President of the European Cyclists’ Federation (ECF) since 2005, Manfred Neun is a key figure in the world of global cycling advocacy. By initiating a scientific based approach to content, he has ensured that important global decision makers are hearing the ECF’s key messages. At the 2011 OECD International Transport Forum he ensured that 51 transport ministers endorsed the importance of cycling. He also transformed Velo-city into an annual conference series through the addition of global editions in 2010 (Copenhagen), 2012 (Vancouver) and 2014 (Adelaide).
Based on his business background, he is bridging the gap between cycling advocates, industry, politicians and experts. He has initiated the ECF’s “Cycling Industry Club”, its expanding global network “Scientists for Cycling”, as well as growing the ECF’s city network “Cities for Cyclists” worldwide.
Neun’s professional life began with a banker’s apprenticeship after studying economics, and psychology at the University of Augsburg. He has been active in research, studying the economic and psychological aspects of sustainable mobility development, and has lectured at a number of universities. Manfred Neun has held the position of President of the German Two-Wheel Wholesalers’ Association, and Executive Vice-President of the Chamber of Industry and Commerce in his hometown. As the CEO of a cycling company, he became known as the “Father of the Trekking Bike”, which he pioneered as a model in 1986.