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CPCS shines in Women in Rail Award 2024

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CPCS Partner and Senior Advisor Miho Ihara is among the 15 recipients recognized as top women in rail by the International Railway Journal (IRJ).

CPCS, a leading infrastructure advisor on transportation and energy matters, congratulates Miho on earning this accolade.

Key points

  • Miho, a management consultant with CPCS for almost 20 years, is responsible for rail and infrastructure projects in Africa’s Anglophone and Lusophone markets.

  • Miho’s profile showcases her journey from consultant to partner, vice-president, to sitting on the CPCS Board of Directors, and advising high-profile clients like The World Bank and the African Development Bank on large-scale initiatives.

  • IRJ says her “entry really stood out from the more than 50 submissions that we received, in particular for your important work on improving prospects for rail development in Africa and enhancing the working environment for female consultants.”

Why this accolade matters: As the rail industry strives to achieve transformative goals like net zero and adapt to societal changes, attracting and retaining diverse talent is more important than ever. The achievements of women like Miho Ihara also demonstrate the potential for women to excel in a global rail industry where the number of men still outweighs women.


Miho Ihara: “It feels good being recognized among other talented women. The rail industry needs us to ensure that all perspectives are considered during infrastructure planning, management, and delivery.”

Diane Lane-Hutchings, CPCS Talent Director: “Miho’s place in IRJ’s Women in Rail Award 2024 is well deserved. CPCS is better because of her, and so are the rail and infrastructure projects she works on.”

Miho’s professional story

Miho has advised major clients including multilateral development banks such as the World Bank and the African Development Bank, other development finance institutions, and national governments on high-impact rail matters. Miho’s work has and continues to advance rail infrastructure in Africa.

Miho has become an influential leader and mentor at CPCS. Born in Japan, and now based in Canada, Miho deeply understands the challenges that come with being a member of an underrepresented group.

She’s become one of the firm’s pillars and a voice for diversity and gender equality, including uplifting other women. Since 2016, when she became a manager at CPCS, Miho has been mentoring women colleagues, guiding them through the early years of consulting. Moreover, in strategic partnerships abroad, she advocates for the consideration of women-owned businesses or women’s expertise when building a project team for a client.

For more information about the IRJ Women in Rail Award 2024, visit:

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