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Carola Hein

Carola Hein is Professor and Chair, History of Architecture and Urban Planning at Delft University of Technology, Professor at Leiden and Erasmus University, UNESCO Chair Water, Ports and Historic Cities. She has published widely in the field of architectural, urban and planning history and has tied historical analysis to contemporary development. Among other major grants, she received a Guggenheim and an Alexander von Humboldt fellowship. Her (co-)edited books and monographs include: Oil Spaces (2021), Urbanisation of the Sea (2020), Adaptive Strategies for Water Heritage (2020), The Routledge Planning History Handbook (2018), Uzō Nishiyama, Reflections on Urban, Regional and National Space (2017), History, Urbanism, Resilience, Proceedings of the 2016 IPHS conference (2016), Port Cities: Dynamic Landscapes and Global Networks (2011), Brussels: Perspectives on a European Capital (2007), European Brussels. Whose capital? Whose city? (2006), The Capital of Europe. (2004), Rebuilding Urban Japan after 1945 (2003), and Cities, Autonomy and Decentralisation in Japan. (2006), Hauptstadt Berlin 1957-58 (1991).

Idoia Postigo

Idoia Postigo (Barakaldo-Bizkaia, 1970), Director-General of the Bilbao Metropoli-30 Association. Author of numerous publications.

Degree in Political Science (specialised in International Relations) and Graduate in Psychology. Master’s Research Degree in Psychology on Organisational Behaviour.

Extensive education that includes European and American universities such as Oxford University, the London School of Economics in the UK, and UC Berkeley (California – USA).



As Director of Sustainable Marine Operations, Steven leads the Port of London Authority’s marine operations teams, which includes environment, marine services, civil and marine engineering, and the ports hydrographic services. His responsibilities include delivering the authority’s sustainability commitments and net zero transition, and manging the marine infrastructure, significant vessel fleet and, salvage operations, and delivery of major projects He has a strong focus on environmental issues and is passionate about conserving and improving our rivers.

Prior to the PLA, Steven was Maritime Director & Harbour Master at the Port of Tyne for the preceding 5 years. Following a seagoing career, he first worked at the Port of Tyne from 2005 to 2013 as a senior pilot, before joining DNV GL and working on various marine projects, including a period of secondment to an international oil major. Alongside this, Steven has held a number of voluntary roles including being a Trustee of the Tyne Rivers Trust. Steven is a Master Mariner and Associate Fellow of the Nautical Institute.


Iñigo Losada

Iñigo Losada is a Professor of the University of Cantabria School of Civil Engineering and Research Director of IHCantabria, where he also coordinates the department of Climate, Energy and Infrastructures. He has more than 30 years of experience in research and transfer projects in the field of sustainability in coastal areas. In climate change he has developed methodologies and tools for risk analysis and adaptation for public administrations and companies in more than 30 countries. In addition to participating in several IPCC reports he has worked intensively on the assessment of climate change risks and adaptation in ports, and is the co-author of international guides.


Heidi Neilson

Heidi Neilson is the Head of Planning and Environment at the Port of Oslo

Neilson holds a master degree in Geography, and a bachelor degree in Environmental Management. The mix of natural and social sciences is useful since the port’s environmental impact as well as the influence on city development is important in the Oslo Fjord City of Norway.

In the environmental field, the Port of Oslo functions in close relation with other authorities in the city and scientists who provide important knowledge. “The city and port of Oslo have a zero emission action plan. We want to grow, but at the same time reduce the carbon emission by 85 % in 2030. To accomplish this we need innovation and partnership with cargo owners, shipping lines and the city as a buyer of sea transport. The maritime city of Oslo use sea transport as part of our capital region cargo logistics. This is smart because sea transport is by far the most energy efficient mode of transport. An efficient port removes cargo from roads between Norway and Europe. This does reduce a large amount of global carbon emissions from the transport sector, and there is more capacity in short sea shipping available. City ports, like Oslo, need to provide services that compete with road transport. The seaway is the low emission highway from Europe, and all port cities should take the opportunity to reduce global emission, by providing efficient port services and use more sea transport in the urban logistic cargo chains” says Neilson.

The city of Oslo are working hard to reduce 95 % by 2030. The port aims for 85 % by 2030, and becoming a zero emission port by 2050. The port city of Oslo, which is the European Green Capital 2019, has one common goal and that is walking the path to our zero emission future together.


José Ignacio Parra Santiago

PhD from the Polytechnic University of Madrid and Road, Canal, and Port Engineer Master’s Degree (Technical Higher School of Road, Canal, and Port Engineers of the Polytechnic University of Madrid).

Master’s Degree in Port Management and Planning and Intermodality, a training activity of the Port Campus of Puertos del Estado.

A Civil Engineering graduate from the Polytechnic University of Madrid.

Assistant Professor at the Higher Technical School of Naval Engineering in the Department of Architecture, Construction, and Ocean Systems at the Polytechnic University of Madrid.

José Ignacio Parra Santiago was a consultant for the Innovation Department of Portel Logistic Technologies for a period of two years, developing European port projects and working with international consortiums to implement digital systems into ports and railway terminals on an international level.



A degree in Medicine and Surgery from the Autonomous University of Madrid; Specialist in Occupational Medicine through MIR; Advanced Occupational Risk Prevention Technician with a speciality in Workplace Safety, Industrial Hygiene, and Ergonomics and Applied Psycho-Sociology; and Auditor of environmental, quality, and occupational risk prevention. When looking at her professional career, of particular note is her role as Health Supervision Manager at a major European distribution company, later acting as the group’s national Prevention Service Manager before joining Osalan, where she worked as the Workplace Health Unit Manager and Occupational Physician until being named Osalan General Manager in February of 2020.



She is a Business Lawyer by the University of Deusto with a long professional career in the field of People Management in national and international companies or company groups, in the services and industrial sectors, public and private, with sizes between 300 and 3000 employees. She holds a Master’s Degree in HR by the University of Deusto, and a MBA Executive by the Business Administration School.

Currently and since May 2007 she holds the position of Human Resources Management and Quality at the Guggenheim Bilbao Museum, which she combines with the role of Secretary of the Executive Committee of MUTUALIA (Mutual Insurance Company Collaborator with Social Security no. 2). She is also a representative of the Guggenheim Bilbao Museum at the Board of Directors of the aforementioned Mutual Insurance Company.


Carlos Castillo

He holds a Degree in Chemical Sciences, with extensive experience in a variety of fields of environmental sustainability; among others he has worked on waste treatment, best available technologies, emissions modelling…

He is currently project manager in the Department of Climate Action at Ihobe, Public Society of Environmental Management, working on both mitigation and adaptation to climate change in planning projects, the creation of tools, and in the development of climate scenarios and impact and risk studies.


Jerónimo Maqueda Blasco

He is a Doctor Specialised in Occupational Medicine, holds a Master’s Degree in Public Health, specialising in Epidemiology, and a PhD in Medicine with a “Cum Laude” distinction.

Throughout his professional career he has held the following positions:

  • Chairman of the National Committee of the Occupational Medicine Speciality.
  • Director of the National Occupational Health School of the Carlos III Health Institute.
  • Member of the Technical Committee for the Assessment of Public Health, Epidemiology and Occupational Health of the Healthcare Research Fund of the Carlos III Health Institute.
  • National representative at the European Research Consortium “Topic Center on Research- Work and Health” (European Agency for Safety and Health at Work).
  • Expert Group of the European Commission for the review and updating of the European List of Occupational Diseases.
  • Spanish representative at the CIS Network of the International Labour Organization.
  • National representative at the Thematic network group on Occupational Safety and Health Monitoring (European Agency for Safety and Health at Work).

He is currently the Director of the Department of Health Promotion and Occupational Epidemiology of the National Institute for Safety and Health at Work (INSST), Member of the National Committee of the Occupational Medicine Speciality and Research Professor at the University of Alcalá. He has released 46 publications on Occupational Medicine and has been a researcher in 19 projects, in 7 of them as the principal investigator.


José Manuel Pagés Sánchez

Dr. José Manuel Pagés Sánchez is the Director of the AIVP Agenda 2030, Projects and Content in AIVP (International Association Cities and Ports). José Sánchez has been working in AIVP since 2016 in different positions to improve the relations between cities and ports by promoting dialogue and cooperation. He is an architect by training, having received his bachelor and master’s degree in architecture and planning at Lisbon’s Technical University, but his passion for port and urban development led him to pursue a PhD in Hamburg’s Hafencity University, completed in 2019, focused on sustainable port-city relationships. In his research career he received different grants to pursue his investigation from organizations such as the Übersee-Club from Hamburg or the Cusanuswerk Studientstiftung as well as academic awards. Previously, Jose Sánchez has worked as an architect in renowned practices, and as independent consultant, lecturer and researcher.


Joseba Gotzon Calvo Larrondo

Joseba Gotzon Calvo Larrondo is an occupational health nurse and carries out his professional activity in the Port Authority of Bilbao since 2009. In addition to his work within the UBS, he is responsible for the project to promote health and well-being “Portu Osasuntsua”.

He holds a diploma in nursing since 1993 from the UPV/EHU, a diploma in company nursing from the National Occupational Medicine School in Madrid since 1999, a Degree in Social and Cultural Anthropology from the University of Deusto specialising in Basque Cultural Identity and Ethnicity since 2003, and a Diploma in Advanced Studies (DEA) within the PhD in the programme of Anthropology of Medicine from the Rovira i Virgili University in Tarragona since 2005.

Senior Technician in occupational risk prevention in the three specialities, University expert in emergency nursing, Expert in management of healthy companies by the European Institute of Health and Social Well-Being and a Master’s Degree in Healthy Organisations and Innovation in Personnel Management.


He has developed his professional career in different fields of healthcare with particular dedication to occupational health as an occupational nurse from 1996 to 2009 at Sidenor Industrial, and to teaching, as a lecturer at the Alfonso X el Sabio University in Madrid from 2004 to 2009.


Maritime Sisters

We are the Maritime Sisters and we are on a mission to propel the transition to a sustainable maritime future. We challenge the status quo – in every way. Not as a goal in itself, but for a futureproof (maritime) world.

 Full of energy we are relentlessly committed to accelerating the initiatives, collaborations and innovations that are needed to transform the maritime industry from a mostly analogue and fossil, to a fully digital and sustainable sector. The good news: as ports in essence are places where worlds come together, they provide the perfect breeding ground for innovation. This is why we chose this to be our ‘’workplace’ from which we try to contribute to making the change happen.

We are very much looking forward to moderating the roundtable ‘Future Challenges’ and – together with the impressive line-up – turning these challenges into opportunities!

Born with ‘maritime DNA’ a career in maritime was a given from the start, read more about our career below:


Sylvia Boer

Not only making sure that everyone knows the maritime industry, but also making it more divers is Sylvia’s mission in life. Sylvia has spent her whole life close to the maritime industry and feels it is important to share her enthusiasm for the sector by emphasising its richness and vitality. This, she feels, is best achieved via the promotion of innovation and diversity in the industry.

Sylvia’s maritime career started in 2007 at Holland Marine Equipment where she worked as an Export Manager. After which she became a Policy Advisor Export & Finance at Holland Shipbuilding Association (‘Netherlands Maritime Technology’ nowadays).

In 2012 Sylvia started as a Marketing Manager within Damen Shipyards and from September 2016 until the end of January 2020 she was their Head of Communications. She started as Director AYOP in 2020, an association of companies, local authorities and knowledge institutions in the North Sea Canal region that delivers future proof solutions for the offshore energy industry.

Sylvia mentors female students in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) for the Librea network from the Technical University Delft.

Sylvia was also the proud of WISTA the Netherlands from 2018 – 2021. Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association (WISTA) is a dynamic and international networking organisation of women at management level positions in the maritime industry. WISTA unites over 4,000 members in 52 countries.

Before sailing of to the maritime industry Sylvia got her Master’s Degree in Business Administration at the RSM Erasmus University (RSM). She also joined the Leadership in transition program at INSEAD.

In 2020 Sylvia founded Maritime Sisters together with her sister Marjolein, as they are on a mission to propel the transition to a sustainable maritime future.


Marjolein Boer

Energetic ‘ports & maritime’-professional with a background in international business, creative leadership and innovation. Passionate about contributing to the transition towards a sustainable maritime future, leveraging my experience, energy but mostly by collaborating with the likeminded.

Marjolein worked over 6 years as Manager Innovation at the worlds smartest port ‘Port of Rotterdam’. Here she strived to bring worlds together and multiply the energy of different stakeholders. After all, people are the starting point of any change.

During her time at Port of Rotterdam Marjolein was also a board member of iThanks and PortXL. iThanks is thé innovation motor for SME’s in the port. Port XL drives maritime innovations by accelerating start and scale-ups that annualy scouts over 1000 start and scale-ups worldwide and select 15-20 for their program.

She also acted as president for Rot.Jong for 2 years. Rot.Jong is a community of Rotterdam-based companies uniting young professionals, in order to enhance the attractiveness of the city of Rotterdam for work and residency.

Before diving into the maritime sector Marjolein worked as Sr. Product Manager Corporate Marketing at Bolton Adhesives.

She got a Master’s Degree in International Business Administration at RSM Erasmus University and later on joined the Executive Leadership Program at THNK School of Creative Leadership.

In 2020 Marjolein founded Maritime Sisters together with her sister Sylvia, as they are on a mission to propel the transition to a sustainable maritime future.



Phd in Philosophy and Educational Sciences. Master in Leisure and Human Potential. Graduated in History and Geography. Diploma in Archaeology. Professor at the Faculty of Social and Human Sciences (University of Deusto). Director of the Deusto Cities Lab Chair. Member of the Leisure and Human Development Research Team (recognized as category A). He has been Director of the Leisure Studies Institute (2000-2007) and Vice-Rector for Communication, Plurilingualism and Social Innovation (2007-2015). Research laboratories and publications focus on governance for the sustainable development of cities. Member of the Advisory Committee of the Basque Country 2030 Agenda. Member of the Bilbao Civic Council. Former Chairperson of the World Leisure Policies Commission. Former Member of the Board of Trustees of the Etxepare Institute, Azkue Foundation, Etorkintza Foundation and Basque Social Innovation, the Bilbao Mobility Forum and the Bilbao Bizkaia Design Creative Council. UNIVERSITAS 2019 Research Award (EUROBASQUE). CERMI Award 2006. Disability research. Collaborate in the media (press and radio): Active presence in social networks.


Sofie Coppens

Environmental and CSR Policy Advisor– Chamber of Commerce Antwerpen-Waasland -Alfaport.

Sofie Coppens started her professional career in 1999 in the environmental department of Solutia, a chemical company. In 2001 she joined Katoen Natie as environmental manager. Katoen Natie is a logistics service provider with business units active in petrochemicals, chemicals, automotive industry, consumer goods, commodities, port activities and engineering. She was responsible for giving environmental advice and following up application of the environmental legislation for about 80 legal entities within the Group.

In 2010 she joined Alfaport as environmental policy advisor. Alfaport is the federation representing most companies involved in logistics in the Port of Antwerp. Within this federation she is responsible for environmental affairs and CSR. Her mission is to provide advice towards its members on environmental affairs – as well as represent the members interests at local and federal government level. Since 2014 Alfaport has integrated in the Chamber of Commerce.


Tommaso Spanevello

Head of European Affairs – HAROPA PORT

Tommaso Spanevello is responsible for European Affairs at HAROPA PORT, the major river-sea port authority of the Seine axis, merging the three French ports of Le Havre, Rouen and Paris. He promotes the interests of the HAROPA PORT vis-à-vis the EU Institutions and represents it in various European for a such as the European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) and the European Federation of Inland Ports (EFIP).

Prior to join HAROPA PORT, Tommaso worked during about ten years in the rail sector representing, first, the interests of infrastructure managers and, subsequently, those of manufacturing companies.

He is a lawyer by formation and lived and worked in United States, Belgium, Italy, Finland and Hungary.


Miguel Vieira de Castro

Port of Sines– Portugal

Born in Lisbon, Portugal in 1967 and the proud father of three sons.


In 1990 I started my career at sea as second Officer on general cargo, Ro-Ro and bulk carrier vessels. I quickly became Chief Officer on VLCCs and LPGs and when the opportunity arose to become Harbour Pilot, I did not hesitate.

Currently, I serve as a Harbour Pilot in largest port in Portugal, Sines which handles more than 50% of the country’s cargo, where I perform duties as Senior Pilot maneuvering all types of vessels without restrictions.


Since September 2013, besides being a Pilot I’m also a Lecturer at the Portuguese Nautical Academy, teaching Port and Maritime Technology, Maritime Safety and Stowage Systems at the MSc and BSc degrees, a consultant in technical and safety matters and internal auditor on ISO 9001, 14001 and OSHAS 18001.


I’m also a member of the port’s task force on sustainability, alternative fuels and energy transition, where in the past eight years I’ve been attending and addressing several conferences and workshops .



Antonis Michail

Dr Antonis Michail is an engineer in background with 18 years of professional experience on port environmental and sustainability management. In 2018, Antonis joined the International Association of Ports and Harbours (IAPH) as Technical Director of its Policy and Strategy Unit and its World Ports Sustainability Program (WPSP). As such, Antonis coordinates the work of the IAPH Technical Committees on Climate and Energy, Risk and Resilience and Data Collaboration and supervises all initiatives under the WPSP umbrella.

Before joining IAPH, Antonis worked for 8 years as Senior Policy Advisor on sustainability and safety matters at the European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO). Since 2003, Antonis has been involved in the EcoPorts network of ports from various posts, including managing projects and coordinating the network’s activities and development until 2017.

Félix Peinado

Félix Peinado took office as the Director of the ILO in Spain on 1 October 2021.

He holds a Degree in Law by the Complutense University of Madrid and an Executive MBA by the IE Business School.

He has been the secretary-general of the CECAM, a member of the Board of Directors of the Spanish Confederation of Employers’ Organizations (CEOE), chairman of the Executive Committee and board member of Aval Castilla-La Mancha SGR, a member of the Economic and Social Council (CES) and a member of the Board of Directors of Solimat.

Alberto Ojanguren Bergaz

He holds a Degree in Medicine and Surgery by the University of the Basque Country, a Diploma in Occupational Medicine by the National School of Occupational Medicine and is a Specialist in Occupational Medicine by the Complutense University of Madrid. He also has received additional training in Ergonomics, is a higher level Technician certified by Osalan in Occupational Medicine, Safety, Ergonomics and Psychosociology and Industrial Hygiene, and has completed a Master’s Degree in Emergency Management by the University of Valencia.

He worked as the Head of the Medical Service of Outokumpu Cooper Tubes for 10 years. In 1984 he joined the Port Authority of Bilbao, where he currently holds the position of Head of the Department of Health, Safety and the Environment. He has worked for 10 years as the Director of the training Institute of the Bizkaia Red Cross. He is currently a member of the expert committee for Occupational Risk Prevention in Puertos del Estado and Chairman of the Occupational Medicine section of the Bilbao Academy of Medical Sciences.

Alberto Camarero Orive

PhD from the Polytechnic University of Madrid and Road, Canal and Port Engineer (Technical Higher School of Road, Canal and Port Engineers of the Polytechnic University of Madrid). Extraordinary Doctorate Award.

Degree in Economy from the University Carlos III

Degree in Business Administration and Direction from the University Carlos III

Degree in Law from the University Antonio de Nebrija

Certificate of University expert in Railway Engineering from the Department of Mechanics at the UNED.


Professor of the University Master’s Degree in Road, Canal and Port Engineering of the Polytechnic University of Madrid, the University Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering Systems (MUSIC), the Civil and Territorial Engineering Degree and the Double Degree in Civil and Territorial Engineering, Business Administration and Direction at the Polytechnic University of Madrid.


Co-Director and Professor of the Master’s Degree in Port Management and Planning and Intermodality, a training activity of the Port Campus of Puertos del Estado.


He has participated in more than 50 R&D research projects


He has made more than 100 contributions to international scientific-technical conferences, more than 80 publications in prestigious journals and has published 15 books.


He has directed thirteen Doctoral Theses in the field of port maritime logistics and has participated in numerous PhD thesis tribunals.


He has led more than 100 Master’s Degree final projects in the field of transport.


He is a member of international committees of international publications and of the main national and international associations related to the maritime-port sector.

Aitor Arzuaga

Aitor Arzuaga (1975) is a Telecommunications Engineer from ETSIIT in Bilbao (1999), and Executive MBA from Deusto Business School (2012). His professional career began in Hewlett Packard, Ericsson and Tecnalia, with several positions of technical and commercial profile. He then moved to the ZIV group in 2002 where he was in charge of the technical side of the company and the development of the Smartgrid product range, and became General Manager of the ZIV Metering division, responsible for LV and MV products, with responsibility for activities in several countries, including the opening of plants in India and France. Following his time at Aclara (Hubbell) as global vice president of technology, in 2018 Aitor was appointed general manager of IBIL, an electric vehicle charging technology and services company in Spain and Portugal, part of the Repsol group. After four years in that position and assisting the remarkable development of the sector, in April 2022 Aitor was appointed GM of ALBA Emission Free Energy, Petronor’s new company for the development of its energy transition businesses. This includes the development and operation of renewable hydrogen production plants, synthetic fuels, waste reuse, and development of renewable energy communities.

This includes the development and operation of renewable hydrogen production plants, synthetic fuels, waste reuse, and development of renewable energy communities. Additionally, Aitor is a board member of Edinor SA (part of the Repsol Group) and Elto Iberia SL (part of the Renault Group). Aitor has more than 30 technical publications and 2 patents in the field of smart grids, electric vehicles, and industrial communications. He is a member of the board of directors of the Basque Country Telecommunication Engineers Association, and Senior Member of the IEEE.

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Dr. Jan Hoffmann

Chief, Trade Logistics Branch

Division on Technology and Logistics, UNCTAD

Jan joined UNCTAD in 2003 and became Chief of the organisation’s Trade Logistics Branch in 2016. The Branch is implementing technical transport and trade facilitation capacity building programmes. Jan is co-author and coordinator of the annual UNCTAD Review of Maritime Transport, and initiated the Maritime Country Profiles and the Liner Shipping Connectivity Index.

Previously, Jan spent six years with the ECLAC in Santiago de Chile, and two years with the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in London and Santiago. Prior to this, he held part time positions as assistant professor, import-export agent, seafarer, translator, and consultant. For eight years, he also worked part time for the family business Hoffmann Shipping, with a ship registered in St. Johns, Antigua and Barbuda.

Jan has studied in Germany, United Kingdom, and Spain, and holds a doctorate degree in Economics from the University of Hamburg. His work has resulted in numerous publications, lectures, technical missions, databases, and electronic newsletters. . Jan has had his hair cut in 76 countries. He has three sons and one wife.