Keynote speaker

Adetokunbo 'Toks' Omishakin, Tennessee Department of Transportation, USA

Toks Omishakin

In October of 2011, Toks Omishakin was appointed Assistant Commissioner and Chief of Environment and Planning at the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT). In this position, he leads TDOT's continued success in establishing environmental, multi-modal and transportation planning policies necessary to make it one of the best state DOT’s in the country. He is responsible for the bureau’s administrative and project budget that exceeds $300 million annually. He leads the activities of the divisions of Environmental Services, Long-Range Planning, and Multimodal Transportation Resources. In 2014, he was promoted to Deputy Commissioner at TDOT.

Prior to joining TDOT, he served as the Director of Healthy Living Initiatives in the Office of Mayor - Karl Dean in Nashville, Tennessee. There he led efforts to develop Metro Nashville’s - Complete Streets Policy and helped establish a more balanced approach to transportation planning and design for the city. He also spearheaded the creation of two Bicycle Sharing programs (Nashville BCycle and Nashville Green Bikes) for the city. He was the Mayor’s liaison to several organizations and boards created to improve livability, the built environment, and transportation. Omishakin has been a speaker and presenter at several national and international conferences and his work has been published in The American Journal of Preventative Medicine and profiled in The Wall Street Journal, HBO Documentaries and Newsweek magazine.

He was appointed by Governor Bill Haslam to the Board of the Tennessee Tombigbee Waterway Authority in 2012 and the Governor’s Rural Development Task Force in 2015. He also serves on the Board of Directors at America Walks, the Civil Engineering and Environment Advisory Board at Tennessee Tech University and is Co-Chair of the Tennessee Regions Roundtable Network. He is an active member of the American Planning Association (APA), and the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE). He holds a Master’s Degree in Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) with concentrations in transportation planning and urban design from Jackson State University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Technology from Mississippi Valley State University.

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