Director / European Institute for Sustainable Transport
Dr. Jürgen Perschon has professional working experience in the transport sector of both developed and
developing countries since 1995, predominantly on transport planning, road safety, low-cost public and
non-motorized transport as well as gender-related transport in rural and urban Africa and in the European
and Eastern European context. Since 1995 Jürgen Perschon has also consulted for GIZ, the German Agency
for Technical Cooperation. His work focuses on the relation between transport and CO2 emission reduction,
transport and the Millennium Development Goals, Poverty Alleviation and Environmental Protection.
In the European region he has worked for the cities of Bratislava, Mitrovica, Peja (with UNHABITAT), Rome,
Nicosia/Cyprus and Hamburg. He assisted in establishing a data base on Best Transport Practice in Europe.
He has also assisted in the proposal development for the EU funded “EcoMobility Label Project”, which has
commenced 2009 and is run by the Global Alliance for EcoMobility (GAEM) and was consortial partner in
the EU funded QUEST Project on Quality management for urban energy efficient sustainable transport in 50
In 2009 he worked with the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP) in developing a guidance document
on Road Safety UNEP Share the Road Campaign Guidance Document on Road Safety. From 2010 to
2013 and together with the Stockholm Environmental Institute (SEI) he worked on improving transport indicator
research and data quality with 6 African Countries as well as networking in the Transport and Environment
Science Technology Network (TEST).
In 2011 he advised the German government on transport issues in the UN CSD process and participated at
the UN summit in CSD in New York. Since 2005 he is giving lectures and trainings on sustainable transport to
ministries, municipalities, NGOs but also at universities and research institutes in Germany (several Universities),
Africa, Singapore (LTA) and China (Tsinghua University Beijing. Since 2016 he holds webinar-based
lectures with the University of Dohuk/Iraq and at TUHH Hamburg.
From 2003 to 2011 he has been working with the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP
USA), based in New York and was the Executive Director of ITDP Europe for 7 years. In 2011 Dr. Jürgen
Perschon became President and Deputy Director of the European Institute for Sustainable Transport
(EURIST), a non-profit NGO, based in Hamburg, Germany.