Edwin van Espen

Manager International Port Development, Port of Rotterdam International, The Netherlands

Manager and engineer with experience in (international) port and industrial projects and organization development, both in private companies and public organizations. Experienced in working in different and complex environments with diverse stakeholders.

Edwin has been working in several technical and managerial functions in the Port of Rotterdam in the Netherlands, the Port of Sohar in Oman and in Porto Central in Brazil. Currently he is working for Port of Rotterdam’s international department where he is managing the consultancy unit, generating new business opportunities and is involved in developing a specific program for India. He is also responsible for developing and executing the international strategy for the Port of Rotterdam.

16.50 - 17.10 CET

Virtual Ports & Logistics Summit 25 Nov

How to become a future proof port

The port of Rotterdam is a global hub for international trade and home to some of the world's leading industrial clusters. As Europe’s largest sea port we are one of the leaders of the energy transition and are committed to digitisation to make the port, and the supply chain, more efficient. As Port of Rotterdam we use our knowledge and experience to manage and develop ports and industrial areas internationally.

We offer advisory services, training programs, management programs and management capacity to ports and stakeholders open to develop their full potential. Working with Port of Rotterdam means that you get tailored advice for your situation. In addition to that the Port of Rotterdam connects you with companies, knowledge institutes, universities, governmental organisations, standardisation and regulating bodies. Port of Rotterdam provides ports with the best options for professional expansion, enabling you to access a network of potential investors and clients, companies and other ports. At the same time this exchange of knowledge establishes new partnerships.

The pace of change and number of disruptions continue to increase. There is of course COVID-19 and the path to economic recovery that we need to think about; however, we also need to take into consideration the energy transition, innovation, digitisation, shifting trade patterns and other changes which are having a strong impact on our world and the way ports are functioning. Existing business models need to be adjusted and new ones appear. At the same time boundaries between industries are becoming more and more diffuse. Where do you start when preparing your port for the future in a disrupted environment? I will tell you all about that during my presentation.