Gabriel Sanchez hired as Vice President of International Business Development

For Immediate Release: July 14, 2008

The International Road Federation-Washington (IRF-Washington) has hired Gabriel Sanchez as its vice president of international business development. In this role, Sanchez will be responsible for establishing and maintaining relationships with bilateral and multilateral development banks, and non-profit and public sector organizations to promote IRF and its members and secure opportunities for joint activities.

Prior to joining IRF-Washington, Sanchez was an international business strategy and ITS consultant for private sector and trade association clients. Prior to becoming a consultant, Sanchez was the director of international relations and business development for the Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITS America). He has more than 16 years of experience in international transportation and business strategy, with an intimate world-wide knowledge of transportation technology markets and issues.

Patrick Sankey, CEO and Director General of IRF-Washington, says that Sanchez offers IRF and its members an invaluable resource in the intelligent transportation systems (ITS) sector.

"IRF-Washington is very fortunate to have Gabriel join our team," said Sankey. “Over the past 16 years, Gabriel has worked with the U.S. Trade and Development Agency, U.S. Department of Commerce, the World Bank, Inter-American and Asian Development Banks, the list goes on and on. His experience will undoubtedly raise IRF’s presence and influence in the international transportation technology sphere.”

Sanchez holds an M.A. in International Affairs and an Honors Certificate in International Business Diplomacy from Georgetown University. He also holds a B.S. in International Relations and a B.A. in Anthropology from Arizona State University. He is fluent in English and Spanish.


Founded in 1948, the International Road Federation (IRF) is a non-governmental, not-for-profit organization with members from both the public and private sectors in 90 countries worldwide. IRF promotes the development and maintenance of better, safer roads and road networks throughout the world, using technological solutions and management practices that provide maximum economic and social returns from road investment.

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