IAPH elects Port of Hamburg’s Jens Meier as new President


The International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH) announces the ratification by the IAPH Council of its new Board, which took up its duties following conclusion of the World Ports 2023 conference held last week in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

Hamburg Port Authority CEO Jens Meier (pictured) has been elected as IAPH President for the next two years, and follows the outgoing Captain K. Subranamiam, General Manager of Port Klang Authority, Malaysia. A graduated computer scientist with more than 25 years of experience in the field of port, logistics, IT, and finance, Jens has been serving as CEO of Hamburg Port Authority (HPA) since 2008. His previous professional positions include board positions at various companies.

IAPH also elected Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka as the new regional vice president for North America region. He steps into the shoes of Robin Silvester, outgoing President and CEO of Vancouver Fraser Port Authority. HAROPA’s CEO and Chair of the Management Board Stephane Raison is the new regional vice president for Europe region, taking the place vacated by Jens Meier.

The IAPH Board is comprised of a President and six vice presidents, each elected to represent a region of the globe. The Board has general authority to establish broad principles and objectives of IAPH and to make any decision regarding its operation, financing and structure.

Founded in 1955, IAPH is a non-governmental organization headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. Over the past six decades, It has developed into a global alliance of ports, representing today some 177 ports and 147 port-related businesses in 84 countries. Its member ports together handle well over 60% of the world’s seaborne trade and more than 60% of the world container traffic.