Busworld Academy Turkey 2020

BUSWORLD ACADEMY TURKEY: Sustainable Bus Systems for Smart Cities

March 5th & 6th 2020


Address: Istanbul, Fuar Merkezi 34149 Yeşilköy


The population of the cities is increasing day by day. OECD projections estimate that 70 percent of the world population will live in the cities by 2050. All these developments revealed the needs of mobility for people. Cities want to manage these problems in a more systematic way. Reducing traffic-related air and noise pollution, congestion and accidents while increasing the quality of life in our cities has become a priority for many Mayors. Today, more than ever, we all need better walking and cycling conditions, effective public and shared transport, multimodal modes, and more – all supported by smart digital solutions. And the best way to make it happen is to combine great ideas and innovative measures and technologies with political support and the involvement of people through comprehensive mobility planning.



Thursday March 5th


11.30 – 12.30 : Official inauguration of the Busworld Exhibition and the Busworld Academy


Keynotes by

  • Mr Andre Dzikus, United Nations Human Settlement Programme
  • Dr Mohanty, Head of United Nations – Centre for Regional Development
  • Mr Mohammed Sadie, president of UCLG-MEWA
  • Mr Kamil Akbaba, TOHOB
  • Mr Fatih Tamay, International Passenger Road Transport Union => confirmed 22/01


12.30 – 13.00 : VIP visit to the exhibition


14.00 – 15.00 : Opening session of the Busworld Academy :“Analysis of the bus- & coach market in Turkey, Eastern Europe and west Asia” 


The global bus- and coach industry is ready to face the needs of today’s urban and rural districts. The use of innovative technologies allow zero emission bus services in cities, optimised by digital information-, booking- and payment tools for the passengers.  The implementation of future oriented bus systems is subject to policy making and modern road infrastructure.  In two sessions -first by the bus manufacturers, second by the operators-  an overview is given on what present and future technologies and services the bus industry offers in order to improve quality of life for all.

Moderator : Mr Jan Deman, Busworld Academy

Keynote by  Mrs Anna Ozdelen, Consul People: "Analysis of the Bus- and Coach Market in Turkey, Eastern Europe, and Asia"

CEO’s debate : the vision of the bus manufacturers

  • Anadolu-Isuzu, Mr Arif Özer, director R&D => Confirmed 21/01, name to be reconfirmed
  • Otokar, Mr Tarkan Burak, Marketing Manager
  • Karsan, Ms Guliz Sengör, Marketing and Communications Manager
  • Toyota, Mr Selim Okutur, Director Toyota Turkey


15u30 – 16u30 : “Implementation of future oriented bus systems”


Moderator : Mr Jan Deman, Busworld Academy

  • Best practice examples & panel discussion : Mr; Rudyanto Azhar, head of Iskandar Bus rapid Transit – Malaysia
  • Implementing a new BRT system: IETT, Mr Ahmet Dere, Mechanical Engineer – Turkey
  • Implementing zero emission bus services : Mr Ahmed Al Bulushi, CEO for Mwa Salat (Oman)
  • Implementing high quality bus services: Dr Wolfgang Backhaus, Rupprecht Consult
  • European support for the implementation of Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans


17.00 – 18.00 : Visit to the Busworld Exhibition & Boardmeeting TOHOB  


18.00-20.00 : Network reception


Friday March 6th 


10.00 – 10.30 : Welcome coffee


10.30 – 12.00 : Mayors & City Conference “Urban Mobility Models by Local Governments”


Organized by UCLG-MEWA

Focus lays on Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans’ (SUMPs). Concepts and terminology will be discussed by the moderator and the local governments’ preparation process in different aspects such as financial support mechanisms, coordination among the departments within a local government will be discussed by speakers in order promote knowledge sharing between municipalities. In this session, the model of cooperation between local governments and public transport authorities will also be discussed, participants will further take stock of the works and activities of the cities of Turkey. In the conclusion of the session, the evaluation of SUMPs and overall outlook of cooperation between local governments and public transport authorities in Turkey will be presented by the moderator.


Moderator: Mehmet Duman, UCLG-MEWA Secretary General, Turkey.

Speakers :

  • Zeynel Abidin Beyazgül, Mayor of Şanlıurfa, Şanlıurfa Metropolitan Municipality, Turkey.
  • Tunç Soyer, Mayor of Izmir, Izmir Metropolitan Municipality, Turkey.
  • Tahir Büyükakın, Mayor of Kocaeli, Kocaeli Metropolitan Municipality, Turkey.
  • Uğur İbrahim Altay, Mayor of Konya, Konya Metropolitan Municipality, Turkey.
  • Ekrem İmamoğlu, Mayor of Istanbul, Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality, Turkey.
  • Yılmaz Büyükerşen, Mayor of Eskişehir, Eskişehir Metropolitan Municipality, Turkey.

Expected Results:

  • Comprehension of Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans’ concepts and terminology,
  • Sharing preparation process on Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans,
  • Sharing experiences of financial support mechanisms on Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans,
  • Clarification on the model “cooperation between local governments and public transport authorities”,
  • Evaluation of Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMPs) and cooperation between local governments and public transport authorities in Turkey.


12.00 – 14.00 : lunch break


14.00 – 15.30 : “The way towards low and zero emission bus services”


Session  organised by the World Resource Institute

Keynote by Mr Sergio Avelleda, director at WRI


  • Tolga İmamoğlu -  Transport & Road Safety Manager


15.30 – 16.00 : coffee break


16.00 – 17.00 : Session organized by TOHOB


Themes :

  • Para transit, Transport on demand or Demand responsive transport
  • Tendering for sustainable bus systems
  • Financing the renewal of the fleet
  • Implementing Bus services in the Mobility as a Service - concept
  • Increasing road safety by adapted infrastructure for collective transport


17.00 – 17.15 : Closing remarks


by Mr Jan Deman, Director for the Busworld Academy



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