Organizers

Conference Co-Chairs

Ozlem Ergun, PhD

Northeastern University
Professor, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

Dr. Özlem Ergun is currently a Professor in the Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering at Northeastern University in Boston. Prior to beginning at Northeastern, Dr. Ergun was the Coca-Cola Associate Professor in the Stewart School of Industrial & Systems Engineering at Georgia Tech where she co-founded the Center for Health & Humanitarian Systems (CHHS). Dr. Ergun’s research focuses on the design and management of large-scale networks. She has applied her work on network design, management and collaboration to problems arising in the airline, ocean cargo and trucking industries. Recently, her work has been focused on the use of systems thinking and mathematical modeling in applications with societal impact, such as applying new algorithmic and analytical tools to important real world problems. She has worked with organizations that respond to humanitarian crisis around the world, including: UN WFP, IFRC, CARE USA, FEMA, USACE, CDC, AFCEMA, and MedShare International. Dr. Ergun received a B.S. in Operations Research and Industrial Engineering from Cornell University in 1996 and a Ph.D. in Operations Research from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2001, and she was awarded the NSF Career Award in 2003.

Jarrod Goentzel, PhD

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Director, MIT Humanitarian Response Lab
Jarrod Goentzel, PhD

Jarrod Goentzel is founder and director of the MIT Humanitarian Response Lab, which strives to make supply chains more responsive to human needs. His research focuses on supply chain design and management, transportation procurement and planning, humanitarian needs assessments, information management and the use of technology to facilitate decision-making. Based in the MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics, Dr. Goentzel has developed graduate-level courses in supply chain finance, international operations and humanitarian logistics. Previously, Dr. Goentzel was Executive Director of the MIT Supply Chain Management program, a nine-month professional master’s degree program. He joined MIT in 2003 to establish the MIT-Zaragoza International Logistics Program with the Zaragoza Logistics Center in Spain. Dr. Goentzel received a Ph.D. from the School of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology, an M.S. in applied mathematics from Colorado State University, and a B.A. in mathematics from Tabor College with studies at the Technical University of Budapest (Hungary).

Etleva Kadilli

UNICEF Supply Division
Director a.i.
Etleva Kadilli, UNICEF Copenhagen

Etleva Kadilli is the Director a.i., of UNICEF’s Supply Division, based in Copenhagen, Denmark, and oversees UNICEF's global supply chain functions, with an annual expenditure exceeding USD 3.4 billion. In this capacity she is responsible for the effective, efficient and ethical provision of essential and emergency supplies to children in need, through direct UNICEF programmes, cooperation with Governments and partners. She also represents UNICEF in interagency engagement on UN procurement reform. Prior, Ms Kadilli was Deputy Director, Supply Chain, where she was responsible for the management of UNICEF’s supply response to humanitarian crises, contracting policy and procedures, quality assurance of UNICEF-procured products, global logistics operations and the professional development of UNICEF’s supply and logistics staff. Ms Kadilli has worked in supply operations for more 20 years, including at the headquarters and field level, as well as in development and emergency contexts where she managed programme operations in Albania, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the Gambia and Somalia.  In 2011 Ms Kadilli joined UNICEF’s Supply Division as contract manager and Medical Unit Team Leader for health technology supplies in support of MNCH and HIV/AIDS programmes. She later became the Chief of Contracting responsible for oversight and the normative function of procurement of goods and services, procurement strategy development and strategic contracts, ethical provisions and compliance. Ms Kadilli holds a Master’s degree in Science with a speciality in Finance. She is an Albanian national. 

 

Pinar Keskinocak, PhD

Georgia Institute of Technology
Co-director, Center for Health & Humanitarian Systems (CHHS)
William W. George Professor and Chair and ADVANCE Professor, School of Industrial & Systems Engineering
Pinar Keskinocak

Dr. Keskinocak is co-director and co-founder of the Center for Health & Humanitarian Systems (CHHS) at Georgia Tech. She has over 20 years of experience in logistics and supply management. Her work focuses on the applications of operations research and management science with societal impact, particularly health and humanitarian applications. Her recent work has addressed infectious disease modeling (e.g., cholera, pandemic flu), evaluating intervention strategies, and resource allocation; catch-up scheduling for vaccinations; medical decision-making (e.g., disease screening); hospital operations management; disaster preparedness and response (e.g., prepositioning inventory, debris management). Dr. Keskinocak has worked on a variety of projects with companies, governmental and non-governmental organizations, and healthcare providers, including American Red Cross, CARE, CDC, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Emory University Hospital, Grady Memorial Hospital, Pan-American Health Organization, and the Task Force for Global Health.

Julie Swann, PhD

Georgia Institute of Technology
Co-director, Center for Health & Humanitarian Systems (CHHS)
Harold R. and Mary Anne Nash Professor, School of Industrial & Systems Engineering

Dr. Swann is co-director and co-founder of the Center for Health & Humanitarian Sstems (CHHS) at Georgia Tech. Her current research interests include applications of economics and optimization to healthcare policy, which recently led her to co-founded the Health Analytics Group at GT. Her research interests in supply chains and health systems intersect in her work to improve planning and response to humanitarian crises. In addition to her university experience, Dr. Swann participated in several research projects at General Motors and IBM, focusing on pricing in different industries. At General Motors, Dr. Swann developed a tool integrating pricing, production and distribution of vehicles while meeting Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) requirements. At IBM, she explored pricing models for efficient bandwidth allocation. Dr. Swann received her B.S. in Industrial Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1996 and her M.S. and Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences from Northwestern University in 1998 and 2001, respectively.

Luk Van Wassenhove, PhD

INSEAD
Academic Director, Humanitarian Research Group

Professor Van Wassenhove's research focus is on closed-loop supply chains (product take-back and end-of-life issues) and on disaster management (humanitarian logistics). He is the author of many award-winning teaching cases and regularly consults for major international corporations. He recently co-edited special issues on humanitarian operations for the Journal of Operations Management, the Production and Operations Management Journal and the European Journal of Operational Research.

In 2005, Professor Van Wassenhove was elected Fellow of the Production and Operations Management Society (POMS). In 2006, he was the recipient of the EURO Gold Medal for outstanding academic achievement. In 2009 he was elected Distinguished Fellow of the Manufacturing and Services Operations Management Society (MSOM), and received the Lifetime Achievement Faculty Pioneer Award from the European Academy of Business in Society (EABIS) and the Aspen Institute. In 2013 he has been recognized as an Honorary Fellow of the European Operations Management Association (EUROMA).

Professor Van Wassenhove is a past-president of the Production and Operations Management Society. In 2011 he was elected member of the Royal Flemish Academy of Sciences.  At INSEAD he holds the Henry Ford Chair of Manufacturing. He also created the INSEAD Social Innovation Centre and acted as academic director until September 2010. He currently leads the INSEAD Humanitarian Research Group.

Program Committee

Stéphane Arnaud

UNICEF Copenhagen
Senior Emergency Supply Manager, Supply Division
Stéphane Arnaud, UNICEF

Stéphane Arnaud is currently working as Senior Emergency Supply Manager in UNICEF Supply Division. In this capacity he is responsible for the emergency preparedness and response coordination for the UNICEF’s global supply chain functions. Previously, he served as Contract Manager leading the Planning & Forecasting unit of the Immunization.  Furthermore, he also served in Supply & Logistics positions at UNICEF country offices levels such as Niger and Angola; and has been regularly deployed to lead or support UNICEF emergency supply and logistics response. Prior to joining UNICEF, M. Arnaud worked for several years for INGOs and the private sector in the field of supply chain management in Africa and Asia. He is a French national Industrial Engineer specialized in Business Management.

Lars Gustavsson

The 4th Sector Group
Futurist and Global Development Administrator

Currently, working as an independent author and speaker drawing from his 35 years deeply engaged in Global Development Issues. Lars served as World Vision International’s Chief Futurist.  Engaging mostly in Discovery and Exploration, he identifies Megatrends, their Effects, and their likely Impacts; searches for the deepest Insights possible; pushes for the most Critical Questions; and develops the most likely major Strategic Shifts and Scenarios. In addition to his primary role, he also co-led a special group in World Vision International established to emulate a Professional Services Organization.  This Functional Group leads the Organization’s Short and Long-term Strategy Management, Ideation and Innovation, Collaboration and Partnerships, Consulting, and Global and Regional Capitals; each supported by a set of Business Analysts and Researchers. Prior to this, Lars served as World Vision International’s Senior Executive Officer and Vice President for Humanitarian & Emergency Affairs, Collaboration and Business Innovation. Lars is also an Adjunct Professor in the School of International Public Health at Loma Linda University in California. He is also one of the co-contributors to the establishment of a Masters in Humanitarian Logistics Degree at the University of Lugano in southern Switzerland and guest lecturer.

Svein Hapnes

United Nation Refugee Agency Greece (UNHCR)
Senior Supply Officer
Head of Supply Chain
Svein Hapnes

Svein has been the Supply Chain Manager for the challenging UNHCR Greece operations, supporting around 50,000 refugees in over 40 mainland and island locations since January 2016. Previously, he served as the Regional Supply Chain Coordinator as a 5-month deployment for the Syria crises, based in Jordan in 2012-13. He began his career as a Cadet Officer in the Army Transport Corps of the Norwegian Army where he served for 20 years. He later held positions as Instructor/Developer at the Army Logistics School, Chief Operations Officer in the Host Nation Support Battalion for US Marines in Norway, and Movement Control Officer in the Chief Headquarters of Defense, Norway. Svein worked in the commercial logistics industry at NSB Gods Headquarters (rail freight) Nor-Cargo (now Bring Logistics). He has held positions at the UN such as Emergency Logistics Coordinator at the UNHCR Headquarters in Geneva and Global Shipping Manager at UNICEF, UNHCR Senior Business Analyst for Global Supply Chain, and he has been deeply involved in the strategic shift of the Supply Chain Management function in UNHCR, including developing the change strategy, and the Global Fleet Management and ERP-system Upgrade projects as well as inter-agency cooperation with external partners as INSEAD, Price Waterhouse Coopers, IKEA and the Fritz Institute. Svein holds an MSc in Logistics, Transport and Distribution (Management) at University of Westminster and an MSc in (Industrial) Logistics at Molde University College and he earned a degree in Transport Economics from the Army Logistics School.

Steven Harsono

William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan
Senior Advisor & Senior Manager, Healthcare Supply Chain

Steven Harsono is Senior Advisor and Senior Manager for the Healthcare Initiative. He provides leadership and technical guidance for WDI’s work in improving healthcare supply chain performance in emerging economies. Over the last 10 years, Harsono has worked across the public and private sectors in over 20 countries.  He draws on his diverse experiences working with the McDonald’s Corporation on the integration of its global supply chain, pharmaceutical companies improving pricing and access in emerging markets, and Ministries of Health seeking to transform their supply chains.  Prior to joining WDI, he worked for Axios International, the Clinton Health Access Initiative, and HAVI Global Solutions. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in economics and international relations from Wheaton College in Illinois and is fluent in French and Bahasa Indonesia.

Erin Hasselberg

Boston University School of Public Health
Director of the Pharmaceuticals Certificate Program
Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor in Global Health Department

Ms. Erin Hasselberg is the Project Director for Boston University School of Public Health's Evaluation of Access Accelerated Program, a first ever rigorous independent evaluation of the International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers and Associations initiative to combat non-communicable diseases globally. She is also the Director of the Pharmaceuticals Certificate Program for the Master of Public Health Program at Boston University School of Public Health. Ms. Hasselberg previously served as the Manager for Global Health Supply Chains in the Humanitarian Response Lab at MIT's Center for Transportation and Logistics and was responsible for MIT's engagement in the $15M CDC-funded ACCEL project (Academic Consortium Combating Ebola in Liberia) as well as new business development for MIT's global health supply chain portfolio. Prior to MIT, Ms. Hasselberg was a Senior Technical Advisor with the Center for Health Logistics at John Snow, Inc (JSI). She has worked with Ministries of Health, US Government, non-governmental organizations, private companies and academic institutions in more than a dozen countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America via her technical roles on the USAID | DELIVER PROJECT, PEPFAR’s flagship Supply Chain Management System project, and the board of the People that Deliver Global Initiative. Ms. Hasselberg has her M.S. from Harvard School of Public Health and B.S. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Paul Molinaro

UNICEF Supply Division
Deputy Director Supply Chain a.i.
Paul Molinaro, UNICEF

Paul Molinaro is the acting Deputy Director, Supply Chain of UNICEF’s Supply Division, based in Copenhagen, Denmark. He is responsible for the management of UNICEF’s supply response to humanitarian crises, contracting policy and procedures, quality assurance of UNICEF-procured products, global logistics operations and the professional development of UNICEF’s supply and logistics staff. Prior to this, Mr Molinaro was Chief, Regional Supply and Logistics for the UNICEF’s Middle-East and North Africa region. Here, he was responsible for overseeing UNICEF’s supply response to a number of different crises, enhancing the capacity of teams on the ground, monitoring overall supply chain performance and supporting vaccine deliveries in response to outbreaks and the disruption of routine immunization. Mr Molinaro has worked in supply operations for more 20 years, including at the headquarters and field levels. He has managed supply and logistics operations in Afghanistan, Rwanda, Burundi, Sri Lanka and Kenya. He has deployed to numerous other countries during initial emergency response. He has also previously worked in Supply Division in the Emergency Unit and in the Director’s Office. Mr. Molinaro holds a Master of Science degree with a speciality in Logistics. He is a Kenyan national.  

David Sarley

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Senior Program Officer for Vaccines and Integrated Delivery

David Sarley is a Senior Program Officer for Vaccines and Integrated Delivery at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, managing healthcare supply chain investments in Nigeria, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Rwanda and Benin. He has been part of the Foundation team promoting the establishment of African Centers of Excellence in Supply Chain and has promoted control tower approaches to improved visibility and analytics, system redesign and innovation. David previously worked at John Snow Inc. (JSI) on the USAID| DELIVER PROJECT as the Director of the Public Health supply chain Task. David first worked in supply chain in Manufacturing Finance at Ford Motor Company’s European HQ in England, modeling the impact on inventory costs of product complexity and schedule instability. He then took up a teaching and economic advisory position with Voluntary Service Overseas in Grenada and then spent 16 years doing economic modeling on health financing, trade policy reform, transport and industrial development in over 70 countries specializing in economic modeling. David is a graduate of Hull and Southampton Universities in the UK with a BSc (Econ) and Post-Graduate Diploma in Econometrics. He is a mad soccer fan and amateur comedian and white board artist.

Conference Co-Chairs

Ozlem Ergun, PhD - Northeastern University

Jarrod Goentzel, PhD - Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Etleva Kadilli - UNICEF Supply Division

Pinar Keskinocak, PhD - Georgia Institute of Technology

Julie Swann, PhD - Georgia Institute of Technology

Program Committee

Stéphane Arnaud - UNICEF Copenhagen

Lars Gustavsson - The 4th Sector Group

Svein Hapnes - United Nation Refugee Agency Greece (UNHCR)

Steven Harsono - William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan

Erin Hasselberg - Boston University School of Public Health

Paul Molinaro - UNICEF Supply Division

David Sarley - Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

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