Prof. Dr. Alassane Ballé Ndiaye
Director of Qalinca labs
+32 (0) 2 650 27 87
Prof. Dr. Eng. Alassane B. NDIAYE is a Civil Engineer (Ingénieur Civil des Ponts et Chaussées), Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Transport Sciences (MSc) and Doctor of Engineering Sciences (PhD).
Educated in Logistics and Supply Chain Management at Stanford University and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he is a Professor of Transport Systems and Logistics at Université Libre de Bruxelles (Brussels, Belgium).
He is the founder and Director of Qalinca-Labs, a major Logistics & Transport Systems R&D laboratory in Brussels.
He was, (2002-2012), Associate Professor and Lead Research Engineer at the University of Liege (Belgium) where he led the Transport Systems Group, a unit of the Naval Architecture & Transport Systems Department.
Prof. Ndiaye was in 2010-2011 a Visiting Scientist at the University of California at Berkeley (USA).
His expertise is built around 3 dimensions [R&D; Education & Training; and Field Implementation] and on the 4 key pillars of transport and mobility systems (policy and strategy; economics; innovative logistics solutions and intelligent operations; evaluation, impacts assessment and performance analysis).
Among his achievements is a strong track record of 350+ large industrial, institutional, R&D and development cooperation projects delivered on the five continents (initiation, coordination, implementation, management, follow up); and a dozen of education, training, capacity building and excellence centers in transport & logistics in Indonesia, Tunisia, Ecuador, Senegal, Vietnam, South Africa, Cameroon, Brazil, Cambodia, etc.
Former Expert Counsellor to the Vice-President and Minister of Transport and Energy (2001-2004), he was (2004-2013) the Executive Director of the Belgian Interuniversity Center for Mobility, Transport & Logistics, a platform founded by 8 Belgian universities aiming at enhancing the cross sectional and interdisciplinary approach to transport systems (both in education, R&D and development cooperation).
He was a member of the Expert Group invited by the President of the European Commission and UN-Habitat to provide to the Africa and EU Head of States Summit, Brussels 2014, recommendations on the future priorities of UE-Africa Cooperation (Visionary Africa: for an African Urban Agenda, April 2014).
He is an Expert Adviser of many international organizations and governmental institutions such as the Netherlands Research Council, the French National Research Agency, the DG Research of the EC, the Joint Research Center of the EU, the Norwegian Research Council, the EU Urban Joint Programming Initiative, the Government of the Emirates Abu-Dhabi, The World Bank University Centers of Excellence initiative, etc.
Prof. Ndiaye was appointed by the Belgian Federal Minister of Transport as a member of the Management Board of the Belgian Federal College of Transport Operators (road, air, maritime, rail, inland navigation). He is a member of the Administration Council of the Cluster Transport & Logistics of the Walloon Government.
Member of prestigious international scientific & professional organizations, Prof. Ndiaye was appointed by the European Commission as a Member of the Horizon 2020 High Level Advisory Group for Smart, Integrated and Green Transport and equally Member of the Horizon 2020 High Level Advisory Group for International Cooperation.
Certified Performance Management Professional, he is a co-owner of a patented methodology for integrated strategic decision making in transport and logistics (all modes).
He is a founding member of two R&D start-up companies active worldwide in the field of naval design & waterborne transport, transport systems, logistics and supply chain management.
He is the Chairman of World Conference Series on Logistics & Supply Chain Management (Bangkok, Colombo, Sao-Paulo, etc.) and regularly invited keynote speakers in world congresses and conferences held on the five continents.
Prof. Ndiaye has mentored 200+ PhD and Master Theses worldwide and is a guest Professor of Transport Systems, Logistics and Supply Chain Management in 12+ universities in North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, South America, and Southeast Asia.
From 30+ years worldwide experience (20+ years at executive level/management positions), Prof. Ndiaye has acquired a high-level expertise across the spectrum of transport, mobility & logistics systems, and an edge knowledge of the emerging issues and future challenges in that arena.
Dr. Ndiaye’s expertise skills are particularly oriented towards the innovative ways of integrating ideas from latest research with best practices for the identification and implementation of value creative solutions; those enablers capable of driving transport/mobility systems and supply chains to a high level of excellence.