Haezendonck: "This is not only an important academic honour, in the association's 30-year history, I am the first female president. We shouldn't really be highlighting this today, but we are really setting an example to the maritime business community with this, because the Council and IAME vice-presidents are also gender-balanced."
In her inaugural speech at the general assembly, Haezendonck thanked her predecessors Thanos Pallis (University of Athens) and Jan Hoffman (UNCTAD Switzerland):
"They leave big shoes to fill, but fortunately I have big feet that give me self-confidence. With the Council, we will take up the challenge to further professionalise our organisation."
The president's mandate runs from 2022 to 2024. Founded in 1992, the IAME has grown into an established body of and for maritime researchers worldwide. The association is affiliated with the leading academic journals Maritime Policy & Management and Maritime Economics & Logistics and maintains good contacts with the UN, IMO and other organisations and companies in the maritime world, among others.
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