Hercules E. Haralambides

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  Professor Haralambides was born in Athens on the 18th of October 1952. He studied economics and statistics at the Piraeus Graduate School of Business Studies, presently the University of Piraeus, Greece. In 1976 he pursued further postgraduate studies at the University of Kent, Canterbury, England, where he obtained a Master of Arts degree in economics, specialising in Econometrics (under Gary Philips and Chris Hale) and Economic Development (under Tony Thirlwall and Charles Kennedy). In 1985, he obtained his doctorate from the University of Wales, Cardiff, UK. During his period in Cardiff he was also teaching Investment Appraisal of Transport Projects. His PhD research was on international transport and the balance of payments and it was concerned with the design and estimation of a large-scale econometric model aimed at measuring economic relations within the shipping industry and the integration and impact of the latter on a country’s balance of payments and national economy by and large.  


In 1987, after a period as lecturer at the University of Piraeus, Professor Haralambides joined the United Nations World Maritime University (WMU) in Malmö, Sweden. WMU was founded in 1983 by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) in an effort to transfer technology and know-how to the developing world in the areas of marine affairs; maritime administration; environmental management; and shipping and port management. There, first as lecturer and then senior lecturer, Professor Haralambides was instrumental in developing new curricula and research in shipping and port management.


Since 1992, he is Professor in Maritime Economics and Logistics, having taught at 8 universities (and in 6 different countries), most prominent of which being Erasmus University Rotterdam and National University of Singapore. He is the founder of the Erasmus Center for Maritime Economics and Logistics (MEL) (www.maritimeeconomics.com) and also the founding Editor-in-Chief of the quarterly journal Maritime Economics & Logistics (MEL), published by Palgrave-Macmillan (www.palgrave.com/41278). Both Center and Journal are, by general recognition, the leading ones in the world in their field, having established Maritime Economics and Logistics as a distinct and well-defined branch of both applied economics and international business, now taught in hundreds of Universities around the world. The ‘MEL Approach’ departs from former modal and sectoral transportation studies, looking at international ocean transportation, ports and terminal management as important components of global (maritime) supply chains whose optimisation aims at trade efficiency and consumer welfare. MEL alumni hold key senior positions around the world, while the Center and its activities enjoy the unswerving support of the Rotterdam port cluster at highest level.


In 1989, Professor Haralambides founded the Special Interest Group (SIG2) on Maritime Transport and Ports of the World Conference on Transport Research Society (WCTRS): the world’s largest and most renowned platform of transportation research where he also sat in the Scientific and Publications Committees. He chaired SIG2 for almost 20 years, to retire in 2007. In 1990, together with Richard Goss and Tor Wergeland, he also founded the International Association of Maritime Economists (IAME).


Among a number of consultative and advisory functions at the national and international level, Professor Haralambides is expert of the European Commission, OECD, IMO, ILO, UNCTAD and IBRD/IFC, and the governments of The Netherlands, Belgium and Greece. Among the private sector companies he has advised, the most important have been Maersk; NOL; CMA-CGM; DVB Bank; HAL Holding. In the period 2011-2015, and in addition to his academic duties, Hercules took over as the President of the Brindisi Port Authority (Italy).


Hercules lectures regularly all over the world. Amongst his teaching assignments, most prominent were his 3-year dual chair in maritime business economics at the National University of Singapore and at the Singapore Management University (2004-2006). In 2016, he accepted a nomination as Distinguished Chair Professor at Dalian Maritime University, China and in 2018 he assumed an adjunct professorship at the Texas A&M University, College Station, USA.


He has written and published more than 300 scientific papers, books, reports and articles in areas including, shipping and port policy; port pricing and finance; shipping and economic development; shipping and trade liberalisation; shipping finance and investment; structural adjustment in shipping and ports; port reform; port state control; marine pollution; ship scrapping; shipping alliances; liner shipping economics; freight futures; and financial management in the shipping industry. His paper “An econometric Analysis of the Sea-going Labour Market” won the Yokohama Prize for excellence at the 5th World Conference on Transport Research. His paper “Freight Futures Trading and Shipowners’ Expectations” received the Jovellanos Award (Spain) for Originality and Quality.


During his 30 years of involvement in the maritime sector he has been involved, as senior adviser and researcher to government and industry, in a number of shipping and port related projects in most European countries as well as in Australia, New Zealand, China, Korea, Malaysia, Thailand, Brazil and India. In the period 1994-96 he was also senior adviser to the International Labour Organisation (ILO), responsible for research on Port Restructuring and Labour Reform: a project that looked into more than 100 ports around the world culminating in guidelines for successful port privatisation in developing countries.


Finally, in the period 1995-96 Professor Haralambides was member of Commissioner Neil Kinnock’s ‘wise men’ Group on Maritime Transport (work that culminated in the EC Strategy Document Towards a New Maritime Strategy) and in 1997-98 member of Commissioner Kinnock’s Consultative Committee on Ports and Maritime Infrastructure (that led to the Commission’s seminal work on ports Green Paper on Ports and Maritime Infrastructure). In the context of his work for the European Union, Professor Haralambides has effectively contributed to the formulation of EU policies in the shipping and port sectors.


In 2008 Hercules was decorated with the Golden Cross of the Order of the Phoenix by the President of the Hellenic Republic.

A. Personal Details

Surname:  Haralambides

First Name:  Hercules E.

Place of Birth:  Athens/Greece

Nationality:  Greek

Marital Status:  Married, one son

Profession:  Professor of Economics

Present Residence: Prinses Julianalaan 26

3062 DJ Rotterdam

The Netherlands

B. Education

Diploma in Statistics, School of Statistics, University of Piraeus, 1973

B.Sc. (Econ), University of Piraeus, 1976

M.A. (Econ), University of Kent at Canterbury, England, 1977

PhD, University of Wales, Cardiff, U.K., 1985

C. Appointments

1980-1983 Research Associate, Maritime Economics, University of Piraeus, Greece

1983-1985 PhD researcher and tutor, Dept of Maritime Studies, University of Wales, U.K.

1985-1987 Lecturer, University of Piraeus

1987-1990 Lecturer, World Maritime University

1990-1992 Senior Lecturer, World Maritime University

1992-2018 Professor of Maritime Economics and Logistics (MEL), Erasmus University

1992-1995 Chairman, Department of Transport and Port Economics, Erasmus University

1998-2011 Director, Erasmus Center for Maritime Economics & Logistics (MEL)

2004-2006 Professor and Founder: Chair of Maritime Economics, National University of Singapore

2004-2006 Professor and Founder: Chair of Maritime Business, Singapore Management University

2011-2015 President, Brindisi Port Authority, Italy

2012-2013 President, Association of Apulian Ports, Italy

2013-2015 University Council Member: University of Piraeus, Greece

2017-2018 Chair Professor, Shanghai Maritime University, China

2016 to date Distinguished Chair Professor, Dalian Maritime University, China

2017 to date Staff/Consultant, The World Bank

2018 to date Adjunct Professor: Texas A&M University, College Station, USA

2018 to date Member of the Scientific Committee, Permanent Observatory for Infrastructure, Transport and Logistics, EURISPES: Institute for Political, Economic and Social Studies, Rome, Italy.

D. Professional Involvements of Relevance

Immediate Past President: Brindisi Port Authority (Italy)

Editor-in-Chief Maritime Economics & Logistics (quarterly scientific journal, published by Palgrave Macmillan)

Board of Governors (2013-2015): University of Piraeus

World Conference on Transport Research (WCTR); Member. Past functions: Founding Chairman of the Special Interest Group on Maritime Transport and Ports (1987-2007), member of the Scientific and Publications Committees

Founder and past Vice President, International Association of Maritime Economists (IAME)

Palgrave Communications; Associate Editor

International Journal of Transport Economics; member of the Editorial Board

SPOUDAI: Journal of Economics and Business; member of the Editorial Board

Dokuz Eylül University Maritime Faculty Journal: member of the Publications Board

International Journal of Shipping and Transport Logistics; member of the Editorial Board

Athens Journal of Business and Economics; member of the Editorial Board

Athenian Periodical of Critical Praxis; member of the Editorial Board

Aceh-International Journal of Social Sciences; Intl. Advisory Board

International  Maritime Statistics Forum; member

Maritime Economists Group (UK); member

BENELUX Inter-university Group of Transport Economists; member

Member of UN Economic Commission for Europe: Group of Experts on Hinterland Connections of Seaports

Member of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD):  Multi-Year Expert Meeting on Transport and Trade Facilitation

Member FERRMED Advisory Council

Steering Committee: CIFI - UNIMED Sub-network for Rail and Maritime Transport in MEDA

International Programming Council TransNav: the International Journal on Marine Navigation and Safety of Sea Transportation