Tom van Vuren

Tom van Vuren

Divisional Director
Mott MacDonald

Tom van Vuren has been Chairman of Modelling World since its inception in 2006.  As his Twitter profile states, he is passionate about transport modelling and always on the look-out for better ways to collect data, enhance the efficiency of methods and improve accessibility of model results. He holds an MSc from the University of Delft and a PhD from the Institute for Transport Studies and the University of Leeds. Tom is a Divisional Director at Mott MacDonald and a Visiting Professor at the University of Leeds; and is a qualified Transport Planning Professional.

Eifon Jenkins

Eifion Jenkins

Programme Director
Transport Systems Catapult, UK

Eifion is currently the programme director for the modelling, visualisation and data capabilities at the Transport Systems Catapult in the UK. He leads a team of technologists building capabilities to enable the emerging intelligent mobility market. Eifion has spent 17 years working in the Intelligent Transport industry both in the UK and Australia.  Eifion has played a leadership role on several significant projects including the design and implementation of the Olympic Route Network for London 2012, design and implementation of the Highways England Regional Control Centres and the TfL Structures and Tunnels Investment Programme.

Andy Stevenson

Andy Stevenson

Mott MacDonald

Andy Stevenson is a Director of Mott MacDonald undertaking major transportation projects throughout the world.

He holds an MSc (Eng) in Transport Planning and Engineering from ITS University of Leeds as well as a PGDip in Town Planning. This urban planning education allows the ability to look at a problem or issue holistically with the appreciation of a land use planner as well as a transport specialist.

Based in the Middle East, his current range of projects include strategic planning studies, masterplanning, transport mobility management, national pedestrian master planning and advising key Client’s on future proofing infrastructure.


Majed Kaddoura

Dr Nigel G Harris

Managing Director
The Railway Consultancy LTD

Nigel is amongst Britain's leading railway planners, with a reputation based initially on technical advances in fares policy research (at Newcastle University) and network modelling (during eight years at London Underground). In addition, he has expertise in service planning, operational simulation, track access charging, the management of passenger boarding & alighting, demand forecasting, scheme appraisal and railway business planning, which gives him a firm understanding of practical railway economics. Since 1995, he has managed The Railway Consultancy, and has undertaken projects on every continent except Antarctica. He is a visiting lecturer at various universities and has written a number of books/papers on rail planning, so was asked to lead a team undertaking demand forecasting for a number of Hyperloop projects.

Klaus Noekel

Head of Innovation
PTV Group

As Head of Innovation at PTV Group, Dr. Noekel is responsible for novel applications and methodological development of the PTV Vision Traffic Suite of transportation planning software, including PTV Visum (demand modelling), PTV Vissim (traffic microsimulation), PTV Optima (real-time traffic management). He participates in numerous collaborations with the academic community in transportation modelling and has published on diverse topics, particularly traffic assignment. Dr Noekel joined PTV Group in 1997 and has worked on numerous consultancy and software development projects in transportation planning and traffic engineering for more than 25 years. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Kaiserslautern and a M.Sc. in Computer Science and Operations Research from RWTH Aachen.

Dr Reza Mohammadi

Managing Director
Reza Mohammadi Consultancy

Dr Mohammadi completed his postgraduate studies at Imperial College, University of London, and is currently a visiting professor at American University in Sharjah. Dr Mohammadi is the Managing Director of RMC - a Dubai based consultancy – and has contributed to a wide variety of transport projects in UK, Eastern Europe, Asia Pacific and Middle East. He has 30 years of work experience in transportation planning and engineering with extensive expertise in transit planning that includes the planning of Dubai Metro Red and Green Lines and their extension to Expo 2020 and Academic City, respectively, as well as the planning of Dubai Tram.

Dr. Hamid Menouar

Project Manager - R&D Expert
Qatar Mobility Innovation Centre

Dr. Hamid Menouar is a Connected & Automated Vehicles (CAV) Expert and Product Manager at Qatar Mobility Innovations Center (www.qmic.com). Dr. Hamid is a globally recognized expert in the field of CAV, with a long and valuable experience started with Hitachi Europe. Back in 2008, he has actively contributed in enabling the first Connected Vehicles field demo by the Car-to-Car Communication Consortium (www.car-to-car.org), as well as to the standardization and systems design, implementation and validation activities in Europe. In late 2010 he moved to Qatar and joined QMIC to contribute in making of Qatar a leader in the fields of next generation of Intelligent Transport Systems and Road Safety. In Qatar he has been leading the development of the QMIC Connected Vehicles platform, and he is the Lead-PI of the Qatar V2X large scale pilot. Dr. Hamid has a long record of outcomes in the field, including international research publications, patents, and an interesting list of complex test-beds realization, validation and commercialization.

Dr. Khaled Abbas

CEO Office & Professor
Public Transport Agency, RTA& National Institute of Transport 

Dr. Khaled Abbas has over 30 years of advisory/expert/specialist/academic experience in transportation consultancy, research, training and academia. Such experience involved leading & managing transport groups/sections/departments and conducting consultancy projects/studies/research/training/teaching in fields of transport & traffic modelling, public transport, traffic safety, logistics management, etc. He worked in several countries including Egypt, Australia, Saudi, Dubai, USA and UK. He is currently working as an Expert in public transport at the CEO office – Public Transport Agency – Roads & Transport Authority in Dubai.

He was involved in more than 172 transport consultancy/research projects/studies with SMEC Australia, Roads and Transport Authority in Dubai, Egypt National Institute of Transport, United Nations, World Bank, European Union as well as a number of Egyptian, Saudi and UK consultants. He published more than 100 journal articles & conference papers. 


Reza Mohammadi

Dr. Ismail Zohdy

Chief Specialist of Self-Driving Transport 

Dr. Zohdy has a decade of experience in traffic engineering, Intelligent Transportation Systems, Smart Mobility, transportation modeling, Autonomous/Connected Vehicles technology and Smart City initiative. He is currently Chief Specialist of Self-Driving strategy at RTA (Roads and Transport Authority), Dubai. He previously supported many federal clients, including Federal Highway Administration, US Department of Transportation and ARPA-e (Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy) US Department of Energy. Dr. Zohdy is an author of many publications and a book chapter for Connected/Autonomous vehicles and he is also providing many training sessions about the “future of transportation” across the world. He was honored several research awards in ITS, including the “Best Scientific” Paper”, ITS World Congress. 

Khalaf Belghuzooz

Transport Services, Aurecon

Khalaf is a highly experienced Transport Planning Professional at Aurecon.
He has led many transport planning projects at Aurecon including the Dubai
Creek Harbour Development, Dubai Hills, and update of the Dubai’s future
transport Strategy. Previously to his role in Aurecon he has worked on the
client side with his involvement as Transport Planner and State Holder
management position in Dubai Municipality and then at Roads & Transport
Authority Dubai. Khalaf was quite instrumental in the development of show
case projects like Dubai Urban Masterplan 2020 and Expo 2020 Masterplan. Khalaf’s current position
as an Associate at Aurecon involves him to manage a team of highly qualified team of transport
planning and traffic engineering professionals. Being from the Emirati background Khalaf stand by
example to represent the power of Emiratisation in the private consultancy sector.

Yun Bu

Yun Bu

Principal Consultant

Yun Bu is a Principal Transport Modeller in AECOM UAE. He has been working in strategic transport modelling since 2004, having worked in a number of model development and application projects in Australia, Asia and Middle East. Recently he is involved in the Major Model Update study for the Strategic Transportation Evaluation and Assessment Model (STEAM) in Abu Dhabi.

Rathish Vijayarajan

Transportation Modelling, DMAT

Rathish Vijayarajan has over 13 years’ experience in different facets of transportation industry mainly in transport modeling, planning and traffic engineering. He has hands-on experience in four stage demand modeling focused predominantly on model development and multimodal transportation planning at a strategic level.  He has worked on complex transportation projects and has carried out a number of policy studies, transit modeling studies and high profile transportation master plan projects. 

Nick Benbow

International Manager

Nick is an experienced transport planner and modeller and is Director for international consultancy work undertaken from SYSTRA’s UK offices. Nick has considerable experience in the application of multi-modal models, transport appraisal, transport strategy including for Jeddah's public transport network, patronage forecasting and business case writing.

Ian Smith

Chief Intelligent Transportation Systems Specialist

Ian is a recognised Intelligent Transport Systems subject matter expert with significant experience across multiple regions, cultures and continents with a proven record of accomplishment in the development, delivery and operation of large-scale and technically complex programmes in the transportation, operational and command control sectors. With over 20 years? experience in his field, he has developed expertise in the development and application of technology applied solutions with knowledge of leading edge research, policy development, master planning and programme delivery.

Mohamed Jama Mohamed

Mohamed Jama Mohamed, B.Eng., MSc, CEng., PhD (Candidate)

Transportation Mobility Specialist
Department of Municipal Affairs and Transport, Abu Dhabi

Mohamed is a Transportation Mobility Specialist at DMAT – Abu Dhabi, where he has been helping to plan and deliver key transport projects. Mohamed is also a Chartered Engineer with the Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET), and the UK Engineering Council. He has a B.Eng. Degree with honors in Engineering and MSc in Transport Planning & Engineering from the UK. He is currently completing his PhD at the Transport Research Institute (TRI) at Edinburgh Napier University. His research interests include Intelligent Transport systems, Traffic engineering and Sustainable Transport both from a policy and application perspectives

Steve Longman, BSc (Hons)

Senior Transport Planner 
Abu Dhabi, Mott MacDonald

Steve is a Senior Transport Planner working for Mott MacDonald in Abu Dhabi. He has more than 10-years’ experience and has developed a wide range of transport industry experience covering travel demand management, development planning, urban design, modelling, bid-writing, and behaviour change programmes. Steve has been working with the Department of Municipal Affairs and Transport for more than two years to deliver the Transportation Mobility Management Programme. 

Jason Zhou

Technical Director
Head of Transport Modelling, Aecom

Jason Zhou is Technical Director at international engineering consultancy AECOM leading transport modelling for the UAE and the rest of the middle east.  Jason has lived and worked in the UAE for well over five years, having managed and directed a multiple number of multi-modal strategic transport model development studies as well as projects involving micro simulation and pedestrian modelling.  Jason has an extensive experience in transport model development and application, transport master planning, demand forecasting, economic assessment and feasibility studies, with a significant proportion of the work related to public transport studies.

He is currently working on Emirate and city wide model development and master planning projects, as well as providing advice for large scale development projects in the region.  Prior to this, Jason lived and worked in the UK for over 11 years, and involved in AECOM projects ranging from multi-modal transport model development and application, public transport demand and revenue forecasting, transport economic assessment and business case development, and rail/tram franchise and bank audit studies for clients from both private and public sectors.  Jason’s international project experience also included Spain, France, Bulgaria, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Singapore and China. 

Jason enjoys the challenge of providing innovative and value added advice for clients and embraces smart ways of approaching transport studies.

Azza Abdallah

Transport Planner

Azza Abdallah is transport planner and modeler in Arup with a Masters Degree in Civil Engineering. She has experience working on various projects mainly involving traffic analysis and modelling. She has been involved in Abu Dhabi’s Surface Transport Master Plan, Jumeirah Central and Mall of the Emirates.

Majid Adeeb

Principal Consultant Transport Research, Planning and Modelling
Peter Davidson Consultancy Limited & Aecom

A world renowned professional with over 27 years’ experience in transport planning, design research, discrete choice modelling and congestion monitoring programmes. Has successfully managed over 137 national and international transport planning and research projects. Experienced at delivering high profile extensive data collection projects, to fulfil complex briefs and within tight timescales and budgetary constraints. Experience is internationally diverse and has managed various research projects in the Middle East, Africa and Europe.

Principal areas of expertise are in statistical sampling and analysis, household travel diary surveys and stated preference (SP) surveys. Conducted over 50 SP studies; testing mode switch propensity and value of time for business travel by rail and car. Experienced in deriving realistic co-efficient and journey time values for alternative modes such as light railway; showcase bus; guided bus; rail and bus based park and ride; cycling, walking, equestrian track; road tolls; congestion charges; causeway; air travel; Transprice (acceptability to Transport Pricing Strategy); including softer factors such as real-time information system, modern shelters etc. Conducted over 34,000 face-to-face SP surveys and managed SP projects from design, data collection and analysis to report stage.

Key European research projects include ESPRIT (Easily Distributed Personal Rapid Transit), MYSTIC, TransPrice Study in European Cities, Euro Tunnel Study (investigating socio-economic impact and mode switch propensity) and DATELINE project that required 60,000 household travel diaries across Europe.

Key International Projects; STEAM Model Major Upgrade Abu Dhabi, Sharjah Transport Master Plan, PRISM Model Upgrade,  Abu Dhabi New Model, Abu Dhabi Surface Transport Master Plan , Gibraltar Transportation and Parking Master Plan, Jos Nigeria Transport Master Plan, Zimbabwe National Strategic Transport Model, Ghana Toll Roads Study and Bahrain Qatar Causeway Study.

Ian Machen

Head of Intelligent Mobility Middle East

Ian heads our Intelligent Mobility (IM) and Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) team in the UAE.  Ian is a Chartered Engineer and has been based in the UAE since 2010 and was previously with Atkins UK.

Ian’s background has been based around network management and the tools to enable this within the transportation industry.  He has designed built and operated a number of control centres and enhanced performance by implementing standardisation through the roll out of process and complimenting software tools.

Ian has recently delivered a number of high profile IM and ITS based projects across the Middle East; this has included strategic advice on the implementation requirements for electric vehicles and autonomous parking systems, transport network improvement, public information and control centre improvements.

Ian has lead a number of panels and spoken at conferences across the UK and Middle East on smart parking solutions, smart cities and intelligent transport activities.

Tor Vorab

Tor Voraa

Regional Director

Tor Vorraa is co-owner and Director of Citilabs Middle East. Tor has been with Citilabs from its start in 2001 and worked before that at MVA in the UK and other transport consulting firms in Norway and Germany. Tor got his MSc degree in transport and land use planning from The Norwegian Institute of Technology (NTH, now NTNU) in 1983.

Joerg Tonndorf

Middle East Transport Modelling Team, Arup

A Chartered Engineer with a Master Degree in Civil Engineering and an MBA, Joerg combines technical expertise across a broad range of transport planning disciplines, engineering and modelling with a focus on the effective and efficient use of transport models.

Having previously worked in the UK, US and Germany, Joerg has been in the Middle East since 2006 and has been involved in several high profile projects including Masterplans for Dubai Expo 2020 and Jumeirah Central; the update of the Dubai model,Abu Dhabi’s Surface Transport Master Plan and Bus Master Plan; Etihad Rail regulations and economic studies; and Qatar’s Strategic Transport Master Plan and Planning for the 2022 World Cup.

Alberto Brignone

Citilabs Middle East

Alberto Brignone is co-owner and Director of Citilabs Middle East. Since 2006 Alberto is also the Citilabs Regional Director with responsibilities for marketing, sales, training of the Citilabs products in several European Countries, Middle East and Africa. Alberto got his degree in transport planning from Politechnic of Milan in 1998. He worked with Systematica Italia before joining Citilabs.

Maher Farid Shirah

Dario Menichetti

Professional Services Director
PTV Group

Dario is a specialist in Transportation Planning & Modelling with over 10 years of experience having worked on a wide range of complex, large-scale and diverse transport projects in different countries worldwide.

Eduardo Lazzarotto

Sales Director
Legion Ltd

Eduardo Lazzarotto has been leading the Business Development team of Legion since 2015 and before that has worked for multiple years with logistics, finance, business development and sales, always related to transport. These roles passed through negotiating re-signalling projects with London Underground and managing logistics and international business with Latin America’s largest rail freight operator. He holds an MSc from the London School of Economics and works consistently with improving the movement of goods and people. 


Stephen Bennett

Francesco Zhou

Senior Consultant

Francesco Zhou is a Senior Consultant at AECOM who specialises in traffic and crowd micro-simulation modelling. He has extensive experience in modelling highway networks, car parks, and mega-events and has worked on numerous high profile projects such as the Rio 2016 Olympics, Dubai Expo 2020, and the Qatar 2022 World Cup.

Francesco works with public and private sector clients in the Middle East, Europe, South America, and Asia, and currently provides modelling expertise to transport planners, masterplanners , developers and public authorities. 

Zeina Nazar

Zeina Nazar


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Tristan VandePutte

Tristan Vandeputte

Innovation Transport Program Director  

Tristan is an experienced engineer based in the SYSTRA Paris office, he graduated from two engineering schools the University Karlsruhe, Germany and then the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Arts et Métiers. In 2005, he began his career with the European Institute for Energy Research working on tri-generation (Combined Cooling, Heat and Power) technology to improve efficiency of desalinization installation at incineration plants. Tristan joined KPMG in 2007 to work in the Oil & Gas markets of Europe and Africa. 

Tristan joined SYSTRA in 2013 and has since then actively supported more than 30 projects including several High-speed Rail, Metro, Tramway and Simulation projects throughout the world. Tristan was promoted to 'Innovation Transport Program Director' in 2016 for successfully contributing to SYSTRA's strategic approach to new transport systems, including Hyperloop, and ensuring that our work and techniques are used globally. For Tristan, safety and innovation are cornerstones for all our work.

Dr Muhammad Farhan

Dr Muhammad Farhan

Associate Professor and Director. Enginnering Research, Department of Transportation Engineering, Saudi Aramco Chair for Traffic Safety Research
The University of Dammam, Saudi Arabia

Dr Muhammad Farhan is currently serving as Saudi Aramco Traffic Safety Chair Professor of Traffic and Transportation Engineering at University of Dammam in Saudi Arabia. He has over 20 years of experience in successful implementation of Transportation Planning and Transport Modeling projects in USA, Europe, and the Middle East. His Research interests include Game Theory, Traffic Flow Theory, Smart Mobility, and Combined Route Choice Modeling Frameworks. He received PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering from University of Utah, and post-doctoral training in mathematical models from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Dr. Abdel Malek 


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