Following a unanimous vote by UITP members at the General Assembly in Montréal, Mr Pere Calvet Tordera was sworn in as the Association’s President, taking over from Mr Masaki Ogata, who began his two-year term in 2015.
“We are about to enter a new era in public transport driven by huge social and technological changes. I am looking forward to continue the excellent work of Mr Masaki Ogata as UITP President, as the Association has a major role to play in this new scenario”, said Mr Calvet. “UITP will lead the evolution towards more liveable cities and a more equitable society by promoting modern, efficient and sustainable public transport all around the world.”
“UITP will lead the evolution towards more liveable cities and a more equitable society by promoting modern, efficient and sustainable public transport all around the world.”
Mr Calvet is a trained civil engineer, with more than 30 years’ experience in various sectors of public transport – including both metropolitan and suburban railway systems. Since 2011, he has been the General Manager of Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat de Catalunya (FGC) in Spain, and has been involved with the modernisation of the Catalonian suburban rail network, as well as playing an integral role in the launch of Barcelona’s “Line 9” metro project, one of Europe’s most significant automated metro initiatives.
Mr Calvet is no stranger to UITP, having been actively involved with the Association since May 1997. Over the past two decades, he has held a number of different roles, and most recently served as Vice-President of UITP, and Chairman of the Metropolitan Railways Assembly.
Looking back on his two-year tenure, Mr Ogata said he “enjoyed many opportunities to discuss current issues in the public transport sector with many enthusiastic colleagues and friends” and is proud of his efforts at “supporting the worldwide exchange of information and opinions”. He identified ‘innovation’ as the key theme of his mandate, claiming that “we are getting on the right track” to encourage innovation in the sector.
Mr Calvet’s tenure will last until the next Global Public Transport Summit in 2019, which will take place from 9–12 June in Stockholm.
Interview with Pere Calvet during the UITP Summit in Montréal (15-17 May 2017)