Vincent Valentine is a transport economist at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) in Geneva, Switzerland. Whilst here he has held various roles including: Principal co-author of the annual Review of Maritime Transport (2007-2014); Coordinator of the Review of Maritime Transport (2008-2010) and most recently Officer-in-Charge of the Transport Section (2010-2014). Immediately prior to this he served in the Transport Division of the UN's regional commission in Bangkok, Thailand (UNESCAP) from 2004-2007.
Prior to joining the UN he worked in the private sector negotiating settlements for a leading maritime transport insurer and then as a Lloyd’s of London broker. Later he became a Senior Lecturer in international maritime commercial practice during which time he was awarded a Ph.D for his research into port efficiency.
He is a founding member of the International Association of Maritime Economist’s Port Performance Research Network, as well as a transport insurance and training expert with the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Association (FIATA) in Zurich since 2003. He has more than 25 years experience working in the transport sector as well as is married to the daughter of a shipowner.