Rafael Cuesta started his career in Colombia in environmental protection including working as an Environmental Consultant in the development of the Medellin Metro, Colombia. Since relocating to the UK, Rafael has worked on the NET tram development at Nottingham City Council and in other public transport operational and policy roles at Birmingham City Council, Transport for the West Midlands and most recently at Transport for Greater Manchester as head of innovation. Rafael has a wide range of experience in the transport and intelligent mobility field and significant expertise in the development of mobility as a service.
He also advices cities and European networks on sustainable mobility. Rafael is currently Vice-Chairman of the European Road Transport Research Advisory Council (ERTRAC) representing cities and regions on behalf of POLIS. He is also UITP Ambassador and an active member of the UITP Combined Mobility Commission. He is currently leading the establishment of a global Autonomous Vehicle Observatory as part of the UITP SPACe project. Rafael holds a Master in Environmental Planning from the University of Nottingham and a Master in Project Management from the College of Estate Management at Reading University. He is a regular contributor to articles and co-Author of the book ‘Urban Design: Methods and Techniques’ published by Butterworth Heinemann Architectural Press. He regularly moderates round tables at conferences and other high-level policy events.
Health, productivity and global competitiveness are driving urban policymaker decisions on transport strategy and policy, which will have far-reaching implications for the way UK business moves people, goods and services around, and for the companies responsible for selling or funding their vehicles.
Rafael will offer the urban view of transport development. His presentation will look at the reasons why action is being taken in Greater Manchester, what has happened so far and the impact it is having on local business and the local environment. He will also show how the transport authority is engaging and listening to the needs of business, and what it hopes to achieve in the coming years.
Urban development needs innovation from the private sector to succeed. Where are these opportunities likely to be and how are these authorities developing them? Find out in Rafael’s presentation.
National and local government policies will change the way companies move their people, goods and services about with major implications for those supplying the vehicles, funding and fleet services. This conference is the perfect opportunity to hear about those policies in more detail from those responsible for setting the strategies, to understand how it will affect your business in the coming years and what you can do now to help your customers prepare for change.
There are huge changes coming to urban mobility. City mayors and authorities are responding to pressure for cleaner air and healthy streets, and technological changes, with new policies designed to create cleaner and connected cities with more sustainable transport. This event will give fleet managers the chance to hear what cities are planning and how leading companies are responding and adapting. If you are involved in fleet management, this event will help you plan for the future.