Sonia Bogaerts is the Senior Strategic Advisor at the Federal Public Service Mobility and Transport -Directorate General of Navigation. With over 8 years of experience in her field, she is an expert in performing strategic environment analysis and proposing strategic plans for the maritime sector. She is also a vital, integrated part of federal and international networks, including but not limited to EU, IMO, and EMSA. She defines and formulates strategic objectives in consensus with other network partners, creating and adjusting risk-analysis and management plans. She is responsible for writing strategic notes and the follow-up of maritime projects within FPS (EMAS, Integrated Maritime Policies, Motorways of the Seas, and Maritime State Aid). She is a widely recognized expert in the areas of management, logistics, strategy, supply chain, project planning and change management.
Sonia’s focus at this moment is on a number of climate projects to reduce emissions including Carbon, Nitrogen, and Sulphur, and on the evolution of the Arctic shipping routes. In addition to this, there is a lot of work being implemented right now towards digitalization in order to remove administrative burdens.
After earning her Masters Degree in Physical Chemistry from Catholic University of Leuven in 1978 and a Pedagogics degree from the same University in 1979, she went to develop her career, gaining valuable experiences in telecommunications before moving on to strategic maritime environment analysis. She has spoken at international conferences including the Quality of Service Development Group for Telecom and the Council and Technical Cooperation Group for the International Maritime Organization. She was published during her time at University and has been internally published with Telecom via Belgacom – Belgium.
Today, Sonia continues to network and grow professionally. She sees herself in a higher role within the maritime strategic department, such as an advisor general. Sonia wants to help empower, support, and help women to be successful in their careers. Outside of her professional life, she enjoys travel, photography, sailing, and hiking in her spare time.
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