Patrick Verhoeven is part-time lecturer at the Centre for Maritime and Air Transport Management (C-MAT), where he is co-responsible for the coordination of the Port Economics and Business course. He obtained his PhD in Applied Economics in September 2015 with a doctoral thesis on 'Economic Assessment of Management Reform in European Seaports". His present research activities mainly focus on port management and port policy. Next to his academic work, Patrick is Secretary General of the European Community Shipowners' Associations (ECSA), the Brussels-based umbrella organisation of European shipowners' associations. Previously, he held similar posts at the European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) and the Federation of European Private Port Operators (FEPORT). Patrick started his career in shipping in 1991 at the Antwerp ship agent Grisar & Velge.