FIA Foundation

Natalie Draisin


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Our guest this episode is Natalie Draisin, Director of the North American Office at the FIA Foundation.

Natalie has grown her career in global public health and road safety culminating in her current role with the foundation. Experiencing road traffic tragedy whilst studying at Johns Hopkins led to her focus on road safety advocacy.

As one of the youngest and often the only woman in her sector, one of her biggest successes was collaborating to develop Vision Zero for Youth. She was able to establish a youth strategy that put the wider community at the centre of making routes to schools greener and safer.

During the episode we discuss Natalie’s early life, the perils of cycling cross country and how reluctantly training to become a Taekwondo black belt taught her transferable skills that have shaped her approach to leadership.


Closing streets to traffic allows for outdoor arts and culture and vendors and the opportunity for strangers to interact.


One of my injury prevention idols, Sue Baker at Hopkins, told me that “the safest way has to be the easiest way.”


We really strive for a data driven evidence based approach to reducing Road Traffic injuries.


The experiences that helped me grow were really the ones where I was given responsibility.


After engaging in physical activity, kids are better able to concentrate, improving their ability to learn. Imagine the benefits when kids show up to school after walking or cycling.

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