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.
From 2007 to 2013, Dr. De Langen worked at Port of Rotterdam Authority (PoR), department Corporate Strategy as senior advisor. From 1997 to 2007, he worked at Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR). Dr. De Langen is also co-director of the knowledge dissemination platform, co-organiser of conferences and training events and a regular speaker at industry conferences on ports and shipping.
At Erasmus University Rotterdam, he was engaged in research, education and consultancy and obtained his PhD, with a study on port clusters in 2004. He was leader of a team of 5 researchers and led >50 projects, mostly dealing with port policy and strategies.
At PoR, Dr. De Langen was involved in and led various strategic renewal projects, such as the development of a port policy of the Dutch national government, the development of a ‘corporate strategic plan 2011-2015’, the development of long term cargo forecasts and the development of a port vision for 2030. He was also involved in various business development initiatives and provided in house training courses. Finally, Dr. De Langen contributed to various international projects at Port of Rotterdam Authority, including developing a business plan for the port of Suape (Brazil), a masterplan for ports for Brazil and a comprehensive port analysis for the Port Commerce Department of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. He continues to work with Port of Rotterdam Authority as an independent advisor.
In 2013, Dr. De Langen founded Ports & Logistics Advisory (PLA). PLA is active in boardroom advisory, research and executive education in ports & logistics worldwide. PLA has worked for leading companies and governments in the ports industry, amongst others in Belgium, The Netherlands, Brazil, Indonesia and Ivory Coast. PLA aims to provide high impact contributions to projects and organisations.