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Secretary General of UITP to discuss Uber and autonomous driving at International Railway Summit

Press Release   •   Nov 03, 2016 14:00 GMT

International Railway Journal (IRJ) and IRITS Events Ltd are pleased to announce the participation of Alain Flausch, Secretary General of the International Association of Public Transport (UITP), as a keynote speaker at the 4th International Railway Summit, taking place on 15-17 February 2017 in Paris.

Mr Flausch was appointed Secretary General of UITP in 2011, having been the association’s President from 2009 to 2011 as well as President and member of a range of UITP committees and commissions between 2004 and 2009. He was CEO of STIB, the Brussels public transport operator, from 2000 to 2011, overseeing an in-depth cultural change and consistent growth in passenger numbers. He is a member of different international high level groups in the field of public transport, notably the UN High Level Advisory Group on Sustainable Transport.

Mr Flausch will make a keynote speech to open the session “Do autonomous driving and Uber pose a threat to urban rail?” at the International Railway Summit.

UITP, founded over 130 years ago, are a non-profit organisation advocating for public transport development and sustainable mobility. They have a network of 1,400 member organisations from 96 countries. Members include public transport authorities and operators, policy decision-makers, research institutes and the public transport suppliers and service providers.

International Railway Summit’s conference programme will focus on the future of railways from a technological, organisational and creative point of view, sharing knowledge and proposing solutions to the challenges of enhancing passenger experience and bolstering rail’s competitivity within the transport market.

Organisations and individuals interested in learning more about International Railway Summit and about how they can participate in the event can visit www.irits.org or contact the organisers, IRJ and IRITS Events.

International Railway Summit is a meeting of senior executives representing the world’s key rail operators, rail infrastructure management companies, national and local governments, rolling stock manufacturers and a wide range of solution providers.

International Railway Summit provides a 'matchmaking' service between rail industry leaders ('buyers') and technical experts ('suppliers'), based on buyer delegates' project requirements and the proven expertise of large and small suppliers that we have carefully handpicked. Based on this matchmaking, buyer delegates attend one-to-one consultation sessions with suitable suppliers during the annual summit.

In addition to the one-to-one meetings, delegates also attend a conference programme given by key industry leaders and experts and network over lunches and dinners with their counterparts and industry colleagues from all over the world. International Railway Summit is co-hosted by International Railway Journal and IRITS Events and will take place on 15-17 February 2017 in Paris, France.

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