Brayan González-Hernández

Current roles

  • PhD Student in Infrastructure and Transport at Sapienza University of Rome
  • Collaborator at CTL (Centro di ricerca per il Trasporto e la Logistica of Sapienza University of Rome)

Main experiences

At present, Brayan González-Hernández is doing a PhD in Infrastructure and Transport at Sapienza University of Rome and collaborates in research activities for a number of international transport and road safety project at CTL (Centro di ricerca per il Trasporto e la Logistica).

He has taken part in different research projects financed by various organisations in Italy, Spain, Colombia and Africa. His research interests include the following three correlated areas: road safety, sustainable mobility and transport planning and policies, with particular attention to developing countries. 

Among the projects of particular importance in which he has recently taken part are: 

  • AfCFTA project – “Study on the Implications of the African Continental Free Trade Area for Demand of Transport Infrastructure and Services in African Countries” (United Nations Economic Commission for Africa UNECA), for the assessment of the effects of the introduction of the free trade treaty between African countries on national and international transport systems;
  • SaferAfrica project (European Commission DG RESEARCH), for the creation of a scientific/institutional Dialogue Platform, which will make it possible to improve the knowledge of the problems of road accidents in Africa and to establish policies and interventions to reduce the number of fatalities and injured;
  • ESRA project (joint international initiative with research organisations and institutes for road safety): ESRA is the abbreviation of “E-Survey on Road Users’ Attitudes”. It is a huge survey carried out with a representative sample of the adult population in the countries taking part (using online access panels). The survey addresses over 200 entries;
  • Development of a simplified method of road safety assessment and pilot study on motorways in Mozambique and Liberia (World Bank): the project aims at the development and piloting of a new methodology, based on automated image analysis to identify critical road sections. The basic idea is of being able to recognise the problems of road safety linked to road infrastructure features without the specific need for data relative to road accidents; 
  • Pilot study to collect more reliable accident data in Sierra Leone (ReCAP – Ukaid): the study aims to define a method for road accident data collection and to develop and implement a data management system for the storing and analysis of road accident data.

At national level:

  • General Guidelines for the Implementation of the National Road Safety Plan 2030 (Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport);
  • Plan for the management and optimisation of traffic flows and mobility for the Regional Road Network under Astral S.p.A. management“, whose aim is to supply the Client with an integrated service, including ad hoc developed information systems, which significantly increase the capacity for analysis of the operational and management issues pertaining to the road network of its competence and, more generally, the entire road transport system of the Lazio Region.

He is co-author of over 20 scientific publications including: peer-reviewed articles for journals, conference articles and deliverables. He is an active proof reader of the Transportation Research Board (TRB), Transportation Research Record (TRR) and Advances in Transportation Studies (ATS)He is also a member of the International Transport Forum (ITF), the World Bank working group in the implementation of the Safety System approach and the International Network for Transport and Accessibility in Low Income Communities – Latin America Chapter (INTALInC-LAC).


He graduated in Civil Engineering at the University of Ibague in 2010, obtained a Diploma in “Local Government Public Management” at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in 2015 in Colombia. Lastly, he has a Master’s degree in Transport Engineering from the UPV in Spain, where he graduated with a 1st class honours degree in 2018.

Luca defines himself as a nature and animal lover. And it would seem that he is in no way kidding about this, as he owns a farm in his native town Avezzano, with 15 dogs, a donkey, various goats, geese, ducks, hens and other animals. At present he breeds Giant Schnauzers, but in the past he also had Dogues de Bordeaux, Neapolitan Mastiffs and Bull Terriers. He loves sport and is a Lazio supporter.

Luca Persia

Born in Trabzon, Turkey, into a family of engineers–architects, Kagan loves travelling, especially in Europe. He defines himself as an optimist: in fact, he believes that everything can be managed and organised. He is keen on swimming and all water sports and favours science fiction novels and history. Last, but not least, he is passionate about his friends and his time shared with them.

Sevket Oguz Kagan Capkin

Roberto lives in Ciampino, where he was born. His rural origins often take him back to the countryside, where he tends to his plants and garden. It is there that he finds his natural habitat, restoring body and spirit. He is very keen on reading, technology, electronics and Hi-Fi and photography and in recent years has discovered a new hobby piloting a DJI Phantom 4 Pro drone in open spaces and taking pictures from above. He also loves walking, especially in the woods and the mountains, searching for mushrooms, blackberries and wild fruits.

Roberto Carroccia

SERGIO (Celestino is the surname, by the way!), was born by chance in Turin some years ago. He grew up by the sea and has lived in different places in Italy and abroad and now lives in an ancient Etruscan town, near Rome. When he was little he was blonde, then he played in pubs, was the hiker, the mayor, the dreamer; now he’s still an architect, not long been an journalist and is often forced to go to the gym because of his love of wine and cheeses. In short, if it were for him he would always have a rucksack on his back and his dream has been to fly since he was a child.

Sergio Celestino

Kristaq is a nature and sports lover. He goes diving and enjoys a game of five-a-side football with friends. He is passionate about history and, the excellent scholar that he is, prefers precise historical periods: the medieval in the Balkans and the World Wars of the 19th century.

Kristaq Pepkolaj

Artsiom, for his friends Artem, was born in Brest, Belarus, a town situated literally on the border between Poland and Ukraine. At present, he lives in a place with fewer boundaries, but just as beautiful - Rome. Artem challenges the chaos of the city by cycling, loves reading, travelling and doing sports, especially football, swimming and running.

Artsiom Sauchuk

Berrak was born in Istanbul, Turkey. She has always loved all animals, but cats have a special place in her heart. She has always loved science but thanks to her elder sister she learned to appreciate engineering in particular. What fascinates her instead is losing her way in the narrow streets of towns (Rome included) with her bicycle and observing their most beautiful details. At the weekend you are likely to find her in some local pub drinking an iced IPA.

Berrak Senses

Davide loves walking even though, every now and again, he prefers wandering around aimlessly – and as he’s an engineer we don’t even ask why. With an Italian mother and Japanese father, Davide has always sought to bring the features of both cultures into his work and life. In his spare time, he loves reading, especially the so-called “ninth art”: cartoons.

Davide Shingo Usami

Stephen was born in Kumbo, in the grass field areas of Cameroon. Growing up in an area with earthed roads which becomes very inaccessible during the long 8 months rainy seasons made him grow interest in studying Civil engineering. Being very passionate in promoting shared prosperity and in reducing poverty & suffering has motivated him to pursue his career on road safety where road accidents pose as “weapons of mass destruction” especially in low-income countries. While Stephen is a good goalkeeper who is always called up in his local football competition, in his free time, he loves cooking his cultural dishes (which he cultivates) and also spends time singing with his church choir.

Fondzenyuy Stephen Kome

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