Principal Transport Specialist
Asian Development Bank
James Leather is a Principal Transport Specialist in the Sustainable Infrastructure Division, Regional and Sustainable Development Department of the Asian Development Bank. Mr. Leather obtained his master of science in transport planning and engineering from the Institute of Transport Studies, Leeds University and a Bachelor of Arts in human geography from Leeds University in the United Kingdom. He has over 20 years of experience in transport planning, 15 years of which were spent in Asia. He has extensive experience in transport-related matters and policy development, especially urban transport and public-private partnership approaches to project delivery and integrated transport policy. Mr. Leather is a committee member of ADB's Transport Community of Practice and also lead of ADB’s Urban Transport in the Urban Community of Practice.
10:45 – 12:00 Morning Session 2: National Transport Data
Scope and Objectives: Review the current status quo in collecting, analyzing and documenting national transport data in developing countries. Outline steps being taken to improve the availability and quality of such data and suggest an institutional mechanism to sustain improvement efforts.