International Transport Forum - 2014 annual summit Transport for a Changing World | 21-23 may 2014 - Leipsig, Germany | France presidency

Media Travel Programme: Meet the 2014 Participants


Every year, the International Transport Forum, through its Media Travel Programme, invites up to 35 non-European journalists to attend the Annual Summit. For the participants, the Media Travel Programme provides deep immersion into the issues that drive mobility policy for the 21st century. It is a unique opportunity to listen to, meet and interact with key decision-makers from government, business and academia. Below the participants offer their take on changes in transport and the Leipzig Summit.


Julia Pyper
Follow her on Twitter@JMPyper

Julia Pyper is the transportation reporter for ClimateWire, a leading energy and environment news service based in Washington D.C. Her work centers on business, research and policy developments in alternative fuels and clean transportation technology in the United States and abroad. Julia earned her master's degree at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Some of her recent work has been published in The New York Times and Scientific American.

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1. What big changes are happening in your country or region today? 
The United States is currently facing severe budget constraints, with slow economic growth and rising debt in a deeply divided political system where there is little consensus on how to address fiscal issues. At the same time, abundant newfound natural gas resources, breakthrough technologies and a shift in consumer behavior among younger generations have created new economic opportunities..
2. How do these changes play out in transport? 
The current fiscal and political situation in the United States is causing uncertainty and making it difficult to mobilize funds for transport-related projects, including basic road repairs, new public transit projects and advanced transportation solutions. But by harnessing new resources, information and technology U.S. transport systems have the potential to be much more efficient and affordable in the long run.
3. What insights do you hope to take home from the Leipzig Summit?
At the Summit I hope to gain insight on how global leaders are overcoming barriers to deploying both financially and environmentally sustainable transportation projects. I also hope to learn how transportation leaders are balancing present-day economic realities with long-term needs, factoring in elements like consumer behavior, population growth and climate change. Finally, I hope to find out what technologies experts consider to be the most promising in addressing future transport demands.

Changing human behavior | 01 August 2014

Changing human behavior is major factor in selling cleaner cars, curbing congestion 
ClimateWire. Environment & Energy Publishing   | 25 July 2014

"Impossible" Electric Airplane Takes Flight
Scientific American  | 27 May 2014

TRANSPORTATION: Making 'the impossible possible' at the Berlin Air Show
Environment & Energy (e&e) news | 27 May 2014

TRANSPORTATION: Air pollution is a $1.7T health problem, OECD finds
Environment & Energy (e&e) news | 22 May 2014

Car, Truck and Airplane Pollution Set to Drive Climate Change
Scientific American  
|  10 April  2014


Ji-sun Song
Arirang TV

With experience ranging from wire, radio to television, Ji-sun Song is a seasoned journalist with expertise in auto industry and economy. With bachelor’s degrees in business, biology and education, she has been covering various fields in and out of Korea for the news center while also hosting a weekly segment in morning show [Korea Today].
As a correspondent for Korea’s transport and public administration ministries, Ji-sun Song has travelled all across the nation covering stories for Korea’s new railway belts, launch of Naro rocket, to motor shows and yacht regattas.
Just recently she covered the tragedy off the coast of South Korea where hundreds of passengers en route to a tourist destination were on a ferry that capsized and sank at sea.


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1. What big changes are happening in your country or region today?
At the moment, disastrous accidents which have happened recently are what all the people are keeping their eyes on.
On April 16th, a 6800-ton car ferry sank in waters off our southern coast leaving more than 300 dead, and some weeks later - hundreds of others were injured in an unprecedented subway crash in downtown Seoul, the capital.
Other than these current issues, Korea has been attempting to tag itself as an airport hub in the Asian region with Incheon Int'l Airport which has been selected as one of the world's best in recent years.
Electronic highway toll system is slowly becoming the preferred means of payment across the nation
2. How do these changes play out in transport?
Cited disasters call for stricter regulations in operating vessels and trains, especially old ones as Korea runs outdated (some over 2 decades old) ships and cabins.
Until now the Highway toll has mostly been collected by persons but now those toll booths are gradually disappearing
3. What insights do you hope to take home from the Leipzig Summit?
I'd like to witness the highway payment system and subway in Germany as it's my first visit to the country.
Knowing what other journalists are looking into these days in terms of the transport for the future.

As an automobiles reporter, I'd like to discuss how realistically eco-friendly vehicles could further be introduced as well.








Mathew Dearnaley
The New Zealand Herald
New Zealand

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Mathew Dearnaley has been a reporter for the New Zealand Herald, which reaches about 800,000 readers through its printed and online editions, since 1982. 
Transport has been his "beat" since 2005, but before that he variously covered industrial relations, energy, defence, aviation and a range of other topics as the paper's news review writer. His previous overseas assignments have taken him to East Timor, Malaysia, the Cook Islands, Fiji, Australia and the United States.

1. What big changes are happening in your country or region today?
* Although New Zealand is far away from most of its trading partners, and will always be highly dependent on efficient air and sea links, it has much to gain and to offer from innovations in communication through the internet. For example, being in a different time zone means New Zealand can offer overnight processing services for 24-hour industries based in Europe.

* New Zealand society is becoming ever more of a cultural melting pot, and growing closer to Asia despite having been settled in the 19th and 20th century predominantly by migrants from Europe, many of whom intermarried with indigenous Maori people and their Polynesian cousins from elsewhere in the Pacific.

* Like the rest of the world, New Zealand faces serious challenges from climate change and extreme weather events, but has a particularly high vested interest in trying to tackle these given that it is surrounded by sea and shares the Pacific Ocean with low-lying islands whose very existence is threatened in coming decades.

2. How do these changes play out in transport? 
*Getting New Zealand's goods to market will require more efficient use of scarce energy resources, and extra resilience will have to be built into our transport systems to cope with extreme weather and seismic events.

*With a growing and more diverse population, we will need to do more to contain our environmental footprint by designing more compact yet attractive cities both to support and to be supported by more efficient public transport networks.

3. What insights do you hope to take home from the Leipzig Summit?
I am keen to find what innovations are being applied or considered in other countries so we can start living within our environmental means before having to sacrifice our quality of life.

NZ praised at global forum for road toll
New Zealand Herald | 23 May 2014








Clay Lucas
The Age

Follow him on Twitter: @claylucas

Clay Lucas is city editor for Australian newspaper and media outlet The Age ( Clay has worked at The Age since 2005, covering state politics, urban affairs, transport, local government and industrial relations for The Age and Sunday Age.

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1. What big changes are happening in your country or region today? 
Focus on funding road building by the federal government in my country, Australia.

2. How do these changes play out in transport? 
* Most of the infrastructure spent by regional governments as a result is on mega-freeway projects, still viewed as big vote winners.
* High level of politicisation of transport and urban planning at all levels of government

3. What insights do you hope to take home from the Leipzig Summit?
To find out what other countries are doing in funding urban roads versus public transport


Big data the key to improving urban efficiency
The Age (Australia)  | 01 June 2014

Digital technologies smarten up city life
The Sydney Morning Herald  
|  31 May 2014










Emily Stewart
Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Follow her on Twitter: @stewart_emily

Emily Stewart has been a reporter with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, the national broadcaster, since 2008. She has been the Melbourne reporter for The Business program, a national business, economics and finance television show, since 2010. She has covered a wide range of transport issues including public private partnerships, shipping industry reforms and biofuel in the aviation industry.

Emily is the only one participating a second year in a row, as she won the ITF Media Award for best reporting from the ITF Summit 2013.

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1. What big changes are happening in your country or region today?
There are vast distances connecting Australian cities and towns and a mobile young population looking for work and prepared to travel for holidays. Most people live in cities which are expanding outwards, making transport a vital issue. 

2. How do these changes play out in transport?
There is a constant battle between funding roads and public transport.

3. What insights do you hope to take home from the Leipzig Summit?
 I look forward to hearing about how other countries grapple with their changing transport needs.


The dogfight over the Qantas Sale Act
ABC (Australia) | 08 July 2014

The race is on to get the first driverless car onto the roads
ABC (Australia) | 07 July 2014

The new app guiding drivers to empty spots
ABC (Australia) | 26 June 2014

Swiss adventurer Bertrand Piccard to attempt to fly around the world in solar plane
Yahoo News (Australia) | 23.06.2014

Electric car charge is on, but infrastructure still a handicap 
ABC News 
| 12 June 2014

Making the switch to electric cars 
ABC News 11 June 2014

The OECD's big tick for the budget our exclusive with boss Angel Gurria
ABC News |  10 June 2014








Jing Wu
Caixin Media

Jing Wu is a reporter at business and industry desk at Caixin Medisince 2011, covering exclusive stories of businesses in different sectors, and writing articles for finance and legal desks and real-time reports for Before she was writing daily stories for the website and weekly reports consisting of listed companies, features and industry outlook for Capital Week, as Communication & Logistic reporter.

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经合组织:环境污染严重威胁人类健康 | 23 May 2014






Juan Manuel Villagran
Diario Financiero
Follow him on Twitter: @JM_Villagran

Juan Manuel Villagran, is working since 2012 at Diario Financiero, the leading business newspaper in Chile. He covers the areas of transportation, consumer products, forestry, fisheries and aquaculture.
1. What big changes are happening in your country or region today? 
The country is currently legislating on educational reform that aims to completely overhaul the current system and to greatly improve the quality of education.  Changes in the public health system are also under review.  To raise the necessary funds for this educational and health revolution, changes to the tax system are to be implemented, including raising the corporate tax rate.   With this, the government plans to raise an extra US. $ 8.200 million.
2. How do these changes play out in transport? 
Transport firms should pay more taxes. Moreover,  ways to reinvigorate public transport are being studied, such as extending subway lines and increasing the  mileage of bikeways.
3. What insights do you hope to take home from the Leipzig Summit?

As a user, I hope to meet other transportation worldviews.  I am especially interested in policies to better integrate integrate cyclists in transport. On the professional side, I hope to have larger networks to strengthen knowledge in the transport sector.


Turkish Airlines asegura que arribará a Chile después de 2015
Diario Financireroance 
| 26 May 2014
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“Chile tiene una situación de carreteras bastante buena, no así en ferrocarriles”
Diario Financireroance 
| 26 May 2014
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Subsecretario de Transporte aseguró que este gobierno tomará una decisión sobre puerto a gran escala
Diario Financireroance 
| 23 May.2014









Joanne Will
The Globe and Mail

Joanne Will has been a columnist since 2009 for Globe Drive with The Globe and Mail, Canada's national newspaper. She has written about sustainable transportation and emerging technology, and answered a vast range of reader questions in her popular Ask Joanne column. She lives in Vancouver, Canada.


Smart solutions to traffic congestion
The Globe and Mail | 05.06.2014









Seo Tae Gyo
Korean Broadcasting System (KBS)

In 1996, joined KBS News Department as a news reporter
1996- 2012, KBS DaeGu News reporter (Covered politics, economics, culture and other society issues)
2012-2013, KBS Union, Executive director of KBS NEWS Impartiality Committee
2014- Present, Deputy Director of KBS International Relations.


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Mustafa Alkan
Follow him on Twitter: @mustafaalkan42
Website: Web:

Mustafa Alkan has been an editor in Hurriyet Daily News since April 2011, Previously he has been a reporter and editor in various news outlets in Turkey since 1998. He has held media related positions in Turkish Freight Forwarders and Logistics Service Providers Association (UTİKAD) and Arkas, one of Turkey’s leading shipping companies and logistic service providers. Editor of the first college text books on logistics in Turkey and co-writer of “English-Turkish dictionary of international trade and logistics” which was again the first of its kind in Turkey. He was also the editor in chief Turkey’s leading logistics magazine “Uta Lojistics” for three years.

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TIR kotası çözülüyor
Hürriyet (Turkey) | 23 May 2014








Rajesh Kalra
Times of India Online

Rajesh Kalra is the Chief Editor of Times Internet and also heads the non-English language initiatives in the Online space from the business perspective. Rajesh has been a journalist for over two decades with various publications such as Dataquest, The Times of India, Business Standard and The Economic Times. He was also a net entrepreneur for a while, generating and managing dynamic content for websites such as Yahoo India, MSN India and Mantra Online. He is a top blogger for The Times of India, The Economic Times, Navbharat Times, Maharashtra Times and Ei Samay, An avid sportsperson, a trained high altitude mountaineer and a mountain biker who recently completed a ride along the highest highway in the world - Manali to Leh.

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1. What big changes are happening in your country or region today?
India is the world's largest democracy and has just completed the largest election process in the world.  The man who will lead the country now, Narendra Modi, has won on the promise of development.  There is going to be special emphasis on infrastructure and one has heard of special focus on greener technologies.

  2. How do these changes play out in transport?
It is hoped that now that there is genuinely stable government, there would be real movement towards sustainable and non-motorised transport. Of course, one expects a nationwide push for quality public transport too.
Although it is early days yet, more and more local authorities are seeing the benefit of non-motorised transportation. In Delhi's neighbouring city of Gurgaon, for example, an initiative called RaahGiri has started. It means some of the busiest streets in the city are blocked to all traffic for a few hours once a week. Only cycles and walkers are allowed and we noticed people turned the space into impromptu stages for street theatre, basketball and other things. The rest of the country is also following it now.

3. What insights do you hope to take home from the Leipzig Summit?
I don't think there is lack of intent in the country, but we often miss out on some ideas that are simple yet effective. I expect the conference to give me some good insights that I can then use to influence and impress upon the decision-makers in the country to implement.
Also, India is a different animal. It has a growing energy need to cater to the growing population of cars, but it also has its own traditional, environment friendly technologies that have been used for a long time.
Given the nationalistic bearings of the new government, one expects some of the traditional technologies would be pushed strongly.




Shawn Micallef
Senior Editor, CoOwner, Spacing Magazine
Columnist, Toronto Star
Follow him on Twitter: @shawnmicallef

Shawn Micallef has created a career around thinking about cities and culture. He’s an urban columnist at Canada’s largest newspaper, The Toronto Star, and an editor and co-owner of Spacing—the independent, national, Jane Jacobs Prize-winning magazine dedicated to looking at what makes Canadian cities work. Micallef is also interested in how technology and social media integrate into cities, and how they make them better. He co-founded [murmur], a location-based mobile phone documentary project that has been established in over 20 cities globally.

Micallef has spoken at The Walrus Talks and at TEDx (on the suburban-urban divide), and has given keynotes internationally. He also teaches civic citizenship and urban design courses at the University of Toronto and OCAD University, and was a distinguished 2011-2012 Canadian Journalism Fellow at Massey College. Micallef’s two books, Stroll—now in its fifth printing—and Full Frontal TO, look at the city from the inside out from an urban flâneur’s perspective. In the fall of 2013 he was the Toronto Public Library’s first non-fiction Writer in Residence.

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1. What big changes are happening in your country or region today?
Canada doesn't have a nation-wide public transportation policy as such.  In Toronto the public transit system is maxed out yet the city is growing incredibly fast. Suburban transit is a looming problem as well.
2. How do these changes play out in transport?
The pressures of growth have turned transit into a contentious issue, whether bike lanes or subway building, and often become  political wedge issues, leading to bad planning..
3. What insights do you hope to take home from the Leipzig Summit?
How have other cities dealt with the car/transit dynamic? How have they overcome political and social barriers and made thoughtful planning possible.


Dimmi Barbosa Amora
Folha de S.Paulo

Dimmi Barbosa Amora  has been working at Folha de S.Paulo, the biggest Brazilian newspaper, since 2010, covering transport themes like railways, roadways, aviation and logistics. He studied in UFRJ (Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro). Journalist since 1994. Worked at newspapers: O DIA and O Globo, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Named in international and national most important journalism prize like Rey de España (2004), SIP (2005), Esso de Jornalismo (2004) e Vladimir Herzog (2008).   New York Times and Scientific American.

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1. What big changes are happening in your country or region today? 
Brazil is trying to become a developed country. Now, the country has a challenge to give the population good public services, including transport.
2. How do these changes play out in transport? 
A growing number of people are now in a position to consume  more goods and services.  This leads to greater demand for roadways, railways, ports etc.  But it is difficult to build the infrastructure at the speed required to meet needs.
3. What insights do you hope to take home from the Leipzig Summit?
Knowledge to distinguish what it is possible to do in transportation system to make our lives better.

'Transporte grátis não faz sentido', diz especialista"
Folha de S.Paolo (Brazil) | 06 July 2014

Doenças ligadas à poluicao do trânsito geram perdas de r$-7,7 trilhoes anuais, diz-OCDE
Folha de S.Paolo (Brazil) | 22 May 2014








Dion Bisara
Jakarta Globe
Follow him on Twitter: @dionbisara

Dion Bisara is currently deputy business editor at the Jakarta Globe, an 
English daily based in Jakarta. 
He has been covering Indonesian economy and business news for 
more than five years, with topics ranging from fiscal and monetary 
policy to banking and transportation. 
He covered the APEC Summit in Nusa Dua in Bali last year, as well as 
many other international events in Southeast Asia. 
He is also a contributor to Globe Asia, an English business magazine under BeritaSatu Media Holdings.

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1. What big changes are happening in your country or region today? 
Indonesia 2014 Presidential election ends a decade term of Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, who has limited success in reducing the country dependence on fuel subsidies and in boosting the country's infrastructure.
2. How do these changes play out in transport? 
Front runner Joko Widodo promises to cut fuel subsidies, allowing higher spending in infrastructure which in turn would sustainably lower transport cost in Indonesia.


3. What insights do you hope to take home from the Leipzig Summit?

Best practice in building transport infrastructure. And hopefully, I would stumble upon ideas to resolve Jakarta's notorious traffic jams.

Uber to Offer Jakarta Commuters a Ride
Jakarta Globe  | 23 May 2014

Indonesia to Join Global Transport Forum Next Year
Jakarta Globe  | 23 May 2014

Indonesian Govt Mulls Lower Motorcycle Speed Limit
Jakarta Globe | 22 May 2014

Indonesia Looks Global to Solve Transport Issues
Jakarta Globe | 21 May 2014










Nedra Boukesra
Agence Tunis Afrique Presse (TAP)  


Nedra Boukesra is the deputy editor in chief at the Tunisian news agency Agence Tunis Afrique Presse (TAP). She has been working there since 1993.


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La corruption et les procédures administratives entravent le développement de chaînes logistiques dans les pays arabes
Agence Tunis Afrique presse | 22 May 2014

Le secrétaire général du FIT déplore l’absence de liens avec l’Afrique
Agence Tunis Afrique presse| 21 May 2014

Ouverture du sommet du forum international de transport à Leipzig (Allemagne)
Agence Tunis Afrique presse| 21 May 2014









Francisco de Assis Moreira e Silva
Valor Economico


Assis Moreira is a correspondent at  “Valor Economico”  in Geneva since 2005. He has a degree in journalism from the University of Brasilia, and also studied at the University of Fribourg (Switzerland) with a scholarship from the Swiss government. He started his career at the newspaper O Dia, Teresina. Francisco was a reporter of the Journal of Brasilia, O Estado de S. Paulo, Radio International in Bern Switzerland, correspondent of Gazeta Mercantil in Geneva. He has covered twenty times the World Economic Forum in Davos, and dozens of ministerial conferences in several countries. Contact him at

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Polêmico lá fora, Uber desembarca no Rio
Valor Economico | 27 May 2014

Predomínio da China elevará fluxo de carga para os
oceanos Pacífico e Índico

Valor Economico | 26 May 2014

Turkish Airlines reforça operação na América

Valor Economico | 23 May 2014

Poluição do ar custa mais a emergentes
Valor Economico | 22 May 2014








Alejandro de la Rosa Cruz
El Economista

Estudié Periodismo y Comunicación Colectiva en la Facultad de Estudios Superiores Acatlán (UNAM) y egresé en el año 2000.  En mayo del 2001 inicié mi experiencia profesional como practicante en la sección Negocios de Milenio Diario, posteriormente fui reportero en la misma.

En el 2009 salí del diario y comencé a hacer colaboraciones en la revista Poder y Negocios. En febrero del 2010 ingresé a la sección Dinero del periódico Excélsior para dar cobertura a temas de transporte y turismo (la estadía fue de cuatro meses). Los siguientes seis meses realicé colaboraciones en la revista Expansión sobre transporte y negocios. En octubre del 2010 ingresé a la sección Empresas y Negocios de El Economista para dar cobertura a los temas de turismo, transporte e infraestructura. En este diario labor actualmente.

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Andy Palanisamy
Linked in:
Follow him on Twitter: @Transportgooru

Andy Palanisamy is the founder and editor of the popular blog, serving transportation industry professionals since 2009 with industry information, news, jobs, event announcements, etc. Often referred to in the industry circles as “Transportgooru”, Andy has a tremendous following on Twitter and other social media platforms. He is a transportation engineer by education and profession. He supports the U.S. Department of Transportation’s intelligent transportation systems program and assists in projects cutting edge research efforts such as the connected vehicle program.  
As an “unconventional journalist” Andy lends his voice to advocate for a variety of transportation issues and has been a key proponent in energizing the young professionals in transportation. He served as a Board Director for the Young Professionals in Transportation (YPT) overseeing the communications programs and continues to play a vital role in expanding its global footprint. In 2013, Andy received the Top 40 Under 40 Transportation Demand Management Professional Award from the Association of Commuter Transportation. He is also one of the 40 young leaders in urban affairs selected to the prestigious Next City Vanguard (Class of 2014). Andy has spent equal amounts of time in India and United states during his life and has a deep understanding of transportation challenges faced by the communities in the developing world.

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1. What big changes are happening in your country or region today? 
One of the biggest changes in recent history of the United States is the growing concern and awareness about the impact of climate change. Public and private institutions along with a good majority of the political establishment, are beginning to realize that inaction would soon lead to catastrophic consequences. This realization is also leading to grass root campaigns and investment patterns that encourage development of sustainable solutions while creating an awareness about social responsibility and the cost of inaction.
2. How do these changes play out in transport? 
This movement towards sustainable practices in the United States is quite visible in the transport sector. The transportation infrastructure in the cities across the United States are currently undergoing a tremendous metamorphosis in their composition and make up.  In larger cities and metropolitan areas, the City administrators are seen favoring sustainable transportation investments options to combat both congestion and pollution-related issues. A clear shift towards transit-oriented development and biking infrastructure can be readily observed in cities like New York, San Francisco, Chicago and  Washington, DC. Even smalle-sized cities such a Cleveland or San Diego are following suit with similar investments in sustainable infrastructure in order to remain competitive with the bigger cities in terms of retaining investments and local talent pool.
3. What insights do you hope to take home from the Leipzig Summit?
For industry practitioners like myself who  are often operating at the intersections of technology, policy and communications, the ITF Summit in Leipzig would not only serve as an ideal learning environment but also as a venue to observe and relay the global contemporary thinking in policy making on sustainable transportation.   While in Leipzig, I'm also interested in exploring the challenges - technical, policy, and financial - experienced by other nations, particularly those in Asia, Europe and Latin America, as they try to strike a balance between sustainable development and mobility needs with the outdated infrastructure currently in place.


Estela López
Follow her on Twitter: @pulso_lopez


Estela López is a business reporter for Pulso. She holds a journalism degree from Universidad Diego Portales. Her professional experience includes working as a reporter for CNN Chile.

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Ayoub Naim
Les Inspirations ECO

Ayoub has been working as a journalist at « Les Inspirations ECO » since December 2013.  Before this, he worked for “L’Economiste” from September 2010 to November 2013. Holding a PhD in International Economic Law from University Hassan II Casablanca since September 2013, he specialises in Business. Ayoub also has a Master in Public International Law at University Hassan II Caablanca. (July 2010). New York Times and Scientific American.

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1. What big changes are happening in your country or region today? 
In January Morocco started working on the end of subsidies of gasoline and fuel oil. The government had started to cut significantly diesel subsidies as part of its drive to repair public finances. But the government said it would continue to subsidise wheat, sugar and cooking gas used by poorer Moroccans.
2. How do these changes play out in transport? 
The transport sector in Morocco was one of the sectors most impacted by the end of fuel subsidies.  Today, professionals criticize the government who "did not provide accompanying measures for the sector while requiring it to maintain the same tariffs." According to the federation of transport in Morocco: "We’re on the brink of a disaster."
3. What insights do you hope to take home from the Leipzig Summit?
Many challenges await Morocco in transport and logistics. This year, a program on road passenger transport, which aims to liberalize this sector, will be applied. The shipping sector has many problems and reform of freight has not been a success.  The Leipzig summit should be a golden opportunity to draw on foreign models and insights.










Yusuf Omar
eNews Channel Africa (eNCA)
South Africa

Follow him on Twitter@yomar89


Yusuf Omar is a journalist for eNews Channel Africa (eNCA) with several years of experience in covering war and conflict situations. He recently covered the Syrian civil war, Zimbabwean elections, and documented the illegal rhino horn trade in Vietnam. Born in England, raised in Australia, educated in America, and now living in South Africa, Omar brings a global perspective to local issues. After completing his post-graduate media studies at Rhodes University, Omar worked for The Star newspaper in Johannesburg, where he focused on environmental issues. This beat saw him cover the UN’s COP17 meeting on climate change in Durban.  In 2012, he moved to eNCA, and participated in the ‘Building South Africa,’ series. In his two years at eNCA Omar has told stories of the nation’s ageing infrastructure, how it has impacted on the economy, the country’s multi-billion dollar plans to bring reliable public transport, and the provision of free internet, to over 50 million people

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International Transport Forum looks at how mobility can be a catalyst for change
 | 22 June 2014








Johana Robles
El Universal

Follow her on Twitter@johanisss


In recent years Johana Robles has specialized in the coverage of public transport such as the Public Transport System (CTS), the Metrobus system and the promotion of non-motorized mobility for example public bike systems.

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Aceleran Ley de Movilidad del DF
El Universal (Mexico) | 26 May 2014

Abordan retos de movilidad mundia
El Universal (Mexico) | 23 May 2014

Aproximadamente 3.5 trillones de dólares, el costo de la contaminación
El Universal (Mexico) | 22 May 2014



María Gabriela Samela
Clarín newspaper / iEco Clarin
Follow her on Twitter: @GabiSamela


Gabriela Samela has been a journalist at "iEco", the Sunday economic and business supplement of Clarin newspaper in Argentina, since 2007. She focuses on realtionships between university and society, business education and innovation. She was previously Editorial secretary for Hydria, a bi-monthly magazine about water (2003-2007), and she also wrote for several magazines: Pymes, for entrepreneurs and small businesses and Valor Sostenible, about Corporate Social Responsability, among others. 
Professor and researcher in Communication Sciences in the University of Buenos Aires, her main areas of interest include communication theory, history and present of culture, technology and society, new media and business journalism.

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1. What big changes are happening in your country or region today? 
During the last decade, we have seen an economic model change in which the state has become more active in the economy and public services. At the same time, in my country, interest in politics and political conflict have increased.

  2. How do these changes play out in transport?
The State has reassumed control in some areas of public transport, such as trains, which were private services in the past. At the same time, public transport is in crisis, with huge deficits that should be attended to soon. After a very important accident involving trains, that took place in 2012, the topic of public transport (specially trains) became one of the most important in news agenda.

3. What insights do you hope to take home from the Leipzig Summit?
How other countries organize public transport services.


Singapur y Dubai en carrera para ser las ciudades del futuro
 iEco Clarin (Argentina)  | 13 July 2014
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Daniel Schmil
TheMarker / Haaretz
Follow him on Twitter: @DanielSchmil 

Daniel Schmil has been the Transportation correspondent of TheMarker (The economical supplement of Haaretz) for 3 Years. Before that, he was the automotive correspondent of the newspaper. Schmil is covering a wide range of topics, from infrastructure to technology and design. His main focus is the need to reduce the daily use of the car, and replace it with efficient public transportation services

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1. What big changes are happening in your country or region today? Israel, mostly in the area around Tel Aviv, is becoming very populated, and prices of real estate are rising, and many of Israel's young generation are struggling to buy and even rent an apartment.

  2. How do these changes play out in transport?After years of building only roads and parking spaces for private cars, the Israeli government recently started to develop public transportation. New intercity trains are made to shorten traveling times, and allow people to live far from their working places, and maybe help to reduce the housing prices and a new light rail network in the Tel Aviv metropolitan will ease the mobility in the big city. But, it will all take years. 

3. What insights do you hope to take home from the Leipzig Summit?Hopefully, I'll learn about new ideas and concepts of transportation and mobility, and will find ways to make the public debate about public transportation more interesting and intriguing








Ahmed Shaaban Salem Khalaf
Khaleej Times
United Arab Emirates
Follow him on Twitter: @ahmedshaabankt


Ahmed Shaaban is a bilingual senior editor, proofreader, interpreter, translator & legal columnist since 2005 at Khaleej Times English daily newspaper. He has over 17-years of diverse experience in Bilingual Newspaper and TV. He is an instructor in many fields of journalsim mainly for university students.  As a senior bilingual editor, he covers various beats, spanning Dubai Customs, Dubai Police, Dubai Courts, Dubai Residency and Immigration department, Ministries of Environment, Culture, Social Affairs, Public Works, Department of Islamic Affairs, Sharjah Consultative Council, etc. 
He also compiles, edits and writes a weekly Legal View Column.

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Road fatalities declining: International Transport Forum
Khaleej Times | 23 May 2014

Global declaration to link up transport
Khaleej Times | 23 May 2014

UAE working to integrate all modes of transport
Khaleej Times | 22 May 2014








Vaidehi Shah
Eco Business


Vaidehi Shah has been a correspondent at Eco-Business since March 2014, and is particularly interested in how sustainability intersects with behavioural change, inclusive urban growth, and gender equality.  She has worked in Singapore's sustainability sector since 2008, in non-profit and government organisations. She has worked in various fields including corporate communications, policy research, and project management, and has overseen initiatives such as the Asian Environmental Journalism Awards 2012 and 2013, a research paper on reducing plastic bag use in Singapore, and a quarterly environmental newsletter.

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1. What big changes are happening in your country or region today? The main change taking place in Singapore is a predicted trajectory of rapid population growth in the next decade or two. Issues of equality and cost of living are emerging as key discussion topics at a national level, with regard to this demographic change.  Environmental sustainability is also an increasingly prominent national concern, and Singapore has pledged emissions by 7% to 11% below 2020 BAU levels. The transport sector is expected to reduce its overall emissions by 13% to meet this target.

  2. How do these changes play out in transport?A growing population and rising cost of living puts greater pressure on transport infrastructure, such as roads and public transport services. Encouraging people to adopt alternatives to driving (public transport, cycling, walking) is an increasingly important priority, and Singapore aims to achieve a 70% public transport modal split by 2020, up from 59% in 2008. This is being addressed by expanding the rail network, growing the fleet of buses, and building more cycling paths in the suburbs, amongst other initiatives. Measures are also being taken to encourage off-peak travel, to reduce strain on transport infrastructure – for example, commuters travelling to certain destinations in the city centre can do so for free. To meet the need for lower-emission transport, Singapore has introduced a new ‘Carbon Emissions-based Vehicle (CEV) Scheme’ in 2013, which gives rebate to lower-emissions vehicles, and imposes a registration surcharge on high emission cars and taxis. The existing Fuel Efficiency Labelling Scheme (FELS) is also being enhanced to provide consumers with more comprehensive information about a vehicle’s fuel consumption.

3. What insights do you hope to take home from the Leipzig Summit?
I look forward to learning more about the role of transport in shaping liveable, people-centric cities, and  how new innovations in vehicle technology and information systems will make transport a more sustainable sector.


OECD calls for policy change to tackle staggering cost of road transport
Eco-Business | Issue 1, June 2014












Minh Hiếu Trần Thị
Vnews channel - Vietnam News Agency 

Tran Thi Minh Hieu is the Vice head of international news section of Vnews channel – Vietnam News Agency, where she is responsible for managing the international news unit of Vietnam News Agency, editing video articles on international news including transport news, wiriting socio-economics and business articles for Vietnam News Agency, selecting international news for various local news agencies, presenting transport programmes and economic news programmes and covering the fields of transportation and infrastructure for Vnews channel. She has been working for Vnews since 2006

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1. What big changes are happening in your country or region today?
With the advent of the policy of renovation, Vietnam has been able to achieve a consistently high level of GDP growth in the past decade and effectively address the problem of poverty. 

  2. How do these changes play out in transport?
Vietnamese transportation is improving rapidly, its geopolitical position gives Vietnam extensive transit potential even though it is still listed among countries with the highest rates of accidents. It is now easy to choose different means of transport when you want to travel long distance from one province to another like airplane, buses, trains.   

3. What insights do you hope to take home from the Leipzig Summit?The Media Travel Programme is a unique opportunity to listen to, meet and interact with key decision-makers from government, business and academia. The Forum helps me to learn about new opportunities in development  of the transport sector in the world, which I will describe in my articles. I hope it will also be useful for the Transport Ministry of Vietnam, which closely follows the reports in our news channel.  I also want to learn from some of the successes and failures experienced in other countries.


Keep Walking
You Tube | 16 May 2014








Pedro Miguel Vargas Nunez

JPedro Miguel Vargas Nunez is a journalist at Portafolio newspaper, the leading economic newspaper in Colombia, He is co-editor and his activities include researching, writing and editing news stories about international economic issues as well as the national ones. He has interviewed several business personalities such as Indra Nooyi, Pepsi´s CEO;  David Wootton, Lord Mayor of the City of London; Erich Stamminger, Adidas´s executive board; Bill Sheedy, Visa´s president for the Americas.  He has more than 20  years of experience as a journalist in all media¨: newspaper, radio, tv, and internet.  He studied a journalism/Social Communication degree program and for a master in International Relations at Javeriana University in Bogotá.

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Turkish Airlines aterrizará en Colombia en el 2015 | 23 May 2014

Milán, reconocida por su lucha contra la congestión | 22 May 2014

Contaminación cuesta US$ 3,5 billones al año | 22 May 2014








Qingting Zheng
People's Daily Online
Follow her on Twitter@zhengqt

Qingting Zheng, a journalist at People’s Daily Online,  reports on international politics and business, especially on China’s foreign policy and related repercussions, with expertise in Sino-US and Sino-EU relations. 
She has won the Weekly Best Report and Monthly Best Report prizes of the Principal News Department of People’s Daily Online website, and has won other prizes such as Team of the Month, Monthly Best Story, Best Online Webcast and Monthly Best Feature of People’s Daily Online a number of times.

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1. What big changes are happening in your country or region today? 
Economic and social reforms and urbanization are one of the biggest changes happening in my country.
2. How do these changes play out in transport? 
Take Beijing where I live as an example. As it becomes more crowded, traffic jams, pollution, traffic accidents, national migration on holidays,  high tolls and corruption, etc.
3. What insights do you hope to take home from the Leipzig Summit?
China has been looking for developed countries’ experience in studying  urban transport network in recent years, so I hope I could learn about some European models, and talk with some experts who have first-hand information on delivering  sustainable transport. I also want to speak with professionals who have worked on China. Hopefully, they would like to share their comments and thoughts on China’s transport. In addition, I am interested in transport cooperation in Asia. China is promoting infrastructure connectivity with ASEAN and Central Asian countries (Two Silk Roads),  so I would like to hear responses from  international experts and officials.

经合组织报告:空气污染让中国每年损失1.4万亿美元 | 23 May 2014









Saïd Naoumi
Le Matin


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1. What big changes are happening in your country or region today? 
Le Maroc vit aujourd’hui au rythme des grands chantiers de réformes dans pratiquement tous les secteurs de son économie.
2. How do these changes play out in transport? 
Dans ce contexte, l’instauration d’un système de transport efficace et durable est plus qu’une priorité. Le Royaume inscrit d’ailleurs le chantier de la réforme du transport dans ses priorités majeures en ce sens que le secteur est l’une des clés de réussite de l’économie.
3. What insights do you hope to take home from the Leipzig Summit?
Je pense que le Sommet international du transport constitue une occasion idoine de partage d’expériences et d’expertises pour tous les pays de la région.


Les ministres du Transport appellent à une coopération mondiale 
Le Matin (Morocco) | 23 mai 2014

Entretien avec Mohamed Najib Boulif «Le transport international routier aura bientôt son contrat programme»
Le Matin (Morocco) | 22 mai 2014

Le Maroc pour la création d’une compagnie aérienne panafricaine
Le Matin (Morocco)
| 22 mai 2014

Forum international du transport en Allemagne Le conteneur pliable et le stationnement intelligent remportent le Prix de l'innovation
Le Matin (Morocco) | 20 mai 2014

Le Maroc au Forum international des transports de l’OCDE 
Le Matin (Morocco) | 12 avril 2014





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