Mark Geilenkirchen

SOHAR Port and Freezone

After receiving his Bachelor''s degree in Logistics from the Maritime Institute De Ruyters in the Netherlands, Mark set-up and managed HT Research from 1991-2001, an international consultancy focusing on logistics and quality. In 2002, he returned to De Ruyters as a lecturer, where he created a specialised business faculty for logistics and established many working relationships with other leading universities. In 2006, Mark joined ABN AMRO as Vice President, where he helped to lead the company through the global financial crisis. From 2010-2014, Mark was appointed CEO/CCO of APM Terminals at Port of Zeebrugge, in Belgium, where he was responsible for attracting significant Chinese investments and returning the loss-making port to profit. Mark joined SOHAR Port and Freezone as CEO in July 2016 from Hong Kong, where he had been working for two years as Global Client Director with APM Terminals. Mark is married, lives in Oman and has three children.

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Serving the Middle East Food Market

Located in Oman, midway between Dubai and Muscat, SOHAR Port and Freezone is now one of the fastest growing industrial and logistical hubs in the Middle East. With a Freezone that allows 100% foreign ownership and full repatriation of investment capital and profits, SOHAR also has its own dedicated Food Zone - designed to support companies in the food sector. In his seminar, Mr. Mark will provide niche and useful insight on the opportunities for expansion into fats growing markets- the Gulf, Eastern Africa and the Indian Subcontinent.