2 new Busworld Academy advisors

Busworld Academy always does its very best to discuss interesting topics that are close to the world of the public. But it is not always easy to know what is going on in another region. That is why Busworld Academy has recruited two regional advisors to strengthen their team, in order to respond even better to the needs and expectations of the regional public.

Below we briefly introduce them.

Busworld Academy China : Mr. James Wang

Mr. James is a transit scholar of Chongqing Jiaotong University, the editor-in-chief of the China Bus & Coach Yearbook. He has worked in the road transport and public transport field for more 30 years, his background includes bus & coach manufacture, operation and management, traffic safety and aesthetics, and he is the founder of the first Chinese motor vehicle website on internet (1997).

Mr. James started his professional study in traffic engineering, and his first book is Traffic Safety Psychology (ISBN 7-5023-0184/U·11, 1988), second is Traffic Aesthetics: Theory & Practice (ISBN 7-5023-1711-2/U·34, 1992). Then he focus on Guide to Bus and Coach World (ISBN 7-5366-5048-5/U·16, 2000), and published a series China Bus & Coach Yearbook (ISBN 7-900326-05-7, 2002) in difference theme, such as Bus & Coach of the Year Report (ISBN 7-900391-14-2, 2006), Buses & Coaches Catalog (ISBN 978-7-900391-40-7, 2007), Industry Development Report (ISBN 978-7-900391-60-5, 2008), Internationalization & Global Marketing (ISBN 978-7-900391-25-4, 2009), Manufacturer Competitiveness Survey (ISBN 978-7-89477-247-3, 2010), Smart Bus System & Innovative Solutions (ISBN 978-7-89477-247-3, 2012).

Mr. James has made major contributions to Bus Rapid Transit in China, he is the translator of TCRP Report 90 – Bus Rapid Transit, Volume 2: Implementation (ISBN 978-7-112-10465-9, 2009), and the author of Guide to Bus Rapid Transit in China (ISBN 7-89491-175-5, 2005). He is the director of expert workgroup in China Bus Rapid Transit Technology Popularization Committee (CCES), and he directed the national research project of Guide to Bus Rapid Transit System in China (Ministry of Construction 06-K4-38, 2006).

Mr. James devote in bus fleet management system application in China, he is the invention patent of smart bus system (CN 102855599 A); he is an adviser of school bus regulations and standards, and he is an advocate of trolleybus renaissance in China. Mr. James also actively promotes the business co-operation between China manufacturer and abroad technology vendors & bus buyers.

Mr. James is a member of the UITP, the fellow of China Civil Engineering Society, the committee member of China Public Transportation Association and China Urban Public Transport Society, and the expert of Bus Institute of China.



Busworld Academy South East Asia: Dr. Kulwant Singh

Dr. Kulwant Singh served as Chief Technical Adviser for the Water, Sanitation and Infrastructure Branch in UN-Habitat from January 2004 to December 2008. In his role of Chief Technical Adviser he contributed significantly to policy dialogue with partner countries in Asia and the Pacific and in the design and implementation of a large number of water and sanitation initiatives. Since December 2008, Dr. Kulwant Singh has continued to support the work of UN-Habitat, with particular reference to the urban basic services comprising, water, sanitation, waste management, energy and urban mobility. In this role, he has supported the Urban Basic Services Branch in the formulation and implementation of

projects and dialogue with partner national and city governments. He has also significantly contributed to the normative work of the agency by contributing to papers and publications. He has also represented UN-Habitat in regional and international fora on urban basic services themes.He has been a visiting faculty at UNESCO-IHE Delft and Institute for Housing and Urban Development (IHS), Rotterdam, the Netherlands from 2004-2011.

Prior to joining UN-Habitat in January 2004,  he was Executive Director, Human Settlements Management Institute, New Delhi for 12 years. An urban economist, he was part of the Indian Economic Service from 1971-1992. He has published widely on the topics of urban management and provision of urban basic services. 

Some of his earlier works include: Integrated Urban Infrastructure Development in Asia, Oxford & IBH Publishing Co. Pvt.  Ltd; Urban India in Crisis, New Age  International (P) Ltd; Financing and Pricing of Urban Infrastructure, New Age  International (P) Ltd. His recent research work related to “Mapping Poverty to Reach the Urban Poor” published in SCH 44-4, December 2014 and an Issue Paper on Smart Cities for HABITAT-III. He has also contributed a paper on Urban Electric Mobility Initiative of UN-Habitat in Volume 6 Issue 3 of Traffic Infra Tech.

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