Heather Thompson | Chief Executive Officer
Heather Thompson is the Chief Executive Officer of ITDP, an international non-profit organization that promotes sustainable and equitable transportation in cities around the world. Ms. Thompson has been involved with ITDP for more than a dozen years, including as a funder and serving on ITDP’s Board of Directors for the last eight years, and served as interim CEO prior to her appointment as permanent CEO.
Ms. Thompson has focused her career on working with the environmental non-profit sector to design strategies that will have large-scale impact, and helping organizations to carry out those strategies. Most recently she has been advising clients including the Asian Development Bank, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, and Environmental Defense Fund, on ways to help our cities and natural systems increase resilience in the face of climate change, population growth, and other development pressures.
Previously, Ms. Thompson was co-founder and Vice President of Programs for ClimateWorks, a network of 13 regional foundations and expert teams which promote sectoral polices to mitigate climate change. Prior to ClimateWorks, she was a Principal at California Environmental Associates, where she led the firm’s work in philanthropic strategy, covering energy and climate change, marine resource management, biodiversity protection, and land conservation. Ms. Thompson wrote strategies for leading foundations and nonprofit organizations including the Walton Family Foundation, the Hewlett Foundation, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, the Oak Foundation, and WWF International. 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.
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 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.
Aimée has been with ITDP since 2003 and brings a strong technical background and in-depth understanding of the wider political and global context to her current role. In countries across sub-Saharan Africa, she has promoted sustainable transport, helped plan and implement successful BRT projects, supported the development of small bicycle-based businesses, and researched improvements to health care delivery and transportation. Aimée has been heavily involved in many of ITDP’s key publications and was an editor of the BRT Planning Guide, the BRT Standard, the Bike Share Planning Guide, the TOD Standard. She is also working on urban mobility analytics—a system of metrics for cities to use in the implementation of sustainable development policies.
Aimée has a master’s in urban planning and dual bachelor’s degrees in anthropology and political and social thought. Prior to joining ITDP, she worked at the Moriah Fund, a private philanthropic foundation, as the grants and office manager.
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.
Ramón Cruz | International Policy Program Director
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 who focuses on shaping the built environment to improve economic and social conditions for people in cities around the world. He has worked with multiple levels of government in dozens of cities and countries, partnering with local and international NGOs, research centers, foundations and development banks to accelerate the implementation of sustainable transport. He is known for strategic visioning and successfully bringing together programs that span diverse teams, stakeholders, geographic areas, and time zones.
Michael first joined ITDP in Hamburg, Germany, as part of the European program. He now leads all ITDP programmatic activities in the United States, is the creator and head of the MOBILIZE program—a transport leadership platform that convenes innovative doers and thinkers from across the globe—and chair’s the Sustainable Transport Award committee. He led an international team in a USAID parking reform project in Kiev, Ukraine, and the Our Cities Ourselves urban visioning program on transit-oriented development and active transport in India, Brazil, and Mexico.
Michael has a master’s in urban planning from New York University and a bachelor’s 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 has led ITDP’s global urban development program since its inception in 2005. The program’s primary objective is to support governments worldwide in the creation of vibrant, sustainable, equitable cities with walking- and cycling-friendly public spaces and efficient transit.
Luc has contributed to many successful program initiatives: historic urban center revitalization in Brazil and Mexico; public space upgrades along BRT corridors in China; and transit-oriented planning in China, India, Brazil, and Mexico. In Mexico City, Luc’s recommendations led to the construction of a BRT line linking the historic center to the airport. In downtown Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, Luc oversaw planning for a pedestrian-transit mall—a car-free street design that integrates walking and cycling facilities and a BRT corridor—which went on to be constructed in 2016 and is believed to be the first of its kind in Africa.
Luc is the lead author of ITDP’s TOD Standard—a tool that supports good practice in transit-oriented development. The standard has had notable success in international policy: new development regulations in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and the states of Jharkhand and Tamil Nadu, India, reflect the standard’s objectives, and the Netherlands’ most populous province, South Holland, references the standard for use in development planning and review.
A former practicing architect, Luc holds a doctorate (with distinction) and a master of philosophy in urban planning, both from Columbia University, as well as an architect diploma from École d’Architecture de Paris La Villette. He has taught at Columbia University, New School University, and Parsons School of Design and has written extensively about urban public space planning, design, history, and meaning.
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 | Development Manager
Kyle joined the Development team at ITDP in 2014. His role includes identifying and cultivating funding opportunities and managing grant writing efforts, individual giving, and Salesforce, as well as grants management for the organization.
Before joining ITDP, Kyle worked in environmental education 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 a Master of Public Administration in Nonprofit Management and Urban Development & Sustainability from Baruch College, City University of New York, and BAs from the University of Pittsburgh. Kyle loves everything related to cycling, music, art, and film.
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 joining ITDP, Nneka lived in Minnesota where she 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 and culture with a particular interesting in music, media, and design.
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.
Verónica Ortiz Cisneros | Publications Manager
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).
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.
Lazar Nikolovski | Operations Coordinator
Lazar joined ITDP in October 2017 as Operations Coordinator, providing operational support in the New York office. He has several years of experience in the public sector, predominantly in administrative capacity, holding the roles of Executive Assistant to the President of the Natural Resource Governance Institute and Assistant to the Macedonian Ambassador to the United Nations in New York.
Lazar, a Macedonian, holds a BA in Macedonian and South Slavic languages from the Sts. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje, Macedonia, as well as Master of Public Policy, from the Willy Brandt School of Public Policy at the University of Erfurt in Germany. His interest lies in the fields of international development and economics.
Erica Thomas | Human Resources Manager
Erica joined ITDP in 2012. As ITDP’s human resources manager, she oversees global human resources for the organization. Erica has more than a decade of experience in non profit consulting and is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR). She earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Auburn University.
Edgardo Cruz | Grants and Finance Coordinator
As the Grants and Finance Coordinator, Edgardo is responsible for producing financial reports, dealing with accounts receivable, and assisting with the monthly financial close. He graduated from Fordham University with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and a minor in Spanish. Before joining ITDP, he completed an internship with the United Nations Democracy Fund where he managed grants and oversaw the negotiation and implementation of projects in developing countries.
David Leifer | Information Technology Systems Manager
David Leifer has worked with ITDP since 2013 and has served as head of the Information Technology Department since 2015. Since joining ITDP David has helped to maintain and develop efficient systems for the organization. He has also played a significant roll in bringing together geographically dispersed teams by creating collaborative work environments between them.
David holds a B.Sc. in Applied Mathematics from the University at Albany and has held research and support positions at Barclays Capital and JP Morgan Chase before moving to the field of applied Information Technology.
Julia Wallerce | Boston Program Manager
Julia works part-time supporting multiple areas of engagement in ITDPs Boston program, including the piloting of BRT elements along bus corridors in four municipalities. She had previously served as Executive Director of MassCommute, a coalition advocating for TDM measures with 15 transportation management associations that represent over 350 businesses and 400,000 employees in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Julia is also Chair of the Transportation Advisory Committee in Winthrop, Massachusetts and serves as Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of LivableStreets Alliance, an advocacy group that promotes innovative and equitable transport solutions in Metro Boston.
Julia has a Master’s from Tufts University in Urban & Environmental Policy and Planning and a Bachelor’s in Environmental Studies from the University of California Santa Cruz.
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.
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.
Dana Yanocha | Senior Research Associate
Dana’s work at ITDP includes research and analysis of trends in sustainable transportation and development. Dana recently graduated from DePaul University with a Master’s in Sustainable Urban Development, and is passionate about identifying connections between the social, economic, and environmental spheres of sustainable development with a particular interest in working with cities to craft practical solutions to mobility challenges. Prior to joining ITDP in July 2017, Dana worked for the Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development in Chicago, and for Resources for the Future, an environmental economics think tank in Washington, DC. When not thinking about sustainable cities, Dana enjoys running, cooking, and spending time with her black lab mix, June.
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.
Mary Gitonga | Operations Manager
Mary is responsible for the operations of ITDP’s Africa office. Prior to joining ITDP, 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 is tasked with the 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 joined ITDP as a Mandela Washington Fellow and joined the team as a Communications Associate. She 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. In 2017, she was among seven African women listed on the BBC 100 Inspirational and Influential women.
Eng. Njeri Mburu | Transport Planning Manager
Eng. Njeri holds a MBA and BSc in Civil Engineering from University of Nairobi and a Diploma Transportation Planning, Development & Management from Galilee Institute of Management, Israel. Prior to joining ITDP, she worked as the County Executive in charge of Roads and Transport in Kiambu County. Previously, she worked in the Ethics and Anti-corruption commission providing technical audit of large public civil engineering projects such as roads, dams, airports and boreholes. She has also worked at the City Council of Nairobi managing civil engineering projects designs, tender documentation, construction supervision and contract administration. In her free time, she mentors young engineering students in self development and promotes science, technology and engineering (STI) students to girls in high schools.
Cyprine Mitchell | Transport Planning Associate
Cyprine Mitchell holds a Bachelor’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Maseno University and a Master’s Degree in Project Planning and Management from University of Nairobi. Cyprine’s passion in transportation planning stems from her love for cycling and desire for equality in the transport industry in Africa. Being one of the few female cyclists in Nairobi, Kenya, she wishes her presence on the road will encourage more women to adopt cycling as means of transport and also change the societal norms associated with women biking.
Nour El Deeb | Transport Planning Consultant- Cairo
Nour holds a Bachelor’s degree in Construction Engineering with a specialization in Project Management from The American University in Cairo. She graduated with high honors and was honored by the Egyptian Engineers Syndicate on the Civil Engineer Excellence Day.
She previously worked with Schlumberger, the world’s largest oilfield service company, where she worked with a crew of operators on numerous projects, covering different job stages including design, preparation, execution and closure. Later Nour worked as a project engineer at Al-Futtaim Group a Real Estate Company, assisting with the construction of mega projects.
Nour always had a passion for contributing to the development needs of societies and believes that improved mobility systems can play a key role in creating opportunities and triggering economic development.
Gashaw Aberra | Transport Planning Consultant -Addis Ababa
Before joining ITDP, Gashaw was the team leader of the transport and road network planning department for the city of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia for the past six years. His responsibilities included planning the city’s road network, leasing with stakeholders, and planning the city’s parking and terminal provisions. Gashaw has extensive experience as a consultant having previously worked with three consulting firms. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Addis Ababa University and a Masters Degree in Urban Administration and Planning from the University of Seoul in Korea.
Gabriel Gitau | Transport Planning Intern
Gabriel holds a bachelors degree in civil Engineering from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, and currently pursuing my masters degree in Transportation Engineering at the University of Nairobi. Prior to joining ITDP, he worked as an assistant Engineer in the county Government of Kiambu – Roads, Transport, Public works and Utilities where he specialized in the analysis, design and assessment of road network developments across both rural and industrialized regions in the County. He is passionate about sustainable transportation and climate change.
Clarisse Cunha Linke | Country Director
Clarisse Cunha Linke is a Brazilian who has been involved in planning and implementing social policies and programs since 2001, with experience in Brazil, Mozambique and Namibia. She holds a Masters in Social Policy, NGOs, and Development from the London School of Economics and Political Science, where she received the “Titmuss Examination Prize” in 2005.
From 2006-2011, she was a Director at the Bicycling Empowerment Network Namibia (BEN Namibia), 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 awarded by Ashoka Changemakers in the “Women, Tools, and Technology” Challenge.
Clarisse joined ITDP Brazil in 2012. She also teaches “NGO Management” at the Institute of Economics in the Rio de Janeiro Federal University (UFRJ). She is a Board Member of the Sustainable Low Carbon Transport Network (SLoCaT), the Transporte Ativo Association and Casa Fluminense. Clarisse is also a member of the Municipal Council of Transport of Rio de Janeiro and a member of the Council of Urban Development of the Metropolitan Region of 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.
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.
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.
Beatriz Rodrigues | Public Transport Coordinator
Beatriz Rodrigues is a Civil Engineering from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) and is currently a Master’s student in Transport Engineering at COPPE/UFRJ. During her exchange year at Faculty of Engineering at Porto University (FEUP), in Portugal, she had her first contact with urban planning and transportation disciplines. After that, she gained a deep interest in urban mobility, its correlation with urban planning and with its impact on the population. Beatriz has been part of the ITDP Brazil team since January of 2016.
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 Masters 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 professor 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 | Vice Country Director, Greenways & Parking Program
Shaokun Liu is currently the Vice Country Director of ITDP China. Previously, he was the NMT, Greenway, Parking and TDM project team leader. He has been working on urban and sustainable transportation projects in several China cities since 2009. Before joining ITDP, Shaokun was a consultant to the Asian Development Bank and World Bank on many sustainable transportation projects in China, Malaysia, Philippines, Laos, Indonesia, Mongolia, etc., and has worked on greenway planning & design in several cities worldwide. He knows the challenges and opportunities for Greenway development in China and South East Asia cities very well, and wrote a book on the subject called “Urban Greenway System Optimum Design”.
Shanshan Li | Vice Country Director, Urban Planning and Sustainable Transportation- Beijing
Shanshan Li is the Vice Country Director of ITDP China. She joined ITDP in 2009 with a master degree on Transportation Engineering, and is currently leading the ITDP office in Beijing. She has been working on urban planning and sustainable transportation projects and accumulated a lot of experience and knowledge on planning, design, and the implementation of BRT, NMT, and TOD projects. She was previously a consultant to the Asian Development Bank and the World Bank on many sustainable transportation projects in China and Asian cities. She was a project manager for the Yichang BRT and NMT projects- Yichang BRT system opened at July, 2015, and won 2016 Sustainable Transportation Award. Shanshan also worked intensively on the sustainable transportation projects in Guangzhou, Lanzhou, Vientiane, Tianjin, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Jakarta, Johor Bahru, and many more cities in Asia.
Bi Lei | Office Manager
Bi Lei joined ITDP China after graduating from the Tianjin University of Technology and Education, initially as an office assistant and currently as the office manager. Prior to joining ITDP, Bi was an office assistant and translator at the Guangzhou Construction Engineering Supervision Co., Ltd. and an English teacher in the Guangdong Foreign Language University.
Li Wei | Senior Engineer, BRT & NMT Program
Li Wei is a traffic and transportation senior engineer. Her work has primarily focused on Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) and non-motorized transport (NMT). As well as working for ITDP, she has worked as a consultant to Asian Development Bank, World Bank, and UN-Habitat funded urban transport projects in China, Egypt and Asian cities. She was part of ITDP’s team working on the sustainable transport projects in Guangzhou, Yichang, Lanzhou, Tianjin, Ulaanbaatar, Kuala Lumpur & Johor Bahru, Jakarta & Medan, Vientiane, Manila, and Cairo. Li graduated from the South China University of Technology in 2005.
Deng Han | Senior Transportation Engineer
Deng Han is a senior transportation engineer at ITDP China and a consultant for the Asian Development Bank and the World Bank with a special focus on street design, non-motorized transport, and bike sharing. He has worked intensively on the sustainable transportation projects in Guangzhou, Beijing, Tianjin, Manila, Jakarta, Melaka, Peshawar, Guiyang, etc., and several research reports and planning guidelines, such as the Access for All-Guidance Note on Inclusive Street Design for Asia and the Pacific and the China NMT Bluepaper. Deng also engages in Dockless Bike Sharing and Bicycle Superhighway research. His findings were published on ITDP’s official website, Chinadialogue, the Financial Times, and other major publications. He holds a master’s in Transportation Planning and Management from Beijing Jiaotong University and a bachelor’s in Traffic Engineering from Sun Yat-sen University.
Huang Benjun | Transportation & Urban Development Program Engineer
Huang Benjun graduated with a Masters in Transportation Engineering from Kyushu University in 2016 and started working for worked for ITDP China shortly after. Huang focuses on Parking Planning, BRT modeling, and traffic data. He has also participated in several ADB projects, including the Peshawar city BRT planning project in Pakistan and the Ji’nan parking project.
Chen Yujun | Accounting and Communications Assistant
Chen Yujun graduated with a degree in accounting from Guangzhou City Polytechnic University. Before joining ITDP, she worked as an accountant at the Hong Kong Miramar Travel (Guangzhou Branch) Co., Ltd. and an accounting assistant at the Guangzhou Weihua Aviation Agency Co., Ltd.
Runjie Huang | NMT & Urban Development Program Engineer
Runjie earned his Master of Science degree in Urban Planning and Management from the Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC) at the University of Twente in the Netherlands. His graduate thesis “Measuring Transit-Oriented Development Network Synergy Based on Node Typology” was submitted to the World Symposium on Transport and Land Use Research (WSTLUR) in 2017 and was selected for presentation. Afterward, the paper was published in Journal of Transport and Land Use. Runjie is a bike enthusiast, and is passionate about promoting the development of cycling lane systems in Chinese cities.
Meng Qingkun | Transportation Engineer- Beijing
Meng Qingkun graduated from Dalian University of Technology with a master’s degree in Transportation Information Engineering and Control and English. During his postgraduate life, he was the outstanding graduate in Dalian and was awarded the National Scholarship. He is passionate about micro-traffic management, BRT, and signal control. Meng is also skilled flute and piano player. He likes to spend his spare time reading and playing music.
Wang Tingting | Operation Manager of Beijing Office
Tingting is the Operations Manager of the ITDP Beijing Office, fulfilling the role by conducting all relevant office operation and management, covering administrative, financial and human resources areas. She is a former graduate of Griffith University, Australia, with a bachelor’s degree in Management. Before joining ITDP, Tingting had worked in various NGOs for almost 7 years. She looks forward to supporting and coordinating the team and partners for the benefit and development of the sustainable transportation field in Beijing, China, and the world.
Wang Qianyu | Urban Planner
Qianyu is the Urban Planner of the ITDP Beijing Office, graduated from Waseda University, Japan, with a master’s degree in Urban Planning. She focused on the study of TOD, and had made an academic presentation about TOD in the Conference of the Committee of Infrastructure Planning and Management of Japan Society of Civil Engineers (JSCE) in 2017. In addition, during the study in Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, Japan, she had studied about the reduction of urban CO2 emissions, and obtained a bachelor’s degree in Environment and Development.
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 | Senior Transport Assistant
Holding a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from University Indonesia, Udaya has been pursuing his passion in public transportation and urban development at ITDP since 2011. Over the years, Udaya has been involved in projects in many Indonesian cities (Jakarta, Bandung, Medan, Batam), and also in Vientiane (Lao PDR), Karachi (Pakistan), Baku (Azerbaijan), Peshawar (Pakistan), Dili (East Timor) and Suva (Fiji). By joining a large number of projects, he developed expertise in non-motorized transport (NMT), transit-oriented development (TOD), and transport demand management (TDM). He developed his expertise by providing technical assistance to the Peshawar NMT Conceptual Planning and the Peshawar Sustainable BRT Corridor Project, TOD planning in four given areas along the proposed BRT corridor, researching new approaches to implement sustainable low-carbon transport in the Asia and Pacific Region, devising existing parking problems in Jakarta, developing suitable parking management systems, and developing potential network of greenways and NMT improvements in Jakarta. Besides public transportation & urban affairs, Udaya also enjoys reading non-fiction, listening to Japanese music, watching movies, and riding his bicycle to work.
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 | Deputy Country Director
Deliani Siregar | Urban Planning Associate
Deliani Siregar, who goes by Anggi, is an urban planner with a Bachelors degree in Engineering and Urban and Regional Planning from Gadjah Mada University. She is an urban enthusiast who has a strong passion for mobility and transportation affairs. Anggi is responsible for the project coordination and field supervision of Jakarta’s non-motorized transportation (NMT) vision and design implementation until 2022. In the past, Anggi has contributed to many different projects, and built her expertise by providing TOD, NMT, and BRT plans and assessments for local sustainable mobility planners, reducing transport emissions in some Indonesian cities, helping provide cost estimation for BRT planning for Asian Development Bank (ADB), and providing alternative designs to support great walking and cycling environments throughout Jakarta.
In her spare time, Anggi loves to write. She is an author and has already published two books for kids and collaborated on several other fiction books. She is also a radio announcer and program director. Deliani Siregar joined the ITDP Indonesia staff in 2015.
Fani Rachmita | Senior Communications Associate
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.
Gandrie Ramadhan | Transport Associate
Gandrie Ramadhan is an Indonesian engineer who holds a Masters Degree in Transport Planning from the University of Leeds, United Kingdom (UK). His deep interest in public transport and land-use management inspired him to pursue a bachelors degree in civil engineering from Bandung Institute of Technology.
Recently, Gandrie has been working in Indonesia, Pakistan, Timor Leste, and Malaysia, providing technical assistance in planning, monitoring & evaluating BRT corridors & systems. His work also focuses on gradually increasing BRT ridership, refining cities’ master plans and developing direct service plans that provide integration and intermodality between different systems and buildings.
Before joining ITDP, Gandrie was involved in several projects and developed his expertise in traffic impact assessment and multimodal terminal planning. He loves cycling and uses his hybrid bike for his daily commute. He also has a folding bike and during the weekends looks for trails and off-road routes to ride on. Gandrie has worked at ITDP Indonesia since 2012.
Nisa Suhendar | Graphic Design Associate
Hanna Pertiwi | Transport Associate
Hanna joined the fast-track program from ITB, then received her bachelor degree in Civil Engineering at 2014. She got her master degree in Transport Engineering at 2015. During her college years, she joined her lecturer’s research project about airport pavement, planning and management. After graduated, she worked in a company that planning about LRT in Bandung. By following her passion about public transportation, she got the opportunity to be a part of the ITDP team at September 2016. She loves travelling and watching movie in her spare time.
Ciptaghani Antasaputra | Transport Associate
Ciptaghani Antasaputra, or usually called Ghani. Holds first bachelor degree at Parahyangan Catholic University as civil engineering and continued his master degree at the University of Leeds as a transport planning. Following his interest in transportation policy and engineering, he joined with ITDP Indonesia in April 2016. During the spare time, he loves spent time for playing soccer, do some traveling and photography.
Aji Afdal | Office Support
Aji joined ITDP in 2007 and has been working as Office Support ever since. He manages the needs of all ITDP Indonesia staffs from errands to logistic. In the spare time he loves to have a touring on his beloved motorcycle.
Karina Saraswati | Communications Assistant
Karina holds a bachelor degree in International Relations from Gadjah Mada University. She joined ITDP Indonesia in September 2017 as a Communication Intern and currently work as ITDP Indonesia’s Communication Assistant. Prior joining ITDP she has worked as Lecturer Assistant/Tutor at Gadjah Mada University. She is passionate about gender equality issues and international politics. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling solo and consuming pop culture.
Bernardo Baranda | Regional Director, Latin America
Bernardo has developed his professional career at ITDP since 2006 increasing urban accessibility in different cities in Latin America mainly through projects to improve Pedestrian and Cyclist Infrastructure, Bike Sharing, Road Safety, Mass transit and Parking Management. To achieve this, he has worked with diverse stakeholders such as governments, NGOs, Multilaterals and Private Sector in the development and execution of policies, projects, reports and events. He holds a Master’s degree in Transport Engineering from IHE-TU in Delft, The Netherlands, and another 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). He currently teaches at the “Urbanism” postgraduate at the UNAM University and the “Master in Cities” at the Centro University in Mexico City.
Gonzalo Peon | Deputy Director for Mexico
Gonzalo has worked in urban management and planning for more than 10 years. In ITDP he has coordinated an array of projects in various fields, such as technology and cities, street design, road safety, urban development and others. Before joining the organization he worked in the Mexico City Government and the Global legislators Organization (GLOBE). His academic background includes an Msc in City Design and Social Sciences from the London School of Economics (LSE) a Diploma in Environmental Policy and a BA in International Relations.
Rodrigo Diaz | Research & Development Director
Rodrigo is an architect graduated from the Catholic University of Santiago of Chile and a Masters in Urban Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In the last 10 years he has worked extensively in Latin America on integrating public policy to urban planning and transport. He has a well known blog http://pedestre.cl/ and a Twitter account @Pedestre.
Santiago Fernández | TOD Coordinator
Santiago joined ITDP Mexico in 2018 as Urban Development Coordinator, where he supervises the office´s Transit Oriented Development strategy. He holds a BA and an MSc in Economics from ITAM, and a Masters in City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). His areas of interest are urban mobility systems and coordinated land use and transportation planning. He has collaborated with institutions related to transportation infrastructure, like the Department of Metropolitan Public Transport, in Santiago de Chile, and the World Resources Institute in Mumbai, India. Before joining ITDP, Santiago worked as a consultant for the Samuel Tak Lee Real Estate Entrepreneurship Lab at MIT.
Clara Vadillo Quesada | Road Safety Policies Leader
Clara holds a B.A. and a Master’s in urban governance from Sciences Po Paris, France, and has experience in analyzing urban public policies and promoting international and Franco-Mexican cooperation. Clara arrived in Mexico and ITDP in 2015, and returns to being part of the team in 2018 as the leader of road safety strategy, where she promotes integrated road safety actions and leads research related to policy and active mobility. She advocates for multi-actor types of collaboration in response to urban challenges and the inclusion of a gender perspective in sustainable mobility policies.
César Hernández | Public Transport Leader
Urbanist by the Architecture Faculty of National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), he spent a semester abroad at University of Guadalajara. César joined ITDP Mexico in 2012 at public transport area, where has participated in projects for mexican cities, mainly related to mobility plans, transport systems modeling and proposals, and evaluation for infrastructure, operation and design of BRT systems through the BRT Standard; he also has collaborated in car use reduction and active mobility projects. In early 2016 he joined Centro Mario Molina as mobility and urban development specialist. In late 2017 he joined back ITDP as responsible for public transport program in Mexico.
Nely Patlán | Active Mobility Leader
Marianely joined ITDP in 2012. Currently, she is responsible of Ciclociudades, the cycling mobility strategy at ITDP Mexico. Some objectives of this strategy includes the support for the creation of sustainable, livable and equitable environments through active mobility projects, research and analysis of trends of public policy and urban design for active mobility, and capacity building through training programs and workshops in cities of Mexico and Latin America. Prior to her current role, she built her expertise by collaborating in different projects of the Institute as part of the sustainable urban development team, mainly regarding transit-oriented development, public transportation, travel demand management and low carbon development. She studied Urbanism at the Faculty of Architecture of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), attended the Planning the Cycling City programme, held by the Urban Cycling Institute and the Graduate School of Social Sciences (GSSS) at the University of Amsterdam, and coursed complementary studies on urban gentrification at the Bauhaus University in Germany, and Regional Planning and Urban Design by the International Federation for Housing and Planning (IFHP), Aalto University and Tampere University of Technology, in Finland.
Sonia Medina | Active Mobility Design Consultant
Architect and Urban Planner from UNAM. With one year of her studies in the Technical University of Berlin. Sonia has focused her professional work in assisting local governments and developing urban design projects emphasising road safety. In 2015 she joined ITDP team, working in street design, pedestrian and cyclist mobility, and giving workshops in different cities of Mexico. Actually she is part of active mobility team, leading urban design projects and working closely with Ciclociudades strategy.
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.
Laura Ruiz | Finance & Human Resources Director
Laura studied tourism and hospitality in Zacatecas, México, has twelve years of experience working in both fields. Also has thirteen years of administrative experience and joined ITDP in 2012 as administration and finance director. She 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. Enjoys outdoor activities like hiking, cycling and swimming.