Trafinz Conference

Keynote presenters

Innovation. Experience. Global.

Keynote presenters

Dave Cliff

CEO, Global Road Safety Partnership (GRSP)

Dave Cliff began his role as the Chief Executive of the Global Road Safety Partnership (GRSP) in April 2017.  The GRSP is hosted within the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and is based in Geneva, Switzerland.
The role of the GRSP is to develop government, civil society and corporate partnerships to address road safety issues primarily in low and middle-income countries.  The GRSP leads road policing capacity building programmes, advocacy campaigns, a global road safety leadership course jointly with John Hopkins University as well as numerous road safety programmes throughout Africa, Asia and Latin America.

Dave came to the GRSP from his role as the Assistant Commissioner for Road Policing for New Zealand Police.  He led road policing in New Zealand for a number of years and worked on road safety projects and assessments for the World Bank and the OECD in Vietnam, India and Korea.  During 2015 he was involved in road policing capacity building with the GRSP in India, Vietnam China, Brazil and Colombia.   
Dave was appointment as an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM) in the 2012 Royal Honours and received a second Royal Honour in 2013 when appointed as a Member of the Order of St John (MStJ).  



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Re-energising Road Safety

Road safety was propelled onto the world stage in 2009 with the Moscow Declaration identifying the scale of the humanitarian crisis that road trauma had become and clearly stating the solutions.  It was recognised internationally that without a concerted effort and adoption of the ‘Safe System’ approach, road trauma would continue to increase.  United Nations resolutions resulted and we are now nearing the end of the Decade of Action.  Despite this, road deaths are continuing to increase and are now estimated by the World Health Organisation to have risen from 1.25 to 1,34 million annually.

Road trauma levels are not distributed evenly and low and middle-income countries are disproportionately adversely affected.  However, in recent years, after long term downward trends, road deaths have begun increasing in many high-income countries including New Zealand.  How do we ....

  1. address the apathy that exists in many parts of society?

  2. achieve bi-partisan political support for ‘evidence based’ interventions?

  3. ensure that effective road traffic enforcement is a clear priority for enforcement agencies?

  4. really apply the ‘Safe System’ approach and achieve broader understanding of the pivotal part that effective speed management has on road trauma levels?

Dave will address these questions and present examples from the international work of the Global Road Safety Partnership to demonstrate how it is possible to re-energise road safety with known and affordable casualty reducing strategies. 

Assoc Prof Jeremy Woolley

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Director of the Centre for Automotive Safety Research (CASR), University of Adelaide

CASR is a multidisciplinary research centre that has been conducting road safety research dating back to the 1960s of which at-scene crash investigation has been an integral part of its activity. CASR also provides crash testing for the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) and statistical analyses and evaluations to assist with policy development.

Jeremy has been involved in road safety research for over 20 years and is noted for his leadership and knowledge transfer activities across many sectors and within all levels of government. Although specialising in speed management and road infrastructure, he is a road safety generalist who has had involvement with a diverse range of road safety areas in the past ranging from Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS), enforcement and regulation, young and old drivers, heavy vehicles, data management, policy evaluation, human factors, vehicle safety, road safety communications, road safety auditing, Safe System assessment and teaching.

Paul Steely White

Executive Director, Transportation Alternatives

Paul Steely White is executive director of Transportation Alternatives, New York City’s leading advocates for bicycling, walking and public transportation. Before joining Transportation Alternatives in April 2004, he served as Africa Regional Director for the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy, a non-profit group based in New York City. 

In 2011, Mr. White was selected to receive the Rockefeller Foundation's Jane Jacobs Medal, which recognizes those whose creative uses of the urban environment build a more diverse, dynamic, and equitable city. In 2015, Paul was recognized by the New York Academy of Medicine for his work to make streets safer and healthier. 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.

He relishes his weekends, largely spent frolicking on the Brooklyn waterfront with his wife Zoe and their nine-year-old daughter Anna Jane and toddler twins Ivy and Ray.