Here is a sneak preview of the speakers of Walk21 Rotterdam. Keep an eye on our website, because soon we will introduce more of our program and speakers. For now we are proud to present:

Ben Rossiter
Victoria Walks

Make the world more walkable, is what I strive for. Walking goes to the heart of what it is to be human – the ability of all to walk in and share public space marks a community as liveable, or not. Despite its potential to deliver significant benefits to cities and people, walking is typically overlooked in planning and investment decisions. Walking has economic value for transport and recreation!

Cecilia Vaca Jones
Bernard van Leer Foundation

Walking is a key part of giving all children a good start in life; it's about planning and designing a city to better meet the needs of babies, toddlers and the people who care for them is one of the best investments a city can make.

Adriaan Geuze
West 8 Urban Design & Landscape Architecture

West 8 developed a technique of relating contemporary culture, urban identity, architecture, public space and engineering within one design, while always taking the context into account.

Tinna C. Nielsen
Move the Elephant

How can we apply behavioural insights to engage everyone in creating an inclusive city for everyone? How can we bring in the empathy, creativity, critical thinking, collaboration and diversity of human beings to innovate the city, make people walk as a means to strengthen communities and make cities more human(e)! You will experience how the human mind works and why inclusive development processes have to be designed in new ways to mitigate unconscious bias and group think. Only then we can get to access to diverse perspectives and leverage these to achieve better and more inclusive solutions.

Lucy Saunders
Healthy Streets

It is possible to transform the way things are done so that the experience of walking is put at the centre of every decision. Healthy Streets is an effective framework for making this happen. I will be using London, UK, as a case study to show the steps taken to embed a people-centred approach to all decisions made in relation to streets and transport – from strategic direction down to the finer details. My Healthy Streets Approach is being used to tackle the big issues that undermine good intentions and underpin bad decisions. What’s the proof that things have changed and streets are being designed to improve health? The score on the Healthy Streets Check!

Sonia Lavadinho
Bfluid Research

One of the big takeways of this session will be a new, more strategic way of looking at data. Addressing indicators not just as strings of numbers, but as words blocks to build up the stories, the compelling arguments that will ultimately win the day and convince others (and ourselves) that walkability matters, that becoming a more walkable city is a goal worth aiming for, and that we are indeed getting there, as shown by the milestones that data provides.

Mariela Alfonzo
State of Place

What will you have learned after they visiting my session at Walk21 Rotterdam? You can identify limitations of top-down, ideologically-based, intuitive approaches to planning and development. You will understand the benefits of data-driven, evidence-based approach to citymaking. Tie walkability to economic, safety, and environmental benefits to help justify investments in better places. You know how to use benchmarking and standards to facilitate walkability.

Helge Hillnhütter
Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Data collection was partly laborious. But this will change with better IT tools to analyse video footage. In any case data shows the importance of walking in an urban context and the role of walking environments - not only for walking but equally for public transport. Cycling is also an outdoor mobility where environments matters. Easy to conclude that the character of urban environments (that we design, plan, an built) substantially influences any attempts to reduce car use.

Jorn Wemmenhove

Walking is about more than moving from A to B. Walking can connect people to each other and opportunities in life. But too often we forget that different people have different needs to empower them to move their feet. Children, senior citizens, people with mental or physical disabilities, those living in impoverished conditions, etc. I will share Humankind’s work in different conditions in different parts of the world; Rotterdam, Tel Aviv and Rosario. How to accelerate the transition towards a city in which walking is the best possible option for all?

Shreya Gadepalli
Institute for Transportation and Development Policy

Transport systems are the pulse of every city, providing mobility, defining our quality of life, and creating a healthy environment for all. With India's burgeoning population and transport demands, decisions to build a flyover or a bus lane, to widen a road or construct walking and cycling tracks, have tremendous impact on the people and our environment. 

Some Indian cities like Pune and Chennai are on their path to reinventing their city for its people. Learn how these cities have set precedent for others to follow suit by focusing on sustainable mobility initiatives – improving walking, cycling, and public transport.

Tim Beatley
Biophilic Cities

Delegates will learn about the emerging vision and practice of BIophilic Cities--cities that place nature at the center of their design and planning, and aspire to an immersive natureful urban environment. We will also describe the new global network of cities, now numbering about twenty cities, that are pioneers and leading the way. The session will also describe the different qualities and attributes of a Biophilic City, and discuss some of the metrics and indicators being used by cities to assess and monitor these biophilic urban outcomes.

Frank Legters
Royal HaskoningDHV

What is our vision on how transport including walking will guide us to a healthy city environment?I will explain the role of the technical developments. And collaboration between organizations as being crucial in this journey.

Henriette Vamberg

I will speak about People First Mobility and how a more holistic approach to public space, public life and mobility can create better outcomes, which can benefit health, sustainability and equality. Examples from Copenhagen, New York and other global cities can help to exemplify what different cities are doing to become People First – at different scales and costs.

Thomas Vanoutrive
University of Antwerp

Mobility is an essential human activity and an insufficient level of accessibility which is associated with social exclusion. Walking is a travel mode that deserves more attention, not only since it is sustainable, cheap and healthy, but also for its potential to provide access to locations and activities. Given the social role of walking, justice-related issues need to be addressed. As a consequence, both walking and transport justice need to be publicly debated. A promising avenue to raise awareness among citizens is to involve them in citizen science projects which pay attention to walking.

Pedro Homem de Gouveia
City of Lisbon

Public spaces and transport networks can support (or harm) Community Development and Equal Opportunity. Professionals that plan, design and manage the built environment have the power (and the duty) to help it become friendly, fair, sustainable and safe for all users. Pursuing (real) pedestrian needs has taken us from accessibility standards to traffic calming, passenger comfort needs to women’s safety.

Maria Vassilakou
City of Vienna

Walkability is the key to a city with high quality of everyday life, where people live because they want to; not because they have to. Rethinking the street, redesigning public space to meet the needs of especially families with young children, creating green and open spaces for people to stroll and enjoy outdoor life. Involving and encouraging community to develop and implement their own projects in public space are crucial steps of an overall strategy at the heart of a new concept of urbanism and urban design aiming to increase the share of walking in everyday trips. Concepts and solutions from Vienna can inspire other cities worldwide on their way to developing and implementing transformational inclusive agendas and managing rapid urban growth while increasing livability to the benefit of all their citizens.

Also Speaking:

Abdul Majeed C Evangelical Social Action Forum
Aisaule Kerikova  University of Calgary
Alena Büttner German Environment Agency
Alice Perrin  City of Paris
Alicja Pawlowska  Road and Green Areas Management
Amal Adel  Alexandria University
Amy Lewin  Walk2Connect
Anastasia Tsapi  Royal HaskoningDHV
Ankita Chachra  NACTO's Global Designing Cities Initiative
Anna Broberg  Maptionnaire by Mapita
Anna Clara da Costa University of the Philippines
Annemieke Molster  Molster Stedenbouw
Antonio Gonzalez  Agence d'Urbanisme Bordeaux Métropole Aquitaine
Aswathy Dilip  Institute for Transportation and Development Policy
Bernardita Calinao  Orentreich Foundation for the Advancement of Science
Beth Sutcliffe  GM Moving
Bo Bos  XTNT
Borja Ruiz-Apilánez  Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha
Brett Little  WSP
Bruce McVean  City of London Corporation
Carly Koinange  United Nations Environment Programme
Carragh Godolphin-Teague  Transport for Greater Manchester
Charity Hung  Partnership for Healthy Cities
Charlot Schans  STIPO / Urban sociologist and advisor
Chris Bristow  BetterPoints
Chris Stapleton  Stapleton Transportation & Planning
Christopher Martin  Glasgow City Council
Daniel Sauter  Urban Mobility Research
Daniela Karow-Kluge  City of Aachen
Danny van Dijk Stadsbeheer Rotterdam (city of Rotterdam)
Daria Raspopina  Studio of Transport Planning (STP)
Dick van Veen Mobycon
Dirk Iede Terpstra City of Amsterdam
Donimik Bucheli  Pedestrian Mobility Switzerland
Edna Hernàndez Gonzàlez Urban Pedestrian Mobilities
Eelco Thiellier  Royal HaskoningDHV
Els Vandenbroeck  Mobiel 21 on behalf of EPOMM
Emese Mako  Szechenyi Istvan University
Emiel Arends  Municipality of Rotterdam
Emile Oostenbrink  CROW
Erik Roscam Abbing Liveworkstudio
Erik van Hal municipality of Eindhoven
EUGENIA ALVAREZ  Sub-secretariat of Sustainable Mobility Urban Mobility Directorate
Eva van der Velde Sneaky Fitness
Eva Aigner-Breuss  Austrian Road Safety Board (KFV)
Farzaneh Bahrami  University of groningen 
Foad Rabbani  Municipality of tehran district 6
Francesco Orsi  University of Trento
Francine Houben  Mecanoo architecten
Frank Hart  Wandelnet
Frans Botma  Gemeente Den Haag
Frans Meijer  Initiatiefgroep Nieuwe Maasparcours
Gerry Dance  NZ Transport Agency
Govert de With City of Amsterdam - Department for Transport and Public Space
Govert de with City of Amsterdam - Department for Transport and Public Space
Gustavo Linhares de Siqueira German University of Technology in Oman
Hana Zhauken  Almaty Development Centre
Hanne Van Herck Trage Wegen vzw
Harold Zijderveld  Stichting Wandelnet
Haruka Kawachi  Osaka City University
Heba Mousa  Heba Attia Mousa
Heidi Simon  America Walks
Heidi Wolf  New York City Department of Transportation
Helen Burnet  Deputy Lord Mayor
Hirotaka Koike  Utsunomiya Kyowa University
Inga Marie Wolf Planersocietät – Stadtplanung
Jacob Mason  The Institute for Transportation and Development Policy
Jan van Selm cooperation of the regional transport authorities)
Jan Vilain  Infopunt Publieke Ruimte / Voetgangersbeweging
Jane Stortelder  Gemeente Rotterdam
Jenny Leuba  Pedestrian Mobility Switzerland
Jess Reas  Witteveen+Bos UK Ltd
jody rosenblatt naderi Department of Landscape Architecture
John Lieswyn  ViaStrada
Jorn Van Dijk Municipality of Amsterdam
José Besselink  City Development Rotterdam
Juan Carlos Dextre Quijandría Pontifical Catholic University of Peru
Julia Ubeda Briones Amsterdam University of applied sciences – Faculty of Technology – Urban analytics research group
Jürgen Furchtlehner  Institute of Landscape Architecture
Kristie Daniel  HealthBridge
Laura Nagels  Trage Wegen vzw
Laura Mansikkamäki  Sitowise Oy
Lennert Bonnier  Goudappel Coffeng
Leticia Sabino  SampaPé! and Instituto COURB
Lieve Snoeckx  Voetgangersbeweging vzw
Lobna Galal  Cairo Unversity
Loredana Dazzo  Technische Universität Dresden
Luka Mladenovic  Urban Planning Institute of the Republic of Slovenia
Luz Yazmin Viramontes CAMINA. Center for Pedestrian Mobility Studies A.C.
Maarten Oerlemans  Royal HaskoningDHV
Maja van der Voet IPO
Manuela Weber German Environment Agency
Maria Baida  Zhytomyr city council
Marijn Kik  City of Utrecht
Marko Peterlin  IPoP - Institute for Spatial Policies
Martin Chaigneau  Gemeente Utrecht
Martin Wedderburn  Wedderburn Transport Planning Ltd
Martin Knuijt  OKRA landschapsarchitecten
Matthew Trigg  InLinkUK
Matthew Rufo  Asakura Robinson Company
Matthijs de Boer METRO PED
Md Maruf Hossain Work for a Batter Bangladesh Trust
Michael Meschik  Institute for Transport Studies
Naomé Carmeliet  Voetgangersbeweging vzw (Pedestrian Movement)
Nels Nelson  Stantec's Urban Places
Nick van Apeldoorn Breda University of Applied sciences.
Nicole Pumarino  La Reconquista Peatonal [The Pedestrian Reconquest]
Norbert Nijhof  Gemeente Den Haag
Olivier Van Damme Belgian Road Research center
Oren Tatcher  OTC Limited
Pablo Carreras  Codra Conseil
Paul Zimmerman  Designing Hong Kong Limited
Paulo Cambra  CERIS
Petra Jens  Mobility Agency Vienna
Pieter de Haan Kenniscentrum Shared Space
Putrikinasih Ririh Santoso PDW
Ramiro Levy  Cidade Ativa
Rebecca Crawford   
Rebecca Karbaumer  City of Bremen
Rebecca Goodwin  Walk Toronto
Richard Clarke  FIA Foundation / Child Health Initiative
Rick Prins  Mulier Instituut
Riette Bosch  Rijksvastgoedbedrijf
Riikka Kallio  WSP Finland
Rob Methorst  SWOV Institute for Road Safety Research; MENSenSTRAAT
Roberta Calcina  Associazione hub.MAT - project developer
Roberto Remes  Ciudad Humana Mexico
Roel Van Reijthoven Municipality of Rotterdam
Rowena Macaulay  Walk Colchester
Ryan Martinson  Stantec Consulting
Sabine Chardonnet Darmaillacq ENSA PARIS MALAQUAIS
Sally Slade  Leicester City Council
Sanna Ojajärvi  Network of Finnish Cycling Municipalities/Development Manager
Sara D'Haese  Flemish Institute Healthy Living
Sarah Gayton  National Federation of the Blind of the UK
Saskia de Wit Faculty of Architecture
Sofie Walschap  Brussel Mobiliteit
Sonia Aguilar  WRI México
Stephanie Akkaoui Hughes De Verkeersonderneming
Stephen Edwards  Living Streets
Stephen Edwards  Living Streets
Tadej Žaucer  Republic of Slovenia
Tamara Bozovic  AUT University Auckland NZ
Tanja Brüchert  University Germany
Tanja Congiu  University of Sassari
Tim De Ceunynck Vias institute
Tullio Ponzi  Executive Secretariat of Urban Innovation - City Hall of Recife
Valentina Talu  Department of Architecture
Virpi Ansio  Sitowise Ltd
Vivian Luk  University of Sheffield
Waltraut Ritter  Knowledge Dialogues/University of Hong Kong
Ziwen Sun  The University of Edinburgh