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.
He was the program director of the MSc in Management/Bedrijfskunde from 2011 to 2018. His research interests are in the fields of complex project evaluation, stakeholder management, sustainability, CSR, competitiveness and strategy. He is a member of PortEconomics.eu, the Port Performance Research Network (PPRN) and currently serves as the Secretary of the International Association of Maritime Economists (IAME).
He is a guest professor of port management at universities in the Netherlands (MEL-Erasmus University Rotterdam) and Greece (AUEB). He is the former coordinator of the PORTOPIA project, a large collaborative EU research project on port performance measurement. Further, he has worked as a project manager and researcher on complex (infrastructure) projects needing a multi-disciplinary and multi-stakeholder approach, as well as regional and cluster competitiveness studies, exceeding a total value of more than 10 million euros. In the field of strategy and complex organisational change, he was a core member of the strategy office (PMO) for the Belgian rail infrastructure manager Infrabel (2006-2010), leading the full program of the client/product strategy development, as well as the Balanced Scorecard and the optimisation of maintenance windows on the track.
He was vice-chairman of the Board of Directors of VUB during 2005-2008, and member of the board and treasurer at FM Brussel (now Bruzz) between 2004 and 2013. Since October 2021, he serves as an independent board member at Flanders Investment and Trade (FIT). During December 2022, he took up the position of Executive Director at Green Energy Park npo.