Lecturers & trainers

The course is delivered by top road safety researchers and professionals.

Our lecturers are from universities and research institutes with the highest international reputation, both from the Netherlands and abroad. In addition, policymakers and experienced road safety advocates make a valuable contribution to the course. Many of the lecturers have gained relevant experience by working in and with LMICs (consultants, professionals from NGOs or international organizations). They include:

Dr. Mark King, Course Co-Leader

Mark is an Associate Professor and has been working in road safety for several decades, for government agencies, universities and as a consultant. He has been with the Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety – Queensland (CARRS-Q) in Australia since 2004, where he is Academic Lead Postgraduate Research. His PhD addressed the transfer of Western road safety knowledge and expertise to Asia, and both his capacity building experience and higher degree supervisions have continued this focus on road safety in low and middle income countries. His Australian research has covered most areas of road user behaviour and the interface with the road environment and traffic management, as well as some vehicle issues. He is a member of the Board of the International Council on Alcohol, Drugs and Traffic Safety, and the Board of the Australasian College of Road Safety.

Govert Schermers, Course Co-Leader

Govert is a Project Manager/ Senior Researcher at SWOV. He has worked on various EU projects such as Ripcord-Iserest, SafetyNet, Safety Cube, Saferafrica, Levitate. and led a number of CEDR projects including RISMET, PROGReSS, EUSight and ESRET. He has been responsible for conducting road safety capacity management reviews in Namibia, Kenya, Cameroon and Morocco and has been directly involved, either as project leader or team member, in developing road safety management techniques in the Netherlands and the EU. Govert currently serves on the Global Technical Committee of iRAP and, since 2022, on the ITF Working Group on Advancing the Safe System. Before this, as a Traffic Engineer by profession, Govert has worked as a senior traffic safety consultant at the Transport Research Centre (AVV) of the Ministry of Transport, Public Works in the Netherlands and at the Water Management, Division of Roads and Transport Technology of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in South Africa.

Prof. Fred Wegman

After his education as a civil engineer Fred joined the City of Amsterdam as a transportation engineer. After that he started his career at the SWOV Institute for Road Safety Research, as a researcher, research manager, research director and as a managing director (1999-2013). He combined that position with a full professor and chair Traffic Safety at Delft University of Technology. He is emeritus professor since 2014. Fred is one of the founders of the Safe System approach in road safety. Fred served in many activities of international organizations: European Commission, European Transport Safety Council, FIA, FIA Foundation, OECD/International Transport Forum (still acting as chairman of the International Traffic Safety Data and Analysis Group), Transportation Research Board, World Bank, World Health Organization, World Road Congress/PIARC. He worked in road safety in about 25 countries worldwide, for example as Thinker in Residence in South Australia. Fred is one of the founders of Delft Road Safety Courses, organising raining activities for professionals in Low- and Middle Income Countries. He was awarded a Royal Order by the King of the Netherlands: Officer of the Order of Orange-Nassau.

Emma MacLennan

Emma is the Founder and Director General of EASST, the Eastern Alliance for Safe and Sustainable Transport. EASST was established in 2009 and is a UK-registered charity working in fifteen countries of Eastern Europe, the South Caucasus and Central Asia to build local capacity and facilitate cross-border projects on road safety and sustainable transport. EASST works with local partner organisations, making their efforts more effective by sharing know- how and resources. 

Emma is also a founding member and Deputy Chair of FIRE AID, a UK registered charity boosting fire and rescue capacity in countries facing the greatest challenges globally. Both EASST and FIRE AID are members of the United Nations Road Safety Collaboration Group. EASST also has consultative status in the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), and is an associate member of the Federation International de l’Automobile (FIA).

Floor Lieshout

Floor is a native of The Netherlands and holds an engineering degree. He started his road safety career as a youth advocate when he was 18 years old, today he is a social entrepreneur, leading YOURS as its founder and Executive Director. He helped creating several NGOs nationally and globally to prevent road traffic injuries, worked at the World Health Organization as Technical Officer at the Violence and Injury Prevention unit and has two years experience within the private sector at a large consultancy firm. In terms of global campaigning, he was heavily involved in designing and implementing multiple UN Global Road Safety Weeks, such as the successful campaign SaveKidslives in 2015 that gathered 1 million signatures in support of the Child Declaration for Road Safety, the 2017 campaign: Save Lives – #SlowDown, and the latest campaign in May 2021: Streets for Life – #Love30. He represents YOURS at the United Nations Road Safety Collaboration, is an advisor to the FIA High-Level Panel for Road Safety and the Child Injury Prevention Alliance, sits on the Board of Directors at the Delft Road Safety Course, and acted as Vice-President at the founding Board of Director of the Global Alliance of NGOs for Road Safety. He has developed and delivered numerous capacity development programs around the world, working together in partnership with governments, NGOs, private sector and youth

Dr. Hilda Maria Gomez

Hilda is an International road safety consultant. Former Director of Colombian National Road Safety Agency. Road safety leader in CAF, development bank of Latin America (2011 – 2018), where she designed and led a motorcyclist safety program for the Latin American region. Group coordinator and lead author of the safety chapter of the Global Mobility Report, 2017. Coordinator of the Multilateral Development Banks´ Road Safety Initiative (2015 – 2018). Led the formulation of the “Initiative for Road Safety in Latin America and the Caribbean (Diagnosis, Guidance and Pilot Projects) of the Interamerican Development Bank” where she was road safety leader (2008 – 2010). She holds a PhD in Roads, Canals and Ports from the Polytechnic University of Valencia Spain.

Dr. Haneen Farah

Haneen is an associate professor and co-director of the Traffic and Transport Safety Lab (TTS Lab) at the Department of Transport and Planning, Delft University of Technology (TU Delft). Her research interests include studying the implications of road infrastructure design on road user behavior and traffic safety. In her research she combines her expertise in transportation engineering, with her curiosity in the fields of human factors and econometrics to study these connections. She is currently examining the implications of the advances in vehicle technology and automation on the road infrastructure design and road user behavior in the framework of several national and international projects. Before joining TU Delft she worked as a postdoctoral researcher at KTH – Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden. She received her PhD in Transportation Engineering from the Technion- Israel Institute of Technology.
In education she is responsible for the Geometric Design of Roads and Railways undergraduate course and the Traffic Safety graduate course at TU Delft. She also teaches these topics in the collaborative teaching program with the School of Traffic and Transportation, Beijing Jiaotong University in China. She supervises several PhD and Master students working in her areas of research interests.
Her research has been published in well-reputed peer-reviewed international journals in the field, such as Accident Analysis & Prevention, Transportation Research Part B, Part C, and Part F, and presented in leading conferences. See her publications on Google
Scholar: Haneen Farah Publications.

Dr. Meleckidzedeck Khayesi

Meleckidzedeck was born in Vihiga District, Kenya. He is a human geographer with a Bachelor of Education degree (1988), a Master of Arts Degree in Geography (1992) and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Transport Geography (1999). The three degrees were done at Kenyatta University, Nairobi, Kenya. He has extensive research experience in transport and road safety planning. Dr Khayesi joined the World Health Organization in March 2002, after being a lecturer at Kenyatta University for 11 years. He is based in the Department for Social Determinants of Health where he facilitates development, implementation and evaluation of road safety programmes in countries and road safety capacity development.

Betty van de Wetering

Betty is a passionate advisor, wrapping her professional working methods in a personal approach. From the elementary design of municipal roads her experience grew into development of complicated highway schemes, roads networks and airport access roads. She expanded her know-how through various study contracts, consultancy assignments and a multitude of road safety audits in The Netherlands, reputed for its high safety standards and its well-established road network.

Alejandro Furas

Alejandro is the Secretary-General of the New Car Assessment Program for Latin America and the Caribbean (Latin NCAP) and the Technical Director of Global NCAP. He has been an FIA Foundation and Global NCAP Delegation member at the WP29 (UN Geneva) since 2011. In 2008, Alejandro became the Project Engineer for EDU-CAR Plan, an initiative of the Fundación Gonzalo Rodríguez, FIA Foundation, and the World Bank. In 2009, he became a member of the team that developed Latin NCAP, and since then he has been responsible for the selection, purchase, transportation, testing, and inspection of the vehicles as well as post-crash meetings and the publication of results. Alejandro earned his Mechanical and Industrial Engineering degrees at the Universidad de la Republica Oriental del Uruguay (UDELAR) in 2008 where he remains part of the Assistant professor line-up until today.

Prof. Geetam Tiwari

Geetam is Head of the Transportation Research and Injury Prevention (TRIP) Centre, Delhi and a Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology. She obtained her Master of Urban Planning and Policy, and Ph.D. in Transport Planning and Policy, from the University of Illinois, Chicago. She received the degree of Doctor of Technology honoris causa from Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden in 2012 where she was the  Adlerbretska Guest Professor for Sustainable Urban Transport between 2007-2010. Her work focuses on traffic and transport planning for pedestrian safety and cycle safety as well as looking at bus systems and highway safety. She has worked with city, state and national government in India on public transport and road safety projects. She has over 100 publications in peer reviewed journals, has co-edited five books on transport planning and safety. She has been editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Injury Control and Safety Promotion since 2009. She continues to be on the Board of IATSS(International Association for Traffic Safety Science) forum, Urban Mass Transit Company and LEAD India.

Dr. Attila Borsos

Attila received his master’s degree in Economics from University of Győr, Hungary and in Civil Engineering from Delft University of Technology, Netherlands. He gained his PhD in Civil Engineering from University of Győr, Hungary, where he has been Associate Professor in the Department of Transport Infrastructure and Water Resources Engineering since 2012 and Vice Dean for Research in the Faculty of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Transport Sciences since 2015. He was a Visiting Scholar at Florida Atlantic University in 2013 and a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at the University of Connecticut in 2010. He was a member of the PIARC World Road Association Technical Committee 3.2 “Design and Operation of Safer Road Infrastructure” from 2012 to 2015. He was co-organizer and lecturer of Road Safety Audit training courses in Hungary since 2007. His main research interest is road safety, more specifically crash prediction models, traffic safety trends, surrogate measures of safety, and the effect of Autonomous Vehicles on safe road design.

Dr. Rune Elvik

Rune is a political scientist from the University of Oslo. He attained the degree of doctor of political science (dr. polit) in 1993 and the degree of doctor of philosophy (dr. philos) in 1999. In 2007, he attained his PhD at Aalborg University in Denmark. In 2017, he obtained the degree of doctor of philosophy at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim. His main areas of research include evaluation of the effects of road safety measures, research synthesis by means of meta-analysis, and cost- benefit analysis. During the years 1997-2004 he was associate editor of Accident Analysis and Prevention. From 2005 to 2013, he was one of the editors-in-chief of the journal. He has published about 150 papers in scientific journals.

Dr. Fiona Fylan

Fiona is a Health Psychologist with 20 years’ experience of Transport Psychology and leads research in Sustainable Behaviour at the Leeds Sustainability Institute at Leeds Beckett University. This is an interdisciplinary unit that undertakes research to tackle problems in the built environment, such as air pollution, fuel poverty, poor housing and safer roads. She provides expertise in understanding behaviour, building statistical models to predict behaviour, designing and evaluating behaviour change interventions, and in communicating with the public about sustainability. Her research focuses on how people behave on the roads, for example driving safely and considerately and increasing active travel; and how they use healthcare systems, for example their use of screening and vaccination services. She balances her work at the University with running her own business, Brainbox Research, which over the last 20 years has developed an excellent reputation for high-quality, actionable insight research. 

Henk Stipdonk

Henk has been Director of the Dutch Knowledge Institute for Transport Policy Analysis (KIM) since 2019.

Between 2004 and 2019, he was research manager at the Dutch Road Safety Research Institute, SWOV. His department focused on quantitative analyses, data quality, in depth crash research and the development of models describing the annual number of road deaths trend, based on road death data, travel data and risk (deaths per distance travelled) models. He obtained his PhD in 2013. Henk’s international work includes visits to Cambodia, Kenia, Ghana, Cameroon and many European countries, where he gives lectures and contributes to road safety courses. He has participated in numerous international integrated projects for the EU. Currently, he is co-chair of the PIN-panel of the ETSC, and co-chair of the ITF-working group on implementing the Safe System.

Philip J. Wijers

Philip holds a Master’s degree in Economic Geography from the University of Amsterdam, with a minor in transport economics. After business development & strategy related positions in the transport industry in the Netherlands and in Japan, he joined the Netherlands Ministry of Economic Affairs in 2000 and held positions at Netherlands’ embassies in East Asia dealing with economic, transport, traffic and technology related issues. In 2010 he joined Gatso, since 2016 the Swedish-Dutch Sensys Gatso Group (SGG), as Director of Government Affairs. In close cooperation with governments, the police and road safety organisations, SGG’s automated traffic enforcement systems and services enhance road safety, improve traffic flow and contribute to a higher quality of life by lowering traffic speed, noise pollution and emissions.