Chairman’s corner

UIC Chairman: Dr Alan Beroud - CEO of PKP S.A.

Alan Beroud Dr Alan Beroud was appointed by the Minister of Infrastructure of the Republic of Poland as the President of the Management Board and CEO of the Polish State Railways (PKP S.A.) and the head of the PKP Group from 29 March 2024.

Dr Beroud is an accomplished manager with extensive experience, particularly in the railway industry. From 2019 onwards, he served as the President of the Management Board of the railway undertaking SKM, where he implemented key programmes to increase the energy efficiency of vehicles and railway infrastructure.

Dr Beroud also has a broad range of experience in railway investment projects and strategic project management in the fields of railways, construction, and energy, having overseen and executed relevant international projects for global markets.

He graduated in law from the University of Warsaw and in energy engineering from the Silesian University of Technology. He holds a PhD degree from the Institute of Security and Computer Science at the University of Krakow, an EMBA title for the energy sector (University of Gdańsk in cooperation with Aix En Provence), and a Master of Project Management from George Washington University in the USA. He has also completed additional training courses at Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Tsinghua University.

UIC Vice Chairman: Mohamed Rabie Khlie - CEO of ONCF

Mohamed Rabie Khlie graduated from the Mohammadia School of Engineering (EMI) in Morocco with a degree in Engineering. He joined the Moroccan National Railways Office (ONCF) in 1987, where he held various positions of responsibility before being appointed Director General of ONCF in July 2004.

At the head of ONCF, he was the initiator of structural changes that revolutionised the railway sector, making it a model recognised by institutions and even recommended as a reference.

Since his appointment, he has spearheaded key milestones that have significantly shaped the history of Moroccan railways. These include:

  • The first milestone which consisted in the successful conduct of the sector reform, through a major restructuring and reorganisation plan, which has helped to redress the economic and financial situation of the Office, while putting it on the path of sustainability and durability;
  • The second milestone focused on the realisation of major projects that reconfigured the Moroccan railway system. It included the project of the first Arab-African high-speed train ’Al Boraq’ linking Casablanca (economic capital) to Tangier in the North (gateway to Europe) inaugurated in November 2018, and which is now the pride of a whole continent. In addition, there is the modernisation and increase in capacity of the conventional network, the construction of "new generation" stations, the development of a network of logistics platforms and the positioning as a logistics integrator.

For the last two decades, Mr Khlie has been continuously involved in international and regional activities related to the railway sector, contributing his vision, sharing his expertise and know-how, with the ambition and determination to contribute to repositioning and establishing the railways of tomorrow:

  • Active member of the Intergovernmental Organization for International Rail Transport (OTIF) since 2006;
  • Current President of the Maghreb Rail Transport Committee;
  • Chair of the UIC African Region since July 2010 where he has succeeded in federating members around a common project supported by innovative actions put at the service of African Railway networks.

On another level, Mr Mohamed Rabie Khlie is involved in various work-related activities. He is a member of the National Council of the Association of Engineers of the Mohammadia School of Engineering (AIEM) and President of the Commission of Relations with International Institutions of the Royal Moroccan Football Federation

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Tuesday 9 July 2024