Below was the program for the 2013 conference. The 2012, 2011, 2010 and 2009 conference programs can be found at their respective websites. Program

Day 1: Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

8:30-9:30 AM Conference Registration
9:30-10:00 AM Welcome and Open Remarks
10:30-11:00 AM Panel 1: Food Security – Value Chain Analysis
11:00-11:30 AM Break and Poster Session
11:30-12:30 PM Panel 2: Disaster Response – Capacity Building for Resilience
12:30-1:30 PM Lunch
1:30-3:00 PM Workshops Session 1
3:00-3:30 PM Break and Poster Session
3:30-5:00 PM Workshop Session 2
5:00-6:00 PM Poster Session & Networking
6:00 PM Reception/Dinner

Day 2: Wednesday, June 5th, 2013

9:30-10:00 AM Day 1 Reflections
10:00-11:00 AM Panel 3: Global Health – Immunizations & Cold Chain Logistics
11:00-11:30 AM Break and Poster Session
11:30-12:30 AM Panel 4: Urbanization – Complexities of Delivering Goods and Services in Megacities
12:30-1:30 PM Lunch
1:30-3:00 PM Workshop Session 3
3:00-3:30 PM Break and Poster Session
3:30-5:00 PM Workshop Session 4
5:00-5:30 PM Concluding Comments
5:30 PM Adjourn

Day 3:Thursday, June 6th, 2013

9:30-2:30 PM Tour of the United Nations Humanitarian Response Depot in Subang ( first come, first served )
12:00 PM End of the Conference

Panel Details

Food Security: Value Chain Analysis

Profiling value chains for key commodities such as cereals, pulses, and livestock

  • Moderator: Peter French, Independent consultant and Former Deputy Head of Logistics, World Food Programme
  • William Matovu, Country Project Manager, Heifer International
  • Adrian van der Knaap, Deputy Head of Logistics, World Food Programme
  • Ben Watkins, Founder, Director Technical Services, Kimetrica

Disaster Response: Capacity Building for Resilience

Resource pooling and skills development in preparation for various types of disaster response

  • Moderator: John Park, Faculty, Malaysia Institute for Supply Chain Innovation
  • Harlan Hale, East Asia/Pacific Regional Advisor, USAID Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance
  • Ian Heigh, Director, Everywhere Humanitarian Response and Logistics Services and Senior Logistics Advisor, IFRC Global Logistics Service
  • Dr. Ahmad Faizal Mohd Perdaus, President of MERCY Malaysia

Global Health: Immunizations & Cold Chain Logistics

Strategies and practices in the delivery of temperature-controlled products

  • Moderator: Pinar Keskinocak, Professor and Co-Director, Center for Health and Humanitarian Logistics, Georgia Tech
  • Modibo Dicko, World Health Organization (WHO) Coordinator of Project Optimize
  • Jon Lascher, Haiti Program Manager, Partners In Health
  • Igor Novykov,Project Development Team Leader, VirtuStores
  • Heather Papowitz, Senior Advisor in the Health Section, UNICEF’s headquarters New York

Urbanization: Complexities of Delivering Goods and Services in Megacities

Challenges and strategies in providing essential goods in densely populated regions

  • Moderator: Martin Blansjaar, Head of Logistics and Supply for the Humanitarian Department, Oxfam GB
  • Jonathan Jenkins, Director of Logistics, New York City Office of Emergency Management
  • Dr. Banasopit Mekvichai, Former Deputy Mayor for Bangkok and Assoc. Prof. at Chulalongkorn University
  • Dr. Kenji Ono, Former Director of Planning for Infrastructure and Disaster Management, Government of Japan, and Professor in the Disaster Prevention Research Institute at Kyoto University

Workshop Details

Technology and Collaboration in Supply Chain Operations

CARE, Save the Children, and Catholic Relief Services (CRS) focused on inter-agency collaboration by analyzing the new SCM system developed by Aidmatrix (SCM4Good®), which the three organizations have implemented to improve timeliness, accuracy, efficiency and accountability in relief operations. Aidmatrix is a leading nonprofit that provides SCM technology for humanitarian relief, standardizing processes and enabling more open communication and data sharing internally and between organizations. See the news article within the Georgia Tech HHL website for further details.

  • Tracy Tumlin Allardice, CARE International, Commodity Tracking System Senior Project Lead
  • Nicole Balliete, Catholic Relief Services, Dir. Of Commodity and Supply Chain Management
  • Carmen De Socio, Save The Children USA, Project manager of Supply Chain Management

Case Studies in Asia Pacific

The study of three particular emergency scenarios in Asia Pacific emphasized the importance and complexity of supply chain logistics. Participants examined the Myanmar Cyclone Nargis 2008, the Yogyakarta earthquake 2006, and the Thai floods 2011, working in interdisciplinary groups to devise a structured supply chain set-up they would present to a group of donors. They confronted specific challenges in emergency relief logistics (ERL) for large-scale disasters in a mega-city context such as finding and rescuing stranded people and quenching urban fires. The workshop leaders illustrated the importance of communities/countries preparing for natural hazards and unforeseen risks by pooling knowledge and resources in specific regions such as the Association of Southeast Asian nations (ASEAN) Logistics hub or the ASEAN Agreement on Disaster Management and Emergency Response (AADMER) in Asia. They also emphasized capacity building through supply chain exercises.

  • Robert de Souza, Logistics Institute Asia Pacific (Singapore), Executive Director and CEO
  • Jonas Stumpf, The Kuehne Foundation, NUS Humanitarian Logistics center Asia Pacific, Program Director

Forecasting for Disaster Preparedness and Response

The three workshop leaders posed the question of how to base disaster preparedness and initial response planning on forecasts, presenting different models and their own experiences. One forecasting model was based on historical disaster statistics and response operations, and the second was a stockpile planning model based on disaster affected population forecasts from 23 different regions worldwide. Ian Heigh, Senior Logistics Advisor for the International Federation of the Red Cross & Red Crescent (IFRC) then shared experiences in the IFRC operations' forecasting for preparedness and planning, prompting a group discussion on future steps for further improvement of forecasting models.

  • Ian Heigh, Director Everywhere Humanitarian Response and Logistics Services and Senior Logistics Advisor, IFRC Global Logistics Services
  • Marianne Jahre, Professor, BI Norwegian Business School & Lund University
  • Jarrod Goentzel, Director, MIT Humanitarian Response Lab

Field Vehicle Fleet Management in Humanitarian Operations

Presenters examined common problems facing field vehicle fleet operations for International Humanitarian Organizations (IHO) such as the IFRC, World Food Programme (WFP), and World Vision International (WVI) - aging fleets, excessive fleet size, low fleet standardization, accidents, service delays and cost. Using real data collected at various IHO headquarters- at the regional, national, and field levels- the leaders compared the different approaches to fleet management including enablers and barriers to field vehicle operations. Through group discussion, the participants explored how the knowledge of better fleet management could be transferred to other asset management for humanitarian organizations.

  • Maria Besiou, Assistant Professor of Logistics, Kuehne Logistics University
  • Martin Blansjaar, Head of Logistics and Supply for the Humanitarian Department, Oxfam GB

Challenges of Serialization in Developing Countries

Nada Adams, Supply Chain Security Manager of GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) led an initial presentation on the importance of the serialization of medical products, in the form of bar codes and sms labels, to combat counterfeit and control other supply chain risks. Participants discussed various logistical approaches and the application of new technologies in securing a safe and legitimate supply of vaccines and other essential medications to field locations.

  • Nada Adams, Supply Chain Security Manager, GlaxoSmithKline

Supply Chain Capacity Development for National Organizations Involved in Humanitarian Action

National aid organizations play a vital role in the effectiveness of humanitarian assistance (particularly in first response and last mile delivery). This workshop examined the importance of capacity development for national agencies as part of the humanitarian community's response to disaster. Ian Heigh (Senior Logistics Advisor of the IFRC) led the discussion by focusing on the area of supply chain management in capacity building, addressing the challenges organizations such as the IFRC have faced to remain relevant amidst the changing role of national aid organizations.

  • Ian Heigh, Director Everywhere Humanitarian Response and Logistics Services and Senior Logistics Advisor, IFRC Global Logistics Services

Supply Chain Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) and Continuous Improvement in the Humanitarian Sector

The workshop focused on performance measurements, such as key performance indicators (KPIs), in the humanitarian supply chain. Sergio Silva of the Logistics Development Unit of the WFP and Mallory Soldner, a Ph.D. student at Georgia Tech, analyzed ways that a multi-year initiative at the WFP used the KPIs and data-based performance improvement to meet organizational goals. The two focused on the use of a few specific diagnostic measures to improve supply chain operations.

  • Sergio Silva, Logistics Development Unit, WFP
  • Mallory Soldner, PhD Student, Georgia Tech

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