Speakers Announced for International Transport Forum 2011

A first group of top-notch speakers for the International Transport Forum’s 2011 summit are now official. Among them are Jeffrey Sachs, world-renowned economist and special advisor to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Peter Voser, CEO of Royal Dutch Shell, and sustainable urban planning legend Jaime Lerner, former governor of Paraná province, Brazil.

Also among the prominent thinkers and decision makers speaking at the global summit of transport ministers in Leipzig (Germany) on 25-27 May will be Jeremy Rifkin, author of "The Third Industrial Revolution" and Enrique Peñalosa, former mayor of Bogotá (Colombia) and a key advocate of "liveable communities." Industry leaders Thomas Enders, CEO Airbus, and Dieter Zetsche, CEO of Daimler AG, will also address the meeting.

"We are proud that so many high-calibre thinkers and business leaders will again join transport ministers at their summit in Leipzig to debate the future of transport," said Jack Short, secretary general of the International Transport Forum, in Paris. "Their participation is testimony to the relevance and attractiveness of the International Transport Forum’s annual summit as a unique platform for a global policy discussion on mobility for the 21st Century. The quality and the diversity of the speakers will make an inspiring and productive debate on this year’s theme, Transport for Society."

The International Transport Forum at the OECD is an intergovernmental organisation with 52 member countries. It acts as a think tank for global transport policy and organizes an annual summit of Transport Ministers on a theme of strategic importance. The 2011 summit will be held on 25-27 May 2011 in Leipzig, Germany. Please click here for the programme.