Carole Coune has officially assumed the office of Secretary General of the International Transport Forum at the OECD. Coune, a Belgian national, took over from Jack Short, who is retiring, as leader of the Paris-based intergovernmental organisation, which brings together 52 nations from around the globe.
On her first official visit to a member country, Coune met with Germany’s Federal Minister of Transport, Construction and Urban Development, Dr. Peter Ramsauer, and State Secretary Rainer Bomba in Berlin to discuss her strategic vision for the future of the International Transport Forum.
The International Transport Forum at the OECD is a global platform for transport policy issues. It acts as a think tank for member countries and organises an annual summit, at which ministers debate strategic issues of the sector with business leaders, top academics and representatives of civil society. The theme of the 2012 summit, to be held 2-4 May 2012 in Leipzig, Germany, will be “Seamless Transport: Making Connections”.