Keynote Speakers

We’re pleased to announce the keynote speakers at ISHGD 2020. In alphabetical order, they are listed below.

Michèle Blom

Michèle Blom is Director-General of Rijkswaterstaat. Rijkswaterstaat is part of the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management and responsible for the design, construction, management and maintenance of the main infrastructure facilities in the Netherlands.

She graduated at the Breda University of Applied Sciences and has a degree in Organizational Sociology from the University of Amsterdam. Since then, Michèle Blom joined the Dutch government service where she held several director positions in the Dutch Department of Transport and Mobility. “Rijkswaterstaat has an important social mission; together with our partners we are working on a safe, liveable and accessible Netherlands. I am proud to be in charge of an organization with such a beautiful task.

Marco te Brömmelstroet

Professor Marco te Brömmelstroet holds the chair on Urban Mobility Futures at the University of Amsterdam.

His research aims to uncover the underlying language and assumptions of our thinking about the future of mobility. By a critical, yet constructive approach to this, he aims to find alternative paths and show the choices we make in choosing one over the other. As founding academic director of the Urban Cycling Institute, Marco has used the Dutch cycling culture as a lens to study the two-way relations between mobility, the city and society.

Tijs Roelofs

Tijs Roelofs is the head of city innovation in Amsterdam.

His purpose is to make trends that contribute to society. Five years ago, he was one of the founders of the CTO innovation team of Amsterdam. He developed several innovation agenda’s like Smart Mobility & Energy and Circular Economy. His drive is to redesign the mobility system and create a more livable city. Currently he is working on a mobility system without private cars that is completely digitally managed by developing the mobility center of the future.

Wiebe Wakker

“A purpose-driven adventure with the aim to inspire, educate and accelerate the
transition to a low carbon future”

On the 15th of March 2016 Dutchman Wiebe Wakker left Amsterdam with his fully electric “Blue Bandit’, a converted Volkswagen Golf Wagon. Without money in his pocket it promises to be a huge challenge to reach Sydney. Wakker choose to finish on the other side of the world to prove the viability of sustainable mobility. Wiebe asked the help of the crowd to make it to his destination, on his website people could select their location and offer him to sleep on their couch, share a meal or charge up his electric vehicle. Thousands of strangers signed up and these offers determined the route of Wiebe’s journey. With every kilometer driven, his message gains more power: the non-flying Dutchman is the living proof that sustainable mobility is possible.