The MEL lecturers are a mixture of Erasmus University faculty members and successful businessmen and women. This way we ensure that the MEL students are instructed by both entrepreneurs and academics, to achieve a fine balance between theory and practice.
More information on the MEL lecturers can be found below.
Dr. Koen Berden is Managing Director of Trade Impact BV, a consulting firm focusing on enhancing sustainability, gender-equality, innovation and inclusiveness in international trade and investment agreements. Koen is also lecturer at Erasmus University, Erasmus University – Rotterdam School of Management and College of Europe.
Rob Zuidwijk is professor of Global Supply Chains and Ports at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM). The chair focuses on three topics: coordination for sustainable global supply chains, Synchromodal transport networks (a flexible and integral deployment of different modes of transport on a network to better meet customer demand and sustainability objectives), and inter-organizational systems in logistics.
Rommert Dekker is a professor of operations research, quantitative logistics, and IT at the Erasmus School of Economics (ESE). Professor Dekker currently leads an industry-sponsored research program on service logistics.
Mr. Bottema has been involved in the Container Terminal Industry for over 20 years. He is currently managing the commercial activities for Hutchison Ports ECT Rotterdam part of HPH Group in Hong Kong. Mr. Bottema is Global Account Manager for Hapag Lloyd within the HPH Group. Mr. Bottema had also supervisory board responsibility at Delta Reefer Care (DRC) for over 12 years, a subsidiary of the HPH Group and the largest reefer care supplier in Rotterdam. Ulco is involved in terminal logistics and hinterland transport systems for the Hutchison Ports Europe Intermodal (HPEI).
Dr. Saanen is Managing Director and Founder (1996) of Portwise (formerly: TBA), a leading terminal design and simulation company in The Netherlands. He is in charge of all port & terminal related projects all over the world in their planning and optimization process of container terminals by means of simulation and emulation.
Dr. Van Klink is Director of Research Centre Business Innovation at Hogeschool Rotterdam, managing a team of professors and researchers that conduct applied research into transformation issues of small and medium-sized entreprises. He was senior strategy & innovation advisor at Rabobank in Rotterdam.
Prof. Veenstra is scientific director of the Dutch Institute for Advanced Logistics, Dinalog, and part-time professor in International Trade Facilitation and Logistics at the Technical University Eindhoven. He was senior business consultant at TNO from 2011 to 2014. Before joining TNO he was assistant professor at Erasmus University Rotterdam from 1994 to 2010.
Dr. Michele is Associate Professor at the Department of Strategy and Innovation of the Copenhagen Business School, which he joined in January 2022. His research interests are sustainability and innovation, with a particular focus on shipping and ports.
Prof.dr. Michaël Dooms (MSc & PhD, Applied Economics: Business and Technology, Solvay Business School, University of Brussels) is full professor at the Solvay Business School at the University of Brussels (VUB). He teaches in the domain of Strategic Management and is responsible for the internship program, the annual foreign trade missions and international entrepreneurship projects. For the trade mission project, since 2007, he has supervised more than 300 practical company-funded projects, aimed at foreign market expansion in various emerging economies.
Dr. Peter de Langen is the owner and principal consultant of Ports & Logistics Advisory, based in Malaga, Spain. Peter de Langen is part-time professor at Copenhagen Business School and held a part-time position as professor Cargo Transport & Logistics, at Eindhoven University of Technology, from 2009 to 2016. From 2007 to 2013, Peter worked at Port of Rotterdam Authority (PoR), department Corporate Strategy as senior advisor.
Prof. dr. Elvira Haezendonck (Vrije Universiteit Brussel and Solvay Business School) is Full Professor at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), and Visiting Professor at the University of Antwerp (UA), as well as guest lecturer at Erasmus University of Rotterdam (Maritime Economics and Logistics) and at C-MAT (University of Antwerp, UA).
Koen Bel is Data scientist at Erasmus Q-Intelligence, a consultancy firm affiliated with Erasmus University Rotterdam. He obtained his PhD in Econometrics in 2015. His interests focus on marketing analytics, macro econometrics and HR analytics. Next to data related projects for various companies, he teaches programming for several (post-) master education programs
Wilco van den Heuvel is an associate professor at the Econometric Institute of the Erasmus School of Economics. His main research interests are in production planning, in particular in extensions of the economic lot-sizing model, where the focus of the research is on developing efficient algorithms.