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Chris Bennett

Lead Transport Specialist

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Chris Bennett is a Lead Transport Specialist working in the East Asia and Pacific region, based in the Sydney Australia office. Originally Canadian, New Zealand is now his adopted home. For over 30 years  Chris has worked in developed and developing countries in the area of highway engineering and asset management. Prior to joining the Bank he was Team Leader for the HDM-4 project, developing technical models for predicting road user costs and pavement deterioration. He developed the ROMDAS road data collection system. With a PhD in computer simulation of road networks, he has a strong IT interest, and has been involved in implementing computerized road asset management systems in a number of countries. He led the Bank effort at developing generic specifications for road management systems and data collection technologies. He has a strong interest in the social and environmental aspects of projects, and has led a number of innovative projects for the Bank addressing these challenges. Since transferring to the Pacific Islands in 2010 he has been actively involved in addressing the challenges of climate change across the Bank. Most recently he has been assisting the Global Practice with addressing the implications of labor influx, gender based violence, and violence against children. Outside of work, Chris is a keen cyclist and triathlete, famous for taking his bike with him on Bank supervision missions and his annual escape from work long-distance endurance bicycle race. These activities are blogged at