The Executive Board of the International Association of Public Transport (UITP) confirmed Mr Ousmane Thiam (Senegal) as President of UITP on 21 October in Milan. Ousmane Thiam is the first African President of the Association. He takes over from Alain Flausch, who was selected last September to follow Hans Rat as new Secretary General of UITP early next year.
A Civil Engineer holding a PhD in Transport Economics, Mr Thiam has been President of the Conseil Exécutif des Transports urbains de Dakar (CETUD), Senegal since 1997. In 2007, he became President of the African Association of Public Transport (UATP), acting as the African Division of UITP.