IRRB Chairmanship


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Member of the Board, Senior Councillor to President, Russian Railways, CEO, Russian National Research Institute of Railway Transport.

In 1981-1994 Boris Lapidus worked at PrivZhD, he was Deputy and Head of Planning and Economic Department, also Chief Economist and Deputy Chief.
In 1994-2003 Lapidus served as Head of Economy and Development Department, CEO of the Centre for Corporate Transportation, Chief of the Economics Department, Head of Economics Department of the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation.

In 2003-2010 Boris built his career at Russian Railway, served as Head of Economic Forecasting and Strategic Development Department, Vice-President and Senior Vice-President of Russian Railway. In 2010 Boris was appointed CEO of Russian National Research Institute of Railway Transport and its member of the Board, as well as a Senior councillor to President of Russian Railway.

Boris Lapidus graduated from Union National Correspondence Institute of Engineers of Railway Transport majoring at electrification of railway transport, economics and organization of railway transport, has a doctorate in economics and the title of Honored Economist of the Russian Federation.

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.