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Thomas Vitsounis

Thomas Vitsounis, Section Editor


Dr. Thomas Vitsounis is the project leader of “Total Port Logistics” at National ICT Australia (NICTA) since July 2013. From August 2011 until April 2012, he acted as an advisor of the Secretary General for Ports and Ports Policy, Ministry of Competitiveness, Development and Shipping, Greece. Thomas had a key role in the “Port Performance Indicators: Selection and Measurement – PPRISM” project, undertaken by the European Seaports Organization (ESPO), the European Commission (EC) and researchers from several European Universities (2010-2011). From 2012 until 2013, Thomas has been a regular contributor to the EC (DG Mare). Thomas has been a PENED Research Fellow at the Department of Shipping, Trade and Transport (STT), School of Business, University of the Aegean, and completed his PhD entitled “Balanced Port Performance Analysis: Port Users and Service providers Interactions, Generation of Relationships, and Measurement of Perceived Value” in 2011. He has also been a Research Fellow (Jean Monnet in European Port Policy) at the same Department (2010-2011) and contributed (2006-2011) as a Teaching Assistant in the following courses: Maritime Economics, International Maritime Policy, Port Planning & Policy, Port Management and European Port Policy. Thomas has a track record of more than 30 research papers published in various academic journals, books and presented in international conferences, and 10 port and shipping related projects. He is a founding member of Porteconomics.eu, a web-based initiative advancing knowledge exchange on port economics, management & policies.




Pierre Cariou, Section Associate Editor


Dr. Pierre Cariou is Full Professor at Kedge Business School in Bordeaux, France. He is visiting professor at the Shanghai Maritime University and at 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 (Natixis Bank, Casino Group), the French Parliament (Commissariat General du Plan), and for the Port Authority of Nantes and Marseille. His main research interests are shipping/port economics and maritime safety. He is since 2014, Vice President of the International Association of Maritime Economists (IAME).



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Adrian Beharry, Section Associate Editor


Adrian Beharry, BSc Economics and MSc General Maritime Administration, studied at the World Maritime University, Malmo, Sweden where he interned at the US MARAD and the World Bank. He has worked at the Port Authority of Trinidad and Tobago where he served in management positions in Port Operations, Property Management and Cruise Shipping and Waterfront Development Planning. He has worked in the Energy Shore Base and Yachting Ship Repair Industries. He served as a Sector Specialist Sea at the Ministry of Works and Transport where he worked on the Water Taxi Fast Ferry Service, the Port of Spain International Port Relocation Project and the Regional Fast Ferry Service in the Southern Caribbean. He is a specialist in the field of maritime economics, port master planning, operations management and fast ferry services. He is a member of the IAME. He is currently a senior lecturer at the Maritime Campus of the University of Trinidad and Tobago.



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Assunta Di Vaio, Section Associate Editor


Dr Assunta Di Vaio (Ph.D.) is Associate Professor in Business Administration at the University of Naples "Parthenope" (Italy). She teaches Business Administration, Financial statements and Accounting Principles, Budgeting and Control, Organization of the Seaport Systems. From December, 2013 she has been qualified as Associate Professor of Business Administration. The study of business risks and the analysis of the cost accounting in the public-private partnerships and in the maritime network are the main topics of interest. From January, 2014, Assunta Di Vaio is the scientific director of the project “Public-private partnerships in the cruise sector: A governance model to the development of the Campania Regional System”. This project has been funded by Campania Region. She is a member of editorial boards of some international journals as Science Journal of Business and Management (SJBM) and Journal of Human Resource Management (JHRM) - Science Publishing Group.




Larissa van der Lugt, Section Associate Editor


Larissa van der Lugt is at the School of Economics, Erasmus University Rotterdam as researcher / project coordinator working in research projects on port and maritime economics, port management and port related logistics development. In this work academic knowledge is developed and applied to practical problem analyses and policy issues. Larissa is also experienced in the development of and teaching in academic education programs, both regular as executive education: she is the academic program director for the Master Maritime Economics and Logistics. In her actual functions Larissa is driven by the ambition to support the economic development of ports and ports' actors, by developing in cooperation with other researchers and industry professionals, grounded insights and new thoughts on economic and strategic improvements. And she is also driven by the ambition to educate academic students at a high level and to develop their commitment to the ports' and logistics sector.







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