IRRB Chairmanship

Chairman

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Vladimir Andreev

Mr. Vladimir Andreev was born in 1970.
In 1992 he graduated from the St. Petersburg Railway Engineering Institute as an electrical railway engineer on speciality of railway electrification.

Mr. Vladimir Andreev began his railway transport career in 1992 as a technical engineer in the locomotive depot of Leningrad-Baltiyskiy. Since December 2018 he has been working as the Head of the Technical Policy Department of the JSC “Russian Railways” (RZD).

While holding managing positions within RZD, Mr. Andreev has been in charge of processes of launching production and modernising new freight wagons, locomotives and EMU models, organised and supported tests of new equipment and components for rolling stock, participated in development and implementation of the disruptive technologies and new equipment in enterprises servicing and operating high-speed trains, participated in projects for organising the development of high-speed operation of new generation trainsets.

In 2019, JSC “Railway Transport Engineering Centre” (JSC RT EC) was set up under Mr. Andreev’s project management and supervision. The purpose for the establishing JSC RT EC was to create an innovative potential in transport mechanical engineering by developing within the RZD Holding its own engineering competencies.

As part of the Digital Railway project, he is coordinating the works on creation of driverless transport system of the Moscow Central Circle (EMUs operating fully automatically at the 4th degree of automation).

In 2018–2019 Mr. Andreev organised a work on developing and updating over 400 regulatory and technical documents, including strategic railway development plans enshrining the introduction of innovations on the Russian Railways.

He is pro-actively involved into developing and implementing the RZD technical policy and successfully coordinates issues of strengthening cooperation with the rail industry.

Under the responsibility of the RZD Technical Policy Department headed by Mr. Andreev is concentrated almost all R&D work of the RZD Holding.

Mr. Andreev has had a number of scientific works on innovation in railway transport published in Russia and abroad.


Vice Chairmen

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Professor Mark Robinson

Professor of Rail Systems Engineering, School of Mechanical and Systems Engineering, Newcastle University since 2005 and Director of Newcastle Centre for Rail Research (NewRail) since 2004. From 2000 to 2004 he was Director of the Advanced Railway Research Centre (ARRC) at Sheffield University. Main research interests include the development and application of lightweight materials for rail vehicles and crashworthy composite structures. In 2009 he received the Institute of Mechanical Engineers Safety Award and the Alfred Rosling Bennett/Charles S Lake Award for his work on aluminium weld unzipping.

He has been actively involved in IRRB since 2011 and involved in the European Rail Research Advisory Council (ERRAC) since 2008. He has contributed extensively including the preparation of ERRAC proposals such as ERRAC Roadmaps, FOSTER RAIL and more recently SETRIS.

On January 2015 he was elected President of the European Conference of Transport Research Institutes (ECTRI) – January 2015 to January 2017. In December 2016 he was re-elected President for his final term to January 2019. The European Conference of Transport Research Institute’s members are the major transport research institutes from 19 European countries, accounting for more than 4000 European scientific and research staff in the field of transport.
In 2014 -2017 he was honoured by the China High End Foreign Experts Programme and in 2016 he was awarded 100 Talents from Fujian Province, both for high rail research activities.


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Dr. eng. Andrzej Zurkowski

Director of Railway Research Institute (IK) in Warsaw (Poland) since 2006.
In 1980 – 1989 Engineer, Senior Expert and Head of Railway Transportation Department at Railway Scientific and Technical Centre (now IK).
In 1990 – 2000 Director, Marketing Division of Passenger Transport of PKP JSC
In 2001 – 2004 President of Board, CEO and Founder of the company PKP Intercity Ltd.
In 2005 – 2006 Corporate Representative on International Affairs,
PKP JSC (Polish State Railways)
International experience includes: the participation in the work of a number of working groups: OECD (“Handicap People”) and UIC (“East-West”, “Services/Eurogares”, “Passenger Rolling Stock”, “Handicap People” and “Pictograms”).
In 2003 – 2004 he served as Vice-President of Passenger Commission UIC, then in 2005 – 2006 as Vice-President of Passenger Forum UIC.
Other activities include: in 2010 – 2012 - Vice-President and then in 2013-2014 President of Polish Association of Transport Engineers and Technicians, in 2009 – 2014 and since 2016 he has been Member of Committee of Transport at the Polish Academy of Sciences.
Author of 85 scientific and technical articles in many Polish and foreign journals and a manual about railway operations and traffic. Lecturer of Warsaw University of Technology, Military University of Technology and The Warsaw University of Economics.
Command of foreign languages: French, English, Russian


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Jaroslav Vašátko

Senior advisor at CD/VUZ (Railway Research Institute – subsidiary of Czech Railways).
Jarosav Vašátko has more than 40 years of experience in the rail sector. During his long professional career he has gone through various top positions in the areas of IT, project management and research. He speaks English and Russian.


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Güven Kandemir

Güven Kandemir is involved in railway sector for 30 years now. Mr. Kandemir started his railway education at high school and studied in the railway vocational school located in Eskişehir, Turkey. After the graduation from high school, Mr. Kandemir began his career in railway industry as an employee of Turkish State Railways General Directorate (TCDD). TCDD is a government owned company and the only railway operator and infrastructure owner in Turkey. While working for TCDD, Mr. Kandemir joined Metallurgical Engineering department in Anadolu University (Eskişehir, Turkey) and completed his Bachelor of Science degree in 1990. In the same year, he began to work as an engineer at Ankara Railway Factory, Turkey. The experience Mr. Kandemir gained through his new position in TCDD encouraged him to take his career further with higher education. He gained an MSc degree from Anadolu University in the department of Metallurgical Engineering in 1993. Throughout his career, Mr. Kandemir worked as expert engineer, chief engineer and assistant manager at Ankara Railway Factory respectively. Mr. Kandemir also majored in Public Management and Governance at the Administration Institute for Turkey and Middle East in 2003, with variety of skills gained for further career opportunities. Since 2010, he has been the manager of Railway Research and Technology Center which is the R&D center of TCDD.


Andrew Meier

Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer - Andrew was appointed Executive Director of ACRI in July 2017, having led for the previous decade a collaborative national land transport information program whilst at the Australian Road Research Board. This included the development of the Rail Knowledge Bank. Andrew has chaired and served on international committees under both the International Transport Forum/OECD and the US Transportation Research Board.


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Atila Keskin

Mr. Keskin is the Manager of Railway Research and Technology Centre (DATEM) since 2019. From 2010 to 2019 he was Director of Material and Welding Engineering Department at DATEM and also he took apart establishment of DATEM during this period. His railway professional career starts TCDD Ankara Railway Workshop as an engineer in 1990 and he has fulfilled different positions in Turkish State Railways since then. Main interest areas are non-destructive testing of railway materials and failure analysis of railway components. Various project management and leading researches has been carried out during his career. He is also a member of Neutrality Committee of welding and non-destructive testing at Middle East Technical University since 2015 and Türk Loydu since 2019.