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iRAP was proud to host our 10th iRAP Innovation Workshop in Prague last week in association with the XXVIIth World Road Congress from 2-6 October organised by PIARC World Road Association.

What a busy week it was! From the 2-day Innovation Workshop, to presentations in stimulating Congress Foresight Sessions, the inaugural presentation of the iRAP Gary Liddle Memorial Trophy, the iRAP Innovation Dinner, and bilateral meetings with key partners and delegations from Senegal, Saudi Arabia and Lithuania – it was a pleasure to see old and new faces and share the amazing work of our partners and program across the world.

The Innovation Workshop brought together 200 leaders and experts from 68 countries. The World Roads Congress included more than 60 Technical Sessions, Workshops and Foresight Sessions, and networking opportunities with 40+ Ministers, 3,500+ delegates and 300 exhibitors from 120 countries.

The iRAP Innovation Workshop

The 2023 Innovation Workshop was a 2-day event within the congress on 5 and 6 October focused on the theme “Safer Roads for People and Planet”.

Road safety is critical to achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Road crashes remain the biggest killer of young people worldwide and transport produces around 25% of man-made carbon emissions. Innovative policies, tools and action are needed to meet international and national road safety and sustainable transport targets through solutions that deliver for both people and the planet. Promoting active mobility is central to decarbonizing urban mobility. But as more people move to sustainable modes such as walking and cycling, exposure to conflicts with large, high-speed vehicles increase. It is therefore essential the safety of all road users is at the heart of transport planning and policy. Policy experts are embracing Safe System principles in support of Vision Zero goals and the potential for 5-star users in 5-star modes of transport on 5-star roads at safe speeds to provide the framework for that to occur.

Presentations and panel discussions explored cutting edge innovation and practical experience in road agency leadership, data, investment planning and finance that can be used to implement change and deliver on the Global Plan for the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2021-2030 and the Paris Agreement.


Day 1 – Thursday 5 October

​Session 1 – Opening: Where Are We Now?

Session Moderator: Monica Olyslagers Global Innovation Manager and Cities Specialist, iRAP

Where are we … worldwide

Where are we … at a country level

Where are we … at a city level

Presentation of the Gary Liddle Memorial Trophy (see below) – iRAP Board Chairman Miquel Nadal, Mrs Meredith Liddle and Rob McInerney

​Session 2 – What are we planning and building for the future?

Session Moderator: Veronika Valentova Director of Research and Development, Transport Research Centre (Centrum Dopravniho Vyzkumu)

Day 2 – Friday 6 October

Session 3 – Innovative results-based financing and reporting

Session Moderator: Steve Phillips Secretary General, Conference of European Directors of Roads (CEDR)

​Session 4 – Scaling for People and Planet

Session Moderator: Nneka Henry Head, United Nations Road Safety Fund

AiRAP Panel Discussion: Harnessing data and partnerships to map the safety of every road on Earth in support of Target 4

  • Scene setting and panel moderator Monica Olyslagers Global Innovation Manager and Cities Specialist, iRAP
  • Anditi and AiRAP Peter Jamieson Managing Director, Anditi
  • Agilysis and AiRAP Richard Owen CEO, Agilysis
  • Panel discussion:
    John Milton Chair of the PIARC Road Safety Committee and State Safety Engineer, Washington State Department of Transport; Marc Figuls Managing Partner, Factual Consulting; and all

Closing address: Unlocking the power of youth and the road to Morocco Saul Billingsley Executive Director, FIA Foundation


Jean Todt
UN Special Envoy for Road Safety

Steve Phillips
Secretary General, Conference of European Directors of Roads (CEDR)

Marc Figuls
Factual Consulting

Peter Jamieson

Rob McInerney
Chief Executive

Veronika Valentova
Director of Research
and Development
Transport Research Centre
(Centrum Dopravniho Vyzkumu)

Lluis Puerto
Director of Market Development
EIT Urban Mobility

James Bradford
Global Technical Director, iRAP

Susanna Zammataro
Director General, IRF Geneva

Geoff Allan

Nneka Henry
United Nations
Road Safety Fund

Patrick Mallejacq
Secretary General,
PIARC (Word Road Congress)

Martin Hartmann
Solution Design Manager

Johannes Abebe
Global Practice Leader and Senior Director – Transport and Vertical Structure Group
Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC)

Stephen Perkins
Senior Counsellor
International Transport Forum (ITF)

Greg Smith
Global Programme Director, iRAP

Hugo Pley-Leclercq
Project Manager,

Monica Olyslagers
iRAP Global Innovation Manager and Safe Cities Specialist

Richard Owen
Chief Executive

Samar Abouraad
Safer Journeys Specialist for Europe, iRAP

Judy Williams
Global Programme and Communications Manager, iRAP

John Milton
Chair of the PIARC Road Safety Committee and State Safety Engineer, Washington State Department of Transport

Saul Billingsley
Executive Director
FIA Foundation

Chris Furneaux
Associate Director, Arup

Mike Wilson
Chief Highways Engineer
National Highways UK

Paul Supawanich
Director of Programs, Global Designing Cities Initiative

Bosco Marti
Global Director Institutional Affairs & Comms, Aleatica

Pedro Homem de Gouveia
Snr Policy & Project
Manager, POLIS

Ana Tomaz
Vice President
Autoridade Nacional
de Seguranca Rodoviaria
(National Authority
for Road Safety)

Marko Sevrovic
Associate Professor, Faculty of Transport and Traffic Sciences (FPZ), University of Zagreb
and Senior Road Safety Engineer, European Institute of Road Assessment (EIRA)


The iRAP Gary Liddle Memorial Trophy

The 2023 Gary Liddle Memorial Trophy was presented for the first time during the Innovation Workshop to:

The trophy recognises the lifelong public-sector and transport contribution of the charity’s former Board Chairman Gary Liddle AO who passed away earlier this year. His wife Meredith Liddle from Melbourne, Australia attended the event to present the trophies.

Group photo at above right: Miquel Nadal, iRAP Board Chairman; Torill Pape, Director (Structures Design, Review and Standards), TMR; A/Prof Marko Sevrovic, Faculty of Transport and Traffic Sciences (FPZ), University of Zagreb and Senior Road Safety Engineer, European Institute of Road Assessment (EIRA); Prof Kasem Choocharukul, ThaiRAP Lead; Julio Urzua, iRAP Strategic Projects Director; and Mrs Meredith Liddle (Images credit: Lenka Sfugaras)

iRAP Innovation Dinner

The iRAP Innovation Dinner brought together 65 partners at Bastion Prague to celebrate success and renew friendships after a long period of COVID separation.


Dinner images credit: Radim Palus

Other World Roads Congress participation

The iRAP Team participated in Foresight Sessions, Workshops and bilateral meetings during the World Roads Congress including:

On Wednesday, during Foresight Session 8, Fundacion Aleatica signed a Partnership Agreement with iRAP committing donor support to help make roads safer in Mexico and the world. To read more, click here.

iRAP CEO Rob McInerney and Bosco MARTI, Global Director of Institutional Affairs and Communications, Fundacion Aleatica sign agreement (Images credit: Lenka Sfugaras)

The iRAP team met with Eng Bader, Vice Minister at the Ministry of Transport and Saudi Arabian partners to discuss launch plans for KSARAP (Image credit: Ministry of Transport, KSA)

The iRAP team and IRF met with the Senegalese delegation to discuss the Ten Step Approach for Safer Road Infrastructure Project for Senegal (Image credit: iRAP)

The iRAP team met with the Lithuanian delegation to discuss partner progress implementing iRAP in the country and potential further developments moving forward (Image credit: iRAP)

iRAP CEO Rob McInerney and iRAP Strategic Projects Director Julio Urzua met with Johannes Abebe, Global Practice Leader and Senior Director for the Transport and Vertical Structure Group, Millennium Challenge Corporation to discuss the iRAP-MCC Partnership 2022-2026 (Image credit: iRAP)

Hear from Judy, Marko and Greg on their reflections from Prague:

Our thanks to PIARC for supporting this year’s iRAP Innovation Workshop and to all partners and suppliers who made it such a successful and memorable event.

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