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Michaël Dooms Professor at University of Brussels (VUB)


Prof. dr. Michaël Dooms (MSc & PhD, Applied Economics: Business and Technology, Solvay Business School, University of Brussels) is associate professor at the Solvay Business School at the University of Brussels (VUB). He teaches courses in Management and Strategy, Organization Design & Change, and is responsible for the internship program and foreign trade mission. For the trade mission project, since 2007, he has supervised more than 200 projects on the field aimed at foreign market expansion in emerging economies such as India, Brazil, China, Indonesia, Kenya, Colombia. His PhD Thesis won the 2011 Palgrave MacMillan MEL PhD Competition (4th edition). He is a member of and a member of the Port Performance Research Network (PPRN), where he co-animates the port authority strategy group. He is a guest professor of port management and strategy at universities in the Netherlands (MEL-Erasmus University Rotterdam) and Greece (AUEB). He has worked as a project manager and researcher on projects characterized by a multi-disciplinary (integration of technical, economic and environmental criteria) and multi-stakeholder (public and private sector, local communities) approach, exceeding a total value of more than 10 million euros. In the field of strategy and organizational change, he was a key member of the strategy office developing and implementing a strategic plan for the Belgian rail infrastructure manager Infrabel (2006-2010). In the management of the University of Brussels, he was vice-chairman of the Board of Directors during 2005-2008. He also co-founded a university spin-off company. Between 2013 and 2017, he served as the administrative and scientific coordinator of the PORTOPIA project (, a large EU-FP7 collaborative research project on port performance measurement, which has resulted in a performance data exchange platform for EU ports (PortInsights).

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