Team

The Port of Antwerp-Bruges International team consists of highly skilled experts with extensive port and terminal experience, and are carefully selected to form a multidisciplinary team, covering all expertise required within a port and logistics environment. Moreover, their expertise has been tested in and enriched by the implementation in ports and terminals worldwide. Meet the people behind Port of Antwerp-Bruges International.

The management team:

Kristof Waterschoot

Kristof Waterschoot

Managing Director

Business and regulatory expert for Ports and Port Authorities.
His experience covers all aspects of ports strategy, including multi-modal solutions.

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Stefan Cassimon

Stefan Cassimon

Director

Expert in all aspects of port logistics, from warehouse operations to maritime forwarding.
Specialized in projects related to the development of sustainable and highly efficient supply chains in the maritime industry and the dry ports concept.

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Mario Lievens

Mario Lievens

Director

Expert in port management, port development and strategy. Combining his strong legal and financial background with the economic reality of ports and terminals, offering pragmatic solutions to its customers.

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Bart van Mol

Bart van Mol

Director

Expert in port development and port management, business development, business and trade facilitation and process optimisation.

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The experts of Port of Antwerp-Bruges International:

Koen Cornilly

Koen Cornilly

Manager

Expert in implementation of software solutions in the maritime industry for operations and terminals, training of end-users.

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Marnix Delée

Marnix Delée

Manager

Nautical expert. Analysis of visions and strategies in the planning phase, assessment of traffic flows, port infrastructure and operational procedures. Safety and security expertise.

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Philippe Droesbeke

Philippe Droesbeke

Manager

Expert in terminal management and business development with focus on dry and liquid bulk sector.
General management support, organisational structures, market studies, terminal design, operational effiency, logistical optimisation.

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Ann Baats

Ann Baats

Manager

Active in the ports & maritime business for over 20 years, with ample experience at the port labour training centre in Antwerp since 2007. Expert in training and health & safety related matters.

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Nico Suys

Nico Suys

Manager

Expert in all aspects of concession management: market inquiries of purchased land, tarification, setting up agreements, efficient use of space, negotiations with applicants for concessions.

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Nico Vertongen

Nico Vertongen

Director Africa

Expert in port management, master planning and training in Central and West Africa.
Specialized in maritime market studies, public private partnerships in ports, maritime traffic studies and port authorities.

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Joachim Verheyen

Joachim Verheyen

Associate Manager

Expert in Sustainability, Energy Transition and Environmental Management for Ports and Strategic Portfolio Management. Certified as Six Sigma Green Belt for continuous improvement and ISO 14001 Lead Environmental Auditor.

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Nele Voorspoels

Nele Voorspoels

Senior Manager Port Projects

Nearly 20 years of experience in the international logistics industry in commercial, marketing and strategic roles. She’s worked as an expat in Africa for 4 years  in Libreville, Gabon and Cotonou, Benin. Nele has a strong commercial profile, with excellent skills as a communicator, team leader and project manager. Neat analytical and organizational skills and hands-on experience in change management.

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Geoffrey Van Tittelboom

Geoffrey Van Tittelboom

Senior Consultant

Expert in terminal operations with focus on containers, operational excellence, business process modelling and project management. Has a business management background.

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Paul Wauters

Paul Wauters

Manager

More than 24 years of experience in the logistics of dangerous liquids and transport of dangerous goods by road, rail, inland navigation and sea.

As a former harbour master. he has extensive expertise in managing public order, the maritime and land access, the treatment of goods, and the safety and security in a port area.

 

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Kirsten Raeymaekers

Kirsten Raeymaekers

Associate Manager

Expert in project management. She has expertise in projects such as Hydrogen import, development of the commercial strategy for the port of Cotonou (Benin) and the sustainable development strategy of Port of Duqm.

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Floris Bakker

Floris Bakker

Associate Manager

Expert in developing financial business cases, financial reporting & statistics, and establishing quality management systems. Floris holds a Master’s degree in Business Economics and broadened his view with a Master in International Management & Strategy. He has extensive experience as a global group controller. He deepened his knowledge of Offshore wind farms and project management support. 

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Eva Vyncke

Eva Vyncke

Analyst

She worked as an project manager safety culture and as an operation officer for companies in the Antwerp harbour. Experience in project-, safety- and training management.

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Aag Helewaut

Aag Helewaut

Manager

Seasoned civil engineer and construction specialist, with extensive experience in port engineering and maritime structures, including quay walls, lock systems, terminals, offshore structures and wastewater treatment plants.

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Paul Lambrechts

Paul Lambrechts

Manager

Paul has an extensive background as Logistic Service Provider
in Antwerp. His experience covers all aspects of maritime and hinterland transport, warehousing, distribution and trade and custom formalities.

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Tim Michielsen

Tim Michielsen

Associate Manager

Expert in implementation of software solutions in the maritime industry, (Electronic Cargo Tracking Note (ECTN) and Single Window systems), training of end-users. Acquired experience in the shipping process and the use of shipping documents. Combined account management and business development management roles for the West-African market. Project management, implementation and roll-out of IT programs. Tim is fluent in English, French, Spanish and Portugese.

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Achille Sobry

Achille Sobry

Analyst

Expert in the development of offshore wind farms with a strong focus on the port side, port strategy, port governance, and market studies. Achille has a background in road transportation with a focus on liquid food products. He holds olds an advanced master’s degree in Maritime and Air Transportation Management obtained at Antwerp Management School.

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Karel Doffyn

Karel Doffyn

Associate Manager

Legal expert with an advanced master’s degree in Maritime Sciences from Ghent University. Cross-departmental experience in the oil and gas industry in different locations worldwide. In the past 3 years, Karel gained operational expertise in LPG gas handling and storage. He offers consultancy support and advice in legal logistic matters, operational processes, process optimization and project management.  

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Mathieu Noël

Mathieu Noël

Analyst

Expert in project management. He has cross-industry experience leading projects in many fields such as IT, logistics, market research, infrastructure, etc. Mathieu holds a Master’s degree in International Management and Strategy from Vlerick Business School.

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Tom De Smedt

Tom De Smedt

Manager

Experienced in port & terminal processes and related IT solutions including Port Management Systems, Port Community Systems and Terminal Operating Systems. Currently involved in PoABI’s digitalisation projects.

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Ulysses Van droogenbroeck

Ulysses Van droogenbroeck

Analyst

Holds a master’s degree in Business Economics with a specialization in Accounting and Finance  and international relations and diplomacy. Joint creator of the logistics zone in the port of Cotonou and stakeholder relationship co-coordinator for a port related to Tanzania. 

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Alexander De Feyter

Alexander De Feyter

Analyst

Alexander is a hands-on and driven maritime professional with a nautical background. Having spent significant time working as a navigational officer on dredging vessels, he understands the complexities and challenges associated with marine operations. His operational experience in this specialized domain allows him to offer practical insights and innovative solutions to clients in need of nautical expertise.

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Louise van Kesteren

Louise van Kesteren

Analyst

Louise holds a Master’s degree in Nautical Sciences. She has extensive experience in quality, Health, Safety and Security (QHSSE), providing insights and improvement solutions  in maritime related projects.

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Arnaud Smits

Arnaud Smits

Analyst

Arnaud has an academic background in business economics with a specialisation in finance. Experience as a terminal operator. In addition, he actively engages in energy transition projects.

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Kelly Brosens

Kelly Brosens

Analyst

She is regional coordinator for the Latin American region and key account for all requests regarding capacity building coming from Eastern Europe. Expert in port strategy development and training strategy development. Extensive experience in improving perishable cargo transport efficiency and optimizing cargo quality upon delivery. Kelly is fluent in Portuguese, English and German.

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Manuela Garcia Zuluaga

Manuela Garcia Zuluaga

Analyst

Experience in environmental compliance, ESG audits and sustainability. She holds a master’s degree in bioscience engineering with a specialization in agricultural sciences. Currently working on projects related to environmental management.

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Michiel Heleven

Michiel Heleven

Analyst

Legal expert with a background in transport. Experienced in concession policies and pricing strategies.

Michiel holds a master’s degree of Law and an advanced master’s degree in Maritime Science with great distinction.

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Julie Tegenbos

Julie Tegenbos

Manager

Extensive experience in asset management, environmental liability management and contaminated site management.

She holds a master’s degree in bioscience engineering and is an expert in sustainability and environmental management for ports.

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Kevin De Backer

Kevin De Backer

Manager

A seasoned project manager with more than two decades of expertise in leading, mentoring, and implementing change in logistics, operational, and port settings. Specialized in fostering sustainability and achieving operational excellence.

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Kamiel Schilders

Kamiel Schilders

Analyst

Experienced in commercial and strategy exercises, including market intelligence, marketing strategy and commercial development. Kamiel currently works on a high-level development framework for a Namibian port.

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Wannes Vincent

Wannes Vincent

Associate Manager

Experienced client relationship manager with an extension in marketing and event management. 4 years of relevant experience in the maritime industry. Proven track record of developing and maintaining successful partnerships and collaborations with port authorities, shipping lines and other stakeholders in the industry.

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Henning Schussmueller

Henning Schussmueller

Analyst

Leading Strategic Collaborative Supply Chain Management by orchestrating several business partners towards predefined strategic and mutually beneficial targets. Vast experience in leadership roles in interdisciplinary culturally diverse teams. Management of business transformation and Change Management, Risk Chain Management. Business Development Management to explore and implement new profitable growth opportunities.

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Filip Persyn

Filip Persyn

Manager

More than 30 years of experience in General Management in Antwerp-based Maritime companies. He possesses extensive knowledge in the operations of empty container depots and terminals, along with a comprehensive understanding of break bulk, liquid bulk, and RoRo Terminal operations.

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Stan Blomme

Stan Blomme

Analyst

Stan holds a Master’s degree in Bioscience engineering and has proven experience on different environmental aspects with a main focus on soil, water and biodiversity. Additionally, he has experience on solving environmental issues and the implementation of environmental management systems (EMS) in primary industry.

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Erwin Dickens

Erwin Dickens

Manager

Extensive experience in, development economics with additional focus on governance, capacity building and project management. He has a clear overview on economic and social  issues. He has an PDipl in macro-economics and employment policy and an MSc Local economic development. His basic training is on agricultural engeneering. He has the ability to put port development and associated issues in a broad perspective.

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Tonka Pemen

Tonka Pemen

Analyst

Experience in environmental compliance and management within marine operations and shipping industry. She holds a Master’s degree in environmental sciences. Tonka is currently working on projects related to environmental management and business attractiveness. She is certified by CQI IRCA as Lead Auditor Quality Management Systems ISO 9001:2015.

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Nancy Leyman

Nancy Leyman

Management Assistant to the Managing Director

Management assistant to Kristof Waterschoot

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Sophie Van De Poel

Sophie Van De Poel

Finance executive

Assistant of finance and accountancy

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Michèle Callaerts

Michèle Callaerts

Team expert

Marketing & communication executive

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Elly Seuntiens

Elly Seuntiens

Finance executive