Organizational structure


IAPH is governed by the Council comprising Executive Directors and Non– Executive Directors.


Executive Directors are President (ex officio Chair) and six Vice Presidents, and they form the Board, who has general authority to establish broad principles and objectives of IAPH and to make any decision regarding its operation, financing and structure of IAPH.



President and Vice Presidents (Board Members)


Capt. Subramaniam Karuppiah
General Manager
Port Klang Authority, Malaysia



Vice President for Africa Vice President for America, Central & South Vice President for America, North

Ms. Hadiza Bala Usman

Managing Director
Nigerian Ports Authority, Nigeria

Mr. José Firmo

CEO, the Port of Açu, Brazil

Mr. Robin Silvester

President & Chief Executive Officer
Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, Canada


Vice President for Asia, South/West, East & Middle East Vice President for Asia, South East & Oceania Vice President for Europe

Mr. Masaharu Shinohara

Executive Officer
Kobe-Osaka International Port Corporation, Japan

Mr. Jay Daniel R. Santiago

General Manager

Philippine Ports Authority, Philippines

Mr. Jens Meier

Port of Hamburg, Germany



Six Regions of IAPH

IAPH value and respect democracy and regional autonomy by dividing the world into six geographical regions, from which a vice president is elected respectively to be represented on the IAPH Board:


  • Africa
  • America, Central and South
  • America, North
  • Asia, South/West, East and Middle East
  • Asia, South East and Oceania
  • Europe



Non-Executive Directors are Immediate Past President, Conference Vice President, Secretary-General, Managing Director – Policy and Strategy, Internal Committee Chair, Technical Committee Chairs, Chairs or Project Leaders of Forums, Subsidiary Bodies and other significant initiatives up to a maximum of three (3) appointments, and one Associate Member representative. Non-Executive Directors provide general advice and guidance to the Board with respect to their areas of expertise to enable the Board for their decision-making.


Technical committees are the backbone of the IAPH activity in monitoring, collecting, analyzing and disseminating information on the latest trends of port management and operations for the benefit of the entire membership.



Climate and Energy Committee


Mr. Peter Mollema, Port of Rotterdam

Climate and Energy Committee



Risk and Resilience Committee


Ms. Yuan Yue, Guangzhou Port Authority

Risk and Resilience Committee



Data Collaboration Committee


Mr. Pascal Ollivier, Maritime Street

Data Collaboration Committee



Cruise Committee



Cruise Committee



Legal Committee

Legal Committee

Mr. Frans van Zoelen

Special Projects – Head Legal Emeritus

Port of Rotterdam

Legal Committee



Finance & Audit Committee (Internal Committee)


Mr. Eranda Kotelawala

Chief Executive Officer

Solomon Islands Ports Authority

Solomon Islands

Finance & Audit Committee



Women’s Forum


Ms. Flor Pitty

General Director of Ports and Maritime Ancillary Industries
Panama Maritime Authority

Women’s Forum



Clean Marine Fuel (CMF) WG


Mr. Peter Alkema

Strategic Policy Advisor and Project Manager
Port of Amsterdam

Clean Marine Fuel WG



Environmental Ship Index (ESI) WG


Mr. Eric van der Schans

Director Environmental Management
Port of Rotterdam

Environmental Ship Index WG



Representative of Associate Members

Mr. René Kolman
Secretary General
International Association of Dredging Companies



Immediate Past President

Mr. Santiago Garcia-Milà
Deputy General Manager
Autoridad Portuaria de Barcelona




Legal Counselors

Legal Counselors are a council of legal advisers appointed by the Board of Directors, who give legal advice and assistance to the Association when so requested.


Chair Vice Chair

Mr. Frans J.W. van Zoelen
Special Projects – Head Legal Emeritus
Port of Rotterdam Authority

Mr. Martins Ziemanis
Deputy CEO of Legal and Administrative matters
Freeport of Riga Authority