Silk Road Gateway Poland


Onno de Jong
Consultant Transport, Infrastructure & Mobility at Ecorys

Wouter Jacobs
Researcher at Erasmus UPT of the Erasmus School of Economics (ESE)

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Onno de Jong
 works as a port economics researcher at the Center for Urban, Port and Transport Economics, an institute affiliated with Erasmus University Rotterdam. He combines teaching with doing applied research and consultancy for parties in and around the port. He has been following the New Silk Road file for quite some time. Together with his colleague Bart Kuipers, he wrote an article for the 2017 edition of the annual Italian Maritime Economy monitor SRM about the underlying strategic motives for the One Belt One Road project and the possible consequences for the ports in the Hamburg – Le Havre Range. In addition to his work at the Erasmus University, Onno is manager at the Rotterdam Maritime Services Community and is a columnist for the magazine Europoortkringen.

Dr. Wouter Jacobs joined Erasmus UPT of the Erasmus School of Economics (ESE) as Senior Researcher late 2014. Wouter holds a PhD (2007) in Management Sciences from the Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands. His PhD deals with the ‘Political Economy of Port Competition’ and provides empirical analysis of institutionalized practices in the port management of Rotterdam, Dubai and Los Angeles-Long Beach. Wouter has published widely in international academic peer reviewed journals and offers international business intelligence with over 100 in depth interviews with senior managers and business leaders in trade, shipping and related business service industries in Europe and beyond. The New Silk Road is one of the topics.

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