We are extremely pleased to share information about the speakers and moderator that contribute to the very first Dredging Today Conference. Read on for more information about the moderator and speakers in order of their appearance in the program.


Alexander Verbeek (conference moderator), Stockholm Environment Institute

Alexander is an independent advisor and public speaker on global issues related to climate, security, water, food, energy, and resources and collaborates with governments, businesses, think tanks and civil society agencies. He is an Associate at the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) as well as at the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), and a World Fellow at Yale University. Alexander has worked as a diplomat and Strategic Policy Advisor on Global Issues for the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He is on the board of advisors of several international environmental initiatives. He ranks sixth in the Top-10 Climate Change Thought Leaders in social media.


Rear Admiral Mohammad Khaled Iqbal, BSP, ndc, psc, Chittagong Port Authority

Rear Admiral Iqbal became Chairman of Chittagong Port Authority in 2016. His focus is on port-led development for the economic development of Bangladesh. He took numerous initiatives for the capacity building of Chittagong port to keep pace with the ever increasing national economy of Bangladesh, which is progressing at a 7% GDP growth rate. He has also set his vision on making Chittagong Port a regional hub in the Bay of Bengal. Prior to his appointment to Chairman Chittagong Port he was Fleet Commander of the Bangladesh Navy fleet. Read Admiral Iqbal joined the Bangladesh Navy in 1981 and has studied in Italy, Australia and India.


John Mackenzie, National Marine Dredging Company

John is Business Development Director with NMDC from the UAE, taking responsibility to be part of the growth of the company from a regional Middle East player to a Global Contractor. He started his career in 1992 after graduating with a degree in Civil Engineering from Paisley College in the UK. After involvement on some onshore infrastructure projects, John then gained over 20 years’ experience in the marine construction industry working as Project Manager on various ports, harbours, subsea pipelines and dredging and reclamation projects amongst others, before moving into his current new business generation role.


Maurice de Kok, Van Oord Dredging and Marine Contractors

Maurice is Director Strategic Business Development for Van Oord. Maurice has 27 years of experience in the maritime construction industry in over twenty countries. Maurice returned to the Netherlands as Corporate Manager for the QHSE division of Van Oord (2008-2009) and later as Area Manager for Van Oord Offshore (2010-2015). Maurice started his career as a civil engineer with Ballast Nedam Engineering. He was involved in many large projects including Container Terminal Eight in Hong Kong, the airport project Chek Lap Kok in Hong Kong and the Oresund Fixed Link between Denmark and Sweden. He worked as Area Manager Middle East for Ballast Ham Dredging (2001-2003) and Operations Manager Middle East for Van Oord (2003-2007). Maurice de Kok has a Master’s degree in Civil Engineering from Delft University of Technology.


Richard Brakenhoff, Rabobank

Richard is a Senior Industry Analyst at Rabobank. He covers the global developments at several sectors, such as at dredging, oil & gas, steel, and transport. Before working at Rabobank in Utrecht, he was active as an equity analyst covering the same sectors, and as a result he analyses the sector for some 28 years. In 2016 he published an extensive report on the dredging sector, covering the major drivers for volume growth of the dredging market in the world as well as the most important players active in this market.


Dr. Rob van Dorland, Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI)

Rob is a Senior Climate Science Advisor at the KNMI. He participated in many scientific projects and specialized in outreach activities through media and publications for policy makers. Within the framework of the national adaptation strategy he informed stakeholders and experts in several sectors on climate change in dialogue sessions. He is also acting as the focal point of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) for the Netherlands. Assessment reports of IPCC summarize the state-of-the-art knowledge on climate change, its impacts and options for adaptation and mitigation measures.


Mark van Zanten, Royal HaskoningDHV

Mark is a Senior Project Manager at Royal HaskoningDHV leading large international projects. After getting his MSc. at Delft University (Civil Engineering) in 1993 he gained experience in the international water sector. Since his role in the EIA for the extension of the Port of Rotterdam (Maasvlakte 2) he has been involved in coastal development projects and land reclamations worldwide. His experience ranges from projects in Africa (Nigeria, Morocco, Benin) to Europe (Netherlands, Belgium, France) and South-East Asia (Singapore, Indonesia, Vietnam, the Philippines). His most recent land reclamation project was the detailed design for the Pulau Tekong polder in Singapore.


Sander Dekker, Van Oord Dredging and Marine Contractors

Sander is Sustainability Manager with Van Oord. After having managed business development at Van Oord Nederland, he is since 2013 responsible for the corporate sustainability program of Van Oord, which includes carbon footprint reduction and improving opportunities for marine ecosystems nearby project locations. Recently, he was member of the IADC-working group that guided the research on ecosystem services. Furthermore, Sander is chairman of the CO2 working group within the EcoShape/Building with Nature programme and of the Sustainability working group of the Vereniging van Waterbouwers, and member of the CSR & Sustainability working group of NABU, the Netherlands Association of International Contractors. He received his MSc and PhD in Civil Engineering in 2000 and 2005, respectively, from Delft University of Technology.


Erik van der Blom, Royal IHC

Since early 2017 Erik works as R&D Manager at the Product Group Vessels of Royal IHC. With his team he has the responsibility of initiating and developing new innovations and innovative designs for several types of vessels for the dredging and offshore industry. Innovation and innovative product development are a common thread in Erik’s career. He has been involved in innovations for Trailing Suction Hopper Dredgers, many of those focusing on sustainability. Examples of those innovations are the world’s first LNG fueled Trailing Suction Hopper Dredgers, the Plumigator airless overflow, 2-speed propulsion and the Mighty Dragon draghead. Erik studied Mechanical Engineering at Delft University of Technology.


Commerijn Plomp, Netherlands Enterprise Agency

Commerijn is World Bank and IFC private sector liaison officer for the Netherlands in the Team International Organisations. She co-ordinates a team which supports the business development of Dutch companies in projects funded by International Financial Institutions. She has been the Netherlands’ Private Sector Liaison Officer for the World Bank Group and the African Development Bank since 2013. Before that she worked at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, covering trade and development topics and regional integration. Between 2001 and 2009 she supported Dutch private sector investments in Africa and Eastern Europe. Closer to home, she started her career in spatial planning back in 2000, and currently is a member of the municipality council covering traffic, water and green environment issues. Commerijn studied public management at the University of Twente with a specialization in civil engineering and water management.


Dick Konijn, ID Consultancy

Dick sold his dredging company in 2009 and founded ID Consultancy as an independent free-lance advisor on Inland Dredging, including urban dredging combined with sediment transport, logistics and re-use for land reclamation. Contracted by regional-national governments and multilateral development banks for inland water management with Sustainable Operation and Maintenance (SOM)  He has also been involved in several pilot demonstration projects in Vietnam, The Philippines, Bangladesh, Indonesia, India, Malawi and Sudan. Dick has decades of experience as an entrepreneur in the dredging industry, designed dredging equipment and basic dredging methods. Dick is also a regular teacher/trainer at UNESCO-IHE and at the World Water Academy.


Louis Strydom

Louis Strydom is the Business Development Manager at the FMO NL Business Project Development unit. His focus is on taking early stage projects from concept to bankability. He has worked for various consulting and financial institutions across multiple sectors including agriculture, energy, freight and logistics, housing, ICT, infrastructure, mining, property development, transport, and water. He has raised and banked venture capital, private equity, and project- and corporate finance projects. He holds an M.Com (Economics) and an MBA.


Ine Moulaert

Senior Environmental Engineer Marine Environmental Department – Jan De Nul
Since almost 10 years Ine is working for Jan De Nul as an Environmental advisor, during which she has been providing support and advice on managing and mitigating environmental impacts of dredging and offshore works, during project development and execution. This includes working with Environmental Impact Assessments, development and implementation of environmental monitoring and management programs, support with obtaining required permits and approvals. She is an active member of the PIANC WG 178 on climate change adaptation (as IADC representative) and the PIANC WG 195 on Ecosystem Services (as EuDA representative). Ine holds a Master degree in Geography and Marine and Lacustrine Science both from the University of Ghent, Belgium.


Rob van der Hage

Rob van der Hage is currently Business Manager in the Management Team of the Offshore Department of TenneT TSO B.V. in The Netherlands and responsible for future offshore grid development. Before this role, Rob acted as program lead for Offshore Wind in the Business Development department, responsible for the preliminary designation of TenneT as offshore TSO in The Netherlands. Before joining TenneT in 2009, Rob acquired 12 years of banking experience at ABN AMRO Bank and Royal Bank of Scotland as Director in Corporate Finance and Financial Restructurings. He holds an MSc in Applied Physics from Delft University of Technology.


Jan Peters

Jan Peters is managing director of Imotec and Alia Instruments. Since 2007 Jan developed the maritime and offshore business for Imotec and in 2015 Imotec dedicated itself to the maritime and offshore industry. Jan has developed a vast network in the international dredging industry. Imotec offers Intelligent Dredging Automation (IDA) for dredgers. Imotec also developed the Alia Density Meter (ADM) for measuring density on board of dredgers based on a new innovative electromechanical principle. Alia Instruments was founded this year and takes care of the production and sales of the ADM. Jan studied mechanical engineering at University of Twente.


Gert-Jan Nieuwenhuizen

Gert-Jan started at Port of Amsterdam in April 2000 as Commercial Manager Containers, Food and Logistics. His career at Port of Amsterdam included a 5-year stationing overseas in Shanghai, China as Sales Director Asia and Chief Representative. Gert-Jan has extensive experience in the international maritime sector. Since October 2013, he is the Managing Director of Port of Amsterdam International B.V. (PoAI), a 100% subsidiary of the Port of Amsterdam Group. Gert-Jan is also Managing Director of Amsterdam Port Consultants (since October 2013), PoAI is one of its members. Gert-Jan is advisor to the board of Port of Amsterdam on international developments and projects.


Olivier Marcus

Olivier Marcus graduated as Mechanical engineer in 1993. After his study he worked for the Dutch dredging contractor Boskalis as a technical superintendent. In this function he was responsible for project management of new build projects and repair jobs of dredgers all over the world.  After this very practical period he joined Damen as the sales manager for Dredging equipment. Since 2014 he became Director of the product group Dredging and is now responsible with a dedicated team for the design, building and sales support of all dredging equipment within the Damen group.


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