Dr. George Vaggelas is a Partner and Consultant at “Ports and Shipping Advisory” and a Research Fellow at the Department of Shipping, Trade and Transport of the University of the Aegean (Greece). He has previously been an advisor to the President and CEO of Thessaloniki Port Authority S.A. (Greece) and an Adjunct Lecturer at the University of the Aegean. George has more than 10 years of experience in consulting and research on port and shipping issues and he has been involved also in European and national projects examining the port and maritime industries. A specialist in passenger ports, port management, port economics and port policy issues, George has authored several papers published in international scientific journals and international conferences examining seaport economics and politics of seaports. George Vaggelas holds a BSc (Shipping & Enterpreneurship), an MSc in Shipping Trade and Transport (STT), and a Phd (2008), from the School of Business, University of the Aegean, Greece.