• #IAPH2023
  • 31 October – 2 November 2023 | Abu Dhabi, UAE

Nikos Mertzanidis

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA)

Director, Ports & Destinations and Taxation

Nikos Mertzanidis is Director, Ports & Destinations and Taxation at Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) where he is responsible for developing, presenting, negotiating, and implementing industry positions on legislative, regulatory, and policy matters involving sustainability in ports & destinations and taxation issues. In addition, he is the designated Secretary to the CLIA Europe Port & Destination Advisory Committee, the Global Tax Committee, and the Europe Taxation Working Group.

Mertzanidis joined CLIA in 2016 as Manager, European Government Affairs and was promoted to Director in 2020, and to his present position in 2023.

Prior to joining CLIA, Mertzanidis was a political advisor, working on the Constitutional Affairs Committee of the European Parliament, and later joined Imperial Brands Ltd. where he was the chief lobbyist focused on EU legislation for FMCG, taxation, new generation products, and consumer affairs.

A seasoned government and public affairs professional, with expertise in EU policy making and European business regulation, Mertzanidis is a long-standing member of the International Political Science Association and the Society of European Affairs Professionals.

Born and raised in Greece, he studied political science and international relations at the University of Macedonia in Greece, working in parallel for the UNESCO Chair for Intercultural Policy. In 2009, he earned his Master’s degree in International Politics at the University of Aberystwyth in Wales, and in 2022, he submitted his PhD, with an emphasis on International Relations and Affairs, to the University of Macedonia.

Sessions With Nikos Mertzanidis

Tuesday, 31 October

  • 02:00pm - 02:30pm (GST) / 31/oct/2023 10:00 am - 31/oct/2023 10:30 am

    Ship Emissions at Berth - The IAPH ESI Pilot Project

    Last year the IAPH Environmental Ship Index (ESI) celebrated its tenth anniversary, with 6,900 registered vessels and 60 port and maritime incentive providers working together to reduce NOx, SOx and other ship emissions, financially rewarding fleets that continuously improve their vessel efficiency. This session will give delegates an overview of the next step for the Index and how it is engaging with the cruise industry to take the first vital step in implementing a ship emission at berth module as part of the new ESI 2.0.