Paul E. Kent
Title: Senior Vice President
Languages: English, Spanish
Education: Ph.D., Maritime Economics, 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 been engaged in more than 200 port, logistics, and transport projects in nearly 50 countries around the world. He has a truly diverse portfolio of clients, including many of the multilateral development banks, the International Finance Corporation, United Nations, several donor organizations, investment banks, and project owners.
Dr. Kent conducts strategic planning and formulates growth strategies; devises privatization strategies; analyzes and devises legal, institutional, and regulatory frameworks; examines the economic and financial impact and feasibility of projects; assesses asset performance; and analyzes logistics chain performance using a transport logistics diagnostic tool developed under his direction and since applied in three dozen countries.
Dr. Kent’s knowledge of transport logistics chains extends to the assessment of the impact of logistics technology solutions, including truck entry control systems, Internet of Things, 3-D printing, and his “Intelligent Logistics Systems” concept. Dr. Kent has also served as an expert witness in international arbitration disputes governing port concession programs. Representative project experience includes Saudi Arabia’s National Port Strategy, Impact of Panama Canal Expansion Program and Logistics Services, Suez Canal Area Development Program, Indonesia National Port Master Plan, East Africa Corridor Diagnostics Study, Jamaica’s Logistics Hub Initiative Market Assessment and Master Plan, Russia Port Sector Institutional Reform, Louisiana Statewide Port Assessment, Colombia National Port Sector Reform Program, and Port of Albany Growth Strategies Study. Dr. Kent has also developed several decision-support and operational performance assessment tools for policymakers, regulators, and private sector operators.
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, which ultimately formed the basis for much of the regulatory module of the World Bank’s Port Reform Toolkit. Before joining Nathan, Dr. Kent was Associate Director of Louisiana State University’s National Ports and Waterways Institute.