About the expert
dr. Michaël Dooms (MSc & PhD, Applied Economics: Business and Technology, Solvay Business School, University of Brussels) is associate professor at the Solvay Business School at the University of Brussels (VUB). He teaches courses in the domain of Strategic Management and is responsible for the internship program, foreign trade mission and international entrepreneurship projects. For the trade mission project, since 2007, he has supervised more than 250 projects on the field aimed at foreign market expansion in various emerging economies such as India, Brazil, China, Indonesia, Kenya, Colombia. He is a member of PortEconomics.eu, the Port Performance Research Network (PPRN) and currently serves as a council member of the International Association of Maritime Economists (IAME), of which he is also the immediate past vice-president. His research interests are in the fields of complex project evaluation (of large scale infrastructure projects), stakeholder management, sustainability, CSR and strategy. He is a guest professor of port management and strategy at universities in the Netherlands (MEL-Erasmus University Rotterdam) and Greece (AUEB). He has worked as a project manager and researcher on projects needing a multi-disciplinary and multi-stakeholder approach, exceeding a total value of more than 10 million euros. In the field of strategy and organizational change, he was a key member of the strategy office for the Belgian rail infrastructure manager Infrabel (2006-2010). He was vice-chairman of the Board of Directors of VUB during 2005-2008, and member of the board and treasurer at FM Brussel (now Bruzz) between 2004 and 2013. He was the program director of the MSc in Management/Bedrijfskunde from 2011 to 2018. He is the former coordinator of the PORTOPIA project (www.portopia.eu), a large collaborative research project on port performance measurement.
Port-City symbiosis can only be realized through the development of real, actionable stakeholder inclusion competences