Matteo Balliauw, PhD (°1991) graduated as a Business Engineer from the University of Antwerp (Faculty of Business and Economics) in 2014, obtaining the Dean’s Award for the Best Master Student in Business Engineering. His Master's Thesis was awarded the ORBEL Thesis Award 2014, issued by Operations Research Belgium. His research interest is in sports and transports economics. His PhD research deals with maritime and port economics, applying financial valuation methods such as Real Options to this sector and incorporating technological developments and innovations of the business in his research. It is available in a number of journals and has been awarded the best paper award of the FBE doctoral day 2018.