To Future-Proof the Transport Sector, Think about the End-User



Planning for a resilient and inclusive transport sector requires thinking about the user's future requirements while taking into consideration climate change, population and behavior patterns, environmental risks, technology advances, energy supply and demand, among others, said experts during the Asian Development Bank's (ADB) Southeast Asia Development Symposium (SEADS) 2021.

During the session, "Applying Futures Thinking and Foresight to Transport," experts stressed the need to future-proof the sector against disruptions like the pandemic and other megatrends.


  • Jamie Leather, Chief, Transport Sector Group, Asian Development Bank
  • Susann Roth, Advisor and Chief, Knowledge Advisory Services Center, Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department, Asian Development Bank
  • Josef Hargrave, Global Foresight Leader, Arup
  • John Batan, Undersecretary, Department of Transportation, Philippines
  • Souphany Heuangkeo, Deputy Director, Land Passenger Transport Division, Department of Transport, Ministry of Public Works and Transport of Lao People's Democratic Republic
  • Hideaki Iwasaki, Country Director for Thailand, Asian Development Bank
  • Sylvia Halim, Construction Director, MRT Jakarta
  • Hiroaki Yamaguchi, Director, Transport and Communications Division, Southeast Asia Department, Asian Development Bank
  • Yidan Luo, Transport Specialist, Asian Development Bank
  • Moderator: Pamela Chiang, Senior Transport Specialist, Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department, Asian Development Bank

SEADS aims to help crystallize thinking on relevant and critical issues in the region, and support countries in becoming prosperous, knowledge-based, and sustainable.

SEADS 2021, Innovation through Collaboration: Planning for an Inclusive Post-COVID-19 Recovery, was held on 17–18 March.