Paul E. Kent

Senior Vice President, Infrastructure Planning and Economics


Ph.D., Russia Central Scientific Institute for Water Transport Economics and Operations
Masters of Public Administration, West Virginia University
M.S., Urban Studies, University of New Orleans

B.A., Political Science, West Virginia University

T: (703) 516-7830

A leading authority on port privatization and regulation, Dr. Kent has directed or participated in port and logistics projects in nearly 45 countries. His expertise covers institutional reform, port organizational restructuring, legal and regulatory matters, competitiveness assessments and strategic planning, master plan feasibility studies, and logistics analysis.

Dr. Kent has developed several decision support tools for policymakers, regulators, and the private sector operators. The first such tool was developed as part of his dissertation research (Port Competition Regulation: A Tool for Monitoring for Anti-Competitive Behaviour, International Journal of Maritime Economics), and later formed the basis for much of the regulatory module of the World Bank’s Port Reform Toolkit. Dr. Kent also directed development of a transport logistics diagnostic tool, FastPath (patent pending with Dr. Kent as co-inventor), which has been applied in more than 35 transport corridors.

Dr. Kent is frequently published in trade and scholarly journals, such as Maritime Policy and Management and the International Journal of Maritime Economics and Logistics. His “Monitoring for Port Antitrust Behavior: An Operational Model and Future Challenges,” presented in 2002 at the Annual Conference International Association of Maritime Economists in Panama, is considered by many researchers as a seminal work on the economic regulation of port operators. Dr. Kent recently spoke at conferences sponsored by the Organization of American States (Ports Conference in Mexico), the Miami Chamber of Commerce, and the International Association of Maritime Economists.

Dr. Kent is the only American to have received a doctorate from Russia's Central Scientific Institute for Water Transport Economics and Operations in Moscow. At the time, Russia was in a very early stage of port sector reform and privatization, providing him a virtual laboratory for developing and testing his port competition regulatory tool. Before joining Nathan Associates, Dr. Kent was Associate Director of the National Ports and Waterways Institute of Louisiana State University.

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Infrastructure, ports, transport logistics

Selected Publications & Presentations

The Impact of Port Inefficiency on a National Economy in The International Handbook of Maritime Economics, edited by Kevin Cullinane (forthcoming) (co-author).

Port Performance Indicators for Regulators and Concession Contracts, International Journal of Maritime Economics (forthcoming) (co-author).

Logistics Efficiency and its Impact on Emissions Reductions.Refereed paper accepted for presentation to the Annual Conference, International Association of Maritime Economists, Copenhagen, Denmark, June 2009.(with Peter Cook)

Port Performance Indicators for Regulators and Concession Contracts. International Journal of Maritime Economics. 2009. (forthcoming)(with Asaf Ashar.

FastPath: A Diagnostics Tool for Assessing the Performance of the Transport Logistics Chain. Proceedings of the Conference of International Association of Marine Engineers. June 2007. (with Peter Cook)


Academy for International Business

Phi Kappa Phi Academic Honor Society

Planning and Research Committee, American Association of Port Authorities


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