Intelligent Transport Podcast Episode 22 – Mohamed Mezghani, UITP
In this latest episode of the Intelligent Transport Podcast, Editorial Assistant Halimah Haque sits down with Mohamed Mezghani, Secretary General of UITP, to discuss the future of public transport, including key challenges, opportunities and the importance of gender diversity and sustainability in ensuring the further advancement of the industry.
Beginning the conversation for this episode, Mohamed Mezghani, Secretary General of the International Association of Public Transport (UITP), provides valuable insight into the UITP Global Public Transport Summit 2023, delving into the diverse range of topics covered during the event, including the resilience of public transport systems, addressing critical labour shortages and the industry’s commitment to decarbonising operations and reducing emissions. Mohamed also emphasises the significance of public transport as an essential driver of economic growth and job creation, especially in urban centres.
Then, we consider the significance of diversity as a driving force for innovation and sustainable growth within the public transport industry, with Mohamed highlighting how a diverse and inclusive workforce fosters resilience within the sector. He emphasises that embracing diversity is not just a moral imperative, but also a strategic advantage that enhances the sector’s ability to adapt to changing demographics and evolving customer demands.
In the second half of this episode, we shift our focus to the future of UITP, as Mohamed shares his vision for the organisation and its involvement in shaping the public transport sector in the coming years. He discusses plans to diversify and develop services of value for members, and further strengthening UITP’s position as a global knowledge centre on public transport. Looking forward, he envisions UITP actively addressing the challenges and opportunities in the public transport industry, whilst promoting sustainable and innovative mobility solutions for the future.
Mohamed Mezghani has over 30 years of experience in public transport and urban mobility. He is the current Secretary General of the International Association of Public Transport (UITP), having previously served as Deputy Secretary General. He held roles as Senior Manager and Knowledge Director at UITP, leading knowledge-related services for members. Mohamed also worked as an independent consultant and adviser to UITP on technical assistance and training projects in Africa and the Middle-East, managing diverse expert teams.
International Association of Public Transport (UITP), UITP