Plenary Speaker

Heather Allen

Heather Allen

Expert on urban public transport, climate change and sustainable development, SLoCat


Heather Allen is an international expert on urban public transport, climate change and sustainable development. Her career spans both the public and private sectors and she is leading the PPMC (Paris Process on Mobility and Climate Change) outreach for the Sustainable Low Carbon Transport Partnership (SLoCaT). Until recently, she headed the sustainable transport team at TRL (one of the UK’s leading centres of excellence in transport research) and worked for many years at UITP, the international association of public transport. Her wide experience in both the developed and developing worlds gives her a good perspective on the challenges for sustainable and healthy approaches to transport and she worked on the Amsterdam Declaration, a key output of the Third High-level Meeting on Transport, Health and Environment.

In her recent positions she has been a key spokesperson and has set up several strategic partnerships with international agencies including the United Nations, national governments, cities and professional representative bodies. She has recently been elected chairperson of TTI ( Transport Training Initiative), a German NGO to increase access to training on transport for the developing world, especially Africa. She also sits on a number of panels and committees and is a fellow of the UK’s Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport.