Dr. Arjan Hijdra is a port & waterway planner and a pracademic at heart. His key expertise is maximising societal value and translating this to sound & sustainable investment planning. His background enables him to link engineering-, financial and governance perspectives. He holds a PhD degree in infrastructure planning (Groningen), a M.Sc. degree in Civil Engineering (Delft) and was a visiting scholar at MIT Cambridge. His entire 25-year career he worked in port & waterway development, alternating in private, public and scientific service. Since 2017 Dr. Hijdra is leading the Vital Ports initiative, an NGO with the aim to disseminate evidence-based guidance for sustainable port development.