Overview

The International Road Federation Man of the Year Award is one the most prestigious individual honors in the global road industry. The Award, which was established in 1951 and is open to both IRF members and non-members, recognizes eminent public, private and educational sector professionals who have demonstrated passion, leadership and commitment to the sector.

2020 IRF Woman of the Year

Cora van Nieuwenhuizen

The Netherlands

Since October 26, 2017, Cora Van Nieuwenhuizen has been serving as Minister of Infrastructure and Water Management for the Netherlands.

Minister Van Nieuwenhuizen is being recognized for her vision & leadership in achieving one of the best-run and safest road networks worldwide, characterized by efforts to promote innovation, consensus-building, and the embracing of strategic initiatives. These include introducing mobility pricing for commercial vehicles and anticipating the arrival of autonomous vehicles, where the Netherlands has consistently been ranked among the best prepared countries.

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Previous Recipients

2019 T. Peter Ruane | USA
2018 -Kirk Steudle | USA

2017 - Dr. Kyung-Soo Yoo | KOREA

2016 - Y.B. Dato' Sri Haji Fadillah Haji Yusof | MALAYSIA

2015 - Umberto de Pretto | ITALY

2014 - Hermanto Dardak | INDONESIA

2013 - Inger Andersen | DENMARK

2011 - Dr. Essam Abdel-Aziz Sharaf | EGYPT

2008  - Alain Dupont | FRANCE

2007 - H.E. Abdullah A. AL-Mogbel | SAUDI ARABIA

2006 - Chunxian Zhang | CHINA

2005 - Christina Malmberg Calvo | DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

2004 - Loyola De Palacio | SPAIN

2003 - Gunther Zietlow | GERMANY

2002 - Robin Dunlop | NEW ZEALAND

2001 - lan Heggie | UNITED KINGDOM

2000 - Rustam R Yunusov | UZBEKISTAN

1999 - Bud Shuster | USA

1998 - Migel Munoz-Medina | SPAIN

1997 - Dean Carlson | USA

1996 - Arthur Y Chen | CHINESE TAIPEI

1995 - Jan Strasky | CZECH REPUBLIC

1994 - Gordon Y S Wu | HONG KONG, CHINA S.A.R.

1993 - Neelie Kroes | NETHERLANDS

1992 - Atalay Cozkunoglu | TURKEY

1991 - Dr Sadamu Mino | JAPAN

1990 - Mohamed Kabbaj | MOROCCO

1989 - H.E. Dr Nasser M Al Salloum | SAUDI ARABIA

1988 - Ernst E Knoll | GERMANY

1987 - Dato S Samy Vellu | MALAYSIA

1986 - Yves Leportz | FRANCE

1985 - Thomas D Larson | USA

1984 - Antonio Soreca | ITALY

1983 - CarI-OIof Ternryd | SWEDEN

1982 - Ifeanyi Osili | NIGERIA

1981 - H.E. Sheikh Hussein Mansouri | SAUDI ARABIA

1980 - Bernardo Quintana Arrioja | MEXICO

1979 - Gaiichi Togashi | JAPAN

1978 - Roger Coquand | FRANCE

1977 - Nicolas E Manasseh | LEBANON

1976 - Desire Boni | IVORY COAST

1975 - CharIes W Gilchrist | CANADA

1974 - KarI Olsen | NORWAY

1973 - Suleyman Demirel | TURKEY

1972 - Eliseu Resende | BRAZIL

1971 - Cohn Buchanan | UNITED KINGDOM

1970 - Haile Giorgis Workneh | ETHIOPIA

1969 - Francis C Turner | USA

1968 - J A L Shaw | AUSTRALIA

1967 - Fernando Balaunde Terry | PERU

1966 - Rex M Whitton | USA

1965 - Hellmuth Swietelsky | AUSTRIA

1964 - Vicente Mortes | SPAIN

1963 - George Knapp | NEW ZEALAND

1962 - Eduardo Dibos | PERU

1961 - Werner Mackenroth | GERMANY

1960 - Michizo Kishi | JAPAN

1959 - Luigi Tocchetti | ITALY

1958 - Samuel T Tolon | CUBA

1957 - K G R Ahlhack | FINLAND

1956 - Louis de Carli | ARGENTINA

1955 - J Britschgi | SWITZERLAND

1954 - Thomas J Mahoney | CANADA

1953 - Charles Berry | SOUTH AFRICA

1952 - Malte Jacobsson | SWEDEN

1951 - Romulo O'Farrill Sr | MEXICO

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International Programs & Member Services

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