Charlène Kouassi has started her career in a local startup incubator in Abidjan in 2018 right after she graduated in Emerging countries’s development dynamics from the Geography Institute of Paris. She jumped into the mobility world through the African Mobilities Observatory that became Movin’On LAB Africa in 2021. She is now managing Movin’On LAB Africa, a think and do tank dedicated to sustainable mobility in Africa within the Movin’On ecosystem. Nominated Remarkable Feminist Voice of Transport in 2023 by the TUMI/ GIZ initiative « Women Mobilize Women », she advocates for more inclusivity and local value creation in the mobility systems in Africa. Working with multi-level stakeholders across Africa and Europe has become a real passion as she promotes solutions to help moving African cities towards a sustainable future.
« The major challenge of transport and mobility in African cities is to reconcile the Urbanism – Transport couple and build human-centered services and infrastructure through an inclusive approach at different scales. African countries must focus on their mobility and transport needs and define priorities to support and promote local innovation and ressources. Creating bridges and synergies, telling stories and sharing good practices between countries, is surely the best way to face today’s and tomorrow’s challenges, and to fight against climate change in order to make African cities real catalysts for the continent’s development. »