Keynote speakers

Claude Van Rooten
President, World Road Association (PIARC)

Mr. van Rooten obtained his Civil Engineer Degree at the Université libre de Bruxelles where he is now Honorary Professor. After 23 years in the private sector as project manager and director for civil engineering contractors, Mr. van Rooten has been Director General of the Belgian Road Research Centre for 18 years.
Within PIARC, Claude Van Rooten has been member of the Executive Committee from 2005 to 2012 and Chair of the Communications Commission from 2009 to 2012. He is an honorary member of the Association since 2013.
Elected in October 2016, Mr. van Rooten is the current President of the World Road Association PIARC since January 2017.

Mike Wilson
President, Conference of European Directors of Roads CEDR, 2021
Highways England (UK)

Mr. Wilson is a chartered engineer, a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers and a Fellow of the Institution of Highways and Transportation.
Mike Wilson has been Chief Highways Engineer at Highways England since September 2013. His responsibilities include the provision of technical support to the organisation for the delivery of its programme that includes the development of technical standards for all aspects of highway maintenance, operation and improvement. This development activity is underpinned by an innovation programme and includes work on safety, intelligent mobility and asset management.
Currently Mr. Wilson serves also as the President of the Conference of European Directors of Roads uniting 27 European national road authorities.

Jens J. Holmboe
Chairman, Nordic Road Association
Director General, Danish Road Directorate

Mr. Holmboe has obtained his Master of Science (MSc) in Civil Engineering at DTU – Technical University of Denmark.
Mr. Holmboe heads the National Road Agency in Denmark. The agency is responsible for planning, building, and operation of the national road network, which handles approximately half of the road traffic in Denmark. He has more than 25 years of experience in building and operating major road infrastructure. During his earlier career, he especially worked in management and contracting major projects and asset management.
Mr. Holmboe is the chairman of the Nordic Road Association for the 2020-2024 cycle. NRA’s chairmanship rotates and is shared between the national associations in Denmark, Finland, the Faroe Islands, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden. NRA’s mission is to promote development in the road and transport sector through cooperation among professionals.

Kjell Inge Davik
Director Construction Division, Norwegian Public Roads Administration (N)

Mr. Davik obtained his Civil Engineer Degree at the University of Surrey (UK) and a Master Degree from Norwegian Business School.  Kjell Inge Davik has been Director of the Construction Division at the Norwegian Public Roads Administration since January 2020.  The division is responsible for the planning and building of large road projects all over Norway.  Mr. Davik in the last 20 years has been in leading positions in the Norwegian Public Roads Administration and different contractors.  

Jan Pettersson
Head of the Swedish National Programme for Electrification of National Roads
Swedish Transport Administration

Mr Jan Pettersson has a civil engineer degree from KTH, the Royal Technical University in Sweden.
Jan Petterson works at the Department for Strategic Development at the Swedish Transport Administration. He co-ordinates the Swedish-German-French partnership on behalf of the Swedish Ministry regarding electric road systems.
Mr Jan Pettersson has a long experience as Executive Director for both roads and railways regarding maintenance and operations. He is also active in European benchmarkning projects within PRIME (Plattform for Railway Infrastructure managers across Europe) and CEDR (Conference of European Directors of Roads).

Radosław Kantak
Member of the Board

Mr. Radosław Kantak is a graduate of the Gdańsk University of Technology, where he obtained a master’s degree in civil engineering. He also completed post-graduate studies in drilling at the AGH University of Science and Technology in Krakow.
Mr. Radosław Kantak has over 20 years of experience in the implementation of both large and local road investments – the construction of expressways in Poland, Great Britain and Australia.
Previously, he worked at the General Directorate for National Roads and Motorways, as a branch director, first in Gdańsk and then in Bydgoszcz. In Gdańsk, it has completed investments such as: the S7 expressway: the Gdańsk – Nowy Dwór Gdański section and the Nowy Dwór Gdański – Elbląg section, the S6 expressway – the Kaszubska Route, the Kościerzyna bypass, and in Bydgoszcz: the S5 expressway, the second stage of the Inowrocław bypass. In GDDKiA he managed a team of approx. 450 people. Since March 2020, he has been employed at the CPK company, where he has so far served as a Senior Project Manager in the Program Delivery and Implementation Office in the Airport Component.

Kaspars Briškens
Head of Strategy & Development

Mr. Briškens at RB Rail AS is leading the megaproject’s development, commercialization and digitalization activities. He has been involved with the Rail Baltica project for more than 15 years, initially as a diplomat in the Latvian Foreign Service and later as staff advisor to two Latvian transport ministers, as well as Supervisory Board Member of RB Rail AS since its establishment in October 2014. Mr. Briškens holds a Master’s Degree in Economics from Stockholm University. He is an experienced leader in multimodal connectivity development with a keen interest in intermodal logistics and supply chain development, innovation & digitalization, transport economics, transit-oriented development and commercial aviation. He was also a long-serving member of the Supervisory Board of Air Baltic Corporation (2012-2020), as well as CEO of the Latvian Logistics Association (2013-2014).