In recent years, inclusion has become a priority in informing the design of public spaces and public transport services. Transportation planning strategies are beginning to address the diverse roles and mobility needs of the users by recognizing the barriers faced by the most vulnerable populations, including women, the elderly, the special-needs population, and children. The resultant curb-cut effect has allowed transportation systems to enhance accessibility and affordability for all populations and promote health, safety, and equity while bolstering efficiency and economic activity in cities. 

This deep-dive session highlights innovative strategies and interventions employed by past and current STA nominees and winners, including the 2022 STA-winning city Bogotá to create a socially and economically inclusive environment with a special focus on mobility for caregivers – many of whom are women from low-income households. Both the City of Peshawar, Pakistan and the State of Jalisco, Mexico  are working on specific actions to address safety for women in public spaces and looking at how to design transport infrastructure to be truly inclusive. This session aims to foster a better understanding of mobility characteristics and needs of people, policies, and design strategies for more equitable access to the city.

This event will feature live interpretations in Spanish.



About the Moderator

Clarisse Cunha Linke Director, ITDP Brazil

Clarisse Cunha Linke is a Brazilian who has been involved in planning and implementing social policies and programs since 2001, with experience in Brazil, Mozambique, and Namibia. She holds a Masters in Social Policy, NGOs, and Development from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), where she received the “Titmuss Examination Prize” in 2005.


About the Speakers

Fayyaz Khan CEO of TransPeshawar

Fayyaz is a civil engineer with a master’s degree from University of Waterloo, Canada. He has over 23 years of work experience including; planning, designing, administering, supervising, coordinating and managing construction of complex transportation infrastructure, transportation planning and traffic operations projects. He has worked with both public and private sectors in Canada, Pakistan and Qatar, and has successfully delivered some of the most complex and challenging projects. He is currently working as CEO with TransPeshawar, the company responsible for maintenance and operation of the Peshawar BRT in Pakistan.

Adriana Ruth Iza Certuche Undersecretary of Citizen Services, City of Bogotá, Colombia

Adriana currently serves as the Undersecretary of Citizen Services for the City of Bogotá. Previously, she was the Director of Sectoral Studies for the Secretariat of Mobility for six years, and the Head of Social Affairs leading initiatives aimed at reducing gender gaps in the mobility sector. She was also the Coordinator of Entrepreneurship Processes and leader of the project Colegios Amigos del Turismo, in the Instituto Distrital de Turismo (District Institute of Tourism).

Adriana has a Master’s Degree in Political Studies and Business Administration from the Universidad Javeriana.

René Caro Gómez General Director of Territorial Management, State of Jalisco, Mexico

René is currently the General Director of Territorial Management, State of Jalisco, Mexico, responsible for planning and implementing strategic projects for the  Ministry of Infrastructure and Public Works, Ministry of Environmental and Territorial Development, and the Ministry of Transport and Integrated Water Management.

Previously René served as the General Director of Architecture and Urbanism for the Ministry of Infrastructure and Public Works in the Government of Jalisco where he lead development of strategic projects such as the rehabilitation of urban forests in the Metropolitan Area of Guadalajara. Before that, he served as a Project Director at the Public Space Authority in Mexico City developing restoration projects of public spaces and shared streets within the city’s historic center.

René is an architecture graduate from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), with a Master’s in Architecture: Projects and Criticism from the Catalan Polytechnic University in Barcelona, Spain.


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