Authors

Gianluca Barletta
Gianluca is the Head of Smart Consulting for WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff UK. In his previous post, Gianluca was National Director, Strategic Consulting for Canada at WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff. In 2011 he joined the newly-established Parsons Brinckerhoff's Canadian operations in Toronto as Vice President Business Development. Before that, Gianluca held a number of progressively senior positions in the UK Strategic Consulting business and for an Italian consulting firm.

Fluent in Italian, English and Spanish, Gianluca holds a Masters of Science in Transportation and Business Management and a Ph.D. in Transportation Economics, both from Imperial College London. Prior to that, he got a Bachelor in Industrial Engineering and a Masters in Business Management from University of Bari.

Recent articles:
A Trip Downtown – A Possible Outlook on the Future of Accessible Mobility
A Trip Downtown - Policy Considerations

   

Fredrik Bergström
Fredrik Bergström, PhD in Economics, former CEO of The Retail institute and since 2008 Business Area Director for WSP Analysis & Strategy. WSP Analysis & Strategy has 130 employees and focuses on key drivers for regional development, costs and benefits of infrastructure investments and city and property development. Fredrik has worked on issues related to the role of infrastructure, economic growth, urban and real estate development, development of district centers, regional development and retail.

Recent articles:
Digitization, Change and Economic Growth
Infrastructure Policy in Sweden - Deadlocks and Solutions

   

Roddy Boggus
Roddy Boggus, Senior Vice President and Global Aviation Market
A leader for WSP | Parsons Brinkerhoff, is responsible for managing the firm’s planning, financial, engineering, and construction services for US airports. Mr. Boggus is an architect by trade and the author of many aviation/security white papers and a regular columnist for Passenger Terminal World.

Recent articles:
Airport infrastructure, funding and planning for tomorrow
Skyways: a review of the aviation market and the aerotropolis projects

   

Anna Bondesson
Anna Bondesson, project manager at WSP Civils in Sweden, is a researcher in environmental and social sustainability related to Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs). Her expertise ranges from impact assessments, carbon reporting, and needs-based concept development to strategic work on smart sustainable cities and the use of ICTs to support urban development. Anna is a valued speaker and inspirer, driven by societal challenges, inequalities, and social injustice.

   

Emma Corcoran
Emma Corcoran is General Manager of the Strategic Consulting group of Parsons Brinckerhoff in Australia, and is responsible for the Business Analysis provided by the company including business, entity, and project valuation; business case and plan development; financial due diligence; financial modelling; and market analysis. Prior to joining Parsons Brinckerhoff, she was a Partner, Corporate Finance of Crowe Horwath and Authorised Representative of Crowe Horwath Securities Limited.
Masters in Applied Finance (FINSIA), Bachelor of Commerce, University of Queensland

Recent article:
Industry Trends and the Privatisation of Australia’s Electricity Network
   

Rosslyn Cooper
Rosslyn is a Consultant and Commercial Manager in the Strategic Consulting division of Parsons Brinckerhoff, Melbourne, having joined the company in 2008. Her core skills lie in the development of financial models and undertaking financial analysis and reporting, including project governance and compliance. She has held a number of Commercial and Operations Management roles, most recently for Parsons Brinckerhoff’s Power business across Australia and New Zealand including commercial management of major Power projects in New Zealand, the Philippines and Papua New Guinea.
Bachelor of Commerce(currently studying), Deakin University, Victoria

Recent article:
Industry Trends and the Privatisation of Australia’s Electricity Network

   

 

Axel Crona
Axel Crona is a Consultant with the WSP Global Rail Advisory group and is based in Stockholm, Sweden. His expertise lies in innovative solutions for the rail industry and his recent projects include the Fuel Cell-powered Light Rail in Dubai, Condition Assessment using Mobile Mapping in Singapore, and the development of a High Speed Rail network in Sweden.
Axel has a MSc in Industrial Engineering and International Management from Linköping University, Sweden and is a Member of Nova 100. He is fluent in Swedish and English, and conversational Spanish and Mandarin.

Recent article:
Railway Maintenance: Efficiency by Mobility in a Static Business

   

Bob Denison
Bob Denison is Principal Consultant in the Energy & Industry Division of WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff in the UK. Bob has over 25 years’ experience in Power Generation asset management, business planning and technical and commercial due diligence. He draws on knowledge gained from 5 years as a Business Planning Engineer (eight assets with combined value of USD 5 billion), 10 years as a Project Development Manager for National Power / International Power (involving six USD 800 million+ projects), with 3 years as Head of Asset Planning at Centrica Energy (USD 3 billion portfolio) and most recently as Project Leader for Due Diligence Advisory Services for portfolio acquisitions and sales both as an independent consultant and for WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff.
Bob holds a Master of Engineering (Mechanical Engineering) from the University of Nottingham and is due to start studying this year for a Master of Science in Strategy, Change and Leadership at the University of Bristol when work, his daughters and his love for competitive dinghy sailing allow!

Recent articles:
Benefits of Physical Asset Management in Power Generation
The Fourth Industrial Revolution in Power Generation

   

Johan Ericson
Johan Ericson is a senior sales solutions architect with the Infrastructure and Transport division of WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff in Stockholm, Sweden. He has more than 15 years of experience in economic regulation of transport and infrastructure. Johan worked from 2010 to 2014 for the Cabinet Office of the Swedish Prime Minister prior joining WSP | PB in 2015. There, he coordinated the national political negotiations for the latest Infrastructure Bill, the Swedish position on the EU-Commission Climate-/Energy package and the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS). With over 10 years of experience of service for the Swedish Government, his core skills lie in regulation matters as well as best practices regarding infrastructure, environmental, climate and energy policies. He is also well acquainted with the reasoning methods of political institutions and the functioning of their various ministries. Furthermore, as a former management consultant at one of the big four, he completed several financial analyses in the transport and infrastructure sector.
Johan holds a Bachelor of Economics and a Master of Business Law from the University of Linköping, Sweden. He is fluent in Swedish, English and German.

Recent article:
The Aviation Industry Seeks to Curb CO2 Emissions

   

Barny Evans
Barny Evans is an Associate Director and leads our renewable energy and sustainable development team in the Environmental division, advising clients on new sustainable developments, energy systems and renewable technologies. He has over 11 years of experience working in the area of energy and sustainability and has led many successful sustainability and energy strategies. He provides technical advisory services to our asset management and investor clients and has led projects of over £500m.
He is a full CIBSE member (Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers) and Low Carbon Consultant.

Recent articles:
Overheating in Homes – What Is It and How Do We Deal With It?
Moving Toward One Energy Future

   
Rukhsana Faiz

 Rukhsana is the Environmental Industry Sector Leader working for WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, with over 23 years of broad technical experience spanning industry, academia, and consultancy. She has worked for BP, Unilever, and Syngenta and has experience in Industrial, Process, Municipal, Utilities, Oil & Gas, and Energy sectors. She has managed projects, people, budgets, facilities, and change in complex technical and global business environments. Rukhsana is a Fellow of IChemE and HEA, and Chair of IChemE London and South-East Members Group.
BSc Industrial Chemistry, BEng Chemical Engineering, PGCHE, CEng, FIChemE, FHEA.

Recent articles:
Questions Organizations Should Ask Themselves to Improve Process Safety
Key Considerations for Solving Process Safety Problems

   

Lorenzo Gallosti
Lorenzo Gallosti is a Consultant with the WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff Global Rail Advisory group based in Stockholm, Sweden. His core skills lie in commercial real estate management as well as in infrastructure asset management.
He holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Civil Engineering from Trento University in Italy and a Master of Science in Real Estate Finance and Construction Management from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden. Fluent in Italian, Swedish and English, Lorenzo is a former professional athlete having won, among other international competitions, the 2009 FIVB Volleyball Men’s Club World Championship in Doha, Qatar.

Recent article:
Footfall Analytics: Insights for Smart Retail Leasing

Blair Garcia
Blair Garcia is the Maritime Division Director with WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff (WSP|PB) in the USA and is experienced in multi-modal freight and passenger planning. His work has focused on the planning and design of major maritime and intermodal logistics/transportation projects including conventional, semi-automated and fully automated terminals. Blair has been intimately involved in developing, evaluating and assessing new concepts and technologies (infrastructure, equipment and information technology) related to freight and passenger transport. This work includes the development of port agility and information technology improvements in marine terminals for commercial and military use.
B.S., Civil Engineering, Clemson University, 1995,
Port Professional Manager (PPM), American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA)

Recent article:
Intermodal Renaissance for Future-Ready Ports and Terminals

   

Lance Gentry
Lance Gentry is President of Heartland Market Research and an Associate Professor of Marketing at the University of Mary Washington. Mr. Gentry’s research activities usually involve surveying people to help discover what attitudes and beliefs they have toward a specific item (such as a product, a plan, an idea, etc.) and why they feel that way.
PhD, Marketing and Supply Chain Management, Michigan State University; MBA, Business Administration, University of Tennessee; B.S., Business Administration, University of Tennessee

Recent article:
Mobile Messages: Moving People to Support Transportation

   

Julian Gonsalves
Julian Gonsalves, LEED AP, ENV SP, is an Associate Consultant with WSP|Parsons Brinckerhoff, specializing in public-private partnerships (P3), real estate, and infrastructure development and finance. Mr. Gonsalves is experienced in evaluating projects through data evaluation and creating key performance indicators that serve to inform and drive strategic decision making.
M.S., Civil and Environmental Engineering, Stanford University; B.Tech., Civil Engineering, National Institute of Technology Karnataka

Recent article:
Risk Management of Infrastructure Projects in the Development of Capital Cost Estimates

   

Cliff Henke
Cliff Henke leads WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff’s global practice area network on existing and new transit systems technologies. He has extensive experience in BRT projects throughout the country, and currently serves as the vice chair of the American Public Transportation Association’s BRT Coordinating Council. 

Recent article:
Creating Multi-Jurisdictional Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Policies

   

Lauren Isaac
Lauren Isaac is serving as the Manager of Sustainable Transportation in WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff.  In this role, Lauren is involved in various projects involving advanced technologies that can improve mobility in cities.  She was recently awarded Parsons Brinckerhoff’s William Barclay Parsons fellowship where she is studying the government's role in driverless vehicles and is developing a "how-to" planning guide for local and regional governments.
Masters of Engineering and B.S., Operations Research & Industrial Engineering, Cornell University

Recent article:
Government’s Role in Driverless Cars: Today and Tomorrow
   

Vishaal Lutchman
Vishaal Lutchman, a professional engineer with over 18 years of experience in the ports, maritime and rail sector, has worked primarily in the field of port infrastructure development for large-scale projects across South Africa. He has extensive experience in project management, port terminal planning, short- and long-term strategy development, rail logistics, corridor planning, capacity planning, viability and business case development, best practices in project governance and risk management. He plays a key role in the management, design and implementation of WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff’s port and rail projects and his countries of work experience include South Africa, Nigeria, Mozambique, Peru and Botswana.

Recent article:
Africa Needs an Integrated Freight Strategy

   

Ingrid Nohlgren
Ingrid Nohlgren holds many years of experience as a research and project leader. She has initiated several research and development projects for the energy industry and the pulp and paper industry. Ingrid has led a number of different projects related to sustainable heat, power and transport fuel production, both from a technical, economical and market perspective. These studies have focused on everything from raw material supply, product markets, technology assessments and profitability calculations.
Since 2010, she is a member of the Advisory Board for the Energy Area of Advance at Chalmers University of Technology. During 2010-2015, she was a board member for NeNet (Norrbotten Energy Office). Dr. Nohlgren has been session chair and working on the program committee for several scientific conferences and seminars.
PhD in Chemical Engineering

Recent article:
Sustainable Heat and Power Production

   

Eva Nilsson
Eva Nilsson, our Director Industry and Energy, joined WSP in 2009. She has been leading the WSP I Parsons Brinckerhoff Global Industry Network since its establishment in October of 2009. Eva is the Global Lead for GTE Industry as well as the Nordics Lead for GTE in all sectors, and also works part time with the WSP Process team in Sweden. With close to 40 years of experience in industry, energy, and management consulting at various companies, Eva has a thorough knowledge in the majority of industry and energy sectors and has been responsible for a large number of projects across Europe, Asia, Latin America, and Africa. She was the Swedish Attaché for Technology in the USA (based in Los Angeles) for 3 years, assisting Swedish companies with consultancy services in energy, environment, biotechnology, and building technology. She was also the Swedish Trade Commissioner for the USA (based in Chicago) and to Poland (based in Warsaw) for a period of 8 years, assisting Swedish companies who were establishing operations and doing business in Poland and in North America.
M.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from Lund University, Sweden

Recent article:
Industrial Site Master Planning – How to be prepared for changes and stay competitive

   

Ihsaan Patel
Ihsaan Patel is an Associate Consultant with WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff’s Strategic Consulting group primarily focusing on Public Private Partnerships. He has worked on FTA New Starts and TIGER grant applications and capital planning and budgeting for various government agencies.
B.S, Georgetown University

Recent article:
The Solar Opportunity for Underutilized Real Estate Assets
   

Agneta Persson
Agneta Persson is Global Director, Designing Future Cities at WSP in Sweden. She shares her time between business development and senior consultancy. With 35 years of experience, she is one of Sweden's leading experts in energy policy, governance and incentives. She has managed many sustainable energy systems, energy efficiency and climate mitigation projects.

   

Shane Peck
Shane Peck is Senior Communications Manager with the Parsons Brinckerhoff Communications and Public Involvement Technical Excellence Center. He has more than two decades in communications including 15 years in transportation. For six years he led all communications and public relations for the Missouri Department of Transportation.  He was co-author of Parsons Brinckerhoff’s NCHRP study “Potential Use of Social Media in the NEPA Process.”
Masters in Public Administration, University of Missouri; BS in Public Relations, University of Central Missouri

Recent article:
Mobile Messages: Moving People to Support Transportation
   
   

Kirsten Ruckert
Kirsten Ruckert is an experienced manager with 20 years of experience in the Australian infrastructure industry, and state and local government senior management environments.  She has managed and delivered national business transformation, performance improvement, operational planning, and strategy development projects with Queensland Rail, Aurizon, Sydney Water Corporation, Queensland Urban Utilities, Seqwater, Water Corporation WA, Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads, Thiess Mining, Essential Energy and Energex. Her work delivers significant, measurable improvements, from large-scale revenue increases or cost savings, to significant reductions in turn-around times. She also assists organizations to transition to more efficient and effective ways of operating.
Master of International Studies (International Relations), University of Queensland and a Bachelor of Visual Arts (Fine Art), Griffith University.  Also a Diploma of Project Management, TAFE Queensland and a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt, University of Technology Sydney (certification in progress)

   

David Symons
David Symons leads our environmental and sustainability advisory practice, helping companies develop clear strategies and deliver on these. He has 25 years of experience in developing and implementing strong programs and has worked widely at project infrastructure level, as well as high-level corporate strategies.  He is the international leader for WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff’s Future Ready program – our flagship sustainability initiative providing a consistent view of future world for all staff.  David is an internationally respected consultant and has provided recent high-level commentary to BBC Radio Four, Five Live, Two, BBC News 24, CNN, Sunday Telegraph, The Guardian and The Times on energy, water and sustainability issues.

Recent article:
5 Reasons Why Businesses Should Be Building Circular Economy Into Strategy

   

Joakim Scharp
Joakim Scharp is a consultant in the water and wastewater strategic management team based in Stockholm, Sweden. His expertise lies within the strategic planning of water supply as well as wastewater and stormwater. Recent projects include an investigation into the organization and climate change mitigation of water supply in multiple European countries for the Swedish government as well as the modelling and analysis of municipal water networks in Stockholm.
He holds a Master of Engineering in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Imperial College London and is fluent in Swedish and English as well as conversational in Spanish.

Recent article:
Water Network Modelling: Delivering Clean Water in a World of Sinking Supply and Rising Energy Prices

   

Ashley Trinder
Ashley Trinder is a Principal Geographic Information Systems Consultant with strong experience in applying GIS technology to major engineering and infrastructure projects. In 2016, he has led the GIS teams for the Woolgoolga to Ballina Pacific Highway Upgrade and Sydney Metro Northwest projects. These projects have also involved integration with 3D models, document management and dashboard systems. Ashley has strong technical skills, particularly in management and manipulation of spatial databases, application development for data transformation and geoprocessing, and processing of spatial information for web-based mapping applications. 

Recent article:
How Converging of Digital Engineering Technologies Is Enabling Smarter Project Delivery

   

Dirk van Amelsfort
Dirk van Amelsfort, senior consultant at WSP Analysis and Strategy in Sweden, is an expert in the field of road user charging. He has led different projects for both public and private clients to investigate the benefits and costs of road charging. Dirk is a civil engineer, with about 15 years of experience in transportation modelling and research. He holds a PhD on "Behavioural responses and network effects of time-varying road pricing" from Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands.

Recent article:
The Challenge to Charge

   

Ivana Velickovic
Ivana is the Proposal & Editorial Coordinator for the Global Advisory Services team in Toronto where she coordinates all aspects of proposal submissions, and writes and edits technical and marketing materials. She is the author of numerous blogs on the topic of emerging issues in the transportation industry, with a particular focus on the influence of Millennials on current and future trends.

She has a Bachelor of English Literature from Carleton University and a Masters of Arts in Creative Book Publishing from Kingston University in the UK.

Recent article:
A Trip Downtown – A Possible Outlook on the Future of Accessible Mobility

   

Tony Watson
Throughout his career Tony has been a champion of sustainable development. His in-depth understanding of both client and contractor side infrastructure delivery has realized exemplary outcomes at organizational and community scales, achieving legacies that are economical, practical and innovative.

As Head of Infrastructure and Sustainability for Barangaroo, a AUD 6 billion urban renewal of Sydney’s CBD in Australia, Tony successfully managed the client side conversion of infrastructure and sustainability commitments for the master plan, bid assessment, project development agreement, servicing strategies, approval, design, construction and leasing. Tony was instrumental in establishing world leading operational targets for Barangaroo as Australia’s first carbon neutral, water positive, zero waste precinct, with community well-being embedded as a central driver.

As an Associate Director – Sustainability with WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, Tony provides leadership and support for urban development and major infrastructure projects in the Asia Pacific and Australasia region.

Recent article:
A Little Unconventional

   

 

Roddy Boggus