Donald Baan


Manager, Business Development

Donald Baan is a manager of business development at Portbase, an organization that develops and manages the port community system of the Dutch ports. Portbase is widely regarded as one of the leading port community systems globally, connecting over 5,000 companies via digital services and infrastructure. He is currently responsible for 3 business development teams, focused on delivering new propositions in the field of data platform services, analytics, and digital identity and access management.

Donald, a logistics and tech-enthusiast, started his career in a commercial role at a container shipping line, followed by senior business development roles at the crossroads of logistics and IT at the Port of Rotterdam Authority before joining the leadership team of Portbase. In addition, he has been mentoring several startups in this field via the PortXL acceleration program and is currently a member of the advisory board of two organizations in logistics. He has in-depth experience and network in the logistics industry and combines this with a continuous improvement mindset.

Furthermore, Donald holds a Bachelor degree in Logistics and Economics, with a minor in Ports and Logistics, and is guest lecturer at a.o. Erasmus University Rotterdam.

Sessions With Donald Baan

Friday, 26 February

  • 01:35pm - 02:05pm (EST) / 26/feb/2021 06:35 pm - 26/feb/2021 07:05 pm

    Managing Flow Through The Port Complex

    Ports as Data Hubs That Serve Cargo Owners Effectively

    Port authorities and terminal operators are endeavoring like never before to become enablers of cargo flow through data initiatives that seek to overcome the traditional roadblocks in containerized supply chains. These initiatives can take many forms, from container availability platforms to modern versions of port community systems and genuine SaaS systems that are sold to other ports. This session will examine the value of these initiatives on an individual basis and how realistic it might be to enable cargo owners and their logistics providers to tap into data across multiple ports.