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Forum Webinar – Risk Management: International Traffic Safety Resources and Guidance

Wednesday, November 2, 2022, 3:00 PM @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

November 2, 2022

3:00 pm EDT/UTC-04:00

About the webinar

With the “re-start” of student mobility, many organizations are reviewing their transportation safety protocols. This webinar, facilitated by ASIRT (Association for Safe International Road Travel) features experts in the areas of international safety and security, as well as transportation safety. Any organization preparing to send students abroad needs to have a comprehensive plan to prepare students, faculty, and staff for the unique transportation and security issues they may face while abroad. It’s also critical to have a plan for a response when a crisis occurs. Our panelists will discuss resources and tools organizations can use to best prepare their travelers to be safe on the road while away from home.

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Who should attend?

Education abroad program developers; faculty who lead students abroad; risk managers; on-site education abroad staff.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understanding the complexity of international road safety.
  • How to develop a plan for an international accident.
  • Advice for working with parents and other stakeholders when there is a crisis abroad.
  • Considerations for program design in supporting safe road travel abroad.


Rochelle Sobel is the founder and President of the Association for Safe International Road Travel (ASIRT), a nonprofit organization that promotes road travel safety throughout the world via education and advocacy. Ms. Sobel founded ASIRT in response to her son Aron’s death in a 1995 bus crash in Turkey. Aron, a 25-year-old medical student, and 22 other passengers were killed in that crash. Ms. Sobel is an experienced educator in the Washington, DC, area, and has traveled to many countries to hold forums and raise awareness on road safety issues. Ms. Sobel served on the World Health Organization (WHO)’s Global Road Safety Steering Committee and represents ASIRT as a member of the UN Road Safety Collaboration (UNRSC). She served on the steering committee for the establishment of the Global Alliance of NGOs for Road Safety and is a member of the founding Board of Directors. Ms. Sobel delivered the keynote speech at the multi-stakeholder panel of the High-Level Meeting (HLM) on Improving Global Road Safety at the United Nations in New York on July 1, 2022.

Ms. Sobel received educational degrees from Barnard College, New York City (BA); University of Chicago (MA, English literature); and George Washington University, Washington, DC (MA, education, and an advanced degree in educational policy).


Dr Mike Blyth is the Chief Executive Officer for Risk and Strategic Management, Corp. He has worked and lived in over 45 countries, has a doctorate focused on organizational resilience, is a retired Royal Marine Commandos Major, and has managed largescale, complex and sensitive projects for multiple government agencies. A highly regarded and published author on business continuity and security risk management with Wily and Sons, he also writes for multiple academic journals and professional magazines. Mike has managed a raft of crisis situations for a wide spectrum of sectors and industries, and blends practitioner and academic knowledge and experience to support organizations address complex risk issues on a global basis. Mike sits alongside executive leadership of major corporations and top tier international NGOs, helping organizations navigate nuanced risk issues, and provides close support at times of crisis. An acknowledged expert in the field of risk, training and business continuity management, Mike is a frequent guest speaker for forums and consortiums and has previously held Vice President positions in two of the world’s largest risk consulting and security management companies.


Anne and Charles Schewe are founders of Sara’s Wish Foundation (www.saraswish.org), a nonprofit organization with the dual purpose of bringing awareness to improving safety in travel, especially in student study abroad programs, and providing financial support to nearly 200 women doing humanitarian endeavors around the globe.  In 1996, their daughter, Sara (aged 20 and a junior at Georgetown) was killed along with six others in a bus crash in India while on a study abroad experience.  They have always felt that Sara would not have perished if she had been wearing a seatbelt.  Their efforts over the past 20 years have been directed at working with the University of Massachusetts mechanical and industrial engineering faculties to design and develop better safety seatbelt systems for motor coaches.  Recently, they have completed a National Safety Council grant to explore how motivational messaging to riders will increase usage of safety restraints.

Anne had her own area rug import company, AMS Imports, for 34 years and recently sold it.  She was working with handicraft people in Jordan, Peru, Columbia, and Egypt to bring unusual rugs to the US market.  Charlie is professor emeritus of marketing at the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.  He has also taught study abroad at John Cabot University in Rome, Massey University in New Zealand and at both Lund University and the University of Stockholm in Sweden.  Both have presented their experiences and understanding at numerous Forum on Education Abroad conferences over the years.  Each received an undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan while Charlie also holds an MBA from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan and a Ph.D. from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.

Sara’s Wish is a generous supporter of The Forum on Education Abroad. Providing scholarships and travel grants in support of The Forum’s risk management professional development programs.


Wednesday, November 2, 2022, 3:00 PM
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Event Category:


The Forum on Education Abroad