Marleen van de Kerkhof has been awarded the International Railway Journal’s Young Leader in Rail Award. The Young Rail Leaders Award by IRJ recognizes young talents who are making a significant impact in the global rail industry, contributing to rail’s efficiency and growth. She plays a key role in the international activities of Dutch supplier Dual Inventive, which is a developer of wireless technology products that are designed to make working on the railway safer and more efficient while also boosting the capacity of existing infrastructure.’ In addition to that, she is a Board Member at Rail Cargo.
Marleen has supported the company’s growth. However, she is also steadily building a
profile as a passionate rail ambassador in Europe, particularly to support growing rail’s
market share to achieve carbon neutrality.
Indeed, Marleen says she was inspired to enter the rail sector by the need to address
climate change. She worked on a Hyperloop project while studying systems engineering
at Delft University of Technology. And while impressed by the concept, she felt work to
reduce transport emissions should focus on improving the extensive infrastructure that
we already have, including Europe’s railway network.
- keep increasing visibility and improving rail’s image. “We must boost visibility by promoting diverse role models,” she says
- the need for a European skills strategy following the outcome of Rail Staffer, theEuropean programme to enhance rail-related training programmes, which is dueto conclude next year and
- the formation of a cross-border partnership between rail educational institutions
and infrastructure managers in Europe, following Dual Inventive’s approach.
Marleen says that demonstrating and sharing innovation at an early stage allows
for the early identification of training needs.