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Marrakech, 21st March 2013
For Immediate Release IRF on Facebook IRF on Twitter IRF on Linkedin
Kiran K. Kapila re-elected Chair of IRF Geneva
The General Assembly of IRF Geneva has unanimously re-elected Kiran K. Kapila to serve a second term as Chair.
Meeting in Marrakech, Morocco, in the context of a high-level IRF Regional Conference focusing on North Africa and the Mediterranean, the Executive Committee and General Assembly paid tribute to Mr. Kapila's achievement in steering the Federation through a long process of streamlining and transition to emerge both strengthened and better equipped to address the new challenges of the road sector in a rapidly changing world.
An active member of the IRF Geneva Board of Directors for many years - and Chair since his election during the IRF World Meeting in Lisbon in 2010 - Mr. Kapila is the Chairman and Managing Director of ICT Ltd., a New Delhi based firm that has been ranked among the top hundred consultancy companies in the world, and which operates in 38 countries.
Throughout his tenure at the helm of IRF, he has been a tireless ambassador of the IRF vision for a world of safer, smarter and more sustainable roads.
Under his leadership, the membership and influence of the Federation has extended into new territories to become a truly global community of the most prominent road organisations and professionals worldwide.
This evolution has been complemented by parallel efforts to meet the diverse needs of its members across all continents so as to ensure that the roads of tomorrow serve not only as the arteries of economic progress but also the lifeblood of social development and cohesion.
In accepting his re-election, Mr. Kapila voiced appreciation for the support and dedication of his colleagues on the Executive and expressed confidence that, thanks to their collective efforts, the Federation would continue to grow and prosper as an ever stronger and more influential voice for the 'people behind the world's best and safest infrastructure'. “Road Safety will continue to be at the top of my agenda and I will continue to strive to ensure the success of the Global Plan of the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety, which calls for a 50% reduction in road accidents and fatalities by the end of 2020,” he emphasised.
To help support the Federation's steady evolution and growing commitment, the General Assembly further confirmed the appointment of two Vice-Chairs in the persons of David Stuart-Watt (President of Roads Australia and Regional Director of Parsons Brinckerhoff) and Adnan Rahman (Director, International Division, Cambridge Systematics, the Netherlands). Mr. S.P.S. Bakshi, Chairman-cum-Managing Director, Engineering Projects (India) Ltd., India, was elected as the new Treasurer.
For more information:
Caroline Visser
Deputy Director General
International Road Federation
Tel. +41 22 306 02 60, fax: +41 22 306 02 70
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