DB Engineering & Consulting GmbH / Part of DB E.C.O. Group
Tilo Franz is the Executive Regional Director of DB Engineering & Consulting for Australia and New Zealand. As part of the global DB Group, DB Engineering & Consulting advises government and industry clients on all aspects of planning, engineering and construction of railway systems as well as their operations and maintenance.
Tilo has more than 30 years of experience designing and operating railways across Europe, Asia and Australia.
Before joining the DB Engineering & Consulting team in Melbourne, Tilo was the General Manager of Canberra Metro Operations and Maintenance, CMET, which is the operator of stage 1 of Canberra’s Light Rail network. Under his leadership the ACT’s first Light Rail system was launched successfully in 2019 and has been running since then at a 99.99% overall reliability level.
Tilo has served as the accredited railway operations manager for several rail systems internationally over his career and has also been a Project Director for the delivery of rail infrastructure projects.
Before Tilo moved to Australia with his family he was Managing Director of an international Railway Engineering & Consulting company with offices in Germany, Greece, Turkey, Singapore, Bangkok and China.
Tilo is a passionate advocate of Australia’s rail development and would particularly like to see the development of a high-speed rail network in Australia. He also sees the Zero Emissions Rail Initiatives as an enabler for our nation’s target to reduce the carbon-dioxide emissions as Australia has recently committed to joining other nations around the globe.
Tilo holds a Masters of Science Degree in Comprehensive Railway Engineering from Germany’s University of Transport “Friedrich List” in Dresden.