Theo NOTTEBOOM is Professor in maritime and port economics and management. He is Chair Professor ‘North Sea Port’ at the Maritime Institute of Ghent University, Professor at Antwerp Maritime Academy and the Faculty of Business and Economics at the University of Antwerp, and a visiting research Professor at Shanghai Maritime University in China. He is co-director of Porteconomics.eu and member of the IAPH Risk and Resilience Committee. He is Associate Editor of Maritime Economics & Logistics, Editor of Journal of Shipping and Trade and a member of the editorial boards of eight other leading academic journals in the field. He is past President (2010-2014) and Council Member of International Association of Maritime Economists (IAME). He published widely in first-tier academic journals and published numerous books and reports. Theo Notteboom acts a rapporteur/expert to leading organizations and corporations in the field and has been involved as promoter or co-promoter in more than 100 academic research programs and (boardroom) consultancy studies on the port and maritime industry and logistics topics.