Dr. Theo Notteboom
Dr. Theo Notteboom has more than 20 years of experience in port-related research and education. He currently holds a full-time position as Foreign Expert Full Professor at Dalian Maritime University in China, part-time academic positions at ITMMA - University of Antwerp and the Antwerp Maritime Academy in Belgium and visiting professorships in Singapore and Shanghai. Between 2006 and 2014 he was President of ITMMA. He is Emeritus President and Council Member of International Association of Maritime Economists (IAME) and has received seven prestigious awards for his study of ports. Theo is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Belgian Institute of Transport Organizers (BITO), a regular invited expert to the OECD, the European Sea Ports Organization (ESPO) and other leading organizations in the field. He is a co-director of the PortEconomics initiative.
Dr. Peter de Langen
Dr. Peter W. de Langen is the owner and principal consultant of Ports & Logistics Advisory, a Rotterdam based consultancy firm. PLA is active in boardroom advisory, research and executive education in ports & logistics worldwide. PLA aims to provide high impact contributions to projects and strongly believes in partnership models with customers. Peter also holds a part-time position as professor Cargo Transport & Logistics, at Eindhoven University of Technology, since 2009. From 2007 to 2013, Peter worked at Port of Rotterdam Authority, department Corporate Strategy as senior advisor, from 1997-2007, he worked at Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR). Peter is Chairman of the Innovation Council of the Dutch Innovation Center for Barge Transport, co-organiser of conferences and training events and regular speaker at industry conferences on ports and shipping. He is a co-director of the PortEconomics initiative.
Dr. Thanos Pallis
Dr Thanos Pallis is the scientific coordinator of the Jean Monnet Action on European Port Policy at the Department of Shipping, Trade and Transport (STT), University of the Aegean, Greece. He is currently Secretary General of MedCruise, the association of cruise ports in the Med. The author of the acclaimed book "European Port Policy", he has an extensive international experience in port policy and economics. He served as General Secretary for port policy in Greece, was involved in shaping the future of the EU port policy, and produced a major UNCTAD study on utilising FDI in developing ports. Thanos co-directs PortEconomics and is a regular contributor to OECD, and ESPO, IAPH, and AVIP discussions shaping the port sector. He is a co-director of the PortEconomics initiative.
Dr. Pierre Cariou
Dr. Pierre Cariou is Senior Professor at Kedge Business School. He is visiting professor at Shanghai Maritime University and the World Maritime University in Malmö (Sweden). Prior to this, he held the French Chair in Maritime Affairs at the World Maritime University. From 2001 to 2004, he was Associate Professor in Economics at the Faculty of Economics of Nantes (France). He completed his PhD in 2000 on liner shipping strategies and has since then contributed to several reports for private companies, for the French Parliament (Commissariat General du Plan), for the Port Authorities of Nantes and Marseille, for Casino Group, Natixis Bank. His main research interests are shipping/port economics, maritime safety and environmental protection. He is since 2014, Vice President of the International Association of Maritime Economists.
Dr. Michael Dooms
Dr. Michael Dooms is affiliated as assistant professor with the Solvay Business School of the University of Brussels (VUB). His PhD thesis treats the spatial and dynamic aspects of stakeholder management, with an application to large-scale capital investment projects in the transport sector. His other research interests are in the fields of complex project evaluation in the transport sector, internationalisation strategies and corporate strategy. He teaches management courses in international programs at the Institute of Transport and Maritime Management (ITMMA) in Antwerp as well as the Erasmus University Rotterdam, where he is the coordinator of the port economics and policy module of the MEL programme, organized in cooperation with the Port of Rotterdam. He is a member of the PortEconomics initiative.
Dr. Francesco Parola
Dr. Francesco Parola is Assistant Professor at the "Parthenope" University in Naples in the Department of Business and Quantitative Studies. He is also lecturer at the Faculty of Economics in Genoa and member of the Italian Centre of Excellence for Integrated Logistics. Francesco has been visiting researcher at the "Center for Maritime Economics & Logistics" (MEL) of the Erasmus University (Rotterdam) and at the "Institut National de Recherche sur les Transports et leur Sécurité" (INRETS) in Paris. His research and teaching interests include port economics and policy, maritime logistics and governance and the application of business and strategic management disciplines in the maritime transport sector. Francesco extensively published in port and maritime themes across various international peer-reviewed journals and has been involved in several research projects and consultancy studies. He is associate member of the PortEconomics initiative.
Dr. Jean-Paul Rodrigue
Dr. Jean-Paul Rodrigue has been at the Department of Economics & Geography at Hofstra University since 1999. In 2008, he became part of the Department of Global Studies and Geography. As a project director, contributed to the development of a web site about transport geography and was chair of the Transport Geography Specialty Group of the American Association of Geographers (2004-2006). He is also on the international editorial board of the Journal of Transport Geography, the Journal of Transport and Land Use, acts as the Van Horne Researcher in Transportation and Logistics. His research interests mainly cover the fields of economic and transport geography as they relate to global freight distribution. Specific topics cover maritime transport systems and logistics, global supply chains and production networks, gateways and transport corridors, economic integration, international trade and regional development.