Allard Castelein

CEO
Port of Rotterdam

Allard Castelein has been the Chief Executive Officer of the Port of Rotterdam Authority since 1 January 2014.

Born in Rotterdam in 1958, Allard graduated in medicine at Erasmus University.

He started working with Shell in The Netherlands in 1987. For the first couple of years he held positions in Trading, Sales and Marketing. From 1992 he lived and worked in Malaysia, Hong Kong, Saudi Arabia and the United Kingdom in various positions in Marketing, Strategy, Business Development, and General Management. Allard returned to The Netherlands in 2002 to join the Executive Board of the Nederlandse Aardolie Maatschappij, a Shell-Exxon JV. In 2003 he became Commercial Manager for Shell’s European Upstream business. In this capacity he led a major re-organization and change management program. In 2009 Allard was appointed Vice President Environment for Shell. He led the global Environment cluster and was accountable for strategy, standards, controls and strategic partnerships worldwide.

In addition to his position as CEO with the Port of Rotterdam Authority, Allard Castelein is:

  • Vice president and member of the Supervisory Board of Sohar Industrial Port Company SAOC (SIPC);
  • Vice president and member of the Supervisory Board of Sohar International Development Company
    (SIDC);
  • Member of the Supervisory Board of Rotterdam Partners;
  • Member of the Executive Board of the Confederation of Netherlands Industry and Employers (VNO-NCW);
  • Member of the Supervisory Board of Isala Hospitals;
  • Chairman Board Ronald McDonald Huis Sophia Rotterdam;
  • Member Economic Board Zuid-Holland;
  • Non-executive director Renewi plc.;
  • Member of the Supervisory Board of International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam (IABR).

Sessions

PORT OF ROTTERDAM KEYNOTE: Smart, Autonomous & Digital Port of the Future
29th March 2021, 1:15PM – 1:45PM BST
Hear from the Port of Rotterdam their vision that includes developments on the roads, in the air and water as they share their trials on autonomous trucking, new pi-lots with the usage of drones in the port area, tug drones and a potential pilot with unmanned barges.