Carole Coune, Secretary General

Carole Coune, Secretary General, International Transport ForumCarole Coune
Secretary General, International Transport Forum at the OECD.

Carole Coune took up office as the Secretary General of the International Transport Forum on 1 August 2011.

Ms. Coune, a Belgian national, comes to the office of Secretary General from the top civil service position in Belgium’s Ministry for Transport, where she managed a staff of 1 300 people and an annual budget of EUR 3.5 billion.

As President of the Board of the Ministry, a position she held since 2008, Ms. Coune was responsible for developing an overall vision and strategy for the organisation and the execution of transport policy. She planned and implemented a comprehensive reorganisation of the Ministry, led the expansion of international activities - including co-operation with developing countries - and created new partnerships with Belgium’s regions. In 2010, she guided the Ministry through Belgium’s Presidency of the European Union.

In her previous position as Director General for Inland Transport at the Belgian Transport Ministry (2005-08), Ms. Coune held responsibility for long-term strategy for land transport. Among her accomplishments were the creation of the Antwerp-Basel freight corridor and an internal management reform.

From 2003-05, Ms. Coune served as Director of the Strategic Unit of Belgium’s Minister of Public Companies. In this role, she planned and implemented the restructuring of the Belgian National Railway (SNCB), thus taking responsibility for a key element of the rail sector’s liberalisation. She also implemented the government’s “home-to-work free of charge” policy.

Her leadership in transport issues has also included non-executive roles, such as Chair of the Board of Directors of the non-profit Belgian Institute for Road Transport and Logistics (BITL), Vice-Chair of the Belgian Institute for Road Safety and Member of the Board of Directors of the European Railway Agency (ERA).

Ms. Coune holds a law degree from the University of Liège. In her free time she enjoys cycling, cinema and dancing.

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