Speaker Profile
International Business Consultant, Port Call Optimization at PortXchange

Abhishek Nair

Abhishek Nair is currently International Business Consultant, Port Call Optimization at PortXchange where he guides port communities worldwide in improving operational efficiency through the use of digital tools and collaborative platforms.

He is the business lead for key projects with Fortune 500 customers and more importantly responsible for driving change. He is the team’s inhouse expert on all operational and commercial matters pertaining ports and shipping. In addition, he contributes as subject matter expert on various industry round tables and taskforces focusing on low-carbon shipping and sustainable port clusters.

Prior to this, he was Port Superintendent at Stolt Tankers – Trading where he was responsible for managing the port and berth rotations for the fleet of ships in Northwest Europe. Before taking on these shore-based roles in shipping, he has spent 17 years at sea sailing on different types of ships handling a plethora of cargoes. He started as an apprentice and eventually grew to take on the role of Master (captain) on very large crude carriers (VLCC’s) being responsible and accountable for the ship, cargo and most vitally the lives of the staff onboard.

He holds a Master’s degree in Maritime Economics and Logistics from the Erasmus School of Economics, a member of the coveted Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers where he is also on their tutor panel, and an associate fellow of the Nautical Institute. He frequently gives guest lectures on the shipping business at the Erasmus University Rotterdam and is a published author in academic journals. He actively invests in, advises and mentors early-stage start-ups in the logistics space for emerging economies.


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