Trafinz Conference

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Innovation. Experience. Global.

S t e v e n B u r g e s s

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Steven Burgess is one of Australasia’s leading voices regarding people-focused urban movement and quality places.

His expertise is based on 30 years’ experience as an engineer and urban strategist. His passion is creating cities for people that can be sustained by vital local economies.

Steven will challenge the conference to think about a braver approach to city shaping, creating places, spaces and economies that make healthy, happy cities with healthy happy communities.

Professor Graham Currie

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Prof Currie is a renowned international Public Transport research leader and policy advisor with over 30 years experience. He has published more research papers in leading international peer research journals in this field than any other researcher in the world. He is founder of the ‘World Transit Research’ clearinghouse ( which has consolidated all research in this field into a single accessible source and is now used by over 8,000 towns and cities in over 170 countries worldwide.

Professor Currie has worked for some of the worlds leading Public Transport Operators including London Transport, and he has managed numerous Public Transport research and development projects internationally. Prof Currie’s experience spans Project Management, Demand Forecasting, Planning Methods in Public Transport, Regulatory Reviews, Efficiency and Performance Benchmarking, Training, Market Research, Investment Appraisal and Financial and Economic Analysis. Graham is also a specialist advisor to international agencies on planning transport for special events and has worked on all the summer Olympic Games since 1996 and the Hajj pilgrimage in Mekka.

S k y e D u n c a n

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Skye Duncan is the Director of the Global Designing Cities Initiative (GDCI) at the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO). Funded by the Bloomberg Initiative for Global Road Safety (BIGRS), Skye and her team produced the award-winning Global Street Design Guide and provide ongoing technical assistance to cities around the world on safe and sustainable street design and mobility.

Skye is an urban designer with over 15 years of experience in architecture, urban design, and planning, and was recognized as one of TUMI’s Remarkable Women in Transportation in 2019. Prior to NACTO, she spent over seven years working as a Senior Urban Designer at the New York City Department of City Planning in their Office of the Chief Urban Designer, has worked as an International Urban Design Consultant, and has been an Associate Professor at Columbia University in New York City. She graduated as a Fulbright Scholar at Columbia in the Master of Science in Architecture and Urban Design program and has a Bachelor of Architecture with Honors from Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand.

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P a u l S t e e l y W h i t e

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Paul is the Director of Safety Policy and Advocacy for Bird. Prior to joining Bird in 2018, Paul served for 14 years as the executive director of Transportation Alternatives, New York City’s leading advocates for bicycling, walking and public transportation. Paul currently serves as chairman of Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP), a New York City based NGO that works around the world to design and implement high quality transport systems and policy solutions that make cities more livable, equitable, and sustainable

He took a leadership role in making New York the nation's first US city to embrace Vision Zero, and that work has resulted in hundreds of lives saved in few years since its adoption. Paul is a thought leader in transportation whose name appears regularly in the New York Times and other leading media outlets in NYC and beyond.

J o h n W a l l

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John is recognised as one of Australia's leading specialists in the application of Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) for road safety. He has over 25 years of experience in the development of road safety strategies and countermeasures. He holds tertiary qualifications in agricultural science, education and public health.

 At the beginning of 2019 John has commenced his current role as Program Manager for Connected and Automated Vehicles in Austroads; the organisation for Australasian road transport and traffic agencies. Austroads members are collectively responsible for the management of over 900,000 kilometres of roads valued at more than $250 billion representing the single largest community asset in Australia and New Zealand.

Paul lives for his city’s active transport and crash reduction ambitions.
— Graeme R, 2018 Trafinz delegate