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Meet the SmartRail World Team 

Contact us today to learn how you can work with us: + 44 (0) 20 7045 0900

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alex.williamson@globaltransportforum.com / @SmartRailMan

Alex is the co-founder and managing director of SmartRail World with an extensive entrepreneurial track record in delivering global events with experience across multiple industries and regions. He successfully launched Global Transport Forum, the leading provider of technology events for the rail and metro industry. 

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Luke has edited SmartRail World since its launch in Summer 2013 and previously worked for b2b media companies across industries including energy, advertising and sport. His role includes writing, editing and commissioning features for the SmartRail World digital guides and management of all commercial and 3rd party content.  A regular contributor to the trade press, Luke also moderates conference discussions and advises on social media strategy within the industry. Luke's favourite rail journey is at his home in Wales, on the line that hugs the coast from Swansea to Carmarthen. 

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Steve has worked at the Global Transport Forum since 2013 as Marketing Manager. He studied English Literature at the University of East Anglia before embarking on a career in Marketing. His favourite rail journey was ‘the death train’ in Bolivia when he was backpacking around South America. Suffice to say he survived the journey on a train which was actually very safe and comfortable!

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Rosie took a degree in Film and Theatre at Reading University before almost accidentally becoming a Functions Manager and Wedding Planner within a hotel in her hometown. It is there that she realised she wanted a career in events. So after a couple of years at the hotel, and a season in the Alps as Assistant Manager of a ski hotel, she moved into the corporate events world as Operations Manager at Global Transport Forum. An exciting train journey for Rosie as a child was travelling from London to Penzance, in the Western corner of Cornwall.

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tim.edwards@globaltransportforum.com / @SmartRailTim

Tim Edwards is the Sales Director for the SmartRail global event series and SmartRail World the global news resource portal for the Rail and Metro community. An events industry veteran now with over 15 years experience having worked for some of the largest global media companies including EMAP and INFORMA. Tim firmly supports increasing ridership on public transport and helping to enable this through the ongoing digitisation of the Rail and Metro networks and the benefits which this brings to both the operator and the passenger. His favourite rail journey is Bangkok's skytrain.

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Toye has an Economics degree from The University of Reading Henley Business School. He joined the company in July 2011 and has been a valuable member of the team ever since. Toye is a Global Account Manager at GTF responsible for forging and maintaining relationships with key stakeholders in the transport industry. When he is not on a train or plane to visit his clients, he enjoys listening to jazz, playing his trumpet, working out in the gym and trying out new restaurants and bars in different cities across the globe. Toye's favourite rail journey was when he travelled across Germany on a work trip along the Stuttgart to Karlsruhe rail line.

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james.pickard@globaltransportforum.com / @James_SmartRail

James has three years' experience in conference production and has worked in sectors as diverse as transport, logistics, utilities, and financial services. He studied History and Archaeology at the University of Exeter and a Masters in Chinese Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies. His favourite rail journey is from Verona to Venice.

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Post studying for a Masters in History at the University of Essex and taking time out to travel Europe and South East Asia, Sarah came into the world of events and marketing. She has been putting her communication skills and creativity to good use here with us since. Sarah's favourite rail journey as a child has to be the train at Colchester Zoo - much better than being stuck on a night train in Vietnam for 24 hours anyway!

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Tolu finished a degree in Accounting and Finance at the University of Essex and since then has had related experience in sales and managing new and existing client portfolios. He is an avid footballer and trained to a semi-professional level before attending university. 

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Eric started his career with a degree in Fine Art. Since then he has fifteen years of experience in digital publishing and digital marketing. When he lived in Sydney he worked six years at the Sydney Morning Herald. Eric is an experienced account manager with wide knowledge of directories and classifieds, affiliate marketing, digital display, SEM and SEO. And his favourite rail journey has to be The Ghan which runs from Adelaide to Darwin via Alice.

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On graduating with a degree in English Literature at Royal Holloway University of London, Emily joined the SmartRail World editorial team. When she isn't writing articles for the website or interviewing experts in the industry she enjoys reading, running and sailing. Emily's favourite rail journey was being able to travel the old fashioned steam train in North Norfolk's coastal countryside along the Poppy Line.