Professor Peter Newman


Peter is the Professor of Sustainability at Curtin University. He sat on the Board of Infrastructure Australia and is the Coordinating Lead Author for Transport on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

It is an intergovernmental body of the United Nations, dedicated to providing the world with an objective, scientific view of climate change and the natural, political and economic impacts and risks, and possible response options.

Claudia Adriazola- Steil


Claudia is the Director of Health and Road Safety at the World Resources Institute. She has worked in the transport sector for 20 years with a focus on the intersection of sustainable mobility, climate change, public health and equity.

Claudia has been instrumental in developing one of the most innovative road safety programs in the world, significantly influencing the international agenda, as well as those of national and local governments.

Dulce Marques de Almeida


Dulce Marques de Almeida is an architect who teaches environmental architecture at the ULP in Porto, Portugal and researches environmental design with a focus on strategies to improve pedestrian comfort.


Her specialism is the impact of design decisions on the microclimate at street level and how to mitigate conditions to support urban walking. Dulce has a PhD in Environment, Energy and Sustainable Design from the Architectural Association School of Architecture, London; a Masters in Bioclimatic Architecture from Witwatersrand University, South Africa; and a Bachelor in Architecture from the Escola Superior de Belas Artes, Lisbon, Portugal.

Daniel Sauter


Daniel is a sociologist and researcher in the promotion of walking, road danger reduction, the analysis of mobility patterns and the creation of inclusive public spaces.

He has more than 20 years of experience defining the importance of walking, what to do to support and encourage walkers and how to value and measure the impact of investments that aim to improve conditions.

Professor Billie Giles Corti


Billie is a Distinguished Professor at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University and Director of its Urban Futures Enabling Capability Platform. 

She is the Senior Principal Research Fellow at the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council Centre for Excellence in Healthy Liveable Communities and the Healthy Liveable Cities group at the Centre for Urban Research. For more than 20 years Billie and a multi-disciplinary research team have been studying the impact of the built environment on health and wellbeing.

Supriya Sen


Supriya is a Senior Advisor, specializing in project and infrastructure finance. Previously a banker at the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, Citibank and GE Capital.

She has visited faculty at business schools in the region where she taught courses in infrastructure finance, climate finance and sustainability. Supriya has an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta, and a Bachelors in Engineering from Bangalore University. She also completed executive leadership programs at Florida University and Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.

Maria Vassilakou


Maria is an Austrian politician who served as Vice-Mayor and Deputy Governor of Vienna (2010 – 2019), as well as Councilor for City Development, Transport, Climate Protection, Energy Planning and Women’s Involvement.

Maria brought the importance of walking strategies to the centre of political debate and made it crucial to Vienna’s integrated mobility strategy. She coordinated the delivery of a 1% increase in walking mode share after a Year of Walking campaign and inspired the national government to develop a Walking Strategy that connected both environment and transport departments.

Helge Hillnhütter


Helge is Associate Professor at Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim, Norway. He is an expert in pedestrian access to public transport and the quality of the walking experience.


Dimitra Kanellopoulou


Dimitra Kanellopoulou is the Assistant Professor at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture Paris-Malaquais (ENSAPM) where she researches urban walking, ambiances and public space planning policies.

Since 2018, Dimitra has also run ‘POLITOPIA walking cities’, a consultancy firm on walkability and public spaces’ issues. A qualified architect-engineer from the National Technical University Athens, she has a master’s degree on urban planning from the Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées in Paris, and a PhD in urban geography from the Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne.Dimitra also lectures at the EuroMed University of Fès (UEMF), Harokopio University of Athens and at the École d’Urbanisme de Paris (EUP) and is a member of the Géographie-cités’ and ‘Infrastructure Architecture Territoire’ research laboratories.