International Infrastructure & Transport Group, LLC

The Infratrans Group Team of Professionals

Areas of Expertise & Responsibilities

  • Jay J. Lewis, Chief Executive Officer*
  • Jan A. Berg-Andreassen, Chief Economist & CFO*
  • Kveldulv A. Schjerven, Director of International Shipping Services*
  • Adam K. Prokopowicz, Chief International Officer*
  • J. Jorge Anchondo, Director of Government & Corporate Affairs
  • Imre J. Szekelyhidi, Jr., Investor Relations Associate
  • Vlad M. Kaczyński, Senior Advisor
  • Abram J. "Nick" Nicholson, Associate Marine Engineer
  • Svein-Tore Johnsen, Associate Consultant
  • * indicates LLC members

Jay J. Lewis
Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director

Mr. Jay Lewis is the President and founder of Market Scope, Inc. and the Executive Director of the Passenger & Shipping Institute, Miami Based Marketing Research and Strategic Planning firms, which now have joined forces with the Infratrans Group, LLC. He specializes in management consultation, marketing research and strategic planning for the maritime transportation industry. Mr. Lewis is a recognized expert in the maritime transportation industry. In 2002, he authored the comprehensive "Guide to Marketing Research for Marine Transportation Services", which was published by the Maritime Administration Department of the U.S. Department of Transportation. He has authored comprehensive articles on the status of the North American Cruise Industry and its potential for the future for the Economist and the Cruise Industry News' annual book on the North American cruise industry. Annual contributions along similar lines have followed to a host of travel journals. Mr. Lewis has studied all aspects of the maritime transportation industry from distribution through to product performance. He has performed exhaustive studies of the tourism potential for various potential countries in Asia, the American and Europe. These studies included several worldwide itineraries studies, advertising and consumer research, and the development of passenger information systems. Mr. Lewis is a regular contributor to tourism, travel and business publications. His commentary and input has appeared in Fortune, Forbes, Travel Weekly, Tour and Travel News, Adweek and Cruise Industry News. Lewis is a graduate of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and holds a Masters of Business Administration from the University Of Miami (with honors). He was adjunct Professor of Marketing at the University of Miami for five years

Jan A. Berg-Andreassen, Ph.D.
Chief Economist & CFO

Ports & Maritime Transportation Economist with 35 years of experience in the study and planning of ports, intermodal facilities, and industry projects. Mr. Berg-Andreassen has university graduate degrees from Norway (Cand.Oecon. - Economics) and the US (MBA - Finance, Ph.D. - Economics). He has extensive experience in port modernization programs, project feasibility studies, market analysis, project research, maritime economics, financial modeling and analysis of ports and maritime transportation. He has performed numerous international studies for national governments, international banks and private industry including work in the United States, Malaysia, Indonesia, Somalia, Costa Rica, Panama, Argentina, Brazil, Guinea-Bissau, Gambia, Norway, Sweden and Senegal.

Kveldulv A. Schjerven, MSc, CEng, CMarEng, MIMarEST, MRINA
Director of International Shipping Services

Naval architect with extensive experience in most aspects of international shipping. He is a member of: Royal Institution of Naval Architects RINA) Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST). Mr. Schjerven served as a surveyor for Lloyd's Register at London Headquarters and offices in Rotterdam, the Netherlands and Malmo, Sweden. He worked in the plan appraisal department and ship development at HQ and was posted in Rotterdam. Supervised new construction of VLCC's. Mr. Schjerven has performed surveys to hull and all types of machinery damages on behalf of Leading Hull Underwriters, Lloyd's Agents and other parties. He has extensive experience in project management: new construction, conversions and repairs, including quality control. Appointed expert witness in General Average disputes by underwriters.  Mr. Schjerven earned his BSc degree from Gothenburg's Technical Institute, Department of Mechanical Engineering Gothenburg, Sweden 1962 and an MSc degree in Naval Architecture from Strathclyde University, Glasgow, 1967.

Adam K. Prokopowicz, Ph.D.
Chief International Officer

Transportation Economist, Finance and Policy expert, and lawyer with more than 30 years of experience in economics, finance, strategic management, policy development, market research and marketing, with substantial international concentration. Practical experience in more than 30 countries. Experienced in project assessment and evaluation. Total value of assessed investments exceeds 10 billion dollars. International law and institutional analysis expert. He successfully directed over 80 multi-disciplinary transport, infrastructure, and industrial projects in the U.S., Europe, Asia, and Latin America funded by governments, the private sector, and international financial institutions (IFI). Served as an expert and consultant to such IFI as EBRD and The World Bank. Prepared strategic infrastructure and transport development plans, completed project assessment, conducted economic and financial analysis; assessed and forecasted demand. Designed and implemented privatization transactions. Negotiated international loans, lease and investment contracts. Prepared and evaluated implementation of regional and country strategic plans for infrastructure and transport. Assessed and developed assumptions for industrial policies. Served as a restructuring expert to the private sector. Experienced in developing and conducting national and international training programs for international organizations, governments, and the private sector. Extensive experience in academic programs development and delivery in the U.S., Europe, and Latin America. Professor and Visiting Professor at universities in several countries. Special expertise in national and international promoting and developing implementation schemes for innovative solutions in industry, transport, logistics, infrastructure, and various other aspects of government and the private sector activities.

 

J. Jorge Anchondo
Director of Government & Corporate Affairs

Mr. Anchondo has consulted on a variety of intergovernmental, legal, institutional and regulatory issues. He has experience in private sector/public partnerships and public policy analysis and evaluation. Mr. Anchondo has worked with large task forces and special study committees involving elected and appointed public officials, noted academic researchers, business leaders and civic activists. Many of these latter efforts have required comprehensive and strategic planning. They have also resulted in policy development and implementation of recommendations, commendations, suggested training and professional development and action plans. Mr. Anchondo has served as the principal/lead investigator, at the local, regional and state government and university levels, on a range of multi-year and short-term studies and projects including the socioeconomic impacts related to port-based plant expansion, economic feasibility of privately financed high-speed passenger rail, cost/benefit analysis of water-based transportation and local road administration and financing. Mr. Anchondo has also conducted studies and provided management and regulatory consultation to school district and state departments of transportation and regional transportation and transit authorities. Mr. Anchondo has held appointments as a senior research scientist at the Lyndon Baines Johnson School of Public Affairs, the Center for Legal and Regulatory Studies, the Graduate School of Business and the Center for Transportation Research at the University of Texas at Austin.

Imre J. Szekelyhidi, Jr.
Investor Relations Associate

Mr. Szekelyhidi is an internationally known Waste-to-Energy (WTE) developer with extensive experience in treatment of hazardous, non-hazardous industrial, oilfield and municipal solid waste disposal. He has been the owner and operator of such facilities and has extensive experience in project financing. For over 38 years Mr. Szekelyhidi has been involved in the siting, design, permitting, construction and operation of such facilities in the United States and internationally. Mr. Szekelyhidi has been principally responsible in the development and operation of more than 42 waste management projects. For the last 20-years, Mr. Szekelyhidi has been the Managing Member of his own development and consulting company that has provided project financing mechanism as well as the developed management models for these types of facilities. Mr. Szekelyhidi's background in project financing and waste-to-energy development and operating expertise will assist the Infratrans Group Team in securing project financing and the ancillary development of an alternate source of electrical generation for the operation of port and other infrastructure projects.

Vlad M. Kaczyński, Ph.D.
Senior Advisor

Prof. Vlad M. Kaczyński is the graduate of University of Gdansk, School of Economics, Sopot and Gdynia Merchant Marine Academy - Poland.

From 1980 he has been with the School of Marine Affairs, University of Washington, Seattle, WA. He is also affiliated with UW Jackson School of International Studies. Prof. Kaczyński cooperates closely with the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Port Elizabeth, Republic of South Africa where he was invited to be an Affiliate Professor. He specializes in comparative socio-economic and strategic studies of the marine resource use and human activities in the ocean space. Major areas of his interest are developing countries and economies in transition including Russia. Besides of his academic activities he is frequently engaged by the World Bank, United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, United States Agency for International Development, Inter-American Development Bank and other international donor organizations. He spent several years working in South America (Chile, Peru and Ecuador) and later in Africa (Mauritania, Senegal Guinea-Bissau, Guinea-Conakry, Ivory Coast, Republic of South Africa and Mozambique).

With funding of the National Science Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, NOAA and USAID Prof. Kaczyński supervised projects in China, South Korea and consulted for the US and Korean private companies. He is the recipient of Fulbright Awards (1976 and 2007). During 2007 and 2008 Prof. Kaczyński was teaching in Warsaw School of Economics, Poland and helped in establishing Department of Business and Management in Warsaw University of Technology. Prof. Kaczyński is recognized as a co-founder of the Marine/Maritime Studies Program in NMMU. He is publishing his studies in various international peer-review journals including Marine Policy Journal, Ocean Development and International Law Journal, and Coastal Management Journal. His most recent publications are in the KMI International Journal of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries. Prof. Kaczyński holds nomination of the US Department of State as a Senior Fulbright Specialist. Currently he develops research on Korea - Africa maritime relations.

Abram J. "Nick" Nicholson
Associate Marine Engineer

Mr. Nicholson is a Marine Facilities Engineer with 43 years of experience in the planning, permitting, design, and construction of port and other navigation related projects. His background includes all aspects of such projects, from feasibility studies through surveys and geotechnical work and on to engineering and construction inspection. He has worked with various firms around the world and throughout the United States in accomplishing hydrographic and land surveys, on shore and offshore geotechnical exploration and testing assignments, and executing design and construction assignments. His experience includes the renovation of the Port of Miami including container, cruise, and general cargo wharves, a container terminal in Chittagong, Bangladesh, and a sulfur terminal in Ruwais, Abu Dhabi, U.A.E. Furthermore, Mr. Nicholson has been involved in building various bulk terminals in the US, Thailand, Indonesia, India, Hawaii, The Philippines, Borneo and Sumatra. His experience in planning and supervising dredging operations includes deep water, inland lakes and rivers in the US and across the World. His entire career has been devoted to navigation and water related projects. He has the proven ability to bring together the right people to achieve success on any port project, virtually anywhere on the planet.

Svein Tore Johnsen, BSc Hnrs, CEng
Associate Consultant

Mr. Johnsen is a computer scientist with background in technical cybernetics. He has worked extensively in European industry and his experience includes process control of various industries for large scale operations within the private and public sectors. Mr. Johnsen was one of the team leaders in Norwegian Telecom Headquarter, Operation Department and leader for specifications, development and implementation of TMN - an international concept for monitoring and control of the quality of international telecom networks. Mr Johnsen has been heavily involved in international research for telecom industry and; i.a., also assisted the International research group Eurescom in Heidelberg in defining standardized eBusiness to be used by telecom operators in their TMN concept. As the co-owner and CEO of CollBiz International a/s, a Norwegian corporation, he was the project coordinator for the EU funded project TTQ for training participants in the value chain of fish on how to handle traceability of quality for fish products. He has also been working to establish a project in the international fishing industry that combine traceability of quality for fish and standardized eBusiness. Mr. Johnsen has a degree in computer science from Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, Scotland. He is also a Chartered Engineer (CEng) from Norway Technical University (NTH), Trondheim, Norway.