The Annual General Meeting of ECF in Dublin on the 26th of April 2013 approved the proposal to found and to launch the WCA at the Velo-city Global Conference 2014 in Adelaide based on the approved Terms of Reference. These Terms call for the establishment of an International Steering Board that will oversee the development and governance of the Alliance. There is an inherent concept held within these Terms that being a worldwide network, its governance must be represented globally, with one Steering Board member per continent.
In December 2018, the World Cycling Alliance was formally incorporated by the Belgium Ministry and registered as a not-for-profit International Association AISBL, with the inaugural Board established.
Henk Swarttouw – President
Emmanuel John – Africa
Christian Haag – Oceania
In 2005, Christian joined Bicycle SA and found a strong personal sense of purpose in an organisation that sought to get more people riding a bike.
In working to realise whole-of-community behaviour change toward cycling, Christian has taken national leadership roles in several key areas viz. Project Director of Cycle Tourism Australia, which worked to develop the cycle tourism sector through the release of an online regional cycle tourism resource kit. In 2008, he formed the national working group tasked to research a business model that would successfully develop the ‘tracks and trails’ sector through a range of partnerships with business, government and community. Current work sees the ongoing development of a cycling innovation cluster that will deliver stronger partnerships between the bicycle industry and new-tech sectors as well as the formation of a MaaS consortium for local area services.
Chengnon Hsu – Taiwan
Chengnon received his doctorate degree in environmental engineering discipline in 1997. After 8 years as a college professor in the field, he started a bicycle company, Rikulau, in 2006. Later, Chengnon joined Formosa Lohas Cycling Association in Taiwan, and acted as the president of FLCA since 2017. FLCA promotes cycling mainly through cycle tourism, tour guide training, and holding bicycle related activities.
Ana Carboni – South America
Ana Carboni is first and foremost a Brazilian cycling advocate. She holds a degree in Psychology and a master’s degree in Human Resource Management and has lived and worked in Brazil, the UK, and Uruguay, returning to Niterói, her hometown, in 2014 and engaging in the promotion of the bicycle as a viable, cheap, healthy, and sustainable means of transportation in Brazilian cities since then. Currently, she is the President of the Brazilian Cyclists’ Union, a member of Bike Anjo’s network, and BYCS’ Bicycle Mayor.
I believe in the power of the bicycle as a tool to positively transform societies and cities, especially in South America. Most countries in the region still maintain the tradition of privileging individual motorized transportation over other means. In Brazil, studies have shown that most urban journeys are completed on foot (36%), followed by public transport (30%) and bicycles (4%). However, infrastructure for pedestrians, cyclists, and public transportation only occupies 20% of road space. Owning a motorized vehicle is a status symbol here and our increasing levels of motorization reflect that. Changing this scenario demands a change in mentality and culture, and having a voice in the international arena, being able to be heard and learn through the World Cycling Alliance network is extremely important.
I am very much committed to the task of strengthening the region’s participation in WCA, as I believe we can make a positive impact to improve cycling conditions.
D V Manohar – India
Mr. D V Manohar is The Founding Chairman of Shri Shakti Group, active in Hospitality, Education, LPG and Solar Power
Mr. Manohar is also Chairman of Hyderabad Bicycling Club (HBC). Under his leadership, HBC has grown from 800 members in 2011 to present 6050 members and emerged as the World’s largest cycling club on Meetup.
He has successfully finished along with his daughter Deekshita and son Dharmin the 500 km long London to Paris Cycle Challenge in the year 2011 and repeated it in 2013 with Dharmin.