Dr. Stephan Convent

Dr. Stephan Convent attained his Ph.D. from TU Dresden’s Economics&Social Sciences Department. He currently works at the Corporate Development department of Rhenus SE & Co. KG’s Duisburg branch. Formerly he worked at the RCDS Bundesverband in Berlin and  at the Wincanton in England. His focal point is sustainable corporate growth.



Prof. Dr. Jens Martin Gurr

Prof. Dr. Jens Martin Gurr has been Professor of British and Anglophone Literary and Cultural studies at the University of Duisburg-Essen since 2007. He studied English and German Philology at the University of Mannheim and received his doctorate from the University of Duisburg. Having worked in international management consulting for three years, he taught at the universities of Duisburg-Essen, Bamberg and Waterloo, Canada, before taking up his current position at the University of Duisburg-Essen. His research interests include urban studies, 17th-21st-century British Literature as well as contemporary American literature and Anglophone fiction. Since 2008, he has been director of the University of Duisburg-Essen’s Joint Center “Urban Systems”, in which over 70 researchers from all faculties engage in interdisciplinary urban research. Since 2013, he has been President of the Society for English Romanticism/Gesellschaft für englische Romantik.



Johannes Franke

As a Logistics degree holder from the Technical University of Dortmund/Germany, Johannes Franke works as a Consultant at Duisburger Hafen AG’s Corporate Development since 2012. Formerly, he attended the trainee programme „Young Professional“ in different units of the duisport group, such as Corporate Development and Logistics Services between 2011-2012. His expertise areas are as following: supply chain management, port development, innovation and research projects, colsulting projects in port and logistics context, project management.



Prof. Dr. Thomas Hanke

Tom is Professor of Business Administration and Logistics at the FOM University of Applied Sciences. Previously, he worked as a lecturer and researcher for several academic institutes and was responsible for a number of international R&D projects. In many years of management experience in various business functions, Tom also demonstrated his practical skills in banking, management & technology consulting, in managing a startup incubator, and in running his own consulting company. Tom holds an M.A. in Communication Science and a PhD (Dr. rer. pol.) in Business Administration from the University of Duisburg-Essen.



Dr. -Ing. Rupert Henn

Dr.-Ing. Rupert Henn studied naval architecture at the University of Duisburg-Essen. He received his Ph.D from the University of Duisburg in 2008 with a thesis on “Generation and Propagation of Ship Waves in Inland and Costal Waters”. Between 2004 and 2014 he held the position of a researcher within the department hydrodynamics of the DST Development Centre for Ship Technology and Transport Systems. His research priorities comprise shallow water hydrodynamics and development of numerical codes. In 2015 he was appointed Managing Director of the DST and became Member of the Board.



Prof. Dr. Matthias Klumpp

Prof. Dr. Matthias Klumpp studied Economics and Business Administration after a vocational degree in logistics (Speditionskaufmann IHK, 1996) at Leizpig University and IECS Strasbourg. During his professional consultant career in strategy management, logistics and education (ZEB GmbH, conoscope GmbH) he obtained a PhD at Leipzig University in 2007 with a thesis about information and risk management in universities. He also studied educational science at the Universities of Berlin (HU) and Kassel (INCHER, M.A. in Higher Education). From 2001 to 2004 he coordinated the institution of a postgraduate training academy, the Ruhr Campus Academy at the University of Duisburg-Essen. Since 2005 he has been working as a lecturer and professor at FOM University of Applied Sciences Essen, where he founded the Institute for Logistics and Service Management (ild) in 2009. At the same time Matthias Klumpp was appointed Senior Academic Staff (Akademischer Rat, 2011) for the Institute of Production and Industrial Information Management (PIM) at the University of Duisburg-Essen. Prof. Klumpp’s research focuses on Green Logistics, Trends in Logistics, and Logistics Qualification as well as Education (e.g. the ‘Berufswertigkeit’ concept, Bologna and EQF implementation). He is member of the scientific committee for the German national excellence cluster “EffizienzCluster LogistikRuhr” funded by the German federal ministry for research (BMBF), Visiting Researcher at the University of Twente (CHEPS, NL), the Technical University of Istanbul (Turkey), referee for the Dutch NWO and several international journals and has done research on EU ERASMUS teaching stays in Australia, China, Finland, France, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Turkey and the USA. He has published more than 200 journal papers as well as book and conference contributions regarding logistics and education.



Dr. Dieter Lindenblatt

Dr. Dieter Lindenblatt is the Senior Advisor & Representative of Germany at the Port of Antwerp since 2010. He attained his degrees of business economics and doctorate at the University of Cologne in 1968. In 1985, he became Member of the Managing Board of Thyssen Verkehr GmbH/Senior Vice President Verkehrswirtschaft Thyssen Stahl AG and in  1999 Member of the Management Board of DB Cargo AG; whereas as of 2001, he became the CEO of the ThyssenKrupp Stahl Bauelemente GmbH and then in  2003 Senior Vice President  Logistics ThyssenKrupp Steel Europe AG.  Moreover, he carried out his Member of the Advisory Board of Bundesvereinigung Logistik (BVL) duty from 1997 to 2013.



Jan-Christoph Maass

Jan-Christoph Maass is a Project Manager at the Duisburger Hafen AG since 2012. After receiving his bachelor degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Paderborn/Germany and master’s degree from the Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg/Sweden, he has worked at the Fraunhofer-Institute for Material Flow and Logistics (IML), Dortmund/Germany as a Consultant and Project Manager in logistic projects in the automotive, construction, telecommunication and mechanical engineering industries between 2006-2012. His areas of specialization are supply chain management, port development, traffic management systems, simulation based analysis and optimization of logistic networks, process improvement for procurement, production and distribution planning, inventory Management and project management.



Prof. Dr. Michael Manitz

Prof. Dr. Michael Manitz is the chairholder of Production and Supply Chain Management Department of the University of Duisburg-Essen since 2011.



PD Dr. Ani Melkonyan

Ani has finished her habilitation (June 2015 at the University of Duisburg-Essen) in agricultural economics with the title “Climate Change Impact on Agriculture in Developing Economies”. She received her PhD (with a DAAD scholarship) at the same university in environmental sciences with a thesis on “Statistical Analysis of Long-Term Air Pollution Data in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany”. Ani received her master’s degree in mathematical modeling in macro-and micro-economy, and her bachelor degree in general economics at the Yerevan State University in Armenia. Currently she is the scientific coordinator of the research project “ILoNa” (Innovative Logistics for Sustainable Lifestyles) at the University of Duisburg-Essen, Centre for Logistics & Traffic.



Lars Nennhaus

In addition to his Vice President of Corporate Development position at the Duisburger Hafen AG since 2011, Lars Nennhaus is also a member of the management committee of the company. Formerly, he worked as the Terminal Manager of multi-purpose port terminals in the Port of Hamburg, Buss Group GmbH & Co. KG – Hamburg, Germany in addition to being the Managing Director of the Buss Service & Technik GmbH between 2007-2011 and as the Project Manager for logistics real estate development at IXOCON GmbH – Hamburg, Germany between 2003-2007. His expertise covers a wide span of fields such as logistics and material flow planning in the context of logistics real estate development, multi-purpose port terminal management with focal points in procedure and process optimization, terminal planning and development, international development of greenfield port projects, development of hinterland terminals in different locations in Europe with special focus on maritime customers and lecturing on logistics and supply chain management. Lars Nennhaus holds a degree in industrial engineering.



Prof. Dr. Bernd Noche

For more than 20 years Prof. Dr.-Ing. Bernd Noche has been designing and optimising logistics chains. After his study of “Technical Cybernetics” which he finished as graduate engineer, he firstly worked as a research assistant at the University of Dortmund. From 1983-1987 he worked as a research associate at the Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics (formerly: Institute for Transport and Physical Goods Distribution) in Dortmund. Since 1987 he has been manager of the SimulationsDienstleistungsZentrum GmbH.

He started his career in 1982 and since then has been a consultant for the design and optimisation of logistic systems by means of simulation models. The support ranges from the planning of logistic systems, the test of controlling software to the installation of scheudling and simulation software. For many years he has engaged in developing logistic guidelines based on a holistic view including flow principles, customer and quality orientation.

In October 2000 he assumed the professorship in the area of Transport Systems and Logistics at the University of Duisburg-Essen (formerly Gerhard-Mercator University Duisburg). His working areas are: location planning in distribution logistics, acceptance of logistics systems, scheduling systems, simulation and planning of distribution centers, design of intermodal transport chains and monitoring of supply chain management systems.



Gunnar Platz

Gunnar Platz (transport economist) has been managing partner of PLANCO Essen since 2007 and of PLANCO Schwerin since 2002. His main fields of experience are transport economics (including demand forecasting and modelling, financial analysis, economic project evaluation, transport policy consultancy) and regional development planning. During 15 years of consultant’s work, he was involved in a wide number of projects in Germany, at European level, and overseas. He has been involved in various EU-funded projects. As director of PLANCO, he has long-standing experience as project manager to guide complex project teams, but is also still engaged in technical studies and consultancy. PLANCO Consulting GmbH, founded in 1971, has acquired profound experience in the field of transport and transport infrastructure planning and evaluation and has become one of the leading transportation consultants in Germany. The business activities of PLANCO in the field of transport comprise demand forecasts, site evaluations, physical planning as well as cost-benefit or cost-effectiveness analysis and transport accounting. Furthermore PLANCO advises local, regional and federal government in planning and implementing their transport policy. Intermodal transport is one of the major issues of PLANCO transport research, especially concerning the integration of waterborne transport in the transport chain. PLANCO’s clientele are ministries and other government authorities, financing institutes, institutes for technical and financial assistance and private industry, both national and international. PLANCO’s staff includes economists, urban and regional planners, geographers and traffic engineers. Its separate IT department for modeling complex traffic simulations and the specialised GIS department provide further support.



Prof. Thomas Schlipköther

Prof. Thomas Schlipköther is an honorary professor for “port management and logistics” at the University of Duisburg-Essen. Since 2001, he is Member of the Executive Board, COO and CTO of Duisburger Hafen AG and CEO of duisport consult GmbH (dpc), CEO of the terminal operator duisport facility logistics GmbH (dfl), CEO of the rail operator (EVU) duisport rail GmbH (dpr), Head of Port Authority Duisburg. Formerly, he has worked in the construction industry as the Director of Walter Bau AG, division “turnkey constructions” between 1998-2001, as the CEO of a middle-sized construction company between 1992-1998 and between 1980-1992 he worked as construction supervisor at various sites. He also holds titles such as assistant professor for “SCM – integrated hubs” at the chair of ” technical logistics” at the University of Duisburg-Essen, commercial judge at the District Court Duisburg for cases of the logistics and construction sector, member of the “Scientific Advisory Council” at the University of Bochum, member of the board of  “Association for research of Intermodal Transport” (SGKV)-Berlin, founder member of the “European Rail Freight Association” (ERFA)-Brussels, vice president of the VDV-committee „rail companies public ports” (EöH)-Köln, member of the board of directors of the  “rail freight” (VDV)-Köln, chairman of the “technical committee inland ports” (TAB)-Duisburg (until 12/2012), member of the board of the “German Port Technology Association”  (HTG)-Hamburg, member of the HTG-committee “port planning and logistics”-Hamburg, member of the “German Facility Management Association” (GEFMA)-Munich, member of the “German association for geotechnical engineering“ (DGGT)-Essen, member of the supervisory board of the “Development Centre for Ship Technology and Transport Systems” (DST)-Duisburg, member of the “Advisory Board” of “3D maritime network” (Fraunhofer IGD)-Rostock.



Prof. Dr. Metin Türkay

Prof. Dr. Metin Turkay is a full professor of Industrial Engineering and Director of Koc-IBM Supply Chain Research Center. He received BS and MS degrees from METU and PhD degree from Carnegie Mellon University. He worked as Principal Consultant at Mitsubishi Corporation, Japan, on the development of optimization models and algorithms for supply chain management and logistics prior to joining Koc University in 2000. His research interests include optimization theory and algorithms and applications in sustainable supply chain management and logistics including intermodal transportation. He received AIChE/CAST Ted Peterson Student Paper Award in 1997, TUBITAK Young Scientist Encouragement Award in 2006, IBM Supported University Research Award in 2007, and an IBM Faculty Award in 2009.



Prof. dr. W.H.M. Henk Zijm

Henk Zijm (1952) is a full professor in Production and Supply Chain Management at the University of Twente (UT) scientific advisor of the Dutch Institute for Advanced Logistics (DINALOG), where he has been Scientific Director until October 1, 2014. He holds an MSc from the University of Amsterdam and a PhD from Eindhoven University of Technology. Between 1983 and 1990 he worked with Philips Electronics in various positions in manufacturing and supply chain management; in addition he was appointed as full professor at Eindhoven University of Technology in 1987. In 1990, he left both positions to join the University of Twente as a full professor. His research interests include production and supply chain management, warehousing, maintenance planning and control, service logistics and process planning. He has been a consultant to a large number of companies both in the Netherlands and abroad. He has published more than 120 articles in international refereed scientific journals and is the (co-)author of two books. He supervised more than 150 master and around 25 PhD students and serves as associate editor of various journals in his field. In addition, he held several administrative positions, including positions as Scientific Director of the Center for Telematics and Information Technology, and Dean of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science. In 2004, he was appointed as Rector Magnificus (Vice Chancellor) of the University of Twente, a position he fulfilled until January 2009. In 2010, he joined Dinalog as Scientific Director. Professor Zijm is also a past president of ISIR (the International Society for Inventory Research, Budapest) and has held several ancillary positions as member and chair of Supervisory Boards and as Commissioner.