Paris holds a degree of Commercial Engineer from the Solvay Business School (Brussels), complemented with degrees in Environmental Studies (ULB, Brussels), Business Informatics (VUB, Brussels) and Financial Analysis (CIAF, Brussels) and is a member of the European and the Belgian Associations of Financial Analysts (ABAFBVFA). He has worked at the European Commission (Eurostat) and ran the secretariat of the European Technology Platform WATERBORNE. He was also involved with the trade association representing European manufacturers of synthetic fibres and the Community of European Shipyards’ Associations (CESA), before joining the European Dredging Association (EuDA) as Secretary General in April 2009. He is the co-author of two EuDA papers, presented to WODCON XX and XXI, on Blue Carbon (in the context of carbon management strategies for dredging projects). Paris participated in the project ThinkNature where he provided the input and views of the dredging industry on Naturebased Solutions.