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.
Raluca Fiser – President
Raluca Fiser is managing Green Revolution Association for ten years and a media company counting over 110 employees. Both action fields require deep management skills. Expert in strategic management and communication, Raluca has been coordinating CSR and advocacy projects for more than 9 years.
Raluca obtained an MBA degree in Leadership and Innovation Management at the University of Applied Science of Gelsenkirchen and one at the Academy of Economic Studies in Bucharest, as first of her year. Previously 8 years as Chief Executive of the German Business Club in Romania, she delivered projects founded by commercial sponsors and was active in delivering interventions on legislative and business development as well as managing the member network.
Communication and lobbying are part of her daily activity and are fundamental for the successful implementation of Green Revolution projects, GRA being the largest urban environment NGO in Romania. With GRA, Raluca developed the biggest bike-sharing programs in Romania (over 3000 bikes and 10 cities in the last 9 years, putting cycling on the agenda of Romanian authorities and determining 2.8 million Romanians to get on the bik e – all projects being financed through corporate sponsorship. Raluca with GRA is a partner for the citizens, authorities and companies, taking parts into discussions, working groups about the need of legislation and infrastructure for sustainable transport. GRA projects contributed in changing Romanians mentality towards cycling.
In the Board of ECF she was reconfirmed as Vice -President for a second mandate this year. In the last two years as member of ECF she actively contributed to make cycling an important topic on European and international agenda.
Tim Blumenthal – USA
Tim Blumenthal is president of PeopleForBikes, the national movement to make riding better for everyone. He has led this growing organization since September 2004. (It began in 1999 under the name Bikes Belong.)
Tim previously served 11 years as the executive director of the International Mountain Bicycling Association. Under his leadership, IMBA grew into the world’s largest mountain bike advocacy group.
He began his cycling work as a journalist, serving as an editor for VeloNews from 1980-84. He later became the managing editor of Mountain Bike Magazine and the racing editor of Bicycling Magazine. He was a top editor/writer at Rodale Press for a decade.
Tim has been a TV commentator for more than 35 ESPN and OLN/Versus mountain bike programs. He served as the scriptwriter and consultant for the U.S. network TV cycling coverage of seven Summer Olympic Games (Los Angeles, Seoul, Barcelona, Atlanta, Sydney, Athens and Beijing). Blumenthal was elected to the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame in 2001.
Christian Haag – Australia
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.
Ze Lobo – Brazil
Jose Lobo, known as Ze Lobo, is a lifetime bike user and promoter, doing it professionally since 2007. Managing Director and founder of Transporte Ativo – a Civil Society Organization dedicated to quality of life through the use of human-powered vehicles in transportation systems: one of the most active NGO in the Brazil, twice winner of the national prize for Best Bike Promotion Initiatives.
Currently is member of Rio de Janeiro’s City Transport Council, adviser of Brazilian Cyclist Union – UCB and ITDP Brazil, was also resident representative for the Dutch NGO I-CE Interface for Cycling Expertise from 2007 to 2010.
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.
Amanda Ngabirano – Uganda
Amanda is an urban and regional planner, lecturing at Makerere University, in Uganda, since 2006. She studied Bachelor of Urban Planning at the same University, and holds a master’s degree in urban and regional planning and development, attained from University of Greenwich (UK)
Amanda has worked as a university lecturer, advocate and consultant since 2010. Her unhidden passion has actually earned her a great name of the time, which she is proud of and that is, Madam Bicycle
In order for her to influence the provision for cycling through design, she started a transport planning consultancy firm in 2010, which has since been involved in several sustainable transport planning projects in Uganda.
She also aided the process of formulating the Uganda Sustainable Transport Network (UST-Network), in 2013, an umbrella organization of five Ugandan based organizations. UST-Network created first formal bicycle sharing project, at Makerere University, which Amanda is currently co-ordinating.