HSR Asia 2024
  HSR Asia 2024 is a comprehensive 2-day programme that aims to explore the transformative benefits of high-speed rail, focusing on its impact on the environment, economies and societies. The conference will provide a holistic view of the high-speed rail in the Asia Pacific region covering policy, innovative technology, infrastructure, economic impacts, future trends. It encourages collaboration among stakeholders, fosters discussions on innovation and explores the broader social and environmental aspects of high-speed rail development. The inclusion of innovative technology sessions emphasizes the role of cutting-edge solutions in driving these transformative changes.

Participants will gain insights into various funding models, the role of private investment, and real-world case studies showcasing successful financing strategies in high-speed rail projects.
  Advisory Panel

T C Chew, Director, Global Rail Business Leader, Arup, United Kingdom
Mark Loader, PMO Director, Southern Section, HS2, SCS Railways, United Kingdom
  Opening Keynote Address
YB Anthony Loke, Minister of Transport, Ministry of Transport, Malaysia

Keynote Address
Her Excellency Ailsa Terry
British High Commissioner to Malaysia

Dato’ Mohd Nur Ismal Bin Mohamed Kamal, CEO, MyHSR Corp, Malaysia

Panel of Industry Specialists and Government
Jean-Pierre Loubinoux,
Honorary CEO, UIC
Président du Cercle des Nouveaux Mondes, France
Senior Representative, California HSR Authority
T C Chew, Director, Global Rail Business Leader, Arup, UK
Dr Axel Sondermann, Executive Director, Global Consulting, DB E.C.O. Group, Germany
Charlotte Stanfield, Executive Director, Australia, New Zealand, DB E.C.O, Group
Farizul Hazli, CEO, Berjaya Rail, Malaysia
Adj. Prof Andrea Giuricin, Transport Economist at CESISP, University Milan Bicocca, CEO,TRA Consulting
Senior Transport Consultant, World Bank, Asia and Africa
Natasha Zulkifli, Stakeholder Director, YTL Malaysia
Founder Director,  Women in Rail Malaysia Group
Andrew Went, Director, Arup, UK
Rod Diridon, Sr., Co-chair, US High Speed Rail Coalition
Past President, American Public Transportation Association, USA
Manmohan Parkash, Former Senior Advisor, Office of the President, Asian Development Bank
Tonny Yeap, Associate Partner, Business Consulting, EY, Malaysia
Ir. Ts. Sri Viknesh Permalu
Rail Project Lead, Nippon Koei Mobility
Director, IRSE Malaysia Section, Malaysia
Jeff Tan, Director, Supply Chain & Logistics Practice, Frost & Sullivan, APAC
Frederico Ramos, Principal, Aedas, Singapore
Kent Donaldson, Executive Railway Specialist
Saudi Arabian Rail (SAR)/ Gulf Cooperative Council, ME
Saudi Arabian Rail (SAR)/ Gulf Cooperative Council, ME
Tim Smart, MD, Phase 2, HS2 Ltd, UK
  Programme At A Glance

Day 1, 3rd September 2024
The first day of the conference will bring together industry leaders to discuss how to deliver cost-effective rail projects in the current market conditions, featuring a range of panel discussions and presentations focusing on current challenges looking at value for money project development, affordability and commercial options, financing models and funding, drawing on experience from recent and current projects in Malaysia and the Asia Pacific region.

3rd September 2024
Exclusive Networking Evening Reception Hosted by
DB Engineering

Day 2, 4th September 2024
The second day will move to focus on how new technology and innovation can help ensure projects are delivered in the most cost effective manner both in during construction and future operations and maintenance.  The day will look at the latest developments in the use of AI and innovation in the delivery of high-speed rail and other projects around the world, including an expert panel discussing their applicability and benefits for projects in the region such as the KL-Singapore HSR project.
  Conference Outline

Day 1, Tuesday, 3rd September 2024

8:00 Morning Coffee & Registration
9:00 Chairman’s Welcome Address and Overview of HSR Asian 2024
T C Chew, Director, Global Rail Business Leader, Arup, United Kingdom
  Bridging Innovation and Connectivity
  Opening Keynote Address
YB Anthony Loke, Minister of Transport, Ministry of Transport, Malaysia

Keynote Address
UK Experience in Transport/Rail/High Speed Rail
  • Collaboration between UK and Malaysia transport sector
  • Forward look – potential collaboration between UK-MY for future transport projects
Her Excellency Ailsa Terry British High Commissioner to Malaysia

Keynote Address
KL-SG HSR Update
Dato’ Mohd Nur Ismal Bin Mohamed Kamal, CEO, MyHSR Corp, Malaysia
  Morning Coffee and Networking Opportunities
  Keynote Address
Unlocking Potential: Navigating Shadow Operations in Rail Transport for Enhanced Commercial Success
Dr Axel Sondermann, Executive Director, Global Consulting, DB E.C.O. Group, Germany

Keynote Panel Discussion
Transformative impact of high-speed rail on the environment and the positive outcome on the economy

International Keynote Address
The Value of Rail
Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, Honorary CEO, UIC
Président du Cercle des Nouveaux Mondes  (via zoom)
  HSR project updates

California High-Speed Rail, advancing the United States first electrified 220mph system.
Senior Representative, California HSR Authority

Preparing for HSR in Malaysia
Farizul Hazli, CEO, Berjaya Rail, Malaysia
  Lunch and Networking Opportunities
  Developing integrated networks and operation
Integrated rail networks are a crucial output for global transport systems as countries and cities strive to deliver greater connectivity, sustainability, and social change [while relieving heavy congestion on existing networks for passenger and goods movement]. Successful high speed rail networks have a key part in delivering the integrated transport system that society demands. This presentation explores the challenges that high speed rail programme delivery organisations face in defining and then creating an integrated travel system with high-speed rail at its heart. It will look at the challenges and demands in linking new operational rail systems with existing networks, the effective alignment of passenger services and cross-network access and requirements for establishing real-time information systems that provide passenger end-to-end journey information.  In addition, drawing on global knowledge and experience, the presentation will cover:
  • Linking of rail systems and operations – opportunities and challenges
  • Planning through passenger routes and access
  • Co-ordinating information and the investment in passenger systems
  • Station and network sharing
Andrew Went, Director, Arup, United Kingdom
  Funding and Financing High Speed Rail
  How can Transit-Oriented Development contribute
  • Land swap options
  • Can the KL Sentral success be repeated
Innovative FInancing Modalities to Fund Complex Intraregional Railway Projects.
Manmohan’s experience of financing over 10,000 kms of railway projects in Asian economie will be used as illustration including pioneering the structure of high speed railway project financing in China. This model was highly successful and adopted by the Chinese railways to fund their ambitious high-speed railway development. Examples from these projects to propose options for the Singapore-Kualalumpur line. Accessing funds is an issue and raising money through long-term green bonds and coupons will be covered under the ambit of green financing.
Manmohan Parkash, Former Senior Advisor, Office of the President, Asian Development Bank

Interactive Panel Discussion: How to ensure projects are cost effective, affordable and financeable

HSR Stations: The Case for TODs & Integrated Transport Hubs
  • The presentation will discuss the role of HSR stations as either meeting bare minimum rail functional requirements or serving as community hubs and urban renovation catalysts.
  • Discussing the role of HSR stations as either basic rail functional stations or integrated community hubs.
  • Highlight the benefits and challenges of Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) and minimal functional stations.
  • Showcasing Aedas case studies and other real-world examples to illustrate implementations of both approaches and show a comparative analysis in regard to economic impact, community engagement, and sustainability.
  • Emphasising the importance of TODs - creating sustainable, high-density, and walkable urban solutions for future infrastructure development

Frederico Ramos, Principal, Aedas, Singapore

HSR and global sustainability – the race to save the planet!

  • Many countries including China, Spain, France, Germany, Italy and Japan are using high speed rail development as a core tool in their efforts to combat climate change whilst creating jobs and mobility
  • Ever increasing fuel prices means that hsr is not a question of ‘if’ a country decides to implement it but rather ‘when and how fast’ can hsr be developed and implemented
  • Effectively using renewable energy sources to power high speed rail development
  • Economies of scale when choosing high speed
  Afternoon Tea and Networking Opportunities
  Post Pandemic Impacts on Major Projects

How to Address inflation and Increased Material Prices

  • Phased Delivery Models
  • Geopolitical Impact
5:00 High Speed Rail Corridors in the United States – Current and Planned (via Zoom)
The presentation will give a map of the eleven congressionally approved US high speed rail corridors including the current status of each of the eleven projects from North East to South West ending with the California project.

Rod Diridon
, Sr., Co-chair, US High Speed Rail Coalition
Past President, American Public Transportation Association
5:30 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and key takeaways from the day

Exclusive Networking Evening Reception hosted by DB Engineering

  Day 2, Wednesday, 4th September 2024

8:30 Morning Coffee & Registration
9:00 Chairman’s Welcome Address and Recap from Day 1
  Accelerating High Speed Rail Programme Delivery
The increasing global need to deliver transformative transport schemes quickly and to budget is critical. Across Europe, North America, Middle East, Asia and Australasia the demand for rail, light rail/metro, freight and high speed is at an all time high. This places significant pressure on funding organisations and governments to clearly define the outputs, align stakeholders, set out objectives, budgets and programme targets. At the same time, the private sector faces ever growing pressure to absorb greater programme risks and to deliver integrated yet affordable solutions that can be delivered efficiently and to the high quality that the operators and passengers need. This presentation will look at the global demand for high speed/faster rail delivery, the approaches taken to shorten programme delivery and establish clear outputs. It will examine the steps delivery organisations around the world are taking to create greater standardisation, the benefits this brings to the whole life of a railway and its ability to achieve sustainable values on investment.

T C Chew, Director, Global Rail Business Leader, Arup, United Kingdom

Importance of Transit Oriented Development in the Success of PPP in Rail Projects
Charlotte Stanfield, Executive Director, Australia, New Zealand, DB E.C.O. Group
  How is ESG shaping the future of rail

Can environmental benefits fund project
  • Rail De-carbonisation, Sustainability and Resilience
  Morning Coffee and Networking Opportunities
  Lessons Learned and Applicable
  Building a Diverse Future: Enhancing Malaysia's Rail Industry"
  • Background of Women in Rail Malaysia
  • The Importance of Diversity in the Rail Industry
  • Women in Rail Malaysia: Strengthening the Talent Pool
  • The Role of Employers in Promoting Diversity & Inclusion
  • Long-term vision for an inclusive and thriving Malaysian rail industry
Natasha Zulkifli, Stakeholder Director, YTL Malaysia
Founder Director,  Women in Rail Malaysia Group

Update on Proposed Riyadh to Kuwait HSR link in Saudi Arabia
Kent Donaldson, Executive Railway Specialist
Saudi Arabian Rail (SAR)/ Gulf Cooperative Council, ME

HSR Private Operator: The Importance of Economic Regulation
  • Italo, the first HSR private operator
  • Open Access competition
  • Italy, France and Spain as business case
  • Infrastructure manager and Railway operator
  • Access Charge and capacity allocation
Adj. Prof Andrea Giuricin, Transport Economist at CESISP, University Milan Bicocca
CEO,TRA Consulting; Senior Transport Consultant, World Bank, Asia, and Africa
  Improving cost effective delivery through technology – HSR Technology Showcase
  Enhancing High-Speed Rail Through Advanced Signalling Systems and Communication Technologies
The evolution of High-Speed Rail (HSR) systems has been significantly influenced by advancements in signalling and communication technologies. These technologies not only enhance the efficiency and safety of rail operations but also play a crucial role in promoting sustainability within the rail industry.
  • This paper explores the critical importance of advanced signalling and communication systems in HSR and their contribution to sustainable operations. Signalling systems such as the European Train Control System (ETCS) and Chinese Train Control System (CTCS) enable precise train control, leading to optimized energy consumption and reduced environmental impact.
  • Next-generation communication technologies, including FRMCS, support real-time data transfer and operational coordination, enhancing the efficiency and reliability of rail services. The integration of IoT sensors and AI-driven data analytics further supports sustainable practices by facilitating predictive maintenance and dynamic energy management.
  • By improving operational efficiency and reducing energy use, these technologies help lower the carbon footprint of HSR. Enhanced reliability and punctuality of HSR systems encourage a modal shift from less sustainable transport options, further contributing to environmental sustainability.
  • Through case studies and best practices for HSR’s globally, the presentation will demonstrates how these technologies are being successfully implemented worldwide, setting a benchmark for the development of sustainable high-speed rail networks.
Ir. Ts. Sri Viknesh Permalu
Rail Project Lead, Nippon Koei Mobility; Director, IRSE Malaysia Section

The Future of High-Speed Rail - Innovations and Impacts
Technological advancements, economic benefits, integration with public transport, and case studies of successful projects highlight the future of high-speed rail, showcasing innovations, sustainable benefits, seamless travel experiences, and regional best practices
Jeff Tan, Director, Supply Chain & Logistics Practice, Frost & Sullivan, APAC The role of AI and Advanced Innovation in Rail

Emerging Technologies in High-Speed Rail Operations

AI and Automation for Safety and Efficiency

Sustainable Infrastructure Innovations

Technology for Social Benefits
  Lunch and Networking Opportunities
  Smart Stations and Customer Experience

Can New Technologies make HSR affordable?
  • The switch from Electric to Hydrogen trains – is this viable?
  • Dual use HSR lines (passenger and freight) pros and cons
High Speed Rail Air Links
  Afternoon Tea and Networking Opportunities
  Future Challenges and Opportunities
  Interactive Roundtable Sessions
This is an unparalleled opportunity to not only listen but to get involved in intensive discussions on the key issues that are currently impacting high speed rail development and implementation.  Participants have the option to choose which roundtable session to attend.
  1. Stakeholder Engagement and Collaboration – Addressing Environmental and Social Concerns
  2. Successful Project Management of High-Speed Rail Projects – Keeping your Project on track and under cost. The Economics of implementing high speed rail – cost vs benefits
  3. Innovative Technology for High-Speed Rail Development
5:30 Chairman’s Closing Address- Future Policy Frameworks
Recap of Key Insights and Learning. Acknowledgements and Appreciation and an Invitation to Future Collaborations
  Opening Keynote Address

YB Anthony Loke
Minister of Transport, Ministry of Transport, Malaysia
  Keynote Address

Her Excellency Ailsa Terry
British High Commissioner to Malaysia

Her Excellency Ailsa Terry CMG started as the British High Commissioner to Malaysia in August 2023 in succession to Charles Hay MVO.

Before taking up the post of High Commissioner, Ms Terry was the Director of the FCDO’s inaugural Sanctions Directorate from 2022 to 2023, which was established as part of the UK’s response to Russia’s illegal invasion of Ukraine. Previously she was the Foreign Affairs Sous-Sherpa and FCDO Director for the UK’s Presidency of the G7 in 2021. Prior to this, she worked in the National Security Secretariat in the Cabinet Office which supports the work of the UK National Security Council.

During her time in the British diplomatic service, she has been posted to Islamabad and the UK Mission to the EU in Brussels. Ailsa was also the Political Adviser to the EU Special Representative to Afghanistan in 2011.

Ms Terry is married to Adam Terry and they have twin sons. She read English Literature (BA Hons) at Oxford University. In her spare time Ailsa enjoys reading, cooking and spending time outdoors with her family.

Dato' Mohd Nur Ismal Bin Mohamed Kamal
CEO, MyHSR Corp, Malaysia

Dato’ Mohd Nur Ismal bin Mohamed Kamal is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of MyHSR Corporation Sdn Bhd (MyHSR Corp). He has led the company and steered the Kuala Lumpur - Singapore High Speed Rail (KL-SG HSR) project since its inception and through the various milestones and challenges in the last eight years. Among the highlights were the launch of the seven Malaysian HSR stations’ concept designs, completion of the Public Inspection exercise, selection of the Project Delivery Partners for the local civil works, and many others. Most recently, Mohd Nur led the launch of the Request for Information exercise to seek concept proposals from the private sector, locally and abroad, in line with the aspiration of the Government of Malaysia.

Mohd Nur has also realised a number of key accomplishments as the CEO of the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) between 2008 and 2015, including the successful launch of the Go-KL bus services and development of the National Land Public Transport Masterplan which helped set the vision for the public transport industry in Malaysia. He also led the initial efforts in developing the concept for the MRT project up to its successful launch. Mohd Nur brings with him over two decades of diversified experience both internationally and locally having served in management consultancy firms AT Kearney and Accenture, as well as in DRB-HICOM Bhd. He also led the development of the critically-acclaimed National Higher Education Action Plan at the Ministry of Higher Education. Dato’ Mohd Nur holds a Master of Business Administration in Strategy, Finance and Marketing from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University in Illinois. He also has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Finance and Decision Sciences from the University of Denver in Colorado.
  Panel of Industry Specialists and Government

Viknesh Jean-Pierre Loubinoux
Honorary CEO, UIC
Président du Cercle des Nouveaux Mondes

Jean-Pierre Loubinoux held various responsibilities in SNCF, Director of French railroads Inc. North-America and of French Railways UK Ltd., Chief Executive of SNCF Freight International, Chairman and CEO of SNCF International. In March 2009, Jean-Pierre Loubinoux was appointed Director-General of the International Union of Railways (UIC), the worldwide association representing the rail sector worldwide. His mandate is set to run until 2019.

He is now Honorary CEO of UIC. In addition, Jean-Pierre Loubinoux holds responsibilities in many institutions: French Foreign Trade Advisor, Chairman of the Medef International France-Argentina-Uruguay Committee, Honorary Chairman of AFFI (the French association of railway engineers), Member of the Chartered Institute of Transport, Member of the Board of the US High Speed Rail Association., and the Mineta Transport Institute.

He is also advisor to UN Secretary General, in a High-level group for sustainable mobility, and past member of the board of Slocat. Jean-Pierre Loubinoux has been awarded the Legion of Honor, and is Commander of the French National Order of Merit – one of the highest decorations in France.

He also edits books of poetry, and creates paintings.

Senior Representative
California HSR Authority

T C Chew
Global Rail Solutions Leader, ARUP, United Kingdom

As Arup’s Global Rail Business Leader, TC leads an international team of rail experts working on all kinds of rail transit systems, including high-speed, metros, light and heavy rail. As an advisor to governments and delivery bodies responsible for major rail projects, TC’s focus is on helping clients to unlock the transformative potential of rail.

Prior to Arup, TC was the President of Global Business Operations. During his time as Projects Director at MTR Corporation TC was responsible for all new railway projects in Hong Kong, TC also held senior portfolio with other Rail Transport related organisations including Bombardier Transportation, Singapore Land Transport Authority and London Underground. TC is a chartered engineer and Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering as well other professional institutions in the UK.

Dr Axel Sondermann
Executive Director, Global Consulting, DB E.C.O. Group, Germany

Viknesh Charlotte Stanfield BA Hons ARICS MRTPI GAICD
Executive Director, Australia, New Zealand, DB E.C.O. Group

Charlotte, a Chartered Surveyor, Town Planner and Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, has over 30 years of international experience from London, Hong Kong, New Zealand and Sydney.

With a background in property development, town planning, and company directorship, she's played pivotal roles in spearheading multibillion-dollar passenger and freight rail programs and major precinct developments. Charlotte's expertise lies in her ability to spot opportunities, assemble teams, and drive initiatives, fostering collaboration between public and private sectors, government bodies, stakeholders, and communities. Notable projects she's led in Australia include Barangaroo Wynyard Walk, contributions to Sydney Metro stations and precinct developments, Parramatta Light Rail and early initiatives of Sydney Newcastle Higher Speed Rail. Her portfolio extends globally, encompassing groundbreaking projects such as the world's first airside In-Town Check-In Airport Railway, for the Mass Transit Railway Corporation, Hong Kong, along with significant contributions to London's rail and property infrastructure, including Canary Wharf, London Docklands and the Jubilee Underground Rail Line Extension.

As DB’s E&C’s Executive Director – ANZ and the Head of Consulting for ANZ, Charlotte oversees the strategic direction of the Hub, as part of APAC, working closely with Deutsche Bahn’s global leadership team to support our clients and partners providing engineering, consulting and rail operations consulting. She is able to leverage DB’s HSR rail and station precinct product and property development and partnering solutions and brings her rail and property global expertise to clients and partners.

Viknesh Farizul Hazli
CEO, Berjaya Rail, Malaysia

Farizul Baharom has held various roles in the Attorney General’s Chambers, the Economic Planning Unit of the Prime Minister’s Department, Prokhas (Ministry of Finance linked Co.) before moving on to become the Legal Head and the Head of Cross Border Rail in the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) where he was responsible for the RTS and HSR projects. He then was appointed as the Special Adviser to the Transport Minister before taking on his current task as the Chief Executive Officer of Berjaya Rail.

Adj. Prof Andrea Giuricin
Transport Economist at CESISP, University Milan Bicocca
CEO, TRA Consulting
Senior Transport Consultant, World Bank, Asia and Africa

Adj.Prof. Dr. Andrea Giuricin is CEO of TRA consulting, a strategic consultancy company based in Barcelona and Milan with international customers from Europe, Middle East, Asia, America working with the top management (CEO and President) in the strategic and operational decisions. He created the “studies office” for the CEO of Italo-NTV, the first private high speed rail company in open access competition and he worked in the first HSR markets open to the competition (Italy, South Korea, Spain and France) as strategic and operational consultant for the CEOs and top managers of the Railway companies. He is working with several other project in the rail industry, including rail freight operators and infrastructure managers.He is senior transport consultant for the World Bank, reforming transport sector in Asia and Africa and for the United Nations. In the last years he was speaker at International Transport Forum of OECD.

He is teaching Transport Economics at University Milano Bicocca in Italy. In the same University he is responsible for the development of transport studies at CESISP – Unimib and he is adj. Prof. at University of Southern California, United States. He is also former visiting professor at China Academy of Railway Sciences, the leader organization in the world for the railway industry. He is also professor at UIC (International Association of Railways). Dr. Andrea Giuricin cooperates and works with several Transport Authorities (CNMC in Spain, ART in Italy, CMA in UK, LATRA Tanzania, SPAD in Malaysia, RSR in South Africa), with the European Commission and European Railway Agency.

Viknesh Natasha Zulkifli
Stakeholder Director, YTL Malaysia; Founder Director, Women in Rail Malaysia Group

Natasha is Stakeholder Director for YTL Construction. YTL is an integrated infrastructure developer with operations in eleven countries, listed on the stock exchanges of Malaysia and Japan. She is involved in building a 192km rail line from Gemas to Johor Bahru, in southern Peninsular Malaysia. Natasha also conceptualised, incubated and now leads the running of the YTL Learning Academy. At YTL Construction, Natasha is also heavily involved in driving transformation, culture change as well as championing D&I related issues.

Natasha is Chair of the British Malaysia Chamber of Commerce’s Diversity & Inclusion Network. She also sits as an Independent Non-Executive Director for a plantation company listed on the Malaysian stock exchange. Given her deep interest to strengthen human capital development in the Malaysian rail space, in 2017 Natasha founded Women in Rail Malaysia, a not-for-profit entity which was established to support and promote equality and diversity within the Malaysian rail industry. She is passionate about promoting the Malaysian rail space as a career of choice to young women studying in secondary school and in universities. To date, Women in Rail Malaysia has spoken to more than 10,000 students across Malaysia.

She has also launched Women in Rail Connect, a global platform to connect women working in the rail industry from all over the world and is now engaging with women in rail across more than ten countries. In 2019, the German government recognised Natasha as a one of the ‘Remarkable Women in Transport’, officially recognising her as a female change-maker and highlighting her contribution to sustainable mobility solutions. In 2021, the Malaysian government awarded Natasha as the inaugural winner of the Outstanding Woman of the Year in Rail Award. In 2022, International Railway Journal recognized Natasha and profiled her as one of winners of IRJ’s Women in Rail Awards 2022.

Viknesh Andrew Went
Director, Arup, United Kingdom

Andrew has over 30 years’ experience within transport and civil engineering, with 27 years specifically focused on the maintenance and renewal of rail assets and the technical delivery of strategically important major rail investments. At Arup, Andrew leads the global high-speed rail business and is also the regional rail business leader for the UK, India, Middle East and Africa. Between 2009 and 2015 Andrew was seconded into High Speed 2 Ltd as Head of Route and Station Engineering. Working with the UK’s Department for Transport, he was involved in the development of the proposed high-speed rail network; working closely with ministers and devolved government departments to provide rail engineering, operations and maintenance expertise regarding the deliverability and integration of high-speed, conventional rail and light rail transport solutions. Andrew has held a range of senior positions within the public and private sectors which provide him with a unique understanding of scheme development and inception. Andrew is also a Board Director for the Railway Industry Association (RIA) and since 2021, Vice Chair of the RIA International Board, working closely with the UK Department of International Trade.

Viknesh Rod Diridon Sr.
Co-chair, US High Speed Rail Coalition
Past President, American Public Transportation Association

Manmohan Parkash
Former Senior Advisor, Office of the President, Asian Development Bank

An international finance expert, Mr. Parkash has over 38 years of experience in infrastructure development, finance, strategic leadership, and portfolio management in Asia Pacific countries. He has held senior positions with Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Government of India. He has a deep understanding of the international development agenda and multilateral institutions. He has shaped policy frameworks and mobilized billions of dollars from multiple sources for equitable and sustainable development in developing countries. He has structured financing of several large infrastructure projects in the energy and transport sectors. He has consistently delivered outstanding results by forging strong partnerships with governments, multilaterals, private sector, and other stakeholders; and driving organizational reforms. He is an inspiring leader, technology enthusiast, and a catalyst of change. Mr. Parkash has authored numerous publications including on energy, transport, climate change, environment, innovative financing modalities, trade, and regional cooperation.

Viknesh Tonny Yeap
Associate Partner, Ernst & Young Consulting, Malaysia
Associate Partner, Business Consulting EY

Tonny has more than 20 years of experience in project management on infrastructure sector particularly the railway (HSR, MRT and conventional rail), public transport and public sector including international bilateral activities.

Viknesh Ir. Ts. Sri Viknesh Permalu
Rail Project Lead, Nippon Koei Mobility
Director, IRSE Malaysia Section

Sri Viknesh is a Chartered Engineer and registered ASEAN Professional Engineer with more than 17 years of experience in railway engineering and rail related projects in Malaysia. Sri is currently pursuing his post-graduate studies for Doctor of Philosophy – Engineering Technology in Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia (UTHM). Throughout his career, Sri have contributed to the development of railway industry in Malaysia in various capacities, including as a main contractor, project delivery partner, government agency representative and consulting entity. Sri is also the director and national secretary for the Malaysia Section of the Institution of Railway Signal Engineers (IRSE). Currently Sri leads development of Rail Systems technical specifications for the Mutiara Line Light Rail Transit Project, Malaysia for Nippon Koei Mobility. His experience includes high-speed rail planning and feasibility, as well as urban and mainline project execution and delivery.

Jeff Tan
APAC Leader, Supply Chain & Logistics Practice, Frost & Sullivan, Asia Pacific

Jeff is the Head of Frost & Sullivan's APAC Supply Chain & Logistics (SC&L) Advisory Practice, responsible for developing and managing client relationships and conceptualizing and overseeing advisory engagements. He maintains a deep understanding of emerging trends, technologies, and market behavior in the Transportation, Supply Chain Solution Providers, Freight Infrastructure, and Maritime sectors across the Asia Pacific region.

Jeff has an impressive track record, having led multiple research studies and consulting projects for Frost & Sullivan, including Contract Logistics Market Analysis, Warehousing Market Opportunities, and Freight Logistics Industry in the Asia Pacific region.

Before joining Frost & Sullivan, Jeff worked with TNT Express and FedEx Express, where he developed technical knowledge and skills in supply chain efficiency and cost management. He has worked with over 20 multinational companies in the Southeast Asia region, specializing in express shipments, customized air cargo and cross-border land trucking solutions, and Service Logistics. Jeff is also a sought-after thought leadership speaker at Supply Chain & Logistics conferences.

Frederico Ramos
Principal, Aedas, Singapore

Frederico is a Principal of Aedas with over 28 years of experience, a degree in architecture, a degree in environmental and territorial planning, and has completed projects across 5 continents in infrastructure, healthcare, hospitality, commercial, institutional, educational, and residential works. Frederico has an exceptional railway portfolio, particularly in collocated cross-border high-speed rail facilities including the West Kowloon Terminus, Bandar Malaysia terminus, Iskandar Puteri International Station, and the Singapore HSR feasibility study. His rail experience also includes the Yangon Central Station Masterplan and New Railway Station redevelopment, Melbourne Metro, and the Singapore CRL.

Frederico is particularly experienced in large-scale, complex and fast-track projects such as the Macao Venetian Cotai Strip, and the Suntec City Projects. A digital and technology enthusiast, Frederico is heavily involved in BIM/VDC+O and Healthcare Architecture promotion and has won several international awards including the 1st Runner-Up in the BCA international BIM competition, and the “Graphisoft Design Competition: Algorithmic Design Meets BIM”. He has been invited to speak in leading industry conferences in Singapore, Osaka, Tokyo, Lisbon, Aveiro, Coimbra, Viena, Stockholm, and Riadh.

Kent Donaldson
Executive Railway Specialist
Saudi Arabian Rail (SAR) / Gulf Cooperative Council, ME
  • Executive QANTAS Airways Ltd
  • Development Manager Melbourne Airport
  • General Manager Australian Rail Track Corp Operation,Infrastructure & Safety
  • Chair of Australian Railway Regulation Safety Board
  • Executive Director Transport & Regulation NSW Australia
  • Chief Operating Officer Melbourne Suburban Veolia Railway Network
  • Adviser for Hajj Rail Operations Saudi Arabia
  • Development Specialist Saudi Arabia Rail (SAR)
  • Rail Specialist Gulf CoOperation Council GCC Railway Network across 6 Middle East member countries

Viknesh Tim Smart
MD, Phase 2, HS2 Ltd, UK


As the Government of Malaysia’s project delivery vehicle for the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High Speed Rail (KL-SG HSR) project, MyHSR Corporation Sdn Bhd (MyHSR Corp) is responsible for the development and implementation of this high-impact and game-changing initiative that will drive Malaysia towards becoming a developed nation. The KL-SG HSR is envisioned to be more than just a rail transportation project. It is expected to be a growth engine that will unlock the socio-economic potentials along the Southern corridor of Peninsular Malaysia, spurring the development of key economic centres and intermediate cities while boosting the various industries and their supporting ecosystem, creating jobs and business opportunities for all.

During the Request For Information (RFI) exercise between August and November 2024, MyHSR Corp is tasked to seek concept proposals from local and international firms or consortia to design, finance, build, operate, and transfer the KL-SG HSR based on the public-private partnership model. Incorporated in 2015, MyHSR Corp is wholly-owned by the Minister of Finance (Incorporated) and under the supervision of the Ministry of Transport Malaysia.

Website: www.myhsr.com.my

Express Rail Link Sdn Bhd (ERL)
is the operator of KLIA Ekspres and KLIA Transit services that connect Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA T1 & T2) and the city. This year marks ERL’s 21 years of service. Throughout the years, ERL has taken many initiatives to deliver a safe and reliable public transport system. ERL has also been recognised locally and internationally for consistently providing high standards of service. Since its service launch in April 2002, ERL has carried over 115 million passengers onboard its trains and has consistently maintained its 99.7% on-time service performance record.

Incorporated in 1996, ERL is a private limited company owned by Malaysia’s foremost companies. YTL Corporation Berhad, Lembaga Tabung Haji, SIPP Rail Sdn Bhd and Trisilco Equity Sdn Bhd. The operations and maintenance are efficiently managed by ERL Maintenance Support Sdn Bhd (E-MAS).

Website: www.kliaekspres.com

The California High-Speed Rail project is an ambitious electrified rail system that will connect nearly 500 miles on the west coast of the United States.  Construction is underway along the alignment which will connect the megaregions of Los Angeles and San Francisco to the growing regions of California’s Central Valley with trains capable of travelling 220mph. Presenters on the project will discuss challenges faced by this first in the nation project and work being done to advance efforts through local, state and federal partnerships.

Rail Personnel is an internationally recognised rail recruitment specialist that has been delivering staffing solutions and job opportunities to a worldwide clientele for over 15 years. Our expert recruiters have international experience and in-depth knowledge of the rail industry. We can provide skilled engineer and operations staff to do design, construction and maintenance in all rail disciplines, either on contract or to fill permanent positions.

Our database profiles over 35,000 rail professionals, allowing us to source candidates globally. More than 7,000 visitors access the Rail Personnel website each month for information about jobs, rail people and latest developments in the rail industry.

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We offer Deutsche Bahn's globally recognized expertise all the way from the idea stage to operations, and all from a single source. We advise our customers in Germany and around the world, and work with them to develop innovative, technically sophisticated and customized infrastructure, mobility and transport solutions. By offering sustainable ideas and solutions, we help to ensure the future success of economic regions and make an important contribution to environmental protection, thereby shaping the world of tomorrow.

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Dedicated to sustainable development, Arup is a collective of designers, consultants and experts working globally. Founded to be humane and excellent, we collaborate with our clients and partners using imagination, technology, and rigour to shape a better world.

Across the world, we shape and deliver major rail projects for clients in the public and private sector. Our approach combines systems-thinking, the latest technologies and decades of experience.
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Frost & Sullivan, the growth pipeline company, enables clients to accelerate growth and achieve best in-class positions in growth, innovation, and leadership. The company’s Growth Pipeline as a Service provides the CEO’s Growth Team with transformational strategies and best-practice models to drive the generation, evaluation, and implementation of powerful growth opportunities. Let us coach you on your transformational journey, while we actively support you in fostering collaborative initiatives within your industry's ecosystem. Our transformation journey is fuelled by four powerful components, ensuring your success in navigating the ever-changing landscape of your industry.
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  Media Partners:


International Railway Journal - IRJ - was launched in 1960 as the world’s first magazine reporting on the railway industry worldwide. IRJ still maintains its position as the world’s brightest and best international railway magazine.

With an average audience of 10,234 monthly readers in 146 countries. 83% of our qualified circulation is requested. With impartial coverage, superior design, expert editorial team, and high-value readership, no other global railway magazine comes close.

In 2016 IRJ launched IRJ Pro, a comprehensive business intelligence toolkit for rail professionals, providing a unique perspective on market dynamics in the global railway industry.

Website: www.railjournal.com
metro rail news

Metro Rail News is an exclusive and leading online news portal which provides complete and up to date information like project updates, tender, events & job notices, passenger information, media interviews etc. from various mass rapid transit systems like metro railways, mono rail, high speed bullet trains, sub-ways, trams, metro coach factories and associated industries in India.

Metro Rail News offers business, advertisement and media partnership opportunities to the individuals, business organizations, event planners, metro railways, OEMs and coach factories worldwide.

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Rail Analysis

Rail Analysis
is a Prominent Rail Print, Digital and Online Media specializing in Railways and Metro Sector of India covering projects such as Traditional Railways, Modern Systems, Metro Systems, High Speed Rail and Station Redevelopment projects. We continue to be focused on the promotion of the Railway Industry development in India and its future growth towards innovation and modernization. Our Magazine is sent to Indian and Global Railway Professionals & Major marketing platform, distributed to the decision makers of the Railways Industry in India. It provides the latest news and updates on Indian projects for International companies to connect with each other and collaborate for projects in India along with information and analysis on railway projects in India.

Check Out latest edition at www.railanalysis.in.

Tunnelbuilder has consistently been a leading source for the latest tunneling tenders, awards, and invaluable news within the industry. With an unwavering commitment to providing up-to-date and comprehensive information, Tunnelbuilder serves as an indispensable platform for professionals seeking opportunities and insights in the tunnel construction sector. One of Tunnelbuilder's core strengths lies in its ability to connect businesses with lucrative prospects. By showcasing tenders and awards from around the world, it acts as a catalyst for companies looking to expand their operations or embark on new ventures. Tunnelbuilder not only informs but also actively supports businesses in promoting their services and expertise to a global audience, fostering growth and collaboration within the tunneling community.

TunnelBuilder offers unparalleled exposure to a global audience of tunneling professionals and stakeholders. Maximize your company's visibility, showcase your expertise, and secure valuable contracts by leveraging our platform's extensive reach. Join us to connect, grow, and thrive in the tunnel construction industry. In summary, Tunnelbuilder's role as a premier source for tunneling tenders and news, coupled with its dedication to facilitating industry promotion, makes it an invaluable asset for professionals and businesses operating in the tunnel construction domain.

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In-town flight check-in and bag drop facility at KL Sentral Station for those flying with Malaysia Airlines, Batik Air, and Cathay Pacific.

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Express Rail Link (ERL) is the operator of KLIA Ekspres train service that connects KL International Airport (KLIA T1 & T2) and the city. The non-stop 57-km journey on KLIA Ekspres between KL Sentral and KLIA Terminal 1 takes only 28 minutes.
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