Bella Dinh-Zarr confirmed to NTSB

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Dr. Bella Dinh-Zarr has been appointed Vice-Chair of the NTSB
Dr. Bella Dinh-Zarr has been appointed Vice-Chair of the NTSB
Dr. Bella Dinh-Zarr speaking at the UN
Dr. Bella Dinh-Zarr speaking at the UN

T. Bella Dinh-Zarr has been confirmed by the US Senate as a new Board Member of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).

Dr Dinh-Zarr will take up her new post today, as one of five Board members who oversee investigations into transportation crashes and incidents and make safety recommendations. The NTSB is an independent US federal agency. Bella Dinh Zarr was nominated to the post by President Obama in September 2014. She resigned from her position as US Director of the FIA Foundation on Friday 20th March.

Bella Dinh-Zarr, PhD, MPH, is a public health and transportation scientist. She joined the FIA Foundation in 2006, and played a crucial role in building US support for action on global road safety and broadening the global road safety coalition at the United Nations. As part of her role with the FIA Foundation she was US Director of the Make Roads Safe campaign, which called for and helped to secure the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety. Over the past 18 months she has prioritised the inclusion of road safety in the new Sustainable Development Goals, meeting regularly with UN country missions and other NGOs in New York. She also played a key role in bringing new international development leaders to work with the Foundation and its partners on road safety, including Save the Children and USAID. Her previous positions include NHTSA Scientist, AAA National Director of Traffic Safety Policy, Texas Transportation Institute (TTI) Research Associate, and CDC Community Guide Fellow.

“Everyone at the FIA Foundation congratulates Bella on her new role and responsibilities, but we’re sad and sorry to see her go”, said Saul Billingsley, FIA Foundation Director General. “Bella has been an amazing colleague, combining an encyclopaedic knowledge of the US transportation world with a strong scientific grounding in public health, a boundless energy to build partnerships and deliver meaningful action for global road safety, and a wonderful sense of humour. We all wish Bella every success at the National Transportation Safety Board.”

Bella Dinh-Zarr said: ““It has been an immense privilege and pleasure to work with my capable and dedicated colleagues at the FIA Foundation, and with our partners around the world, to make a positive impact on transportation safety and sustainability. I am honored to have been appointed to the NTSB and I am confident that the FIA Foundation will continue its important work with great success in the future."

With Dr Dinh Zarr’s departure, the FIA Foundation is delighted to announce the appointment of Natalie Draisin as new Manager of our US Office, effective April 13th 2015. Natalie Draisin will be a valuable addition to the Foundation, exhibiting the utmost commitment to road safety, sustainable mobility and public health. She has worked with the NTSB on safety advocacy and communications, as well as with the WHO on social marketing and journalism regarding road safety in low- and middle-income countries. While advocating for life-saving, evidence-based, legislation to reduce drink driving in the US, she testified and formed coalitions. She was previously with Accenture Management Consulting, and has field experience working on public health issues in Kenya. Natalie has an MPH/MBA from Johns Hopkins University, where she wrote her thesis on methods to eliminate drink driving.