Thierno Birahim AW is the Managing Director of Dakar Urban Transport Council (Conseil Exécutif des Transports Urbains de Dakar, the Urban Transport Authority for Dakar metropolitan area) since September 2016. He worked as research assistant from 2004 to 2007 and as research engineer from 2007 to 2008 at the City, Mobility and Transport laboratory (École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées).
His PhD thesis in transport economy focused on the design and assessment of integrated urban development and transport scenarios. From 2008 to 2014, he worked as engineer in the French engineering company SETEC International in Paris, in charge of general and economic transport studies. He was then appointed primary technical advisor to the Minister of Infrastructure, Land Transport, and Opening-Up in Senegal from 2014 to 2016 before becoming Managing Director of Dakar Urban Transport Council.
He has a long and solid experience in transport and mobility in urban environment and at regional level and has been responsible for managing complex studies and researches, for assessing and presenting strategic recommendations, and for helping public authorities to implement their projects for public sector and private companies. His work has been implying constant relations with public decision makers, operational teams and a deep knowledge of procurement procedures.
- June 10: Establishing a public transport authority
CETUD, Dakar public transport authority : creation, main achievements and challengesCETUD is the Dakar public transport authority. It was created in 1997 and is considered as one of the first public transport authority in Africa. This institution associates central government, mayors, transit operators, insurance companies, transport users, etc.
Since its creation, CETUD has achieved many interesting projects such as renewal fleet program for the informal transport sector, urban mobility plans and urban travel policies, road safety awareness programs, etc. With the rapid urbanization and demographic growth, CETUD faces many important challenges in a city where 80 % of motorized moves are done in public transport despite the lack of infrastructure.
For increasing the transport system capacity, two mass transit projects are currently being implemented and CETUD plans to reorganise all the transport network in this next years.