Christa Sys is holder of the BNP Paribas Fortis Chair on Transport, Logistics and Ports at the Department of Transport and Regional Economics. Until October 2013, Christa Sys was scientific director of the Research Centre on Freight and Passengers Flows. She is course coordinator for Business Environment, Maritime Economics & Business and Maritime Supply Chain at the Centre for Maritime and Air Transport Management (C-MAT). She also teaches at the Faculty of Business and Economics. Her educational activities focus on (operational aspects of) maritime transport, transport economics and inland transportation. Her research centers on maritime economics and cooperation and competition in shipping. She graduated as a doctor in Applied Economics at jointly the Ghent University and the University of Antwerp (December 2010). Her doctoral research dealt with the competitive conditions, the concentration, and market structure of the container liner shipping industry. This research was awarded by the Section of Technical Sciences of the Royal Academy for Overseas Sciences with the General Manager Fernand Suykens Prize for Port Studies.