Director. She graduated from Federal University of Rio de Janeiro with a bachelor degree in Administration. She worked for many years at the Docas Company (former Docas de Santos Company), a holding company in Brazil, as secretary to the Board and as Chief of Administrative Services. She has been a managing partner of a coffee shop and an administrative/financial manager in a store of parts for jewelry assembling. Previous to joining ITDP in 2010, she worked as the Chief Secretary of the Brazilian Equestrian Society. She loves animals and has five dogs.
Ana Nassar | Program Director
Ana Nassar joined the ITDP Brazil staff in November 2014 as a program director. She is a fellow of the Lead (Leadership for Environment and Development) international network since 2007. From 2012 to 2014, she worked as the environmental manager for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, responsible for the implementation of the environmental projects for the competition. She has previously worked for the British Embassy in Brazil, at the Brazilian Ministry of Strategic Affairs and at the Museum of the Person. She has been managing sustainable development projects for the past 10 years, dealing with several topics, including climate change, waste management, urban mobility, sustainable procurement, and community development. Ana Nassar holds a master’s degree in Political Science from the University of Brasilia and a bachelor degree in International Relations from Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo.
Iuri Moura | BRT/TOD Manager
Iuri Moura holds a Master Degree in Urban and Environmental Engineering at the Pontifical Catholic University (PUC) and the Technische Universität Braunschweig (Germany), and a Bachelor Degree in Geography by the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ). He has worked for more than five years in the private sector as an environmental analyst, developing and coordinating projects for the environmental management of large ventures in the oil and gas, transport, energy and industry sectors. He has deepened his knowledge on the subject of urban mobility in the last few years, especially on issues related to integrated planning of transportation systems and urban planning in development cities. Iuri joined ITDP Brazil in November 2014 as BRT and TOD Manager.
Gabriel Oliveira | BRT Research Coordinator
Gabriel Oliveira is a Brazilian engineer who acquired during a 2-year exchange program at École Centrale de Lyon, France, a deep enthusiasm in urban mobility issues. He is currently pursuing a Masters in Transport Engineering, with an emphasis in Public Transport Planning. Gabriel has a special interest in urban occupation, trip generation and transit public policies, both in developed and developing countries. He is a wannabe balanced person, very fond of nature sports, leisure and elements.
Beatriz Rodrigues | BRT/TOD Intern
Beatriz Rodrigues is student of degree Civil Engeneering at UFRJ. In 2012 did an exchange year at the Faculty of Engeneering at Porto University, in Portugal, where she was able to learn about the area of urban planning and mobility and developed a large interest in these topics. After she had come back to Brazil, she kept in touch with these area through a scientific initiation in the Program of Urban Engineering at UFRJ.
Fábio Nazareth | Communications Coordinator
Fábio has been a transport journalist focusing on sustainable transport, bicycle infrastructure, and urban planning. He is an urban cyclist and a volunteer at Transporte Ativo NGO, engaging in cargo bike and traffic calming research. Fábio founded Pedalentos, a Slow Cyclist Brazil initiative and is a member of the The Union Cyclists of Brazil (UCB) board. He is currently enrolled in an Institutional Communications MBA program and holds a degree in Communications from FACHA – Faculdade Integrada Hélio Alonso.
Bernardo Serra | Policy Coordinator
Bernardo Serra has worked on consulting sustainability strategy and stakeholders engagement projects with companies, NGOs and government. He is graduated and holds a master degree in Economics from the Université Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne. Before joining ITDP, Bernardo was project manager in sustainability strategy in São Paulo and worked with pioneer organizations in the subject such as Business for Social Responsibility (BSR), Accountability, Utopies and Ethos. He has led a research for a BSR article on São Paulo’s urbanization challenges and has participated in a Sustainable Mobility publication for an infrastructure company.
Diego Silva | Travel Demand Management Coordinator
Diego Silva holds a master’s degree in Transport Engineering from Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS) and a bachelor’s in Civil Engineering from Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC). He is currently enrolled in the MBE in Urban Engineering program at the Polytechnic School of the Federal University in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He has experience in transport planning and has worked in the public and private sectors in Brazilian cities. As a transport specialist in Rio de Janeiro, he worked in the implementation of BRT Transcarioca and in the rationalization of bus lines. He has also contributed to the development of transportation operational plans for mega-events happening in the city.
João Pedro Rocha | Program Assistant
Letícia Bortolon | Policy Coordinator
Letícia earned her Bachelors in architecture and urbanism at the University of Brasilia (UnB) and specialized in urban law at the Catholic Pontifical University of Minas Gerais (PUC-Minas). She is a volunteer of the Bike Anjo network and a counselor at the NGOs Rodas da Paz and Brazilian Cyclist Union (UCB). Leticia has been working in urban planning for 12 years. Her experience covers a wide variety of tasks related to community-based organizing around public urban policies in several Brazilian municipalities. Through this, she has acquired considerable expertise on local development, zoning, land use and occupation, housing, environmental management and sustainable urban mobility.
Rose Vieira | Administrative Assistant
Rose supports ITDP Brazil with financial administrative activities.
Danielle Hoppe | Project Manager, Active Transportation and Demand Management
Danielle Hoppe worked as an urban analyst in the public and private sectors in Brazil, and has also participated in urban planning-related initiatives supported by the Canadian International Development Agency in Bolivia and Honduras. She holds a master’s degree in Urban Planning from McGill University in Montreal, Canada and a bachelor’s in Architecture and Urban Design from the Federal University in Porto Alegre, Brazil. Before joining ITDP, Danielle was the local coordinator of the Urban Age Conference 2013, organized by the London School of Economics and Political Science in Rio de Janeiro.
Thiago Benicchio | Active Transportation Manager for São Paulo
Thiago Benicchio has been a journalist, cyclist and urban mobility researcher since 2004. He has been engaged in the last decade in many civil society initiatives, such as São Paulo’s Critical Mass events and the celebrations for World Car Free Day in Brazil. He is one of the founders of Ciclocidade, São Paulo’s Urban Cyclists Association, where he acted as the first Director between 2009 and 2014. Benicchio is the producer of the movie Automobile Society (2004) and author and blogger of Motorized Apocalypse (2005 to 2011). He is a collaborator of the news website Bike É Legal and he has attended many international events and forums throughout the world, in cities as Istanbul, Portland, Guadalajara, San Francisco, Curitiba and Porto Alegre.
Pedro Bürger | Designer
Pedro Bürger is a designer who graduated from PUC Rio University with an emphasis on visual communication. He has worked at many companies in strategic, graphic, and textile design. In 2013 he applied for a summer course – 100 Design Projects – at the Central Saint Martin in London where he learned how to synthesize his ideas into graphic content. Pedro is a bike enthusiast and intends to reduce growing dependence on motorized transportation.
Rafaela Marques | Communications Manager
Rafaela Marques is a communication strategist professional, currently pursuing her masters in Cultural Studies at the Universidade Federal Fluminense. With a focus in Open Government, Creative Economy, Media Policy, and within the context of public policy and project development, Rafaela has 10 years of management experience in the private and public and sector work.
Rafael Siqueira | Active Transport Assistant
Rafael Siqueira holds a degree in Architecture and Urbanism from Universidade de São Paulo, and a post graduate diploma in Spatial Planning from Universidade Nova de Lisboa. He has professional experience in developing urban mobility planning projects for private companies and public organizations in Brazil. Since 2013, Rafael has collaborated in research initiatives on active transportation for nonprofit organizations. He is currently an active collaborator at the Ape Estudos em Mobilidade (Ape Mobility Studies) association.
Ananda Cantarino | Communications Intern
Ananda Cantarino is studying communications & journalism at the Federal Rural University of Rio de Janeiro. Before joining ITDP, she was a member of the Communication and Health research group (CNPq) held at the Laboratory of Communication and Health Research (LACES) at FIOCRUZ. Ananda is a popular communications researcher with a focus on youth empowerment.
Richard Liu | Regional Director, East & Southeast Asia
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.
Zhu Xianyuan | TOD and BRT Modeling, Vice Country Director
After graduating with a Master’s in Transportation Engineering from Shandong University, Zhu Xianyuan worked in the Transportation Research Center of Shandong University, where she mainly focused on BRT systems and non-motorized transportation. She participated in many projects, including Jinan’s BRT System Evaluation, Sustainable Urban Planning, Jinan Pedestrian and Bicycle System Analysis and Optimization, and a Blueprint for Sustainability. She was also a traffic engineering teacher at Shandong University. Her work for ITDP focuses on BRT modeling, aspects of road design improvements in Lanzhou, BRT impact analysis, and research into transportation demand management policies.
Liu Shaokun | Greenways & Parking Program Manager, Vice Country Director
Since graduating in Traffic Engineering from Shanghai’s Tongji University, Liu Shaokun has worked in the Huizhou Urban Planning & Design Institute (HUPDI). During his time with HUPDI, he worked as transportation planner and an engineer of road construction design, and completed numerous urban planning & transportation planning & road construction designs in Huizhou, and served as project manager in four transportation planning projects. His work won numerous awards for excellence in urban and rural planning and design of Guangdong Province in 2007. He has worked for ITDP-China since mid 2009, focusing on the NMT & Urban Planning Program. Recently, he has worked on the pedestrian facility survey and report for the city center in Harbin, and on pedestrian and bicycle facility planning and design in Guangzhou.
Shanshan Li | Vice Country Director (based in Beijing)
Shanshan Li joined ITDP in 2009 after graduating from Kunming University of Science and Technology with a master’s degree in Transportation Engineering. She is currently leading the ITDP Beijing office as the Vice Country Director of ITDP China. She works on urban planning and sustainable transportation projects, and has accumulated a lot of experience and knowledge in planning, design, and implementation of BRT, NMT and TOD projects. Shanshan has also worked as a consultant to the Asian Development Bank and the World Bank on many sustainable transportation projects in China and Asian cities. She has worked as a project manager on the 2016 Sustainable Transport Award winning Yichang BRT as well as on NMT planning, design, implementation, operations. Shanshan has also worked intensively on the sustainable transportation projects in Guangzhou, Lanzhou, Vientiane Tianjin, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Jakarta, Johor Bahru, etc.
Bi Lei | Office Manager
Bi Lei joined ITDP-China after graduating from Tianjin University of Technology and Education, initially as an office assistant and currently as the office manager. She has worked previously as an office assistant and translator in the Guangzhou Construction Engineering Supervision Co., Ltd. and as an English teacher in the Guangdong Foreign Language University.
Li Wei | Senior Engineer, BRT & NMT Program
Li Wei is a traffic and transportation engineer. She has worked mostly on Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) and non-motorized transport (NMT) since graduating from the South China University of Technology. Li Wei worked on the planning and design of the Guangzhou BRT on a near full-time basis since 2005, as a key engineer in the core design team. She was also involved in the Harbin BRT conceptual plan and is one of the lead engineers on the team doing the detailed planning and design of a BRT system in Lanzhou.
As well as working for ITDP and formerly for the Guangzhou Municipal Engineering Design and Research Institute, she has worked as a consultant to both Asian Development Bank and World Bank-funded urban transport projects in China, and she was part of ITDP’s team working on the BRT conceptual plans in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Li Wei has also provided expert input to the ongoing re-design of corridors 1 and 6 in Jakarta’s BRT system, and was one of the key engineers working on the Yichang BRT preliminary design completed by ITDP in early 2013.
Zhu Jinglu | TOD Urban Planner & Communications Assistant
After graduating with a BA in Urban Planning from Guangdong University of Technology in 2013, Jinglu received her Master’s Degree in Urban Design from the University of Sheffield. In 2014, Jinglu participated in the urban design and planning workshop for Doncaster City Council for the waterfront area regeneration project. Before joining ITDP in 2015, she worked as an urban planner at Team Zero Architecture Design Institute, focusing on the urban planning and urban design projects within Guangdong Province. At ITDP, Jinglu works on TOD projects and communications.
Deng Han | NMT & Urban Development Program Engineer
Deng Han received his Master’s Degree in Transportation Planning and Management from Beijing Jiaotong University in 2015. During his postgraduate period, Deng Han worked for Beijing Transportation Research Center as an intern. He has participated in traffic projects such as the Construction of Traffic Model in Changchun City, traffic planning of the Haidian District in Beijing, and public transportation planning of Sanhe City. He joined ITDP in January 2015, focusing on the NMT status quo and BRT traffic surveys, and planning and design mainly in Manila, Tianjin, Guangzhou, Guiyang, and Nanning. He also did some research on cycling highways and illegal parking reporting.
Lin Xi | Transportation & Urban Development Program Engineer
Lin Xi graduated from Chengdu’s Southwest Jiaotong University as an excellent postgraduate majoring in traffic engineering. Her thesis is primarily about the planning and design of configuration of service facilities in urban railway stations. She has worked for ITDP since 2014 as a transportation and urban development program engineer focusing on BRT programs. She has participated in many projects related to BRT in cities such as Manila, Nanning, Dandong, and Guangzhou. Recently, she works in non-motorized transportation, bike sharing, and parking programs.
Huang Benjun | Transportation & Urban Development Program Engineer
After graduating with a Masters in Transportation Engineering from Kyushu University in 2016, Huang Benjun started working for ITDP-China focusing on BRT modeling and traffic data.
Duan Xiaomei | Chief Technical Officer (Part Time)
Since graduating with a Masters from Shanghai’s Tongji University Xiaomei Duan has worked on numerous urban transportation projects in Guangzhou, and in other Chinese cities including Kunming, Harbin, Changzhou, and Taiyuan. She is currently Chief Engineer of the Guangzhou Municipal Engineering Design and Research Institute and Head of the transportation section of the Guangzhou Municipal Technical Development Corp. During the last two years, as well as working on the ADB urban transport study in Harbin and Changzhou, Xiaomei has focused on the Guangzhou BRT planning and design, as the Chief Engineer and Project-In-Charge. She also reviewed many of the BRT project studies and designs in other Chinese cities, and has worked on the Lanzhou and Harbin BRT designs (both currently in development). Xiaomei is now a nationally accredited Senior Engineer, and has worked closely with ITDP since late 2004.
Hu Manying | Urban Design & Planning Program Manager (Part Time)
After graduating with a BA in Architecture from Guangdong University of Technology in 2000s, Hu Manying worked on real estate projects in Shenzhen-GDADRI (Architectural and Design Research Institute of GuangDong Province) for three years. In 2006, she was hired by l’Atelier Parisien d’Urbanisme and was involved in the Paris Velib public bicycle project. In the same year Manying received a Masters, DPEA in Urban Design from Ecole Nationale Superieure d’Architecture de Paris-Belleville. After the study in France, she joined Guangzhou-GDADRI and works as Chief Architect on a regeneration project for urban villages. Since early 2009, she has worked part time with ITDP-China, managing the Urban Design Program in Guangzhou and Harbin.
Li Shuling | Urban Development Manager (Part Time)
Li Shuling, National Registered Urban Planner and Licentiate Member of RTPI, graduated with masters degree in urban planning from University of Manchester. Since 2011, she has participated in sustainable transportation projects in Guangzhou, Lanzhou, Yichang, Tianjin, Vientiane, and Johor Bahru. She has compiled, translated and promoted Best Practices in Urban Development in the Pearl River Delta and worked on and promoted the TOD Standard with organizations and professors from all over the world.
Chen Dan | Graphic Designer
Chen Dan graduated from Guangzhou City Construction College where she majored in Art Design. She specializes in 3D & graphic design, rendering, and video making. Chen has been working at ITDP for two years and is involved in design and rendering in Yichang, Wanxiang, Manila, Guangzhou projects, and the graphic design of ITDP China’s communication publication.
Chen Yujun | Accounting & Communications Assistant
Chen Yujun graduated with an accounting degree from Guangzhou City Polytechnic University. She has previously worked as an accountant in the Miramar Travel (Guangzhou) Co., Ltd. and as an Accountant Assistant at Guangzhou Weihua Air Agency Co., Ltd.
Yoga Adiwinarto | Country Director
Yoga has been with ITDP since 2009, initially as transport specialist managing the BRT improvement in Jakarta and Pekanbaru. Over the last three years he has worked on public transport planning and operational, Demand Management, Pedestrian improvement as well as some management and financial aspects of BRT operation. He was involved in planning and preparing the operation, tender and contracts for the opening of the last three BRT corridors in Jakarta, which is now the longest BRT system in the world.
Yoga holds a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the Institute Technology Bandung, and a master’s degree in Transport Planning from Leeds University, England, where he spent three years working in transport consultancy firm after finishing his degree.
Udayalaksmanakartiyasa Halim | Transport Assistant
Holding a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from University Indonesia, Uday is pursuing his passion in public transportation and urban development at ITDP as a Transportation Assistant. He joined ITDP in October 2011. During his spare time, he enjoys reading non-fiction, listening to japanese music, and watching movies.
Rosyadah Hariyadi | Finance & Administrative Associate
Rosy joined ITDP in April 2008 as the Secretary / Office Manager. Rosy received her bachelor’s degree in the Faculty of Economics from National University, Jakarta in 1992. Before joining ITDP, Rosy worked as a Secretary and a Finance Officer for private companies and consultant services. She loves sports, especially badminton and volleyball.
Ria Roida Minarta Sitompul | Transport Assistant
Ria holds an Urban and Regional Planning Degree from Gadjah Mada University. In her final year at UGM, through her passion for public transport and urban development, Ria was involved in projects at GIZ Sustainable Urban Transport Improvement Project (SUTIP) in Yogyakarta. After graduation, she joined ITDP in December 2013 as a Transportation Assistant. She loves listening to music, adventures and watching movies.
Faela Sufa | Vice Country Director
Faela joined ITDP because she is interested in ITDP’s work on sustainable transport improvement. She graduated from Gadjah Mada University in 2004 and received a master’s degree in Transport Planning and Engineering from Leeds University,UK. She also worked as a transport modeller at Mott MacDonald Birmingham,UK for 2.5 years. During her time at Mott MacDonald, she was involved in various international projects
Maulana Ichsan Gituri | Transportation Assistant
Maulana Ichsan Gituri is very passionate about urban transport, cities development issues, and creating livable cities through sustainable transportation. During his final year at college, Maulana became involved in some projects at GIZ Sustainable Urban Transport Improvement Project at Jakarta. After graduating from the University of Indonesia with a bachelors degree in Civil Engineering, Maulana joined ITDP in August 2014 as a Transportation Assistant. Maulana loves running in marathons and on trails, creative writing, visual design, and traveling.
Deliani Siregar | Transportation Assistant
Deliani Poetriayu Siregar, who goes by Anggi, joined ITDP as a Transportation Assistant in April 2015. She graduated from Gadjah Mada University with an Urban and Regional Planning degree in May 2015. Anggi was a radio announcer and writer before joining ITDP as an intern in 2014. Anggi loves writing, doodling, listening to music, making handcrafts, and doing social activities in her spare time.
Fani Rachmita | Senior Communications Associate
Fani Rachmita graduated from The London School of Public Relations Jakarta in 2008 with a degree in Mass Communications. Before joining ITDP in January 2016, she worked as a content writer and editor in various lifestyle magazines in Jakarta. She loves spending her spare time enjoying black coffee (no sugar), looking for new culinary places or simply delicious food, and watching TV.
Wildan Abdurrahman | Urban Planning Associate
Wildan holds a bachelor’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Gadjah Mada University. He joined with ITDP Indonesia in March 2016. Before joining ITDP, Wildan worked as a Technical Officer for South-South and Triangular Cooperation in the Ministry of National Development Planning Indonesia. During his spare time, he loves vector design, photography, and making leather crafts.
Churniawansyah Sih Sumarmo | Finance & Operations Associate
Churniawansyah Sih Sumarmo, usually called Wawan, graduated from the University of Indonesia with a Business Administration degree. Before joining ITDP he worked as an accountant in several industries. While working, Wawan takes postgraduate classes at Universitas Pancasila in Accounting.
Bernardo Baranda | Regional Director, Latin America
In his more than 10 years of professional experience, Bernardo has been involved in urban sustainable mobility projects working in the private and non-governmental sectors. He is one of the founding members of Bicitekas an urban cycling advocacy group in Mexico City.
Bernardo holds master’s degrees in Transport Engineering from IHE-TU in Delft, The Netherlands, and in Management and Implementation of Development Projects from UMIST in Manchester, United Kingdom. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). In his spare time, he enjoys sports, reading novels and traveling.
Verónica Ortiz Cisneros | Communications and Development Director
Verónica is responsible for generating communication strategies and alliances that promote the organization’s initiatives. She has a degree in Communication Studies and ten years experience in both broadcasting and public relations. Verónica’s focus is on cultural projects and communication initiatives that represent a positive transformation in the inhabitant’s quality of life. Verónica has been a founding member of the Festival Internacional de Cine Contemporáneo (International Contemporary Cinematography Festival) of Mexico City, Communications Director at the Festival de Mexico, and Director of the broadcasting and programming area of the Cineteca National (National Film Archive).
Salvador Medina | Urban Development Coordinator
With a Masters in Urban Planning and Economics from the Autonomous National University of Mexico, Salvador completed his postgraduate studies at the The Complutense University of Madrid and a specialty in the Environmental Management of Cities at the International Cooperation Agency of Japan in Osaka and Tokyo. He has worked for the Ministry of Finance and the National Institute of Ecology. At ITDP, he is the project leader for transit-oriented develoment (TOD). He collaborates with magazines Comercio Exterior y Nexos, as well as writes and co-writes articles and publications on economics, sustainability transportation and foreign trade. Among his publications include ITDP’s Guía de estrategias para la reducción del uso del auto en ciudades mexicanas” and “Planes Integrales de Movilidad: Lineamientos para una movilidad urbana sustentable”, the first of their kind in Mexico.
Angelica Mora | Administrative Assistant
Results oriented, Angelica has 25 years of experience in developing and implementing strategies that help companies grow and prosper. Angelica enjoys learning about people, culture, and the natural environment.
Ulises Navarro | Public Transport Director for Latin America
With almost thirty years of experience working in transport, Ulises started his career studying Transit and Road Engineering at IUPFAN University, in Venezuela. For the last twenty years he has been convinced about the necessity of transforming transport, promoting public, massive and non motorized options and restricting the use of automobiles. He joined ITDP in 2012. Previously, he participated as a counselor for ITDP and at numerous projects of public transportation, urban planning and regional planning. Ulises has a masters degree in urban and transport planning and a doctorate in civil engineering specialized in transport, from Nebraska-Lincoln University.
Laura Ruiz | Administration and Finance Coordinator
Laura studied Tourism and Hospitality in Zacatecas, Mexico, and has twelve years of experience working in both fields. Laura also has eight years of administrative experience, and has worked for the board of trustees at a private assistance institution in the medical industry. She is convinced about the importance of nature for the wellbeing of humanity. This is why she promotes the environmental conservation and enjoys outdoor activities likes hiking, cycling and swimming. She joined ITDP to be the administration and finance coordinator in 2012.