Business Initiation trip to the Ukraine

Market chances for German companies

TUMI Friends and DREBERIS on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) organise a business initiation trip to Lviv and Kiev from 13.-17. May 2019, addressing the topics of sustainable mobility, traffic, public transport solutions as well as logistic in the Ukraine. Aim of the trip is to gain a direct approach for business networks and relations.

Look into further information here!



TUMI Friends is proud to announce the publication of the updated Clean Air – Made in Germany publication.

This booklet provides comprehensive information on the legal framework conditions for clean air in Germany, shows how air pollution in Germany is tackled from a planning perspective and presents exemplary measures and initiatives taken by municipalities, companies and environmental associations to reduce pollutant emissions in the transport sector. As traffic is a main contributor to air pollution, special emphasis is given to what can be done to reduce pollutant emissions from the transport sector. The aim of the publication is to present best practice solutions for the worldwide needs to fight air pollution.

First published in 2015, this new version is comprehensively updated with up-to-date data and features new articles and and best practice examples.

You can download the new publication here.

Starting a global dialogue on Air Quality – TUMI Friends at the Better Air Quality Conference 2018

TUMI Friends started a global dialogue on air quality by organizing an Asian-German Exchange on Air Quality through Sustainable Urban Transport at this year’s Better Air Quality Conference in Kuching, Malaysia.

At the dialogue session, TUMI Friends also presented the new Clean Air – Made in Germany booklet, that provides comprehensive information about stakeholders, legal initiatives and measures that contribute to the high level of air quality in Germany. As traffic is a main contributor to air pollution, special emphasis is given to what can be done to reduce pollutant emissions from the transport sector. The aim of the publication is to present best practice solutions for the worldwide needs to fight air pollution. You can download the new publication here.

The Speakers of the TUMI Friends Session (from left to right): Andreas Kerschbaumer (Senate City of Berlin), Omid Ejtemai (PTV Group), Dorothee Saar (Environmental Action Germany), Joshua Miller (ICCT), Antonio Multari (MAHA) and Levent Toprak (TUMI Friends)

Bringing together experts from environmental agencies, city councils and the private sector in Germany with experts from Asia and worldwide in the audience, several important conclusions were made. There was a strong agreement, that air pollution is neither an Asian nor a German problem but a global phenomenon. Therefore, a sustainable global dialogue platform on instruments, policies and strategies to face air pollution in cities is needed. On behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the TUMI Friends provides this platform for a sustainable exchange. Regarding the level of action to counteract air pollution, especially regulatory capacity on governmental level is needed. Clear requirements from cities to governments are also crucial as cities play a key role. During the debate there was strong consent that cities have to take more responsibility but also that the scope for actions on city level is wider than is commonly assumed. Pivotal actors also come from the non-governmental sphere as strong civil society movements and NGO’s are an important factor in decision making processes and influencing the decisions of cities and governments. The role of civil society in the transition towards more sustainable mobility should not be underestimated and has to be strengthened by providing adequate platforms for active participation. Last but not least, a holistic urban strategy approach is needed and technology should be integrated in decision making process, urban planning and policy framework. A good example is the use of Big Data as generated by the PTV Group, which is of high value in planning and legislative processes.

The Better Air Quality Conference 2018 in Kuching, Malaysia was attended by more than 600 participants from over 55 countries. Themed “Regional Action, Global Impact”, throughout the Conference, the need for unity and collaboration in the development of new solutions, designs and approaches to improve air quality and reduce greenhouse gas emissions was underscored. TUMI Friends is proud to be part of this collaborative approach and to contribute towards a more sustainable and cleaner future.

Contact: Levent Toprak,

Author: Jan-Marc Joost

TUMI Friends at the Better Air Quality Conference 2018

Asian-German Exchange on Air Quality through Sustainable Urban Transport

TUMI Friends will be present at this year’s Better Air Quality Conference in Kuching, Malaysia and hold a session on:

Asian-German Exchange on Air Quality through Sustainable Urban Transport

The session will be moderated by Levent Toprak (Head of Management TUMI Friends) and Joshua Miller (ICCT) and will bring together experts from environmental agencies, city councils and the private sector in Germany. The panel discussion will focus on policies, instruments and solutions for clean air through a more sustainable approach towards urban transport and a following open discussion and Q&A will foster an exchange with experts from Asia and worldwide.

Date:     15.11.2018, 15:30-17:00

Venue:  Borneo Convention Center, Kuching: Rooms 4 & 5

More information on the session can be found here.

Low-Traffic City Centre’ in Leipzig: When less leads to more

Low-Traffic City Centre’ in Leipzig: When less leads to more

New horizons for traffic and urban planning

Leipzig is one of the fastest-growing cities in Germany. The inner city became increasingly unattractive due to the continuous rise in car traffic – caused not only by the many cars passing through, but also by those looking for parking spaces, of which there were too few.

To reduce pressure on the centre, in 1993 the city council adopted the ‘master plan for a low-traffic city centre’, which was updated in 2008. The plan is based on recognition of the fact that the available space is no longer sufficient for all modes of transport. Thanks to the reduction in the number of cars, today there is space in the city centre for little extras – like benches that invite passers-by to sit down for a while.

For further information on objectives, activities, effects and concluding remarks on the master plan for a ‘low-traffic city centre’, click here.

Save the Date: 22-23 November 2018 – Eastern Africa Women in Transportation Conference

Exploring women & transport at the nexus of research, policy & practice

Save the date and join the flone initiative on November 22nd – 23rd in Nairobi for this first annual conference with transport workers, researchers and policy makers on how to support women in public transportation in the region!

Freedom of movement is a human right, yet public transportation is notoriously dangerous for women, children, people living with disabilities and other vulnerable groups. We believe in empowering women to create a more equitable and sustainable public transportation system for everyone!

Building on the amazing momentum created at the WomenMobilizeWomen Conference in Leipzig, Germany, Flone Initiative and partners are organizing an international dialogue on issues affecting women in transportation in Eastern Africa.

For more information about the conference, visit or email at

Discover our New TUMI Friends Web Tool


GIZ on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) has developed the TUMI Friends Web Map as part of the TUMI Friends

The interactive online tool shows all TUMI Friends activities worldwide and is constantly being up-dated with our latest news. With the TUMI Friends web map we would like to encourage users to browse and discover our

  • Partners,
  • Events,
  • Actions and
  • Job Vacancies.

You find the Map here.

Women in Mobility: Innotrans Luncheon

Women in Mobility: Innotrans Luncheon

Within the international trade fair for transport technology (InnoTrans) female managers and experts of the transport sector (with focus on sustainable mobility) are invited to attend the third manager-, influencer-, and directors-summit.

The objective of the Luncheon is to visualize role models, evaluate on technical questions and to foster the exchange of experinces.

Prof. Dr. Sabina Jeschke, DB executive board of digitalization and technologies will give a keynote speech followed by a networking session with fingerfood. At 2pm participants have the opportunity to join the guided innovation tour through InnoTrans.

For further information, click here (available only in German).

19th September 2018

Upcoming Webinar: “(Reverse) Innovation” – Shared Mobility and New Mobility Services

on Jan. 31st

Innovative shared mobility and new mobility services can be found in several emerging economies and developing countries. The growing accessibility of increasingly high-performing mobile devices connect services, providers and users. Against this background, traditional and sectoral models of transport services are increasingly supplemented by shared mobility and new mobility services. Peer-to-peer (P2P) car and bike sharing are important components of these new services. However, they are currently controversially discussed.

We are kindly inviting you to the webinar “Shared Mobility and New Mobility Services” on 31st of January 2018, from 13:00 to 14:15 (UTC+1).

This webinar will provide insights in the work of shared mobility providers from Egypt and China. It is inspired by the joint publication “Reverse Innovation – Rethinking Urban Transport through Global Learning” by GIZ on behalf of BMUB and the German Environment Agency. The launch of the publication in September 2017 in Berlin started the discussion on the potential of (reverse) innovation. You can download the publication here.

We primarily address interested professionals (from urban development, mobility as well as foundations, research institutions) and government representatives, who want to learn more about the innovative potential of emerging and developing countries in the field of mobility.

Upcoming: Webinar “Gender and Urban Transport”

on Jan. 18th at 13:00 (UTC+1)

Many people recognize transport as gender neutral – though in fact, it´s not! Gender is a transversal dimension of social life and impacts travel behaviour, patterns, needs and accesses. Women and men have different pre-conditions, needs and restrictions for using transport. This has to be taken into consideration for all transport planning and projects to adequately meet the demand and to assure that transport is efficient and sustainable.

Want to know more? We cordially invite you to join our next SUTP-Webinar on “Gender and Urban Transport” on Thursday, January 18th at 13:00 (UTC+1).

Heather Allen is an international consultant on the topic and will point at that “tiny little difference” when it comes to transport and examine disparities in transport requirements of men and women, and Sonal Shah, Senior Manager at ITDP India, will introduce a policy approach to women and transport in Indian cities along with the use of SafetiPin as an approach to improve security in transport.

Please click here to register for the webinar.

In this webinar, we will jointly explore how gender issues pursue sustainable urban mobility in very practical terms. You will learn about gender considerations in transport planning, design and operation and we will hear about safety and security aspects in transportation. In a dynamic session, participants will have the possibility for immediate questions.

For warming up, find out more on women and transport with our factsheet from the iNUA series, take a look at the SaftiPin application, or read our recent interview on women and cycling in India.

Yours sincerely,

the SUTP-Webinar-Team


Just as transportation systems define the structure of the city, gender defines the structure of society. Women face more restrictions to mobility, and their travel patterns differ from those of men due to their differences in needs and tasks, and also because they generally have less time available and access to resources. At the same time, women are in higher risk of being victim of crime and violence. Therefore, women have different requirements of transport systems and space, and these diverse perspectives need to be integrated into planning. Without this, transportation, planning and projects will not adequately meet demand.

Mayors as well as administrations play an essential role in making transport gender sensitive, and gender must be considered in all stages of the planning process: data collection, planning and design, implementation and monitoring. Key issues to be tackled are the support of women’s participation in decision-making, the improvement in accessibility, safety and comfort of transport modes and the planning of transport services in response to gender needs.

Not including gender in transport planning, design and operation leads to inefficiencies in the transport system, to economic disadvantage and limitation of potential.

To find out more about the specifics of gender in transport this webinar will share knowledge, examples and innovative ideas from around the globe for inclusive and safe transport.

Questions we will explore include:

  • What exactly are the differences in gender and transport use?
  • How can you measure and evaluate gender in transport?
  • What are good examples to learn from?
  • What does this mean for decision-makers?
  • What lessons can be learnt for other countries or regions?
  • Where can I get more information?


Heather Allen is an independent consultant with more than 20 years international of experience and is a highly regarded expert in gender, urban transport, sustainable development and climate change. She has worked at UITP, the International Association of Public Transport and with the UK’s Transport Research Laboratory’s Sustainable Transport Group. Since becoming an independent consultant, her projects include an international review of women’s personal security, gender and urban transport and a major study on this in three Latin American Cities (Buenos Aires, Quito and Santiago).

Sonal Shah is an architect and urban planner. Currently she is the Senior Manager of the Institute of Transportation and Development Policy, where she is guiding the urban planning and gender strategy, projects, research and capacity building initiatives. She has issued various publications on such topics, among others the Women and Urban Transport Policy Brief together with Safetipin. Prior to her current position, she has worked as an independent consultant, and a consultant for the Indian Institute for Human Settlements.