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Houari Cheikhi is a Director of Business Development at GIRO, a leading maker of software solutions for public transport that supports more than 300 agencies around the world. He leads GIRO’s international business-development activities related to electric-bus fleets. Mr. Cheikhi has 20 years of experience in public transport software solutions, including 15 years in charge of business applications at the group level for a major international public transport group. He has managed many large-scale international projects contributing to public transport performance, innovation and digitalization.
Mr. Cheikhi holds a degree in Software Engineering and Operations Research from INSEA, an ESSEC/Mannheim Business School Executive MBA, and PMP and Lean Six Sigma Black Belt certifications.


  • June 11: Operating fleets of electric buses

    Best practices for planning and scheduling E-Buses

    E-buses can increase the attractiveness of public transport and enhance the quality of life in our cities. But to achieve these goals, they must meet customers’ expectations of reliability and efficiency. It requires changes to our traditional approach to planning, scheduling and operations in order to overcome the new charging constraints, along with their impacts on depot and resource management. Before even adding e-vehicles to a fleet, certain questions must be answered. Where to use e-buses and install their recharging stations? What is the optimal fleet mix? How can the charging of large fleets be managed in depots? What is the impact on staff planning? Learn strategies for the transition towards all-electric fleets. Case studies will be presented to provide concrete examples and insights into planning considerations and scheduling and operations solutions.