• April 19-21, 2023 | Hilton New Orleans Riverside, Louisiana
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Maartje Driessens

Port of Açu

International Business Development , Terminals & Logistics

Maartje Driessens (38) grew up in Belgium and has an educational background of a Master in Communication Sciences & a Master of International Relations and Diplomacy, both completed at the University of Antwerp (Belgium) plus an additional Master of Commercial Management at the University of Bordeaux (France). Since 2008 she has been active in the commercial area of several Belgian companies such as Roosens Mills and MIS Logistics. Since 2018 Maartje is also a proud member of the Advisory Board of the India-Brazil Chamber of Commerce, headquartered in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.

Before going to Brazil, she worked at the Port of Antwerp Authority as a Business Development Manager for almost 4 years focusing on the LATAM-region. It allowed her to develop a regional expertise by interacting with various segments of the supply chain such exporters, 3PL, governmental entities, sector associations, etc.

When PoABI (Port of Antwerp-Bruges International) became a shareholder of the Port of Açu in 2017 and also became its strategic consultancy partner, Maartje then moved to Rio de Janeiro and joined the Brazilian team at Porto do Açu as Manager Strategic Partnerships & Marketing. Here she focused on the promotion of the port as a new modern gateway for the southeast of Brazil. In 2021 she was promoted International Business Development Manager, focusing on the attraction of new clients for the terminals and the entire port complex. In 2023 Maartje then moved to the mother holding Prumo Logistica to continue the same activities from a holding perspective looking after the needs of the entire group and its various subsidiaries.

Sessions With Maartje Driessens

Thursday, 20 April

  • 11:45am - 12:30pm (CST) / 20/apr/2023 04:45 pm - 20/apr/2023 05:30 pm

    From Fossil Fuels to Hydro: Pivoting Toward a New Generation of Projects

    While fossil fuels will continue to dominate energy generation for many years, a concurrent drive toward sustainability, decarbonization, and greener solutions is gathering strength and affecting the nature of project logistics. Political and institutional mandates for energy and supply-chain security, decarbonization, disrupted trade relationships, risk management, near-sourcing: A tsunami of market forces is shifting focus and direction for many project owners and the contractors and logistics service providers that work for them. In many cases, the skillsets and relationships formed in a traditional oil- and gas-focused environment must be transferred to new project types and rapidly changing trade lanes. What stays and what goes? Where are the opportunities? This panel of seasoned project logistics professionals will discuss what in this dynamic new world of opportunities and risks they are most focused on, most excited about, and most wary of.