About IHRA

Advisory board *Honorifics omitted

Advisory Board provides IHRA with strategic and technical advice. It is composed of existing operators of high-speed rail based on Crash Avoidance Principle and knowledgeable persons from countries which have a high-speed rail project.

To promote smooth IHRA activities, two Advisory Board are founded. The Boards would advise to the Board of Directors. Each Advisory Board are compose of existing operators of high-speed rail based on Crash Avoidance Principle or persons from countries which has a high-speed rail project or others.

Advisory Boards will promote international cooperation and general understanding of the High-Speed Rail system based on the Crash Avoidance Principle, and provide independent strategic and technical advice.

Senior Advisory Board MembersAs of October,2020

Syed Hamid Albar
Former Chairman
Land Public Transport Commission, Malaysia

He started his career in the judicial and legal services of Malaysia before joining the Banking & Financial sector. He held various positions in the Banking & Financial sector up to 1986. After which he became an advocate & solicitor in Malaysia up to 1990. In 1990, he was elected member of Parliament until 2013. He served as a Cabinet Minister from 1990 to 2009 in several portfolios including Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of Interior. In 2010 up to 2017, he was appointed by the Prime Minister of Malaysia as the Chairman of SPAD.

David Howell
Former Transport Secretary, UK

He was elected MP for the safe seat of Guildford in Surrey, for the Conservative Party, a position he retained until retiring at the 1997. He also held the office of under-secretary for Employment, Minister of State for Northern Ireland, and Minister of State for Energy, and then he has been Secretary of State for Energy from 1979 to 1981, Secretary of State for Transport from 1981 to 1983, and Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office from 2010 to 2012.

Andrew Robb
Former Minister for Trade and Investment, Australia

Andrew Robb AO enjoyed a career in politics since the early 90’s to mid-2016.
In 2013, Mr. Robb was appointed Trade and Investment Minister for Australia and successfully negotiated the Free Trade Agreements with South Korea, Japan and China as well as the 12 Country Trans Pacific Partnership Free Trade Agreement and the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership with Singapore.
With an Agricultural Science and First Class Honours Degree in Economics, Mr. Robb is currently providing strategic advice to Australian and Asia Pacific companies in trade and investment.

Tom Schieffer
Former Ambassador to Japan, US

He was elected to three terms (from 1972 to 1979) in the Texas House of Representatives and has been active in many political campaigns. He was an investor in the partnership that bought the Texas Rangers Baseball Club in 1989. He had been the US Ambassador to Australia from 2001 to 2005, as well as to Japan from 2005 to 2009.

Tetsuro Tomita
Chairman & Director
East Japan Railway Company, Japan

Joined Japan National Railways (JNR) in 1974. Following privatization of JNR, joined East Japan Railway Company in 1987. After Executive Director and Deputy Director General in Corporate Planning HQ, Executive Vice President and Director General in Corporate Planning HQ, President and CEO or other careers, Chairman and Director from 2018.

Yoshiyuki Kasai
Chairman Emeritus
Central Japan Railway Company, Japan

Joined Japan National Railways (JNR) in 1963. Following privatization of JNR, joined Central Japan Railway Company in 1987. After Executive Vice President or other careers, President from 1995, Chairman from 2004 and Chairman Emeritus from 2014.

Seiji Manabe
Chairman & Director
West Japan Railway Company, Japan

Joined Japan National Railways (JNR) in 1976. Following privatization of JNR, joined West Japan Railway Company in 1987. After General Manager of Financial Department, Senior General Manager of Corporate Planning HQ, Executive Vice President or other careers, President from 2012 and Chairman from 2016.

Susumu Ishihara
Senior Executive Adviser
Kyushu Railway Company, Japan

Joined Japan National Railways (JNR) in 1969. Following privatization of JNR, joined Kyushu Railway Company in 1987. After Director and Deputy Director General of Railway Operations HQ, Senior Management Director and Director General of Corporate Planning HQ or other careers, President from 2002 and Chairman from 2009. He is a senior advisor since June 2014.

Yao-Chung Chiang
Chairman
Taiwan High Speed Rail Corporation, Taiwan

Dr. Chiang was elected as Chairman of Taiwan High Speed Rail Corporation in October 2016. He was Chairman of China Steel Chemical Corporation, China Steel Corporation, Kaohsiung Rapid Transit Corporation, and China Airlines. The previous positions of Dr. Chiang were Deputy Minister of Public Construction Commission, Executive Yuan, Director General of Department of Rapid Transit Systems (DORTS), President of Chinese Institute of Engineers (CIE), and President of Chinese Society of Mechanical Engineering (CSME).

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ObserverAs of October,2020

Chua Chong-Kheng
Deputy Chief Executive
Land Transport Authority (LTA), Singapore

He first started his career with the Mass Rapid Transit Corporation of Singapore, as a Rolling Stock Engineer. In end 2003, Mr Chua was appointed as the LTA's Director and subsequently Group Director of the Safety and Contracts Division. He held the position until his 2-year secondment to the Ministry of Transport in March 2006 as the Director of International Relations and Security Division. In 2012, Mr Chua assumed the appointment of Deputy Chief Executive (Infrastructure & Development). He oversees the planning, design and implementation of all road and rail projects.

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Technical Advisory Board MembersAs of October,2020

  • Danny Broad

    Chairman, Australasian Railway Association, Australia

  • Nakorn Chantasorn

    Adviser to President
    National Science and Technology Development Agency, Thailand

  • Anson Jack

    Professor of International Railway
    Benchmarking and Director of the Birmingham International Railway Academy, UK

  • Larry Kelterborn

    President
    LDK Advisory Inc.,Canada

  • Achal Khare

    Managing Director
    National High Speed Rail Corporation Ltd, India

  • Robert C. Lauby, P.E.

    President
    RCL Rail Safety Consulting, LLC, Associate Administrator for Railroad Safety, Chief Safety Officer(Retired), FRA, USA

  • Hitoshi SAIMYO

    Senior Executive Officer
    East Japan Railway Company, Japan

  • Astuhito Mori

    Director and Senior Corporate Executive Officer
    Central Japan Railway Company, Japan

  • Shuji Kubota

    Executive Officer West Japan Railway Company, Japan

  • Tomiyuki Maekawa

    Managing Executive Officer
    Kyushu Railway Company, Japan

  • Kung-Yeun Jeng

    President
    Taiwan High Speed Rail Corporation, Taiwan

Danny Broad
Chairman, Australasian Railway Association, Australia

From 2015, he was the CEO of the ARA where he led the Associations activities in Australia and New Zealand, including policy development, advocacy and maintaining strong professional relationships with key Commonwealth and State Government representatives and local and international rail industry stakeholders. He was endorsed as Chair of the ARA in Jan 2020. His experience in the rail industry commenced in 1997 when he joined Downer Rail where he worked for 17 years holding a number of senior executive roles involved in the design, build and maintenance of passenger and freight rollingstock. In 2014, he joined the Ranbury Management Group in the capacity of Executive Manager Rail. He holds an honours degree in Civil Engineering (University of Queensland) as well as a Graduate Diploma in Business Administration (Queensland University of Technology). He is a former Board member for the Federal Government’s Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) and is currently a Board member of the TrackSAFE Foundation.

Nakorn Chantasorn
Adviser to President
National Science and Technology Development Agency, Thailand

He has over 38 years experience working in the State Railway of Thailand (SRT), in the positions of Engineer i/c Locomotive Technical Division, Mechanical Engineering Department; Chief, General Training Division, Training and Development Bureau; Chief, Policy and Planning Bureau; Assistant General Manager and Director, Special Programme Development Department respectively. He has been appointed the Deputy Governor since 2006, responsible for the Special Project and Construction Engineering as well as the Electrification System Management of the SRT. After retired from SRT, he assumed the full time advisor to the President of NSTDA since September 2010, acting director of Thailand Railway Technology Development Institute Project.

Anson Jack
Professor of International Railway
Benchmarking and Director of the Birmingham International Railway Academy, UK

Joined the UK rail industry in 1979. He has worked in operations, freight, commercial, strategy, and European affairs; at British Rail, Railtrack, and Network Rail. He was a director of RSSB from 2004 to 2015 during which time he was the director responsible for Standards, Policy, Research, Safety Risk, Commercial and Strategy as well as Deputy Chief Executive. He established the Rail Research UK Association in 2011 and a $200m+ programme for innovation in rail in 2012. He has also worked with the World Bank in Asia, the Transport Research Board in Washington and was a founder Director of the European Infrastructure Managers (EIM) in Brussels. From January 2015 he took up a position as a professor at the University of Birmingham, Centre for Rail Research and Education, where he leads the development of international railway benchmarking research.

Larry Kelterborn
President
LDK Advisory Inc.,Canada

He has a long career in the international railway industry. He is internationally recognized as a specialist on rail safety issues and has been deeply involved in most of the planned North American high speed rail projects, including the current Texas Central HSR project from Dallas to Houston. He established LDK Engineering in 1982 and was the President of Interfleet Technology North America from 2007 to 2013. He was a Senior Advisor at Interfleet Technology from 2013 to 2014. He is currently the President of LDK ADVISORY INC.

Achal Khare
Managing Director
National High Speed Rail Corporation Ltd, India

He started his professional career in Engineers India Ltd (EIL) and then joined Indian Railways in 1982. In 2005, he joined IRCON on deputation and served in Brazil followed by posting as Country Head/Malaysia for construction of US$ 1 billion electrified Railway project between Seremban to Gemas as part of Kuala Lumpur-Singapore Line. His last assignment was in the Ministry of Railways as Adviser/Infrastructure where he was responsible for coordinating major infrastructure projects such as Dedicated Freight Corridors and the High Speed Rail project of Mumbai-Ahmedabad.

Robert C. Lauby, P.E.
President
RCL Rail Safety Consulting, LLC, Associate Administrator for Railroad Safety, Chief Safety Officer(Retired), FRA, USA

He is a recognized safety expert experienced in railroad safety, accident investigation, engineering, and high-speed rail. From 1991 to 2002, he was Director of Railroad Safety for the US National Transportation Safety Board where he was responsible for railroad accident investigations throughout the nation. From 2005 until 2019, he served at Federal Railroad Administration, an agency of the US DOT, where he provided regulatory oversight and enforcement of safety regulations for the US railroad industry. He retired in 2019 as Associate Administrator for Railroad Safety and Chief Safety Officer. He established RCL Rail Safety Consulting in 2019 and currently provides consulting services to railroad clients including the Texas Central High-Speed Rail Project.

Hitoshi SAIMYO
Senior Executive Officer
East Japan Railway Company, Japan

Joined Japan National Railways (JNR) in 1985. Following privatization of JNR, joined East Japan Railway Company in 1987. After Deputy General Manager of Marketing Division of Niigata Branch Office, Deputy General Manager of Management Planning Department of Headquarters, General Manager of Tourism Strategy Office of Headquarters, Executive Director of New York Office, General Manager of International Department, and Executive Officer and General Manager of International Department or other careers, Senior Executive Officer In charge of International Affairs Headquarters from June 2018.

Astuhito Mori
Director and Senior Corporate Executive Officer
Central Japan Railway Company, Japan

Joined Japan National Railway (JNR) in 1982. Following privatization of JNR, joined Central Japan Railway Company in 1987. After General Manager of the Electrical Engineering Department of the Shinkansen Operations Division, Corporate Officer, General Manager of the Transportation Safety Department, Director and Corporate Officer, Director General of the Conventional Lines Operations Division or other careers, Director and Senior Corporate Executive Officer, Director General of the General Technology Division from 2020.

Shuji Kubota
Executive Officer West Japan Railway Company, Japan

Joined West Japan Railway Company in 1989. After General Manager of Shimonoseki General Rolling Stock Center, Hiroshima Branch, General Manager of Aboshi General Rolling Stock Center, Kansai Urban Area Regional Head Office, General Manager of Rolling Stock Department, Railway Operations HQ or other careers, Executive Officer and Deputy General Manager of Railway Operations HQ and General Manager of Innovation, Railway Operations HQ from 2020.

Tomiyuki Maekawa
Managing Executive Officer
Kyushu Railway Company, Japan

Joined Kyushu Railway Company in 1989. After Deputy General Manager of Strategy Management Department of Corporate Planning HQ, General Manager of Track & Facilities Department of Railway Operations HQ, Director & General Manager of Kagoshima Regional Office, Deputy Director General of Railway Operations HQ & General Manager of Transportation Safety Department from April 2018. (As of June 2019, Managing Executive Officer)

Kung-Yeun Jeng
President
Taiwan High Speed Rail Corporation, Taiwan

He has various careers in sales, international affairs, corporate planning, and long careers as the officer in airline and marine industry. He also has his career in THSRC as Assistant Vice President of Corporate Planning Division and Operation Division from 1998 to 2000. After President and Chairman Uni Air, President, Vice Chairman and Chairman in EVA Air, Chief Executive Officer from 2014, and President of THSRC from May, 2018.

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ObserversAs of October,2020

Rama Venkta
Technical Advisor, SG HSR Pte Ltd, Singapore

In 2020, he was appointed Technical Advisor of SGHSR. From 2017, as Managing Director of SG HSR, he was responsible for all joint aspects of project implementation on the Singapore side of the Kuala Lumpur - Singapore High Speed Rail (HSR) project – from planning, design, construction, and eventually into testing and commissioning of the HSR system. Prior to the formation of SG HSR, he was the Project Director of the Rail Group in LTA, having overseen numerous MRT projects. Before that, he was Director – Cost Control in the Safety & Contracts Group in LTA. Before joining LTA in 1994 (then MRTC), he specialized in deep foundation work with Bauer Engineers & Contractors.