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Every two years, the candidate(s) for President who have put themselves forward to become part of our Secretariat leadership face a vote during the UITP General Assembly.
During their tenure, they advocate for public transport through a wide range of activities and opportunities, working alongside our international membership.
The role requires experience and leadership, and during the 2021 General Assembly (Friday 18 June) Khalid Alhogail, the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of the Saudi Public Transport Company (SAPTCO), was voted in as UITP’s new President for the 2021-2023 term.
As CEO and MD of SAPTCO for the past 15 years, Khalid Alhogail is a well-known and respected industry figure, overseeing one of the largest public transport companies in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.
With an extensive background in the sector, he is also the Chairman of the Saudi Emirates Integrated Transport Company (SEITCO) joint venture between SAPTCO and Emirates Transport.
Mr Alhogail is also Chairman of the SAPTCO-RATP Dev joint venture Public Transport Company (PTC) and a board member of the RATP Dev-SAPTCO joint venture Capital Metro Company (CAMCO).
Previously Chairman of the Saudi National Union for Joint Stock Companies, representing 186 CEOS of listed companies for ten years, he has been closely involved with several major transportation projects in the Middle East and North Africa and has developed many successful international projects to benefit the region.
For the past five years, he has been an active and recognisable member of UITP’s Executive Board and Policy Board and before being sworn into his new role, held the role of a UITP Vice President.
Alongside leading SAPTCO, Mr. Alhogail has been Chairman of the UITP MENA Executive Committee, further strengthening his presence in our global activities.
It is my great honour to be elected as the new UITP President. I am proud of the long-standing involvement I have with the association, and I look forward to engaging with the international membership to advance the association’s vision in the years to come. Public transport needs strong support as we look towards a post-pandemic world, and I hope to work alongside many of you in the times ahead.
The new compositions of the UITP Executive Board and UITP Policy Board were voted in for the 2021-2023 mandate.
The Executive Board is responsible for all decisions relating to the administration and financing of UITP and the Policy Board has decision-making powers regarding the positions adopted by UITP in the area of public transport policy, as well as the determination of the Integrated Global Work Plan.
We are pleased to welcome new and returning figures to our Boards and excited to see the progression that these posts bring.
With the election of our new President, an important role within the structure of our association established in 1885, a new era begins.
The new President will work closely with the UITP Secretariat, led by our Secretary General Mohamed Mezghani, to achieve our vision for the coming years.
The UITP Secretariat and I are excited to have Mr. Alhogail join us in this new role, as UITP President. Having worked with him in our Executive and Policy Boards, I have no doubt that he will put a spotlight on our mission and work closely with our global members to further advance public transport. I look forward to exploring our professional relationship in the years to come. UITP congratulates and thanks Mr. Alhogail for joining our team!
Public transport has lived through great change in the past year and the times ahead will be crucial to the future of urban mobility in a post-pandemic world.
We know that with his knowledge, experience, and international recognition, Khalid Alhogail will serve our association well.
Congratulations President Alhogail!
*Acting on behalf of Mohamed Mezghani SARL