Capt. Patrick Blondé (°19/09/1951) is Master in Nautical Sciences. His first career was at sea, sailing as a Captain in the merchant navy. Afterwards he held various positions in the maritime industry, i.e. as General Manager of Assiport, the umbrella promotion association of the Port of Antwerp private sector. In 2002 he was appointed General Manager of the Antwerp Maritime Academy. At the Academy he introduced the bachelor-master structure and initiated scientific research. He was also in charge of various international cooperation projects, for instance the establishment of nautical training and education in Cambodia. Patrick Blondé is judge at the commercial court and board member of various maritime organisations, such as the Nautical Institute Belgian Branch. In the field of education he is vice-chairman of the Antwerp University Association (AUHA). He has served as Vice-President of EURASHE between 2011 and 2016.