Prof. Maria Attard
Maria Attard is the Head of Geography and the Director of the Institute for Climate Change and Sustainable Development at the University of Malta. She specialises in urban transport, policy and project implementation. She has also coordinated the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Laboratory at the University of Malta for over 14 years and has subsequently published in the field of GIS education and more recently published work on Voluntary Geographic Information (VGI) and Transport. Between 2002-2009 she served as a consultant to Government on transport strategy and policy. She was involved in major transport projects and implemented road pricing, park and ride and pedestrianisation projects in the islands’ capital city Valletta. She studied at the University of Malta and completed her PhD in 2006 at UCL (London) and has published over 25 journal articles and book chapters in the areas of urban transport policy, GIS and human geography. She has contributed over 55 presentations in conferences and proceedings and has recently co-edited a book on Sustainable Urban Transport (published by Emerald) and journal special issues on urban transport policy. Maria is currently the co-chair of Cluster 2 Transport and Environment within the Network of European Communications and Transport Activities Research (NECTAR) and co-chair of SIG G3 and member of the Steering Committee of the World Conference for Transport Research Society (WCTRS).
Prof. Adrian Muscat
Adrian Muscat occupies the post of Associate Professor at the University of Malta, within the Faculty of Information and Communications Technology. His general education is in computing and electronics with a specialization in data-driven modeling and simulation. His research interests are in the development and application of machine learning models, discrete event simulation and optimization, mainly in the areas of transport and combined vision and language. He is interested in demonstrating the use of ICT in both the study and implementation of transport policy. Prof Muscat is of the belief that ICT will transform the current archaic status quo in personal transport into the twenty first century necessity that calls for efficient real-time and customer-oriented services. In particular he has been studying Demand Responsive Personal Transport Systems for the last few years.
Prof. Edward Mallia
The very limited opportunities available at UM in 1990 in my original area of research suggested a move into the field of renewable energy. This coincided with the presence of people in Engineering departments interested in electric drives; with the signing of UNFCC-Malta agreements to provide annual Greenhouse Gas inventories; and with a growing interest of environment NGOs in local air quality.
So with people interested in these areas, I was involved drawing up GHG inventories, in local air quality reports sent to WHO, and in drawing up reports of on-the-road evaluation of electric cars and on infra- structure needed to support them. Inevitably this work required close examination of the local road transport situation, with its growing inflexibilities: which is why I find serious work on sustainable transport exciting.
Konrad Pulé is an accountant by profession with experience in the hospitality and transport sectors. He has been involved in land transport for the past 13 years and has worked on various transport projects in Malta. He was appointed as chief officer for land transport within the Authority for Transport in Malta in 2010 where he was responsible for the regulation of driver training, testing and licensing, vehicle registration, goods transport, and passenger transport. In 2015 he moved back to the private sector and took on the role of General Manager of the local bus company, Malta Public Transport with his main responsibility being to oversee the transformation of the public transport service.
Ranier Fsadni teaches social anthropology at the University of Malta, with special reference to the contemporary Arab world. He has served as Advisor to the Prime Minister on Mediterranean and Maritime Affairs (2004-2012); Director Operations at the European Commission-League of Arab States Liaison Office (2009-2014); Member of the European Commission’s Maritime Policy Expert Group (2006-2012); rapporteur for the working group on energy and the environment for the European Ideas Network (2007-2012); and Chairman of the Academy for the Development of a Democratic Environment (AZAD, 2001-2009). He writes a weekly political and cultural column for The Times of Malta.