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Alexandra van Huffelen has been the General Director of GVB, the body that manages Amsterdam’s public transport, since June 2014. Between 2000 and 2010, she worked at the energy company Essent, where her roles included director of the Deutsche Essent business unit and New Energy.

After the municipal elections of 2010, van Huffelen was appointed as an alderman in Rotterdam. Her portfolio was Sustainability, the City Centre and Outdoor Space, a post she held representing the party D66. Her responsibilities included the sustainable development of the city, the redevelopment of the city centre, managing and maintaining public spaces and creating more green space in and around Rotterdam.

Sessions

  • June 10: Diversity: improving the public transport workforce

    Strengthening women's employment and equal opportunities: developing employer gender policy - The speech will be delivered by 2 speakers representing both UITP (Alexandra Van Huffelen) and ITF - International Transport Workers' Federation

    Women as passengers and employees are central to urban public transport. However, the sector remains male-dominated, both from an employment point of view and from the values embedded in its structure and provision. For public transport that is safe, accessible and equitable, we need women's voices during the planning, policy-making, research, development and operation of our systems. This requires a proactive package of activities and measures. Recommendations on nine key elements for a strong employer policy will be presented in relation to working culture and gender stereotypes; recruitment; work environment and design; facilities; health and safety at work; work-life balance; qualifications, training and career opportunities; wage equality and terms and conditions of employment; and corporate policy. A joint employer/employee initiative will be launched to establish best practice.