Olaf Merk leads the work on ports and shipping at the International Transport Forum (ITF) of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). As such, he directs policy-relevant studies on maritime transport and the ports sector. Olaf is the author of more than fifty OECD publications. He is member of the Editorial Board of the academic journal Maritime Economics and Logistics. He was Associate Professor at Sciences Po Paris between 2014-17. At the OECD Olaf also worked on urban development, fiscal decentralisation and public finance. Prior to the OECD, he held various positions at the Netherlands Ministry of Finance. He holds a Master’s degree in Political Science from the University of Amsterdam.