Paul E. Kent
Title: Senior Vice President
Languages: English, Spanish
Education: 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
Dr. Kent has a truly diverse portfolio. He advises the World Bank on transport projects and provides expert services in international arbitration involving public-private partnerships.
He conducts strategic planning and analyzes growth strategies for U.S. and international ports; devises privatization strategies; analyzes and devises legal, institutional, and regulatory frameworks; examines the economic and financial impact and feasibility of projects; and assesses asset and logistics chain performance. His knowledge of value and logistics chains extends to such new, additive technologies as 3-D printing,
Dr. Kent has also developed several decision-support tools for policymakers, regulators, and private sector operators. One of these tools formed the basis for much of the regulatory module of the World Bank’s Port Reform Toolkit. Dr. Kent also directed the development of a transport logistics diagnostic tool applied in three dozen countries.
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.