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Ambassadors Network

The Association for European Transport (AET) has a number of Ambassadors who volunteer to help the AET Board in marketing the European Transport Conference (ETC) and AET Membership in their countries.

Ambassadors ensure that transport organisations and individuals in their countries are adequately informed about AET and its aims and objectives and that they receive timely information in relation to ETC each year. 

In contact with AET’s Board, Ambassadors can also identify and make first contact with distinctive transport professionals in their countries who would be prepared to come to ETC as invited speakers on a subject of great interest to a wider audience or who would be prepared to participate as Programme Committee members when vacancies appear.

The AET Ambassadors Network meets at least twice a year with the AET Board's designated members reporting on their activities, exchanging information and views on AET membership in their countries and reconfirming their willingness to volunteer for the next year.

Why should you join the Association for European Transport (AET)?

The AET, formed in 1998, is the leading European organisation for transport practitioners, policy makers and academics. Members of the Association are currently drawn from more than 35 countries and number about 200 Organisation and Individual Members.

  • AET promotes networking and exchange of ideas, information and opportunities amongst members. It organises Europe’s oldest multi-disciplinary, multi-stream annual transport conference, the European Transport Conference (ETC).

  • Members receive discounts on publications and on attendance fees for the ETC and are encouraged to play an active role in the Association by joining the Programme Committees or taking the opportunity to shape the future by standing for election to the AET Council.

Why should you attend the European Transport Conference (ETC)?

The conference provides a brilliant opportunity for all participants to engage with transport experts from around the world and become part of a specialist community.

  • The conference attracts transport policy makers, practitioners and researchers from all over Europe and beyond. At ETC, they can find in-depth presentations on policy issues, best practice and research findings across the broad spectrum of transport.
  • The conference presents a great opportunity for networking and forming career-spanning professional relationships.

Current AET Ambassadors

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Name Surname, Affiliation Short biography

ines kawgan kagan

Ines Kawgan-Kagan, Technische Universität Berlin

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Ines is a mobility expert and PhD-Candidate at the Technische Universität Berlin focussing her research on gender differences in sustainable urban mobility. She studied traffic systems, sociology, public administration and basic business studies at the Technische Universität Berlin, the Freie Universität Berlin, the University of Applied Science for Public Administration and Law Berlin, Germany and the Linnaeus University, Sweden. She conducted research at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) in Berlin, at the HTW Berlin and Technische Universität Berlin and was a management consulting for APPM GmbH. At the moment, she lectures at the HTW Berlin and the HMKW Berlin about methods in empirical social sciences with a focus on mobility. Besides work, she spends time with her four children and loves bouldering and playing squash. Ines has been involved in the European Transport Conference of the Association of European Transport for the past five years as a speaker, chair of the young researchers’ and practitioners’ forum, and the co-editor of the conference proceedings of the 2018’s ETC. In May 2019, she started as the German Ambassador for the AET creating an active link with the German community and keeping the AET up to date about current national topics of transportation.


Amin RezaeiAECOM

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Dr Amin Rezaei is a Researcher and Consultant in Transportation Engineering. His research interest lies primarily in Traffic Engineering and Management, where he has applied this skill set in Traffic Flow Efficiency Appraisals, Simulation Modelling, Driving Behaviour Models, and Traffic Safety & Accident Prevention. Amin completed his BSc and MSc in Civil Engineering and Transportation and Highway Engineering at Science and Research University in Iran. Then, he completed his PhD in Transportation Engineering at Trinity College Dublin, focusing on optimisation and simulation of Autonomous Vehicles. Amin is presently working with AECOM Ireland on several national projects such as Connected and Automated Vehicles Ireland, Irish Rail (DART) Expansion Programme, and Dublin Airport Traffic Management.

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Anna Contenti, Jacobs

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Anna Contenti is a transport planner with over 17 years of experience. Her key specialism is the development of transport models for evaluation and comparison of scheme benefits in the urban context. She has worked on a wide range of transportation planning projects in the UK, Scandinavia, Italy and the Middle East. In Italy, she has overseen transport appraisals and model development projects in support of private clients, municipalities and regional bodies.  Anna has a keen interest in promoting the use of sustainable transport, both as a professional and as an individual. She is an experienced project manager and team leader. She is based at Jacobs Italia Milan office, where she is responsible for the development of the Transport Planning market.

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Fulvio Silvestri, University of Rome Tor Vergata

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Fulvio Silvestri is a PhD candidate at the University of Rome Tor Vergata, School of Engineering, Department of Enterprise Engineering, where he carries out research in transportation engineering, focusing on mobility demand modeling and transport supply planning. He completed his MSc(Eng) in Management Engineering, with specialization in Logistics and Transport Systems, at the University of Rome Tor Vergata and at the Offenburg University of Applied Sciences for a study period abroad in Germany. He has been involved in the Association for European Transport (AET) since 2018. Currently, he is a Member of the Programme Committee "Young Researchers' and Practitioners' Forum (YRPF)" of the European Transport Conference (ETC) and the AET Ambassador for Italy. He is a reviewer for the open-access journal "European Transport Research Review (ETRR)" published by Springer and for the "Journal of Advanced Transportation (JAT)" published by Hindawi. 


Maja Karoline Rynning, TOI

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Maja is a researcher at the Institute of Transport Economics in Norway, where she works in the research group Sustainable Urban Development and Mobility. Her research includes walkability and bikeability, planning and designing for walking and cycling, climate-friendly and attractive cities and towns. She also works on the use of tools, methods and knowledge by practice, with a particular focus on dual knowledge-transfers research-practice. Maja has a doctorate within urban development and mobility from the Institut Nationale des Sciences Appliquées de Toulouse (INSA Toulouse, France), and two masters degrees, Ingénieur Génie Civil from INSA Toulouse, and Architecte Diplômé d’Etat from the Ecole Nationale d’Architecture de Toulouse (ENSAT , France). Her dissertation centred on how to promote and enhance walking, cycling, and public transport use through urban development at the neighbourhood scale. It combines experience-based knowledge from practice (Architects, Urban developers and Designers, etc.) and evidence-based knowledge from research, employing workshops, surveys, and interviews as methods. The dissertation was written through CapaCity, an international research project on climate adaptation through urban development, with a particular focus on knowledge transfer from research to practice.

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Sabina Pulawska-ObiedowskaCracow University of Technology

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Sabina is the researcher and teacher working at CUT, Dept. of Transportation Systems. Her scientific interests are concentrated on issues of quality, equity and accessibility of urban transport and rail transport problems. She has been involved in international projects related to transport accessibility and equity (COST Action 1002; COST Action 1209, GEECCO H2020). She has led or participated in different commercial projects related to traffic and mobility analyzes for urban and rail transportation. She is an active member of the Polish Association of Engineers and Technicians of Transportation (SITK RP).  Recently she was awarded by SITK RP with the ERNEST award in the category: “The best transport expert of the year 2018”. She is also a member of the INWES and the NECTAR network. Since 2019 she holds the position of AET Ambassador.

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António LoboUniversity of Porto

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António Lobo is a Research Fellow at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto, Portugal, where he has accumulated more than ten years of research experience in the field of Transport Engineering. He holds an M.Sc. in Civil Engineering, a Ph.D. in Transport Systems and a Post-Graduate in Business Intelligence and Analytics from the University of Porto. He has authored one book and more than 25 papers in peer-reviewed journals and conferences. His main research interests include road safety and operations, driving behavior, automated driving, and transport economics.

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Angel Gonzalez Laya, Advisian (Worley Group)

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Angel is a Civil Engineer specialized in infrastructure and planning. Since 2014, he has developed his career in transport modelling and planning, working as a planner in several projects and traffic studies at Louis Berger, WSP and Worley. In 2019, He joined the AET as the Spanish Ambassador as well as the young researchers’ and practitioner’s forum of the association. Over the years, he has gained experience in client management, transport planning and modelling, always adapting well to different working and cultural nuances in different countries such as Chile, Colombia, Spain, United States, Gabon, UAE, Qatar, India and United Kingdom.

mengqiu cao

Mengqiu CaoUniversity of Westminster / UCL

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Dr Mengqiu (Matthew) Cao (FRGS, FRSS, MCIHT, MTPS, MTCPA, MTSUG) is a Senior Lecturer in Transport and Urban Planning at the School of Architecture and Cities, University of Westminster (UoW). He was awarded his PhD from the Bartlett School of Planning, University College London (UCL). He has worked in both academia and industry, specialising in an interdisciplinary research field, which is primarily a mixture of transport analysis and urban planning. In addition, he has also worked with public authorities and international funding organisations. His recent co-authored book entitled Transport Economics Matters: Applying Economic Principles to Transportation in Great Britain has just been published.

tianren yang

Tianren YangUniversity of Cambridge

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Tianren Yang is a doctoral candidate (about to submit) and Cambridge Trust Scholar at the Martin Centre for Architectural and Urban Studies, University of Cambridge. He is interested in developing advanced urban analytics and modelling to provide a scientific understanding of how cities evolve, especially in relation to technology, policy and human behaviour. As a charted urban planner, he has consulted for the Asian Development Bank, Boston Consulting Group and EPSRC Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction on analysing and modelling large-scale urban changes. He is the receipt of Early Career Research Award (shortlisted) from the Royal Town Planning Institute (2019), C. Lowell Harris Dissertation Fellowship from the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy (2018) and Future Cities PhD Prize Fellowship from the University of Cambridge (2018).


Become an AET Country Ambassador

The Ambassadors Network is currently looking for Ambassadors from several European countries.

If you are interested in becoming an AET Ambassador you can discuss the possibility with any of the current Ambassadors or make contact with Sally Scarlett on: sally.scarlett@aetransport.org

Benefits of being a Country Ambassador:

  • Opportunity to play a leadership role in AET’s mission to advance transport studies in Europe;
  • Prestige of being an official AET representative to transport scholars and professionals in your country;
  • Opportunity to network with other scientific leaders in Europe;
  • Discount for the European Transport Conference;
  • Free AET Membership.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Have been a member of the AET for more than 1 year, and currently be a member;
  • Have participated in at least 1 edition of the ETC;
  • Be able to commit some hours per month to ambassadorial activities;
  • Be able to participate in upcoming editions of the ETC.

Application Process for Country Ambassadors:

  • Applications should be submitted to the AET Board sending an email to: sally.scarlett@aetransport.org;
  • Applications must include a Curriculum Vitae and an action plan with a proposal for initiatives.




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