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International Association of Transportation Regulators (IATR)

Multi-Modal Mobility Innovation For All!

We are delighted to announce the appointment of our esteemed Advisory Board Members! The Advisory Board members will play a crucial role in providing valuable guidance, insight, and recommendations regarding IATR conferences, educational activities, and collaborative projects between the Advisory Board, IATR, and its members, including the IATR’s Board of Directors and its President and Officers.

Peter Goldwasser | Executive Director at Together for Safer Roads (TSR)

Peter Goldwasser | Executive Director at Together for Safer Roads (TSR)

Peter Goldwasser, Esq., has two decades of experience working across the public and private sectors, advising companies, non-profits and individuals on how to make a positive impact on the toughest social issues.

Prior to joining TSR, Peter ran his own consultancy, the PNG Group, providing counsel to executives at leading transportation, entertainment and technology companies on social, political and business affairs, while working with community stakeholders to transform challenging and diverse ideas into concrete strategies and actions.

Peter has also served as Deputy Director at Cities of Service, a national nonprofit of Bloomberg Philanthropies; advised Girl Rising, a global advocacy non-profit dedicated to empowering girls through education; and served as Chief Program Officer in the Office of Policy and Strategic Planning under former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg where he directed multi-agency efforts addressing education, immigration and anti sex-trafficking. Before working in city government, Peter was General Counsel and political director at Transportation Alternatives, the nation’s premier cycling and pedestrian advocacy organization.

https://www.togetherforsaferroads.org/

Art Guzzetti | Vice President-Policy at American Public Transportation Association (APTA)

Art Guzzetti | Vice President-Policy at American Public Transportation Association (APTA)

Art Guzzetti, a 38-year professional in public transportation at the local, state and national levels, serves as Vice President-Policy for the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), the trade group for the public transportation industry. Among other things, Mr. Guzzetti is responsible for APTA’s extensive policy development and research agenda, and for advancing policies favorable to public transportation with Congress, the Administration, state and local governments, with grass-roots and stakeholder organizations, and with public policy think tanks. A key current focus is to integrated and leverage transit networks with new and emerging public and private mobility services, including micro-transit, transportation network companies, automated vehicles and bicycles. The public transit agency of the future will weave these services into a system, with high-capacity transit lines in key corridors as the backbone. Prior to coming to Washington in June 1997, Mr. Guzzetti had 16 years of management experience with two of the nation’s leading public transportation systems: New Jersey Transit, and the Port Authority of Allegheny County.

https://www.apta.com

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Babak Beheshti, Ph.D. | Dean of the College of Engineering and Computing Sciences at New York Institute of Technology

Babak D. Beheshti is professor and dean of the College of Engineering and Computing Sciences at New York Institute of Technology (NYIT). The School has approximately 3000 students, including undergraduate and graduate programs in two New York campuses, as well as in Vancouver, BC, Canada. Babak has been a full-time faculty member at NYIT for more than 30 years. Over the last 20+ years, Beheshti has worked in R&D with companies in the embedded systems and wireless technology industry. He has successfully managed joint R&D programs with Asian, European, and U.S. companies, including Siemens Mobile, Nokia, Samsung, KDDI, and LG. An active member of IEEE since 1991, Beheshti is currently a member of the IEEE Board of Directors, having held positions at section, region, and major board levels. He has been a member of the IEEE’s Publication Services & Products Board (PSPB), as well as the Member and Geographic Activities (MGA) Board. Beheshti is a recipient of the IEEE MGA Leadership Award; the IEEE Millennium Medal; the IEEE Long Island Section Athanasios Papoulis Outstanding Educator Award, given for noteworthy contributions to engineering education; and three IEEE Region 1 Awards, including a 2008 IEEE Northeastern Region Technical Innovation Award “For Providing Technical Leadership in the Development of State-of-the Art Reconfigurable Wireless Technologies.” Beheshti received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth and master’s and bachelor’s degrees at the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

https://www.nyit.edu/engineering

Dr. Camille Kamga | Director for the University Transportation Research Center (UTRC)

Dr. Camille Kamga | Director for the University Transportation Research Center (UTRC)

Dr. Kamga is also an Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering at The City College of New York. As a consortium of 18 major U.S. academic institutions, UTRC asserts a significant role in the Federal Region 2 and nationally, conducting research and projects on surface transportation, carrying out training and educational programs and actively disseminating the results of its work. It is one of the few such Centers in the U.S. federally designated since 1987. Dr. Kamga is leading UTRC in innovative research, education, and technology transfer programs; addressing issues of urban mobility and sustainability; as well as concepts and technologies related to Big Data applications to transportation and traffic engineering. Dr. Kamga is also a member of the TRB’s Urban Transportation Data and Information Systems Committee (ABJ30). He serves on the Board of Director of the Intelligent Transportation Society of NY – a professional group providing education and outreach to foster the understanding of ITS applications and technologies.

http://www.utrc2.org

AITR member

Cammie Chaumont Menendez, PhD, MPH, MS | Senior Scientist at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) within the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention

For the past 10 years Dr. Menendez’s research has focused on taxicab driver safety and disparities in work-related injuries. She has been recognized for her scientific achievements and her efforts to promote diversity in the workplace and a safe work environment for all workers. She is currently serving on her third National Academies of Science panel with the goal of improving transit worker safety and health. When not conducting research activities she is playing a leadership role in developing the National Occupational Research Agenda as it relates to traumatic injury prevention in the workplace. She is very grateful to have a career in public service.

https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/index.htm

Don Onwiler | Executive Director, National Conference on Weights and Measures (NCWM)

Don Onwiler | Executive Director, National Conference on Weights and Measures (NCWM)

Don Onwiler began his career as a Grain Warehouse Examiner for the State of Nebraska and later was Program Manager for the Nebraska Weights and Measures Division.  During that time, he was also an authorized evaluator under the National Type Evaluation Program for heavy capacity scales.  Don served as chairman of the Central Weights and Measures Association in 2004 and in 2006 he was Chairman of the National Conference on Weights and Measures. In 2008, Don Onwiler left public service and was hired as Executive Director of the National Conference on Weights and Measures, or NCWM.  There, he oversees all aspects of daily operations of the organization which sets the weights and measures standards for the United States.  In addition to meetings, membership, publications and communications, NCWM administers the National Type Evaluation Program for commercial weighing and measuring devices and a Professional Certification Program for weight and measures officials

https://www.ncwm.com/

Isabelle Ducharme | Chairman of the Board of Kéroul

Isabelle Ducharme | Chairman of the Board of Kéroul

Ms. Isabelle Ducharme has been working on social integration of people with disabilities for more than 20 years. During these years, Miss Ducharme has presented at various conferences and facilitated multiple workshops on creating awareness for integrating people with disabilities. Her personal experience of living with a spinal cord injury since her car accident in 1988 gives her unique insight in the barriers many persons with disabilities face. She truly understands the different needs and accommodation needed to attain full integration. Ms. Ducharme is Chairman of the Board at  Kéroul, a Quebec-based organization with the mission to make tourism and culture more accessible for persons with limited physical abilities. She is also active on the Board of Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies and Environments (GAATES), the leading international organization dedicated to the promotion of accessibility of the built and virtual environments.

http://www.keroul.qc.ca

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Jaspal Singh | Senior Expert at the International Association of Public Transport (UITP)

Jaspal Singh is currently working as Senior Expert – IT and Development and is based in Toronto, Canada. Prior to this he was working as Head of UITP India Office since 2013. He has more than 13 years of experience in urban transport and management consultancy. He has setup a consultancy firm – Valoriser Consultants, Inc. which is engaged with companies in the areas of Bus operation, new mobility, Transport Planning, clean fuel technologies and ITS. Previously, he was working as Deputy Manager with Delhi Integrated Multi-Modal Transit System Limited, a joint venture of Government of Delhi. He is also subject matter expert on taxi and information transport, and has been widely quoted in national and international publications. He has received several awards for his contribution in the field of public transport and social work. Mr. Singh has received his Master’s in Business Administration specialized in International Business from University School of Management Studies, GGS Indraprastha University, Delhi

https://www.uitp.org/

Jim Peters | Founder and President of the Responsible Hospitality Institute (RHI)

Jim Peters | Founder and President of the Responsible Hospitality Institute (RHI)

Mr. Peters oversees the development of programs, publications and events. As a consultant for dozens of cities and speaker at conferences worldwide, Peters offers comprehensive insights on trends and effective strategies on managing hospitality zones and nighttime economies. Peters has overseen the evolution of RHI from its founding in 1983, spearheading an international movement to raise awareness of the responsibility of bartenders and servers in preventing drunk driving, to RHI’s current role as a leading resource to cities worldwide on development of a safe and vibrant nightlife and social economy.

http://www.rhiweb.org/

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Kamran Saddique | Executive Director and Founder of City Innovate

Kamran Saddique is Co-CEO of City Innovate. Kamran founded City Innovate in 2015 with a mission to help governments solve problems through collaboration with the private sector. Kamran has been a serial entrepreneur for more than 12 years, on three continents. Previously, he worked in the financial engineering sector with a focus on new technology ventures including smart city initiatives. He served as head of investments to a company owned by one of the royal family members in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Prior to that he was the VP of Private Equity for Convergence Capital in the Dubai International Financial Centre, responsible for closing transactions in real estate, aviation, mining, water desalination, carbon credits, health, education and media. He started his career with Sun Microsystems and holds a Computer Science B.Sc. (Hons) and a Masters of Science in International Finance at Aston Business School.

https://www.cityinnovate.com/

King W. Gee | Director of Engineering and Technical Services at American Association of State Highway And Transportation Officials (AASHTO)

King W. Gee | Director of Engineering and Technical Services at American Association of State Highway And Transportation Officials (AASHTO)

Mr. King W. Gee is the Director of Engineering and Technical Services for the American Association of State Highway And Transportation Officials (AASHTO), a non-profit, non-partisan association which advocates transportation-related policies and provides technical services to support states in their efforts to efficiently and safely move people and goods. He oversees the development of technical publications and standards for roads and bridges; the development and licensing of AASHTOW are software products; the review and accreditation of laboratories through the AASHTO Materials Reference Lab (AMRL); the support to numerous AASHTO committees and task forces; the implementation of products from the second Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP2); and the development of transportation policy and legislative proposals. Previously, Mr. Gee had a 35 year career with the Federal Highway Administration where he served in progressively responsible positions related to engineering and program management issues. Born and raised in New York City, he holds B.S. and M.E. degrees in Civil Engineering both from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

https://www.transportation.org

Mary Crass | Head of Insitutional Relations, ITF-OECD

Mary Crass | Head of Insitutional Relations, ITF-OECD

Mary Crass is Head of Institutional Relations and Summit for the Paris-based International Transport Forum, an intergovernmental organisation linked to the OECD. She is responsible for the ITF’s relations with Member countries, international organisations and associations, and the annual International Transport Forum Summit in Leipzig each May. She has also been in charge of the organisation’s work on sustainable urban travel, accessible transport and social inclusion, and crime and terrorism issues in transport. She most recently served as sherpa to the ITF Secretary General on the United Nations Secretary General’s High-Level Advisory Group on Sustainable Urban Transport, and was on the drafting committee for the final report of that group delivered to UN Secretary General in October 2016. She chairs the International Road Transport Association’s (IRU) Future of the Taxi Reflection Group and is co-chair of the Transportation Research Board Accessible Transportation Committee – subcommittee on Policy and Practice.

https://www.itf-oecd.org/

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Prachi Vakharia | Co-Founder of WOMANIUM

Ms. Prachi Vakharia lives and works in Washington DC, where she works with Steer’s Planning Division (previously Steer Davies Gleave) and works on Autonomous Vehicles, V2X technologies and shared mobility projects in DC, NY and LA. Previously, she worked with the World Bank and pursued her curiosity of technology, entrepreneurship, business and transportation by working with startup companies — myTaxi, Car2go, RideScout and RideAmigos — 3 of which were acquired by Daimler AG (German auto maker of Mercedes Benz) for

We are proud to announce our 2020 Advisory Board Members! The role and responsibility of IATR Advisory Board members is to provide guidance, insight and suggestions concerning IATR conferences, educational activities and joint projects by and between the collective or individual members of the Advisory Board, the IATR and its members, including the IATR’s Board of Directors and its President and Officers.

https://www.itf-oecd.org/

John Rossant | Founder and CEO of CoMotion

John Rossant | Founder and CEO of CoMotion

John Rossant is the founder and CEO of CoMotion, the Los Angeles-based events, media and consulting company focused on the new mobility space. CoMotion organizes the well-known CoMotion LA and CoMotion MIAMI conferences on the future of mobility and is the publisher of CoMotion NEWS, the webinar series CoMotion LIVE and the Fast Forward podcast. CoMotion is also the organizer of the MOTIVATE conference in Vancouver, Canada on investing in next-gen mobility.

John Rossant is also the founder and chairman of the NewCities  Foundation. He believes it is imperative that different stakeholders work together to improve the quality of life and work in 21st century cities. From its founding in 2010, NewCities’ mission has focused on shaping a better and more sustainable urban future by generating and scaling ideas and solutions through events, research and urban innovation projects – with a particular focus on the impact of new technologies on city-building. NewCities is a non-profit foundation based in Montreal and is active on
all five continents.

John was previously Executive Chairman of PublicisLive in Geneva, Switzerland, the group responsible for the production of some of the world’s most important gatherings of political and business leaders, including the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting in Davos and other WEF events around the world. In 2010, President Sarkozy of France asked John to organize the e-G8 Forum on the future of the Internet, which took place in Paris in May of that year.

Previously, John held several senior editorial positions at BusinessWeek, including Europe Editor, as well as Paris, Rome and Middle East  Correspondent. He has received a number of prestigious awards, including the Overseas Press Club Award and the German Marshall Fund’s Peter Weitz Award for Distinguished Reporting. John holds advanced degrees from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and the American
University in Cairo. He is a member of the board of the Foundation Tocqueville in Paris and of the Alliance for SoCal Innovation in California, and is a member of the Advisory Board of NEOM, the large new city project in northwest Saudi Arabia.

John is the author of Hop, Skip, Go. How the Mobility Revolution Is Transforming Our Lives, recently published by HarperCollins.

Dan Reid | President and Managing Member of Grove Transit and Go Ride LLC

Dan Reid | President and Managing Member of Grove Transit and Go Ride LLC

Dan Reid is President and Managing Member of Grove Transit and Go Ride LLC, NEMT companies operating in Mississippi and Louisiana, respectively. The former consists of a 25 vehicle fleet operating from four locations in South Mississippi, and the latter consists of over 50 vehicles operating from eight offices located throughout the entire state of Louisiana. In 2010 Dan and his wife, Suzanne, started Grove Transit after acquiring the operating assets of a failing NEMT provider. Their goal has always been to build a premier NEMT company focused on providing Safe, Reliable & Courteous transportation. In 2021 Grove Transit became just the fourth company, and first in Mississippi, to be Accredited by NEMTAC. Go Ride was formed through the acquisitions in 2023 of two NEMT companies, Go Ride and Reliant On Call. Go Ride expects to obtain NEMTAC Accreditation in 2024.

Dan currently serves as NEMTAC President and Co-Chair of the Certifications & Standards Advisory Committee and the Accreditation Advisory Committee. He also serves on the Compliance and & Regulatory as well as the Technology Advisory Committees. Additionally, Dan is on the Board of The Transportation Alliance where he holds the office of President Elect, as well as Co-Chair of the On-Demand/Taxi Committee, having previously served as Chair of the NEMT Committee.

During the 2022 Mississippi legislative session, Dan drafted and successfully oversaw the passage of legislation to define what an NEMT Provider is in Mississippi and is worked with the Department of Health to establish the required regulations for this new law. Dan and his company, Grove Transit, have been part of numerous deployments for post-Hurricane relief efforts, in recent years Dan has been part of the Paratransit Incident Management Team.

Dan is a frequent speaker and author on issues and topics relating to all aspects of the Non-Emergency Medical Transportation industry, including driver training and safety and best practices for NEMT companies. Dan has been actively involved in pushing industry standards for driver training and company performance, as well as the use of technology to provide safer and more efficient transportation to clients. He has also led efforts at both NEMTAC and TTA to eliminate the perception and practice of fraudulent practices within the NEMT industry through the adoptions of new and innovative technologies.

Prior to the NEMT business, Dan spent close to 30 years advising on mergers and acquisitions and other business transactions. Dan was the National Partner for Transaction Advisory Services at Grant Thornton, a Partner and Pacific Northwest Practice Leader at Arthur Anderson, and prior to that he was with a private equity firm where he specialized in financial and tax due diligence and merger integration issues. During his career Dan has worked on hundreds of merger and acquisition transactions ranging from deal values of under $1 million up $12.5 billion. In addition to advising clients during the merger/acquisition process, Dan also has extensive experience in post-merger integration, post-acquisition transition processes, dispute analysis, and roll-ups and consolidations. 

  • Non-emergency Medical Transportation Accreditation Commission (NEMTAC)
    o President
    o Member Board of Directors
    o Co-Chair – Accreditation Advisory Committee
    o Co-Chair – Certification & Standards Advisory Committee
    o Member – Technology Advisory Committee
    o Member – Compliance & Regulatory Advisory Committee
  • The Transportation Alliance
    o President Elect
    o Member Board of Directors
    o Member Executive Committee
    o Co-Chair – On-Demand/Tax
    o Past Co-Chair – NEMT and Paratransit Advisory Board
    o Member – FTA Task Force
    o Member – Government Affairs Committee
  • University of Southern Miss Business School
    o Business Advisory Council

Dan holds a B.A. in Accounting from Santa Clara University, a Masters in Tax from Golden Gate University and earned his Executive MBA at St. Mary’s College. Dan is a Past Board Member of First Place for Youth and is active in many organizations in and around Hattiesburg.

Certifications: ICS certified for Incident Management Team, CPA (not active)

https://nemtac.co/

Members of the IATR Advisory Board include: the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA); https://www.aamva.org/; American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO); https://www.transportation.org/; Airport Ground Transportation Association (AGTA); https://www.agtaweb.org/; American Public Transportation Association (APTA); https://www.apta.com/; Alliance for Transportation Innovation (ATI21); http://www.ati21.org/; City Innovate; https://www.cityinnovate.com/; The Eno Center for Transportation; https://www.enotrans.org/; Keroul; https://www.keroul.qc.ca/en/home.html; The Institutes Griffith Foundation; https://web.theinstitutes.org/griffith-foundation; International Road Federation (IRF); https://irfnet.ch/; Intelligent Transportation Systems of America (ITSA); https://itsa.org/; International Association of Public Transport (UITP); https://www.uitp.org/; International Transport Forum, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (ITF-OECD); https://www.itf-oecd.org/; National Conference of State Transportation Specialists (NCSTS); http://ncsts.naruc.org/; National Conference on Weights and Measures (NCWM); https://www.ncwm.com/; National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) within the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention; https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/index.htm; Non Emergency Medical Transportation Accreditation Commission® (NEMTAC®); https://www.nemtac.co/; PIARC (World Road Association); https://www.piarc.org/en/; Responsible Hospitality Institute (RHI); https://rhiweb.org/; Shared-Use Mobility Center (SUMC); https://sharedusemobilitycenter.org/; Transportation Sustainability Research Center (TSRC) at the University of California, Berkeley; https://tsrc.berkeley.edu/; University Transportation Research Center (UTRC) at City College, City University of NY; http://www.utrc2.org/; and Womanium. https://www.womanium.org/