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Better Roads. Better Institutions.

The International Road Federation formally concluded the 1st IRF Asia Regional Congress Exhibition today with a forward-looking roundtable discussion devoted to regional capacity-strengthening programs. Read more
Nov 19, 2014

Road Safety: Asia at the Turning Point

On day two of the IRF Asia Regional Congress, road safety agency heads and stakeholders from Asian nations joined in a high-level roundtable at the invitation of the International Road Federation. Read more
Nov 18, 2014

Building Regional Prosperity on Connections: Landmark IRF Asia Regional Congress Opens

His Excellency Eng. Abdullah A. Al-Mogbel, chairman of the International Road Federation, announced today the winners of the 2014 Global Road Achievement Awards competition. The 2014 awards honor nine projects from around the world, each leading the way in innovation and excellence in its respective area of the road industry. The selection was made by an international panel of senior road development specialists.Read more
Nov 17, 2014
IRF Recognizes 2014 GRAA Winners – More than 100 Laureates Since 2001

IRF Recognizes 2014 GRAA Winners – More than 100 Laureates Since 2001

His Excellency Eng. Abdullah A. Al-Mogbel, chairman of the International Road Federation, announced today the winners of the 2014 Global Road Achievement Awards competition. The 2014 awards honor nine projects from around the world, each leading the way in innovation and excellence in its respective area of the road industry. The selection was made by an international panel of senior road development specialists.Read more
Oct 8, 2014
Indonesian VM Hermanto Dardak is IRF’s Professional of the Year

Indonesian VM Hermanto Dardak is IRF’s Professional of the Year

Indonesia’s Vice-Minister of Public Works, Eng. Hermanto Dardak, has been awarded the International Road Federation’s highest and most prestigious individual distinction.Read more
Sep 3, 2014
Educating the Next Generation of Global Transport Leaders: Now Accepting IRF Fellowship Program Applications

Educating the Next Generation of Global Transport Leaders: Now Accepting IRF Fellowship Program Applications

The IRF Fellowship Program provides a one-time graduate level scholarship to young professionals who have strong academic backgrounds, professional qualifications, leadership potential, and a commitment to return to their respective home countries after graduation. Students selected for the Class of 2016 will also participate in the 10-day IRF Road Scholar Program, held in Washington, D.C. in January.Read more
Jul 9, 2014
IRF Brings Knowledge Sharing to the Forefront at 1st Africa Regional Congress

IRF Brings Knowledge Sharing to the Forefront at 1st Africa Regional Congress

Federal Republic of Nigeria President Goodluck Jonathan will deliver the opening address on the occasion of the 1st IRF Africa Regional Congress on June 4 in Abuja, Nigeria. Dr. Jonathan has been Nigeria's head of state since 2010, having previously served as federal vice president, as well as governor of the state of Bayelsa.Read more
Jun 6, 2014
Nigerian President Jonathan to Keynote IRF Africa Regional Congress

Nigerian President Jonathan to Keynote IRF Africa Regional Congress

Federal Republic of Nigeria President Goodluck Jonathan will deliver the opening address on the occasion of the 1st IRF Africa Regional Congress on June 4 in Abuja, Nigeria. Dr. Jonathan has been Nigeria's head of state since 2010, having previously served as federal vice president, as well as governor of the state of Bayelsa.Read more
May 26, 2014
IRF Caribbean Regional Congress Confirmed as Premier Meeting Point for Region’s Transportation Stakeholders

IRF Caribbean Regional Congress Confirmed as Premier Meeting Point for Region’s Transportation Stakeholders

With more than 160 delegates from 28 countries gathered in Port of Spain, Trinidad, the IRF’s Caribbean Regional Congress has once again established itself as the premier event where transportation policy makers and practitioners can discuss and offer solutions to the region’s growing infrastructure needs.Read more
May 14, 2014
Trinidad and Tobago Ministry of Transport Awarded 2014 IRF Caribbean Regional Find a Way Award

Trinidad and Tobago Ministry of Transport Awarded 2014 IRF Caribbean Regional Find a Way Award

The International Road Federation has awarded its annual Caribbean Regional Find a Way Award to the Trinidad and Tobago Ministry of Transport in recognition of the government’s commitment to the United Nations Decade of Action goal of stabilizing and then reducing global road traffic fatalities by 2020.Read more
May 9, 2014

Sharing Knowledge Across Borders – IRF Unveils IRF Examiner

The International Road Federation published today Volume 1 of the IRF Examiner, a freely available periodical journal featuring peer-reviewed technical papers by leading industry professionals. The Spring 2014 edition of the IRF Examiner addresses life-saving road safety applications ranging from school zone safety projects in Abu Dhabi to rumble strips on rural highways. Read more
Mar 25, 2014

Elabyad Appointed IRF Vice-President for International Programs & Member Services

Magid Elabyad, a long-serving IRF staff member is appointed Vice-President for International Programs & Member Services with immediate effect. In this role, Elabyad will oversee the IRF’s training programs and regional capacity building initiatives in Latin America, the Caribbean, the Middle East, Sub-Saharan Africa as well as East Asia, and contribute to building stronger relationships with members throughout these regions.Read more
Dec 13, 2013

IRF Recognizes 2013 GRAA Winners at 17th IRF World Meeting

The International Road Federation Chairman and Mayor of Riyadh, H.E. Abdullah A. Al-Mogbel, along with IRF President and CEO Mr. C. Patrick Sankey, held a gala dinner and awards ceremony to honor the winners of the 2013 Global Road Achievement Awards Competition. This year’s awards honor nine projects from countries around the world, each leading the way in innovation and excellence in its respective area of the road industry.Read more
Nov 13, 2013

3M’s Hickey Named to IRF Board of Directors Executive Committee

The International Road Federation announced today, effective immediately, Daniel J. Hickey, Manager of International Government Relations for the Traffic Safety and Security Division of the 3M Corporation, has been appointed to the Executive Committee of the IRF Board of Directors. Hickey has extensive experience in the transportation field, including service as a deputy assistant secretary of transportation for government affairs at the U.S. Department of Transportation and as a professionalRead more
Jul 15, 2013

IRF Continues Mission to Educate Next Generation of Global Transport Leaders: Nominations Open for Fellowship Program

The International Road Educational Foundation is now accepting nominations for the IRF Fellowship Program - Class of 2015 (starting fall semester, 2014). The IRF Fellowship Program provides a one-time graduate level scholarship to young professionals from developing countries who have strong academic backgrounds, professional qualifications, leadership potential, and a commitmentRead more
Jul 10, 2013

IRF Find A Way Award Presented to Road Safety Authority of Ireland

The International Road Federation honored today the winner of its 2013 IRF Find-A-Way award. The Road Safety Authority of Ireland, represented by its director of road safety research and driver education, Mr. Michael Rowland, accepted the award on behalf of RSA Chief Executive Noel Brett.Read more
May 21, 2013

IRF Hires Corbin to Lead Social Media Efforts

IRF Hires Corbin to Lead Social Media Efforts FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 11, 2013 Contact: C. Patrick Sankey +1 703 535 1001 IRF Hires Corbin to Lead Social Media Efforts Timothy Corbin joins the IRF communications team and will manage the International Road Federation LinkedIn site, where he will expand[More...]Read more
Feb 11, 2013

IRF Announces 2012 GRAA Winners

IRF Announces 2012 GRAA Winners For Immediate Release: October 11, 2012 (Alexandria, Virginia) – The International Road Federation (IRF) Chairman and Mayor of Riyadh, H.E. Abdullah A. Al-Mogbel, has announced the winners of the 2012 Global Road Achievement Awards (GRAA) Competition. This year’s awards honor ten projects from countries around[More...]Read more
Oct 11, 2012

IRF Holds 1st Andean Highway Congress

IRF Holds 1st Andean Highway Congress (Alexandria, Virginia) – IRF once more broke ground by gathering over 600 regional transportation officials for the world’s first comprehensive review of sustainable transportation solutions in the context of the Andean Region. Lima, Peru, an important regional crossroads for trade and a hub for[More...]Read more
Sep 5, 2012

IRF Chairman Receives International Medal of Honor

IRF Chairman Receives International Medal of Honor For Immediate Release: June 6, 2012 (Alexandria, Va.) – H.E. Abdullah Al-Mogbel, Mayor of Riyadh and IRF Chairman and previous Deputy Minister of Transport of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, was presented with the prestigious International Medal of Honor by the Chairman of[More...]Read more
Jun 6, 2012

Caribbean Congress Marks Defining Milestone for Regional Collaboration

Caribbean Congress Marks Defining Milestone for Regional Collaboration For Immediate Release: May 9, 2012 (Montego Bay, Jamaica) – Over 200 delegates from 31 countries arrived took part in the opening of the 1st IRF Caribbean Regional Congress, a new platform for dialogue at the service of a region with fast-evolving infrastructure[More...]Read more
May 9, 2012

Nominations Open for IRF Fellowship Program – Class of 2014

Nominations Open for IRF Fellowship Program – Class of 2014 For Immediate Release: April 30, 2012 (Alexandria, Va.) – The International Road Educational Foundation (IREF) is now accepting nominations for the IRF Fellowship Program – Class of 2014. The Fellowship Program provides a one-time graduate level scholarship to young professionals[More...]Read more
Apr 30, 2012

The “Decade of Action” for Road Safety must also be a “Decade of Change”

The “Decade of Action” for Road Safety must also be a “Decade of Change” For Immediate Release: April 13, 2012 (Alexandria, VA) – In a new policy statement, the International Road Federation Washington is calling for the formal prohibition of deadly forms of guardrail terminal treatments, including “fishtails”, “spoons” and turned-down ends,[More...]Read more
Apr 13, 2012

Mike Dreznes Hired to Spearhead IRF Global Road Safety Coordination Role

Mike Dreznes Hired to Spearhead IRF Global Road Safety Coordination Role For Immediate Release: February 8, 2012 (Alexandria, VA) – The International Road Federation is pleased to announce the addition of Michael G. Dreznes to the IRF Washington staff. Mr. Dreznes will serve as executive vice president with global leadership on training,[More...]Read more
Feb 8, 2012

3rd IRF Middle East Regional Congress Attracts Senior Leaders from Gulf Region

3rd IRF Middle East Regional Congress Attracts Senior Leaders from Gulf Region For Immediate Release: January 10, 2012 (Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain) – The International Road Federation’s signature event in the Gulf & Middle East Region opened today in the capital of the Kingdom of Bahrain amid calls for concerted efforts to[More...]Read more
Jan 10, 2012

IRF Unveils 2011 Global Road Achievement Awards: Innovation that makes a Difference

IRF Unveils 2011 Global Road Achievement Awards: Innovation that makes a Difference For Immediate Release: December 15, 2011 The International Road Federation (IRF) announces today the winners of the 2011 Global Road Achievement Awards (GRAA) Competition. Established in 2000, the GRAA program publicizes to the world the innovative, practical, creative, cost[More...]Read more
Dec 15, 2011

IRF/JRA Japan Relief Fund

IRF/JRA Japan Relief Fund For Immediate Release: March 11, 2011 On March 11, 2011 the worst known earthquake hit Japan and tore a path of destruction through Japan. The world watched as the earthquake catapulted a tsunami with waves as high as 131 feet crashing down as far as six[More...]Read more
Aug 11, 2011

IRF Hosts 10th Annual Awards Luncheon

IRF Hosts 10th Annual Awards Luncheon For Immediate Release: February 2, 2011 The International Road Federation (IRF) recognized the winners of the 2010 Global Road Achievement Awards (GRAA) Competition at the 10th Annual IRF Awards Luncheon on January 25, 2011 in Washington, DC. Eleven projects from 6 different countries around the[More...]Read more
Feb 2, 2011

Victor Mendez Accepts Invitation to Keynote IRF Annual Awards Program

Victor Mendez Accepts Invitation to Keynote IRF Annual Awards Program For Immediate Release: January 18, 2011 (Alexandria, Va.) – The International Road Federation (IRF) announced U.S. FHWA Administrator Victor Mendez has graciously accepted its invitation to keynote the 10th Annual IRF Awards Luncheon on January 25, 2011. The IRF Annual Awards[More...]Read more
Jan 18, 2011

IRF honors Moriyasu Furuki with Dr. Mino Award of Excellence

IRF honors Moriyasu Furuki with Dr. Mino Award of Excellence For Immediate Release: May 25, 2010 Brian Harris, chairman of the International Road Federation-Washington (IRF-Washington) and the board of directors of the International Road Educational Foundation have selected Moriyasu Furuki as the 2010 recipient of the Dr. Mino Award of Excellence.[More...]Read more
May 25, 2010

Kathy Mejasich joins IRF as Vice President, Marketing & Organizational Investment

Kathy Mejasich joins IRF as Vice President, Marketing & Organizational Investment For Immediate Release: April 26, 2010 The International Road Federation-Washington (IRF-Washington) has hired Kathy Mejasich as Vice President of Marketing and Organizational Investment. In this new role, Mejasich will spend the majority of her time with fund-raising for the International[More...]Read more
Apr 26, 2010

Congressman James L. Oberstar to Keynote IRF Annual Awards Luncheon

Congressman James L. Oberstar to Keynote IRF Annual Awards Luncheon For Immediate Release: January 8, 2010 Congressman James (Jim) L. Oberstar (D-Minn.) will address an audience of international road professionals at the 2010 IRF Annual Awards Luncheon Monday January 11, 2010. For the 34 years he has served in Congress, Oberstar[More...]Read more
Jan 7, 2010

IRF Honors Eleven Outstanding Projects from Eight Countries

IRF Honors Eleven Outstanding Projects from Eight Countries For Immediate Release: November 23, 2009 The International Road Federation (IRF) has announced the winners of the 2009 Global Road Achievement Awards (GRAA) Competition. The 2009 awards honor 11 projects from 8 different countries around the world, each leading the way in excellence[More...]Read more
Nov 23, 2009

IRF Announces 2009 Student Essay Competition Winners

IRF Announces 2009 Student Essay Competition Winners For Immediate Release: September 15, 2009 IRF announced today the five winners of its annual student essay competition. Students from more than 20 universities submitted essays to this year’s competition. An international panel of expert judges graded each paper and a winner from each[More...]Read more
Sep 15, 2009

IRF Launches Task Force on Pavement Preservation Practices

IRF Launches Task Force on Pavement Preservation Practices For Immediate Release: July 21, 2009 The International Road Federation (IRF) has launched a new Pavement Preservation Practices Task Force to address the growing demand for more innovative solutions to deteriorating pavements. The first meeting of the Task Force will be held Thursday[More...]Read more
Jul 21, 2009

IRF announces winner of Student Essay Competition

IRF announces winner of Student Essay Competition For Immediate Release: September 15, 2008 The International Road Federation (IRF) announced today that Allison Daniello was selected as the winner of the IRF 2008 Student Essay Competition. Daniello’s essay was selected by a panel of international judges with expertise in the road industry.[More...]Read more
Sep 15, 2008

IRF announces winners of 2008 GRAA Competition

IRF announces winners of 2008 GRAA Competition For Immediate Release: August 19, 2008 The International Road Federation (IRF) has announced the winners of the 2008 GRAA Competition. This year, 12 projects from around the world were honored for their excellence in the road industry. Founded in 2000, this program recognizes the[More...]Read more
Aug 19, 2008

Gabriel Sanchez hired as Vice President of International Business Development

Gabriel Sanchez hired as Vice President of International Business Development For Immediate Release: July 14, 2008 The International Road Federation-Washington (IRF-Washington) has hired Gabriel Sanchez as its vice president of international business development. In this role, Sanchez will be responsible for establishing and maintaining relationships with bilateral and multilateral development banks,[More...]Read more
Jul 14, 2008

IRF-Washington announces Second Latin America Regional Conference

IRF-Washington announces Second Latin America Regional Conference For Immediate Release: April 24, 2008 The International Road Federation-Washington (IRF-Washington) announced today the second annual Latin America Regional Conference (LARC) will be held August 28-30, 2008 in Lima, Peru. This year’s LARC will be held in conjunction with the 7th Highway Infrastructure International[More...]Read more
Apr 24, 2008

IRF-Washington creates road safety working group

IRF-Washington creates road safety working group For Immediate Release: April 3, 2008 (Alexandria, Va.) â€“ The International Road Federation-Washington (IRF-Washington) announced today the creation of a road safety working group to combat the growing epidemic of road fatalities and injuries on roads around the world. The new Road Safety Working Group will[More...]Read more
Apr 3, 2008

IRF Announces 13th Annual Seminar on Contract Maintenance and Innovative Financing

IRF Announces 13th Annual Seminar on Contract Maintenance and Innovative Financing For Immediate Release: February 15, 2008 The International Road Federation (IRF) has announced the 2008 schedule for the annual Executive Seminar on Contract Maintenance and Innovative Finance. This year’s seminar will be held Oct. 19 – 29 in Orlando, Fla.[More...]Read more
Feb 15, 2008

The Green Path to Climate Neutral Roads

The Green Path to Climate Neutral Roads For Immediate Release: November 15, 2007 The International Road Federation (IRF) is taking the lead in the road sector’s commitment to green innovation – specifically, in the clear need to control greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs). By developing a new tool for calculating GHGs from[More...]Read more
Nov 15, 2007

In Memorium – Wim Westerhuis

In Memorium – Wim Westerhuis For Immediate Release: October 29, 2007 Naarden, 15th August 1941, The Netherlands ✝Geneva, 25th October 2007, Switzerland It is with great sadness that the IRF learnt that Wim Westerhuis has passed away. Wim had fought cancer courageously for several months, but sadly relapsed after the IRF[More...]Read more
Oct 29, 2007

Harris elected as IRF-Washington Chair

Harris elected as IRF-Washington Chair For Immediate Release: April 2, 2007 (Alexandria, VA) On Jan. 1, 2007, Peter J. Boyd was appointed as the Chairman of the IRF World Executive Board. In accordance with the IRF Statutes, Mr. Boyd resigned as Chairman of Washington. Mr. Boyd’s departure therefore created a vacancy[More...]Read more
Apr 2, 2007

Delcan’s Peter Boyd begins Chairmanship of IRF’s World Executive Board

Delcan’s Peter Boyd begins Chairmanship of IRF’s World Executive Board For Immediate Release: March 1, 2007 (Alexandria, VA) On January 1, Peter J. Boyd, P. Eng., Chairman of the Advisory Board, Delcan, succeeded Manfred Swarovski as Chairman of the World Executive Board (WEB) of the International Road Federation (IRF). During the[More...]Read more
Mar 1, 2007

IRF Safety Seminar to include live crash test

IRF Safety Seminar to include live crash test For Immediate Release: February 9, 2007 (Alexandria, VA) The International Road Federation (IRF) announced today that a live crash test will be held as part of the IRF Roadway Safety Solutions Seminar being held in Doha, Qatar April 11 and 12 in conjunction[More...]Read more
Feb 7, 2007