Hercules Haralambides is Professor in Maritime Economics and Logistics, having taught at 8 universities (and in 6 different countries), most prominent of which being Erasmus University Rotterdam and National University of Singapore. Currently he is Distinguished Chair Professor at Dalian Maritime University (China) and Adjunct Professor at Texas A&M University (USA). Hercules is the founder of the Erasmus Center for Maritime Economics and Logistics (MEL) (www.maritimeeconomics.com) and also the founding Editor-in-Chief of the quarterly journal Maritime Economics & Logistics (MEL), published by Palgrave-Macmillan (www.palgrave.com/41278). He has written and published over 300 scientific papers, books, reports and articles in the wider area of ports, maritime transport and logistics and has consulted governments, international organizations and private companies all over the world including, for a series of years, the European Commission. In the period 2011-2015 Professor Haralambides was President of the Italian port of Brindisi and at the end of that period (2015) he established “Haralambides & Associates”: a global maritime think-tank engaged in executive education and strategic policy analysis. In 2008, Professor Haralambides was decorated with the Golden Cross of the Order of the Phoenix, by the President of the Greek Republic.