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The MEL lecturers are a mixture of Erasmus University faculty members and successful businessmen and women. This way we ensure that the MEL students are instructed by both entrepreneurs and academics, to achieve a fine balance between theory and practice.

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Koen Berden is Director of Outreach and Member of the Board of Directors at the World Trade Institute in Bern, Switzerland and Assistant professor at the University of Bern. He is responsible for the WTI project portfolio, strategic (academic) alliances of the WTI, and the creation of short courses and trainings. The WTI is a leading global authority in the fields of international trade and trade law.

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Rob Zuidwijk is professor of Ports in Global Networks at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM). The chair, endowed by the Erasmus Trustfund and created on 1 December 2014, focuses on three topics: cc-ordination for sustainable global supply chains, synchromodal transport networks (a flexible and integral deployment of different modes of transport on a network to better meet customer demand and sustainability objectives), and inter-organisational systems in logistics.

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Rommert Dekker is a professor of operations research, quantitative logistics, and IT at the Erasmus School of Economics (ESE). Professor Dekker currently leads an industry-sponsored research program on service logistics.

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Prof.dr. Bert de Groot holds the chair of Governance and Strategic Investments at the Erasmus School of Economics and is member of the department of Business Economics with effect of Oktober 1, 2009. He is a member of the management team of the Erasmus School of Economics.

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Bart van Riessen is a business analyst at Europe’s largest container terminal operator (ECT, Rotterdam). ECT is a leading Rotterdam container terminal operator with 100% daughter company European Gateway Services, transporting 750.000 TEU yearly from/to the deep-sea ports in Rotterdam and Antwerp.

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Albert P.M. Wagelmans (1960) is a Professor of Management Science at Erasmus University Rotterdam. From 2006 to 2014 he served as the director of the Econometric Institute of the Erasmus School of Economics.

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Dr. Spanjaart is a Postdoctoral Fellow of the Centre for Maritime Law at the National University of Singapore. He started as an attorney at law with Kernkamp Advocaten in Rotterdam.

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Mr. Bottema has been involved in the Container Terminal Industry for over 15 years. He is currently managing the commercial activities for ECT part of HPH Group in Rotterdam.

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Dr. Larissa van der Lugt is the executive director of RHV BV, research institute in Urban, Ports and Transport Economics at the Erasmus University Rotterdam and she is the Academic Programme Manager for MEL.

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Dr. Saanen is Managing Director and Founder (1996) of TBA, a leading terminal design and simulation company in The Netherlands. He is in charge of all port & terminal related projects all over the world in their planning and optimization process of container terminals by means of simulation and emulation.

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Mr. Van Elswijk is a strategy consultant working for the strategy department at the Port of Amsterdam. As such, he works on strategic projects which contribute to the competitive position of the port, both in Amsterdam as internationally.

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Dr. Van klink is Director of the Research Centre for Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation at the Hogeschool Rotterdam. He was senior strategy & innovation advisor at Rabobank in Rotterdam.

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Prof. Veenstra is scientific director of the Dutch Institute for Advanced Logistics, Dinalog, and part-time professor in International Trade Facilitation and Logistics at the Technical University Eindhoven. He was senior business consultant at TNO from 2011 to 2014. Before joining TNO he was assistant professor at Erasmus University Rotterdam from 1994 to 2010.

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Dr. Henk de Swaan Arons holds a PhD degree in Mathematics at Delft University of Technology. He lectured and did research in Mathematics, Statistics and Simulation, first at the faculty of Applied Mathematics and Informatics at Delft University of Technology, later at the School of Economics of Erasmus University Rotterdam.

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Dr. Michele Acciaro is Associate Professor of Maritime Logistics at Kühne Logistics University (KLU), effectively from the 1st of January 2016. Between 2013 and 2015 he worked for the same institution as Assistant Professor. In 2011 and 2012 he held the position of Senior Researcher Green Shipping at the Research and Innovation department of Det Norske Veritas AS (now DNV-GL) in Høvik, near Oslo.

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Dr. Dooms (Master in Management Engineering, Solvay Business School, University of Brussels – VUB, 2001, Magna Cum Laude; PhD in Applied Economics: management engineering, University of Brussels, 2010) is affiliated as assistant professor with the Solvay Business School of the University of Brussels (VUB).

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Dr. De Langen is the owner and principal consultant of Ports & Logistics Advisory, based in Malaga, Spain. Dr. De Langen also holds a part-time position as professor Cargo Transport & Logistics, at Eindhoven University of Technology, since 2009. At Eindhoven University of Technology, he aims to develop cutting edge research in ports & logistics.

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