* = members of the executive group 

mario alves


* Mario Alves (Portugal), Associação de Cidadãos Auto-Mobilizados (ACA-M) – www.aca-m.org

Secretary-General IFP

Mário J. Alves has a degree in Civil Engineering and a Master of Science in Transport. He worked at the Centre for Transport Studies of the University of London and the Centre for Urban and Regional Systems of the University of Lisbon. He was executive coordinator of mobility plans and participated in several European projects related to walking and cycling. Recently he worked on a report to critically assess the policies of the Portuguese government to achieve the Kyoto targets. He was part of the International Scientific Programme Committee of the conference Walk21 in Toronto and National Coordinator of the COST Action: Pedestrian Quality Needs. He was advisor for the Mayor of Lisbon and currently advisor for several Portuguese and European institutions. In 2010 he was the co-editor the book “The Walker and the City”. Over the last decade wrote articles and presented numerous papers and seminars on topics related to walking in particular and transport and sustainable mobility in general.


Dana Corres  (Mexico), Liga Peatonal - www.ligapeatonal.org

Dana is is the co-founder of Liga Peatonal, a network of people, groups and organizations that focus on the promotion and defense of the effective exercise of rights in Mexican cities and in which public space prioritizes persons, advocating for pedestrian rights and the walkable city. Dana also works on communication with a human rights’ and gender perspective and occasionally writes about those topics on different media platforms.



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eduardo daros  

Eduardo J. Daros (Brasil), ABRASPE (Brazilian Pedestrian Association) - www.pedestre.org.br

Civil Engineer-State of Parana Federal University, 1955, and M.A. in Economics-Stanford, 1961.
Has worked and held important positions both in government agencies and private enterprises in Brazil, his native country. In 61-62, was a member of the United Nations advisory group to the Government of Bolivia Planning Ministry, in La Paz. Has also been a consultant in transport economics and planning. In June 1981, founded the Brazilian Pedestrian Association and since then has been an activist focused on pedestrian needs for safe and comfortable walking in Brazil, and particularly in Sao Paulo, where he lives since 1973. Maintains the ejdaros.blogspot, as an outlet to protest and to restore his emotional balance.


Gregory Mavrakis (Greece), enosipezon (Greek Pedestrian Association) - www.enosipezon.gr


Grigoris was born in Thessaloniki in 1960 and is a regional development consultant with a degree on Economics and MBA.He is struggling for many years to raise concern on better walking conditions in the Greek car-friendly societies. He is head and founder of the Streetpanthers, a popular activist group protesting illegal parking, and president of the Association for the Rights of Pedestrians.

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Tompion Platt (UK), Living Streets - www.livingstreets.org.uk

Tompion leads on policy, campaigns and communications for Living Streets, the UK charity for everyday walking. For over 85 years Living Streets has been a beacon for walking in the UK. In the early days our campaigning led to the UK’s first zebra crossing and the introduction of speed limits. We now run the worlds biggest walk to school campaign reaching over a million children across the UK every year.

Tompion’s background is in urban design and he has a wide-ranging knowledge of walking and the public realm. For over 8 years, he has campaigned across the UK to improve places for people walking and promote the social, economic and health benefits of walkable streets and cities. He is experienced at advising senior policy makers at a national and city level on the relationship between walking and the quality of urban life. He previously sat on the Mayor of London’s Road Safety Steering Group and Better Junctions Design Group.



* Ben Rossiter (Australia), Victoria Walks - www.victoriawalks.org.au

Vice-President IFP

Ben has been the Executive Officer of Victoria Walks since its inception in 2009. Before taking up this position he was the Manager of Active Transport at VicHealth. He has a background in cross sectoral partnerships, research, policy and program development, community development and health promotion. He has a long interest in walking, sustainable communities and urban environments. The theme of his doctoral dissertation was walking in cities and he has published articles and book chapters on walking and urban experience. He is a member of the Victorian Pedestrian Advisory Council.


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Dieter Schwab  

 Dieter Schwab(Austria), Walk-Space.at - www.Walk-Space.at

Dieter Schwab was born 1959 in Vienna, Austria, where he made a Master degree in Urban and City Planning (Technical University of Vienna). He worked as a member of the staff of the urban planning and development department, traffic planning and regional development section of the Vienna City Administration from 2004 to July 2006. He serves as an expert of the Vienna City Administration regarding pedestrians, head of the pedestrian expert group. As of August 2006, he became expert for TRAFICO Transport Planning Agency. Field of responsibility: Walking pedestrian areas. In January 2007 he founded the Austrian Pedestrian Organisation named “walk-space.at – der oesterreichische Verein fuer FussgaengerInnen”).


Andy Smith (New Zealand), Living Streets Aotearoa - www.livingstreets.org.nz

Andy Smith brings to the Federation the experience of a software developer for 35 years and the passion of a, now full time, walking advocate.
His computer work was in many industries including Insurance, Finance, Fund management, Telecommunications, Animal Health, Uranium Extraction, Brewing and Accounting. ‘When you write software you must first know that industry’. He gained a Bachelor of Applied Science in Computing and Finance at the University of Technology, Sydney in the 1980s.
For the past 15 years Andy in Auckland New Zealand has chosen workplaces and homes so he can walk between them. This created an interest in all things to do with urban walking and when he saw that Living Streets Aotearoa had the same interest, he joined. Retiring from paid work at the age of 53 he retrained for the Not For Profit (NFP) sector and gained a Graduate Diploma in NFP management in 2010. Now he is President of Living Streets Aotearoa, Walk Auckland, Skypath trustee and is involved with other community walking projects.


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Christian Thomas  

 Christian Thomas (Switzerland), Fussgängerverein Zürich – www.fussgaengerverein.ch

Christian Thomas has originally studied Architecture at the ETH in Lausanne and in Zurich, and has been engaged in different initiatives on Transport and Ecology, as a consultant for Transport of WWF-Switzerland, as a Founder of the Traffic-Club Switzerland (Verkehrsclub), which is an alternative to the traditional Automobile-Clubs promoting mostly the more ecological forms of mobility. He was Assistant at the Chair of Philosophy of Science, ETH Zurich, where he made his PhD, and he has been working in different research projects. From 2001 to 2015 he has worked for the Swiss Pedestrian Association (Fussverkehr Schweiz), has joined the Swiss Council of Experts on Road Safety for a number of years, and now he is member of the Board of the local Pedestrian Association in Zürich, and a consultant of the “Global Alliance of NGOs for Road Safety”


Bronwen Thornton () Walk21 - www.walk21.com

As Development Director for Walk21, Bronwen is an international facilitator, trainer and expert on walking and walkable communities. She works with communities and professionals around the world to promote walking and to develop and deliver innovative and practical projects, resources and tools to support more walking. Recent projects include reviewer of the UN/WHO Pedestrian Safety Manual, partner in the European Active Access project, partner in ‘Better by foot in Stuttgart’ and lead on the Making Walking Count data standardisation project and the International Charter for Walking.
She sits on the Advisory Board for Walkscore and the Walk Friendly Ontario Review Team.


  Bronwen Thornton
Ole Thorson  

Ole Thorson Jorgenson (Spain), Catalunya Camina - www.catalunyacamina.org

Treasurer IFP

Born in Copenhagen in 1941. Civilengineer and Ph.D. from the Politechnical University of Denmark 1964 and Barcelona 1983. Specialised in traffic, transport, road safety and pedestrians. 1967-70 Danish Council of Road Safety Research. 1970-89 Traffic Planning Division, Barcelona Municipality and 1980-89 Head of the Division. 1972 – Director of the Consultant firm INTRA s.l. 1989- 2006 Associated professor at the Politechnical University of Catalonia (Transport). Vice-president of the Spanish Traffic Accident Prevention Association. (since 1984): Board member of the European Federation of Pedestrian Associations (FEPA). President of the International Federation od Pedestrians from 2005 to 2012. Founding member of the board of The Spanish Association for Pedestrian Rights.


Geert van Waeg (Belgium), johanna.be - www.johanna.be

President IFP

Born in 1959 in Brussels, Belgium, Geert got his PhD in medical science in Uppsala, Sweden. From the mid 70ies on, he was active around non-motorized road users (mainly cyclists, as local chairman of the “Groene Fietsers” in Brussels) and liveable cities (Brukselbinnenstebuiten). Together with family and friends, he founded the NGO johanna.be, after he lost his daughter when a car crashed into a group of scouts on a hike on a small country road in 2003. Johanna.be supports local grass root initiatives around infrastructure for non-motorized road users in Belgium through advice and visibility of the projects on its website. Defending the fine network of public footpaths and right-of-ways for the generations to come is done both through johanna.be and through the NGO Trage Wegen (slow roads), of which he is a board member. He is an active member of the United Nations Road Safety Collaboration, and represented the IFP on many occassions, including at the High Level Ministerial Conferences on Road Safety in Moscow, November 2009 and Brazilia, November 2015.


  Geert van Waeg