Chika Sakashita is responsible for the development and implementation of the Alliance’s research, accountability and capacity development work, building the organization’s and NGOs’ impact in road safety. She leads the strategic planning and delivery of research that informs advocacy, develops NGO capacity, and strengthens the accountability for road safety delivery. Chika brings a wealth of experience in road safety delivery – in government (Road Transport Authority in the state of New South Wales, Australia), academic research (the George Institute for Global Health), NGO advocacy (Australasian College of Road Safety), as well as independent consulting to multiple international organisations (WHO, UNESCAP, UNESCWA, UNICEF, GRSP, World Bank, Handicap International) and governments, advising and supporting practical applications of evidence-based policies and interventions for improved road safety outcomes in states, countries, regions and globally. Prior to joining the Alliance Secretariat, Chika made significant contributions to the Alliance’s seminal work “The Day Our World Crumbled: The Human Cost of Inaction on Road Safety” and “Good Practice Guide: Meaningful NGO Participation”.
Chika joined the Alliance team in October 2021. She has a PhD in road safety from the School of Public Health, Faculty of Medicine, University of Sydney as well as Bachelor of Psychology from School of Psychology, Faculty of Science, University of Sydney. In addition to road safety, Chika is passionate about climate change advocacy and has completed “From Climate Science to Action” offered by the World Bank Group. She currently lives in Sydney, Australia.