Rob McInerney is the Chief Executive Officer for the international Road Assessment Programme (iRAP), a registered charity with the vision for a world free of high-risk roads. With RAP projects and programmes now active in over 100 countries worldwide, Rob works closely with key development bank, political and technical leaders from each country to build local capacity and deliver large scale and long term road safety benefits through the provision of safer road infrastructure as part of their own RAP programmes.
He has been directly involved in the iRAP star rating model development and the associated investment planning tools. Rob is leading the development of innovative financing mechanisms such as road safety social impact bonds to unlock the win-win potential of safer roads. He is working with partners worldwide to set star rating policy targets, use artificial intelligence to increase the scale and frequency of data worldwide and implement the star rating of road designs that provide a pass-mark for road safety.
Rob is a civil engineer, with over 25 years of international charity, development agency, road authority, research and road safety experience in policy, construction, design and investment planning. He was awarded a Fellowship of the Australasian College of Road Safety in 2015 and received the Prince Michael International Road Safety Award in 2014 and 2020 in recognition of the work of iRAP globally; the IRF Global Road Achievement Award on behalf of kiwiRAP in 2013 and was jointly awarded the Katahira Award at the 13th REAAA Conference in Korea.