2021 GRSLC Cohort

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    • #26654

      Please share your responses to these three topics in the forum and respond to at least two classmates posts:
      1. Provide a brief self-introduction, including which BIGRS partner you work for and what your role is.
      2. What are you most passionate about regarding road safety?
      3. What are your expectations from this course? (include one or two points)

    • #26734

      Hi,
      I am a faculty in civil engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, Assam, India. Road safety is one of the crucial issues for the development activities that hinder the nation’s citizens’ well-being and development. I am very much passionate about evidence-based road safety improvements. Implementing effective road safety programs will help prevent and mitigate road crashes to better society and the nation. I am sure that the GRSLC course will certainly reinforce me with a better understanding of safety issues and learn global best practices to maximize road safety.

      • #26905
        Carolina Gómez
        Participant

        Hi Anjan!I agree with you, it will be fruitfull to learn in depth all the necessary aspects that an effective road safety program should contain, currently many countries/cities do not have efficient programs or do not take into account all the aspects in their efforts, so at the end of the day they do not have effective results in the reduction of road crashes injuries and fatalities.

      • #27181
        Sharon Alum
        Participant

        Hi everyone,
        Am a communications and Advocacy officer with a National NGO called Hope for Victims of Traffic Accidents(HOVITA) which is among the GRSP grantees in Uganda.
        Our main focus is on advocating for the 30km/hr speed in school zone areas to ensure that road safety starts from the grassroots.

        This is my first job on road safety and i expect to learn as much as possible and to network with various stakeholders to share their expertise and experiences.

    • #26793

      Hi everyone,

      My name is Ariadne Samios, I am the Active Mobility Coordinator in the Cities Program of WRI Brasil. I work with policy and urban design projects related to active mobility, complete streets, road safety and accessibility. Since 2013 I have been working with several cities, the federal government, partner organizations and academic institutions to foster more sustainable, safe and inclusive cities. In WRI we work to achieve better quality of life in cities, road safety is a main issue as it can play an important role on peoples access to opportunities in cities. I expect the course will greatly improve my knowledge on road safety with a borader understanding of all factors relating to it. I also expect to connect with participants from different geographies to share experiences and best practices.

      • #26904
        Carolina Gómez
        Participant

        Hi Ariadne!It will surely be a great opportunity to connect with other participants and share knowledge and experiences from the places we are working or have worked. This is a great plus of the course that invites us to expand our network of contacts with a shared vision.

      • #27078
        Daniel Velarde
        Participant

        Hello there!! Greetings from Mexico!!
        Best wishes and see you during our webinars.

    • #26794
      Kirori Lal Yadav
      Participant

      Hello every one

      My name is Kirori Lal Yadav. I am a retired police officer from Delhi. I am working as Enforcement Coordinator-Delhi with Bloomberg Philanthropies initiative for Global Road Safety. I am very much passionate about the evidence based road safety improvements which is the best way to redress the road safety issues. The aim of the society is to reduces the fatality to the minimum for overall social and economic development of people. The effective road safety improvements are playing a key role in building a healthy society. I am hopeful that GRSLC will certainly enhance my road safety understanding to explore global best practices to improve road safety standards.

      • #27033

        Hi Kirori, I think we can share experiences about control operatives, currently, we are working with IACP in the implementation of speed control operatives in Quito, I think you have many experiences with it.
        Regards,
        Christian

        • #27037
          Judy Fleiter
          Moderator

          Hi Kirori and Christian, great to see that you are already identifying ways that you may be able to assist each other. That is one of the ways this course can help – we can all help each other. Welcoming you both to the course – I hope that it is enjoyable and fruitful for you.

    • #26795
      ilona van de braak
      Participant

      Hello everyone,
      My name is ilona van de braak. I work as a regional communications consultant for Vital Strategies, and I am based in Myanmar in South East Asia. I supervise and support our teams in their policy advocacy communication including media campaigns. I work closely together with our teams in Bangladesh, Malaysia, and Vietnam as part of the Bloomberg Philanthropies initiative for Global Road Safety.
      I am fascinated by the many elements that need be brought together to improve road safety and find ways in which media communication can contribute best.
      I expect that this course will help me to gain a greater insight in all actors and factors that contribute to road safety, the lessons learned/best practices worldwide, including the expertise coming from my fellow course participants.

      • #26910

        Hello ilona,

        Great to have you in the cohort! I’m looking forward to learning more on the work you’re leading in the region and seeking for collaboration opportunities! I’m sure we could do great work together.
        Nice to e-meeting you…at least for now.
        Best,
        Marisela

        • #27162
          ilona van de braak
          Participant

          Thank you Marisela, looking forward working together and exchanging knowledge with you too.

    • #26900
      Le Tran
      Participant

      Hello everyone,
      My name is Le, I am working at Save the Children International in Vietnam as project officer of the “ Making My Tho city safe for the journey to school” project which is one of the grantees of GRSP. For me, working in road safety is a new journey so there are a lot of things I passionate about, for example, evidence-based road safety improvement, risk factors leading to traffic road crashes, road safety education for children, etc. I expect the course will a great opportunity to learn and improve my knowledge of road safety. I also hope that this is a great forum for participants from different countries to share their expertise and experiences.
      Thank you

      • #26909

        Hello Le,
        Great to e-meeting you! I’m sure we will share a lot on safe journeys to school, it’s a topic I’ve worked in Latin America and the Caribbean and it would be great to support each other in Vietnam! From the World Bank / GRSF we’ve been working with a strong focus on speed, a crucial factor as you may know for saving children lives on the streets. Looking forward to share experiences and ideas on how to align our work and passions.
        Best,
        Marisela

      • #27038
        Judy Fleiter
        Moderator

        Welcome Le, it is good to have so many different GRSP grantees join this course. We all look forward to learning from each other. Hope you find the course enjoyable and fruitful.

    • #26901

      Hello everyone,
      My name is Daniele Mayumi Sinagawa, I am a researcher at the Laboratory of Toxicology from the School of Medicine at the University of Sao Paulo (FMUSP), in Brazil. I work with Forensic Toxicology, focusing on “Alcohol, drugs and traffic”, since 2010. I am the data collection management of the Sao Paulo team, since 2015, in the project “Bloomberg Philanthropies Initiative for Global Road Safety”, a partnership between FMUSP and the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit (JH- IIRU) at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. I’m passionate about road safety, especially about the risk factors that lead to traffic accidents (mainly the behavioral ones). I am sure that GRSLC will be a great opportunity to learn a lot and improve my knowledge of road safety.

      • #27043
        Carmen Koo
        Moderator

        Hi Daniele! Welcome to the course. Such an interesting background you have – I am sure we can all learn alot from you too! I hope you have a wonderful next couple of weeks.

    • #26902
      NII DARKO DARKO
      Participant

      Hello Everyone,
      My name is Nii Darko Darko. I am a Research Analyst for the WRI Africa Cities Program based in Accra, Ghana. In my current role, I provide administrative, project coordination and research support to ongoing sustainable transport programs in Accra and Kumasi on projects related to road safety, urban development and planning, public transport, non-motorized transport and urban design.
      I am passionate about ensuring that all vulnerable road users are considered in policies that affect transportation in the cities.
      I am expecting this leadership course to give me further insight into road safety and the various factors to consider in addressing the problem. I also expect fruitful collaboration among participants and the course instructors.

      • #27050

        Hi Darko, I think that your work in research and project coordination is very important in road safety, especially for an evidence-based perspective on this topic. It will be rewarding to have your experience in this curso.
        Nice e-meeting you.
        Regards.

    • #26903
      Carolina Gómez
      Participant

      Hi everyone!
      My name is Carolina Gómez, I am a Civil Engineer from Ecuador with over five years of experience, I hold a master’s degree in Transport, Land and Urbanism from the Polytechnic University of Valencia. I am currently coordinating the Bloomberg Philanthropies Initiative for Global Road Safety (BIGRS) in Guayaquil as Mobility and Urban Design Coordinator.
      I am passionate about the safe system approach and the important role of safe road infraestructure for all road users to avoid serious injuries and fatalities.
      My expectations from this course are to increase and update my knowledge about road safety, learn in depth all about the safe system approach and how all the international intiative partners work to achieve its goals.

      • #27034

        Hi Carolina,
        I think we can share the advances of the works of the Initiative in Quito and Guayaquil and talk about the implementation of changes in the infrastructure to improve de road safety in the urban field.
        Nice e-meeting you!
        Regards

    • #26906
      Otto Businge
      Participant

      Hey Everyone
      I am Otto Businge, an Environmental Health Scientist and a Research Associate at Makerere University, School of Public Health. I am currently working as the Field Coordinator for the Bloomberg Philanthropies Initiative for Global Road Safety (BIGRS) project with Makerere University in partnership with Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit (JH-IIRU) in Kampala, Uganda.
      I am passionate about strategies that focus on improving Road safety and the risk factors of Road Traffic Crashes especially within LMICs. I believe this course will enhance my knowledge about Road safety approaches that have been tested and approved, hence could be easily established within the LMICs. I look forward to much more ideas and knowledge that will be shared by the participants and the facilitators.

      • #26908

        Hello Otto,
        Great to have an environmental health practitioner in the team! Really looking forward to hear/read from you experience in Uganda, as to learn from the challenges you’ve faced and how you’ve found innovative ways to overcome them!
        Nice e-meeting you!

        Marisela

        • #27039
          Judy Fleiter
          Moderator

          Hi Otto and Marisela,
          I agree with you Marisela, it is great to have an environmental health practitioner on board. It is such an important part of this course – diversity in people and professions. Warm welcome to you both. Hoping you enjoy the course and find it informative and helpful in your careers and daily work.

          • #27174

            Thanks Judy, and I’m sure the course will be useful!
            Have a great weekend and see you on Monday 🙂

    • #26907

      Hello everyone 🙋🏻‍♀️ I’m Marisela Ponce de León Valdés, I’m originally from Mexico and I’m currently working with the World Bank as Transport Specialist within the Global Road Safety Facility (GRSF) being the Regional Focal Point for East Asia and the Pacific for BIGRS. I hold a Master Degree in Public Health from the Liverpool University.
      I believe Road Safety and Injury Prevention are thrilling because they allow you to safe lives, while contributing to development and improving the wellbeing of entire communities through multisectorial efforts. So, I’m very passionate about it!
      I’m looking forward to meeting many new colleagues and new friends who share this passion and with who to join forces to make a difference in the cities and countries where we are focusing our efforts on. I’m also expecting to a great time learning from others’ experiences and expertise. So lots of sharing, learning and contributing to a strong coalition of professionals in pro of a safe mobility for all!

      • #27079
        Daniel Velarde
        Participant

        Hola Marisela! Greetings from Mexico City/Guadalajara.
        I’m a lawyer in California (defense attoreny) and former prosecutor in Mexico City. I’m the enforcement coordinator for Guadalajara.
        Pleased to meet you! Cheers.

        • #27173

          Hello Daniel,

          Nice to e-meeting you! I’m sure we will share some interesting conversations and hopefully collaborate in the near future. Count on me for that!

          Best regards,
          Marisela

    • #26911
      Harvey Ian Arbas
      Participant

      Hello everyone!
      I’m Harvey Ian Arbas, currently working with the World Bank as a Technical Consultant within the Global Road Safety Facility (GRSF) and the point person for the national scale-up of the Data for Road Incident Visualization, Evaluation, and Reporting (DRIVER) System in the Philippines.
      I am passionate about the use of an evidence-based approach in coming up with road safety interventions and improvements. After all, presenting a recommendation based on the analysis of existing data is one of the most effective ways to persuade our government and policy makers into investing the right amount of resources to improve road safety.
      I am excited to broaden my knowledge on road safety particularly on the implementation of a safe system approach and looking forward to meeting new friends and like-minded individuals during the course of this training!

    • #27029
      Weijie Wang
      Participant

      Hello everyone.
      I am Weijie Wang, a faculty in Transportation Engineering at Nanjing Tech University, Jiangsu Province, China PR. I am also the grantee of the Road Safety Grants Programme of Global Road Safety Partnership. Our project aims to support the E-bike helmet policies in China since 2018. I work with helmet use observation, accident analysis, and traffic safety education program. I am very much passionate about evidence-based road safety improvements and expect the course will greatly improve my knowledge on road safety.I hope this course will create oppunities to sharing experiences with each other.

      • #27040
        Judy Fleiter
        Moderator

        Hello Wang, welcome to the course, and we are so delighted to have so many GRSP grantees joining for this course offering. Hoping that you find the course fruitful and enjoyable.

    • #27030
      Blaise Murphet
      Moderator

      Hello everyone,
      Let me extend a very warm welcome to the GRSLC: IP 2021! So great to have you on-board and already to read so many interesting pieces of information about our amazing cohort of participants.

      My name is Blaise Murphet and I’m one of the coordinators of the course from Global Road Safety Partnership. I’ve been involved in delivering this course since 2017, and have been with GRSP in various roles since 2015. I’m currently based in my home country of Australia, and will be seeing folks joining the Asia/Africa timezone webinars, and of course connecting with you all through the discussion forums.

      Have a great course, and look forward to connecting.

      Cheers, Blaise

    • #27032

      Hello everyone,
      I’m Christian Zaragocín, I’m from Ecuador, with a civil engineering degree obtained in Escuela Politécnica del Ejército, project, construction and maintenance of roads higher diploma at Universidad Católica de Guayaquil and Master in Integrated Managment Systems at Escuela Politécnica Nacional of Quito. My work experience is in consulting on the aeronautical, mobility, road design, structural calculation, and inspection fields, since 2003. Currently, I am working as General Manager of Cezproconsult and as a consultant of IACP doing works for Bloomberg Initiative for Global Road Safety.
      I am passionate about solving the causes with a good design and then seeing it implemented and working.
      My expectations of this course are to learn a lot from experiences on road safety in other countries and to meet more professionals in this field.

    • #27035

      Hello everyone,
      I’m Nguyen Thuong Huyen, from Vital Strategies. I work as Initiative Coordinator for BIGRS in Hanoi. My responsibilities are to serve as the main liaison between the initiative’s partners, government and city agents. Provide oversight and management of the Initiative-funded activities and associated deliverables to ensure effective implementation and accomplishment of planned goals. I also provide support for all local embedded personnel under the BIGRS.

      I believe every person has the right to road safety and I want to devote my knowledge and skills to help improve Vietnam’s road safety.

      I’m very excited to join the course and I hope that I will have a strengthened understanding of the multi-disciplinary nature of road safety and the need for a system-based approach to road safety; to apply evidence-based best practices for road safety Thank you very much

      • #27161
        ilona van de braak
        Participant

        Hi Nguyen Thuong Huyen, great to be on the same course with you. Hope to contribute to the BIGRS initiative in Vietnam.

    • #27041
      Judy Fleiter
      Moderator

      Greetings to all and a very warm welcome to the 2021 course offering.

      I have had the pleasure of leading the GRSP team contributions to the Global Road Safety Leadership Courses since the first course offering in 2016. Together with the wonderful team at Johns Hopkins University, it is our great pleasure to offer the first course of 2021.

      We hope that you find this course useful, informative, and fun!

      My background is traffic psychology – trying to understand how and why humans behave when using the road. I look forward to sharing insights with all of you and welcome the knowledge that you each bring from your own unique background.

      I will be joining all the Africa/Asia webinars and some of the Americas webinars too. Looking forward to seeing you all very soon!
      Have a fabulous course!
      Judy

    • #27042

      Hi everyone.
      My name is Juan Palacios, I’m from Mexico. I am a faculty in Public Health at the University of Guadalajara in Mexico. I’m currently working in the COVID-19 crisis containment center of the health secretary in Jalisco. I have also participated in a research projects with the national institute of public health and johns hopkins university about the risk factors key involved in road traffic injuries. I’m passionate about the public health pespective that is immersed in road safety, adressing the multifactorial nature of this issue, and of course is very important and it’s very important to combat this problem responsible for many deaths.
      I’m excited to join this course and I really hope improve my knowledge about the road safety as well as get more involde in it.

    • #27044
      Carmen Koo
      Moderator

      Hi Everyone!

      A very warm welcome to the course, and we look forward to the next couple of weeks of learning with and from all of you here!

      I’m Carmen, working with the Global Road Safety Partnership as a Road Safety Programme Coordinator. I’ve been assisting in the logistical and administrative needs for the GRSLC since 2019.

      Just before we begin, and if you haven’t already done so, please do go through the course introductory module, accessible from the “Home Page” of this platform. Click on the “Home” tab at the top right section of this page, scroll down, and you can “launch” the course introduction from there.

      Looking forward to meeting all of you soon and for the very exciting couple of weeks ahead.

      Best,
      Carmen

    • #27045
      Zhang Chao
      Participant

      Hello everyone.
      I am Zhang Chao, a lawyer from Beijing Children’s Legal Aid and Research Center, Beijing China PR. Our center is the grantee of the Road Safety Grants Programme of Global Road Safety Partnership.
      Our project starts from 2019 and aims to promote the legislation of CRS in national and sub-national level.
      I’m passionate about evidence-based road safety improvements and expect to learn more knowledge on road safety.
      I’m excited to join this course to help us to promote the legislation of children road safety effectively.

    • #27047
      Rhia Muhi
      Participant

      Hello! I am Rhia, the in-country coordinator for Global Health Advocacy Incubator in the Philippines, providing technical assistance to GRSP grantees and partners. I would like to hear more about sustainability strategies and measures, especially with projects have a life span.

      • #27052

        Hi Rhia,
        I agree with your expectations because it’s very important that we have sustentainability strategies and measures for the road safety, we need effective and lasting interventions.
        Nice to e-meeting you.

    • #27048

      Hi, this is S. M. Sohel Mahmud, working as an Assistant Professor at Accident Research Institute (ARI), Bangladesh University of Engineering Technology (BUET), Dhaka, Bangladesh. I would like to know more about the problem based targeted actions for improving road safety. In this regard, innovative solution approaches and exploring the recent advancement would be highly appreciated.

      It was very nice to many of you in the first webinar.
      See you again.

    • #27054
      Claudia
      Participant

      Hi Everyone,

      My name is Claudia Ewa.
      I am the Surveillance Coordinator. I am part of the BIGRS Team for Kumasi (Ghana). I have a masters of Public Health from the University of Ghana. I am most passionate about reducing road crash fatalities. I hope to learn more about road safety in general and best practices for strengthening data surveillance systems for crash data.

      Looking forward to the whole program!

      Claudia

      • #27058
        Tainá
        Participant

        Hi Claudia, great to see you here and talk to you in the break out rooms. Hope we can interact and learn more from each other perspective.

    • #27055
      Henrique Bombana
      Participant

      Hi Everyone,

      My name is Henrique Bombana and I am a PhD student at University of Sao Paulo. My main fiel of expertise is forensic toxicology related to traffic. I have been working with traffic safety and alcohol and other psychoactive drugs for almost a decade. Since 2015 I work as a data management in the BIGRS project in Sao Paulo. I am looking foward to this course to increase my knowledge on traffic safety in other areas besides toxicology and I hope I can also contibute and interact with all colleagues.

      • #27118
        Claudia
        Participant

        Hello Enrique! It was great to meet you in the breakout rooms!

    • #27056
      Mariana Sanguinetti
      Participant

      My name es Mariana Sanguinetti, i work in the Observatorio de la Movilidad y Seguridad Vial of Buenos Aires. My mayor interest is in learning how public policies can improve read safety in our city. From this course, I hope to learn, apart from the material, experiences from other cities.

      • #27059
        Tainá
        Participant

        Hi Mariana, it will be great to exchange experiences with you in Road Safety, since we are neighbor countries.

    • #27057
      Tainá
      Participant

      Hi everyone! I’M Tainá Costa, Communications Program Manager for Vital Strategies in Brazil and I’m in charge of the Mass Media Communication Campaigns in the cities of São Paulo, Salvador and Recife. What calls my attention is possibility to create a new environment in the cities through road safety.
      My expectations are to learn more about Road Safety, since its a new subject for me (I’ve worked before with communication in education, leadership development and fostering entrepreneurship) and how can I improve the communication campaigns through the learning I’ll get from the course.

      • #27119
        Claudia
        Participant

        Hi Tania! It was really nice to meet you too! I look forward to more chats in our breakout room. 🙂

      • #27238

        Hi Tainá! Olá!
        I would love to meet you and talk about Media Communication Campaigns in São Paulo! I’m sure that it will be nice to share experiences with you!

    • #27077
      Daniel Velarde
      Participant

      Please share your responses to these three topics in the forum and respond to at least two classmates posts:
      1. Hello all, I’m Daniel Velarde I’m an attorney (former prosecutor and defense attorney) and now I’m the Enforcement Coordinator in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. My international partner is IACP.
      2. I’m very passionate about forming part of a larger picture that is going to save lives, not only of my compatriots, but all around the world.
      3. I expect to learn best practices from each and every participant in the course as well as being able to share my expertise, education and experience.

      Cheers all!!

      • #27239

        Hello Daniel! It was really nice to meet you in the breakout room! Your background is amazing! I can’t wait to learn more from you and the others from our group!

    • #27080

      Hi everyone,
      I’m Valentina Perdomo. I’m a Civil Engineer from Escuela Colombiana de Ingeniería Julio Garavito and a student of a master’s degree in Civil Engineering with an emphasis on Traffic and Transportation from the same university.
      I currently work as road safety data analyst for WRI Colombia. Road traffic crashes are the leading cause of death for thousands of young people each year, so I am passionate about learning more about road safety to continue helping prevent accidents. With this course, I hope to acquire new knowledge of the subject and experiences from other countries to continue saving lives.

      • #27120
        Claudia
        Participant

        Hi birthday twin! It was nice to meet you in the breakout room. 🙂

    • #27081

      Hello Everyone! My name is Areli Carreón. I am a bicycle activist since 1997 as a founding member of http://www.bicitekas.org and I am currently the bike Mayor of Mexico City. I am member of the Coordinator team of http://www.coalicionmovilidadsegura.mx that gathers more than 60 Mexican organizations working together to achieve the first National Mexican Law on Mobility and Road Safety. We recently won the recognition of the right to safe mobility as a Constitucional right in Mexico’s National Constitution.

      As Coalición Movilidad Segura we are grantees of GRSP.

      Everyone I love uses the bicycle daily. I can’t stand the fear of any of them being killed on the road. The only way I can handle this is to work to change the reality. This is why I’ve been working on road safety since 2011 in Mexico City and now at a country level.

      I hope to learn from all of you how to most efficiently contribute to improve our cities, laws and policies to make roads and street more equitable and safer for everyone!

      Cheers,
      Areli

    • #27083
      Elizabeth
      Participant

      Hi Everyone!!

      My name is Elizabeth Avicolli. I work at The City of Buenos Aires official Traffict Agent Office, as a Coordinator of Planning Department.
      I have more than 10 years of Experience in Road Safety Security. Inside of the departament, my team and I assist with the planning and organization of the transit law enforcement inside Operative Management. We prepare statistics data in relation to the results obtained in all the operatives on street carried out by every headquarters that the Agency has.
      I currently works as a new consultant in Buenos Aires, Argetnina in order to support the Bloomberg Philanthropy Initiative for Road Safety (BIGRS) project with IACP. For me is a great honor to be part of it, and to this course. I’m excited to learn in these meetings, tools to implement in my work to save lifes.

    • #27088
      Maria F. Ramirez
      Participant

      Hello everyone,
      My name is María Fernanda, but everyone calls me Mafe.
      I’m a Civil Engineer and Urban Planner from Colombia. I am the Safe and sustainable lead at Despacio.org.
      I am personally interested in safe and inclusive infrastructure, from the engineering point of view, and safe physical environments.
      In Despacio, we are currently coordinators of de Colombian coalition for Safer Cars for Colombia.

      I hope to meet colleagues interested in road safety and learn about other country’s experiences regarding policies and strategies.

    • #27105
      Diogo Alves
      Participant

      Hi everyone

      I´m Diogo Alves, Brazilian, and I work at PAHO/WHO Country Office down here.

      I have over 15 years of experience at progressively responsible levels, in different sectors such as international health organizations, government, and private sector. Since I joined the organization, I´ve been engaged in key successful National policy dialogues on promoting healthy lifestyles, and health-related SDGs, including the National Plan to reduce death and injury´s related to traffic, the new National Drug Policy, the Subnational Plan for Care/Treatment and Prevention of Use and Abuse of Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs.

      I believe that the training would improve my skills and connect me with colleagues that can support us to move forward with Road Safety policies in Brazil.

    • #27113
      Saúl Alveano
      Participant

      Hi everyone!

      My name is Saúl Alveano Aguerrebere.
      Since december of 2018, I have been working for the state government of Jalisco as the General Road Safety Director, leading a passionate team who love saving lives through the implementation of the safe system approach.
      Prior to joining the state government, I served as the Road Safety Manager for the World Resources Institute in México, where I collaborated in a diverse set of safe & sustainable transport projects in Mexico, Latin America and Africa. I’ve been involved in road safety audits and inspections, as well as gender equality, quality management in public transport, and air quality.
      I hold a bachelor’s degree of Civil Engineering from the University of Michoacan, and currently I am candidate for a masters degree in architecture from the Autonomus University of Guadalajara.
      It’s hard to say which part of road safety am I most passionate about, while there are so many topics that need to be advanced. However I find a very big challenge of strengthening the surveillance system, while it provides most of the evidence to have a strong start.

      I don’t have such thing as an “assigned role”, but I trully believe that achieving the engagement of other authorities is key to succeed, which does not happen by chance. The hard thing is, all of them believe they have been doing the correct thing for the last 50 years….

      It’s a real honor to share with you any experiences, ideas and opinions. My expectation is to grow the existing network of practitioners and believers of the Safe System, showing the world we can -and will- save lives by implementing it.

      • #27277
        Alejandro G. Cussi
        Participant

        Hello, nice to meet you. I remain at your service with the desire to learn from your contributions.

    • #27134
      Eric Schulman
      Keymaster

      Hi, everyone. It’s so nice to finally virtually connect!

      My name is Eric Schulman and I am the Communications Associate with the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit.

      Supporting this course is one of my absolute favorite parts of my job. I help with many of the behind-the-scenes communications and logistical efforts and manage the course’s social media accounts. So if you’re online– especially Twitter– send out a Tweet on your experience thus far with the course and the hashtag #GRSLCIP2021. 🙂

      • #27278
        Alejandro G. Cussi
        Participant

        Hello, nice to meet you. I remain at your service with the desire to learn from your contributions.I will try to tweet regularly.

    • #27178
      GODFREY MWESIGYE
      Participant

      Hi everyone.
      My name is Godfrey Mwesigye and I am a researcher and Programs Officer. I work with the Centre for Policy Analysis (CEPA). We are among the GRSP grantees in Uganda and our focus on strengthening the policy framework on road safety in Uganda.

      My expectations are on sharing and learning from experiences by the different participants from across the world.

    • #27208
      Emmerentian Mbabazi
      Participant

      Hello. I’m Emmerentian (Emma). I work with the World Resources Institute (WRI) in Kampala. I’m interested in learning how to incorporate behavioural risk aspects into road safety planning and design and generally learning more about raising awareness for and implementing the safe systems approach.

    • #27232

      Hi!

      I´m Paula Angarita from Bogota, Colombia. I`m a lawyer and I work as a researcher in Dejusticia. We are members of the safer vehicles coalition in Colombia. I am interested in advocacy the child restrain system law.

      Regards

    • #27262
      Martha Plazas
      Participant

      Hi, I’m Martha Plazas from Colombia.
      I work in the National Road Safety Agency, I am a civil engineer and I have worked for National Goverment Agencies related with road safety around 10 years. I think that what we do, trying to save lives in traffic is a huge responsibility and an honor.
      I have the opportunity to work in an agency that leads public policy on road safety and vehicles, in the infrastructure division.

      From this course I expect to learn new tools to improve road safety in my country and what we need to do to have a safer infrastructure.

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      Alejandro G. Cussi
      Participant

      Hello, I am Alejandro González Cussi from Mexico, doctor of law and currently Commissioner of Security and Justice in the Municipal Police of Colima. What I am most passionate about is influencing culture to achieve road safety from a disruptive point of view. Know trends and novel points of view to build transcendent public policies in this matter.

    • #27360

      Hello everyone, I am Manuel Alejandro Martínez Nolasco, I did my degree in biologist pharmaceutical chemist, I am always interested in understanding how and why things happen, motivated by the latter and involved in the care and diagnostic support in hospitals. How did these institutions work? That was how I completed a master’s degree in science with a specialization in health systems, where I began my career as public health workers, throughout my career as a researcher and involved in health policy evaluation projects. , evaluations of hospital care processes and access to public health services, thanks to all these antecedents and in the search of being able to continue contributing to the improvement of public health in my community, I was invited to join the work team of the National Institute of public health of México focused on the investigation of traffic injuries.
      Like anyone who is not involved in road safety issues, when I joined the team I thought that road safety was the responsibility of road users, but when researching and learning about the subject, I realized that it is an intricate system but very interesting where diagnoses and interventions can be generated in different areas and that this type of intervention can give results based on previous research.
      One of the great expectations I have is to be able to know the largest number of actors, areas and types of knowledge that can influence the improvement of road health policies, but even more important is that we can comprehensively reduce deaths and injuries caused for the transit.

    • #27436

      Hello everyone! I am Laura Romero Santamaría from Colombia. I am a civil engineer, currently working on a research project to reduce speed limits in my country. What i am most passionate regarding road safety is the effect speed has in crashes, and how energy affects human body. Since i am a university researcher i hope this course would help me build strong arguments against speed, speeding and risk factors related to crashes and injuries.

    • #27567
      Tumwine Fred
      Participant

      Hi every body. I am Tumwine Fred Nkuruho working at Uganda Road Accident Reduction Network Organization (URRENO) as the executive Director. I have a strong combination of technical and socio economic expertise in transport and traffic safety management with over twenty years of experience in the implementation government programs, private sector and development partners. I am also responsible for developing and implementing transport and road safety programs for Schools, Public Transport Operators, communities and Government Institutions including institutional support and providing technical assistance for the action plans.

      Fred Tumwine Nkuruho holds a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree from Makerere University (1988-91), Diploma in Transport Management from Makerere University (1998-2000) and Diploma in Education from Kyambogo University (1984-1986), Advanced Certificates in Traffic safety management (Kampala, 1999), Advanced Certificate in Transport sector reform studies from VTI Sweden (2000), Certificate in MAAP (Accident Data Base Management) in Kampala (2004), Certificate in Global Positioning System (GPS), Kampala(2004) a Certificate in Road Safety Advocacy from The Global Alliance for NGOs for Road Safety, Nairobi-Kenya (2018), a Certificate in Understanding and Internal Audit of Quality Management Systems, ISO 9001: 2015 from Uganda National Bureau of Standards-Kampala, a Campaign Management Training Africa Certificate from The Global Alliance for NGOs for Road Safety, through online (2020) and a certificate in roles of Road Safety Audits in Improving Traffic Safety, November 8th-10th 2020. null

    • #27570
      Tumwine Fred
      Participant

      Fred Tumwine Nkuruho holds a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree from Makerere University (1988-91), Diploma in Transport Management from Makerere University (1998-2000) and Diploma in Education from Kyambogo University (1984-1986), Advanced Certificates in Traffic safety management (Kampala, 1999), Advanced Certificate in Transport sector reform studies from VTI Sweden (2000), Certificate in MAAP (Accident Data Base Management) in Kampala (2004), Certificate in Global Positioning System (GPS), Kampala(2004) a Certificate in Road Safety Advocacy from The Global Alliance for NGOs for Road Safety, Nairobi-Kenya (2018), a Certificate in Understanding and Internal Audit of Quality Management Systems, ISO 9001: 2015 from Uganda National Bureau of Standards-Kampala, a Campaign Management Training Africa Certificate from The Global Alliance for NGOs for Road Safety, through online (2020) and a certificate in roles of Road Safety Audits in Improving Traffic Safety, November 8th-10th 2020

    • #27623

      1. Provide a brief self-introduction, including which BIGRS partner you work for and what your role is.
      Hi everyone, I am Stephen MBARUSHIMANA Ugandan. I am a well-trained social worker and Human-Rights professional, very passionate about Human Rights, Children’s Rights and Road Safety Rights. I am currently working with Uganda Road Accident Reduction Network Organization (URRENO) based in Kampala City.

      2. What are you most passionate about regarding road safety?
      I am very passionate about championing road safety rights for all road users.

      3. What are your expectations from this course? (include one or two points)
      Learning best practice-advocacy-initiatives for championing realization of road safety rights for road users particularly, school children and other vulnerable road users.

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