Frans Van ZoelenHead of Legal at Port of Rotterdam and Chairman of the IAPH Legal Committee
Frans van Zoelen is CLO of Havenbedrijf Rotterdam N.V. (Port of Rotterdam Authority) and Legal Counselor to the International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH) (www.iaphworldports.org). Frans van Zoelen chairs the IAPH Legal Committee and is a member of the Legal Advisory Network of the European Seaport Organisation (ESPO) (www.espo.be). In the Netherlands he chairs the Dutch Legal Network for Shipping and Transport (www.dlnst.nl), and is a member of the Board of the Dutch Association for Maritime and Transport Law (www.nvzv.nl).
Frans van Zoelen holds a master’s degree in civil and public law from Erasmus University Rotterdam, and has additional specializations in maritime law, real estate law, company law and competition law. With a master’s degree in public administration from the Nederlandse School voor Openbaar Bestuur and Financial Master Classes for Lawyers at Nyenrode Business University, Frans van Zoelen also has developed an expertise and strong interest in how the public and private sector interface, a focus essential for navigating complex port and industrial environments.
Frans van Zoelen lives in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, together with his wife and son.