SCANDINAVIA HOUSE, NEW YORK / SEPTEMBER 30, 2015
Join Business Sweden as we examine Vision Zero, the Swedish initiative that cities in the United States and across the world are adopting to save lives. We have invited city leaders, transportation experts and companies to have a dynamic exchange with local and Swedish guests. We hope to encourage the exchange of creative ideas, the transfer of knowledge, and ongoing networking dialogues to foster the success of Vision Zero.
Doors open: Registration with networking and refreshments
Welcome: Welcome remarks and introduction to Vision Zero
- Björn Lyrvall, Ambassador of Sweden to the United States
- Erik Bromander, State Secretary for Transportation to the Minister for Infrastructure
Introduction: Presentation of the seminar by moderator, Vishaan
Chakrabarti, Partner, SHoP Architects and Professor, Columbia University GSAPP
Strategy and Policy
- Polly Trottenberg, Commissioner, New York City Department of Transportation
- Matts-Åke Belin, PhD, Traffic Safety Strategist at the Swedish Transport Administration
Vision Zero requires the collaboration and planning of multiple City offices in order to successfully shape and adapt the Swedish policy for the streets of New York. Listen to how both Stockholm and New York officials began planning and their next steps in transforming what began as a Swedish idea into an effective and lifesaving policy.
Implementation and Practice
- Paul Steely White, Executive Director, Transportation Alternative
- Ben Furnas, Senior Policy Analyst, Office of the Deputy Mayor, City of New York
- Per-Anders Hedkvist, Director of Traffic Administration at the City of Stockholm
- Mattias Lundberg, Head of Department, Transport Planning at the City of Stockholm
In order to successfully implement Vision Zero, the ideas and benefits policy must go beyond government walls and into the everyday lives of New Yorkers. Listen how key stakeholders have utilized meaningful engagement and enforcement to demonstrate the importance of the policy, its effects, and how communities can collaborate to successfully eliminate traffic-related deaths.
Technology and Solutions
- Susan Alt, Senior Vice President, Public Affairs for Volvo Group North America, Volvo Group North America
- Anders Wiman, Leader for Swedish ATK-program (Speed Enforcement), Sensys Traffic AB
- Dan Garceau, President, Autoliv North America
Swedish companies provide tried and tested, state of the art solutions with the safety of all road users in mind. Discover how Swedish companies are committed to utilizing their solutions to advancing safety and promoting Vision Zero in Sweden and what this may look like in New York.
Wrap-up with Vishaan Chakrabarti
Networking and refreshments
Ambassador of Sweden to the United States
Björn Lyrvall is Ambassador of Sweden to the United States. From 2007 until taking up his current position in September 2013, Ambassador Lyrvall was Director General for Political Affairs at Sweden’s Ministry for Foreign Affairs in Stockholm. From 2002 to 2007, Ambassador Lyrvall was posted at Sweden’s Permanent Representation to the European Union in Brussels, first as Sweden’s delegate to the enlargement negotiations (2002-2003), and then as Sweden’s Ambassador to the EU Political and Security Committee (2003-2007). Ambassador Lyrvall has also been working as Special Advisor to Sweden’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, Carl Bildt, in his role as EU negotiator and International High Representative in Bosnia and Hercegovina (1995-1997), as well as United Nations Special Envoy on the Balkans in 1999. Additional diplomatic stations included Leningrad, Moscow and London. Björn Lyrvall graduated from Stockholm University with a degree in Political Science, Eastern European Affairs and Russian.
State Secretary for Transportation to the Minister for Infrastructure
Erik Bromander is State Secretary for Transportation to Anna Johansson, Minister for Infrastructure. Secretary Bromander has held several posts within the Government Offices of Sweden including: Principal Secretary responsible for negotiations on the expansion of main lines and measures to increase accessibility in metropolitan areas within the Ministry of Enterprise, Energy and Communications (2014), official within the Transport Division of Ministry of Enterprise, Energy and Communications (2013-2014), traffic strategist/director on the Stockholm County Administrative Board (2011-2012), official in the Ministry of Enterprise, Energy and Communications (2009-2010), Official in the Ministry of Culture (2007-2008), and Principal Secretary, negotiations on congestion charge pilot schemes in Stockholm in the Ministry of Finance (2003-2006). Erik Bromander graduated from Stockholm University with a Master’s degree in business.
Vishaan Chakrabarti, AIA
Partner, SHoP Architects and Professor, Columbia University GSAPP
Vishaan Chakrabarti is a partner at SHoP Architects where he co-leads the design for major projects worldwide including the Domino Sugar redevelopment on Brooklyn’s waterfront, the Andy Warhol Museum, new skyscrapers in New York City, a 1.6 million sf mixed-use tower in central Melbourne, a new embassy for the State Department, and large-scale urban design and infrastructure work in New York, Dallas and Detroit.
Simultaneously, Vishaan is a Professor at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation. His recent book, A Country of Cities: A Manifesto for an Urban America (Metropolis Books, 2013), argues that a more urban United States would result in a more prosperous, sustainable, joyous, and socially mobile nation. Of the book the Toronto Globe and Mail wrote: “In the world of urbanism and planning, there's been a barrage of recent books on similar themes…but Mr. Chakrabarti has written maybe the most useful one, a polemic in favor of city living that makes the stakes clear.” Bruce Katz and Jennifer Bradlee named A Country of Cities as one of the top ten books of 2013 in the Huffington Post.
Chakrabarti holds a Master of Architecture from the University of California at Berkeley, a Master of City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and dual bachelor’s degrees in Art History and Engineering from Cornell University.
Commissioner, New York City Department of Transportation
Polly Trottenberg was sworn in as Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Commissioner of the New York City Department of Transportation on January 27, 2014. Responsible for one of the largest portfolios of any municipal agency, DOT provides for the safe, efficient and sustainable movement of people and goods throughout New York’s five boroughs. Trottenberg’s 22 years of government experience include over four years at USDOT, most recently as the Under Secretary of Transportation for Policy, where she developed key initiatives for the Obama Administration, including the groundbreaking TIGER discretionary grant program. In 2008, Trottenberg was named as the first Executive Director of Building America’s Future, a non-profit organization that advocates for increased investment in infrastructure and major transportation policy reform. During her 12 years on Capitol Hill, Trottenberg served with U.S. Senators Charles Schumer, Daniel Patrick Moynihan and Barbara Boxer. Prior to her work in Congress, Trottenberg also served at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
Traffic Safety Strategist at the Swedish Transport Administration
Dr. Matts-Åke Belin has a long history within the Swedish government and works primarily with safety policies, strategies and collaboration with different stakeholders. From 2007-2009 Dr. Belin worked for World Health Organization where he participated in the development of global road safety strategies and global partnerships. Currently, Dr. Belin is traffic safety strategist at the Swedish Transport Administration and responsible for the development of Vision Zero Academy. Dr. Belin is also affiliated as a researcher at Mälardalens University in Sweden, the chair of the technical committee 3.1 on National Road Safety Policies and Programme, the Swedish delegate in UN Road Safety Collaboration and the international representative at the Transportation Research Board (TRB) standing committee ANB 10 Transportation Safety Management.
Paul Steely White
Executive Director of Transportation Alternatives
Transportation Alternatives is New York City’s leading advocates for bicycling, walking and public transportation. Before joining Transportation Alternatives in April 2004, he served as Africa Regional Director for the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy, a non-profit group based in New York City. In 2011, Mr. White was selected to receive the Rockefeller Foundation's Jane Jacobs Medal, which recognizes those whose creative uses of the urban environment build a more diverse, dynamic, and equitable city. Paul relishes his weekends, largely spent frolicking on the Brooklyn waterfront with his six-year-old daughter Anna Jane.
Director of Traffic Administration at the City of Stockholm
Per Anders Hedkvist has been the Director of the Traffic Administration in the city of Stockholm since 2011. Previously, he was the managing director of Stockholm's Housing Service and was previously the CEO of Kista Science City. Per Anders Hedkvist holds a Master of Science in Civil Engineering. His first job in the city of Stockholm was in 1978 at the Research and Statistics office. He has since worked with development and planning issues in housing, energy and environment management as well as quality management in different offices of the city, including the planning office, social services, real estate, and urban planning.
Head of Department for Transport Planning in the City of Stockholm
The department with its 60 employees is responsible for strategic as well as detailed planning of the transport system with the aim to increase mobility and improve traffic safety and reduce environmental impact. More than twenty years of experience including Deputy Director of the Centre for Transport Studies in Stockholm, consultancies WSP Analys & Strategi and Transek AB, the Swedish Institute for Transport and Communications Analysis and the Stockholm County Administration. Thorough experience from Swedish infrastructure investment planning. Project manager for numerous research and consultancy projects about public transport policies, regional development plans, road pricing and alternative financing, development of planning and CBA methods.
Senior Vice President, Public Affairs for Volvo Group North America
Susan Alt is the Senior Vice President, Public Affairs for Volvo Group North America. She has been with the Volvo Group companies both in the United States and in Europe for the last 27 years. Prior to her current role, she held senior roles for Volvo and Mack Trucks in Marketing, Strategy and Business Development. She was the President of Volvo Logistics of the Americas, and as such, the first woman to manage a division for Volvo Group in North America. Susan currently resides in High Point, NC. She holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Tech, and a MBA from Wake Forest University. She is especially proud to maintain a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL). This allows her to drive the “big rigs.”
Senior Policy Analyst, Office of the Deputy Mayor
City of New York
Ben Furnas is a Senior Policy Analyst for in the office of New York City's First Deputy Mayor and is City Hall’s liaison to the Vision Zero inter-agency task force. In addition to Vision Zero, he has worked to develop and implement One City: Built to Last, the city's energy efficiency and green building initiative, and other mayoral initiatives on street safety, solid waste, sustainability, and infrastructure. He is a graduate of Cornell University and NYU School of Law.
Leader for Swedish ATK-program (Speed Enforcement), Sensys Traffic
Anders Wiman has been the project manager for the ATK (Automatic Traffic Safety Cameras) program in Sweden for 15 years. He has been responsible for the development and implementation of the national ATK concept within the Swedish Transport Administration. The ATK program covers more than 1,500 camera units throughout Sweden today and has been an essential part of the success of Vision Zero in Sweden. Anders and the Transport Administration is cooperating with Sensys Traffic AB, who is the supplier of the ATK system. Anders has previously founded and run a company building and delivering ambulances, police cars and other special vehicles. Anders is an independent consultant and is also a well renowned speaker within the areas of entrepreneurship and personal development.
President, Autoliv North America
Prior to Dan Garceau’s position as President at Autoliv North America, he was Vice President of Manufacturing for Autoliv North America Airbags and Steering Wheels. In that role he had responsibility for the airbag/steering wheel assembly sites in the region as well as the textile, inflator, initiator and propellant sites that support these products. Dan originally joined Autoliv in 1993 and has held positions in Engineering, Account Management, Operations and Quality. From 2008 – 2010, Dan worked at Danaher Corporation as Director of Operations. From 1990 – 1993 he worked as a Design Engineer for what is now ATK corporation supporting the Space Shuttle program. He has a BSE in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan as well as an MBA from Utah State University.
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