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Professor, Risk Institute, University of Hull, U.K

Terry Williams first worked in OR for 9 years at Engineering Consultants YARD, developing Project Risk Management and acting as Risk Manager for major defence projects. He joined Strathclyde University in 1992 and became Professor of OR and Department Head. There he continued research/consultancy modelling the behaviour of major projects, both pre- and post-project, and was with a team supporting over $1.5bn post-project Delay and Disruption claims. He joined Southampton University in 2005, becoming Director of the School of Management, then joined Hull University Business School as Dean in 2011. He has recently stepped down to set up a Risk Institute concentrating on consulting and research. Terry speaks and writes on project modelling, including 80 Project Management /OR journal articles, and a number of books on various aspects of projects and OR. He has degrees in Maths and OR from Oxford and Birmingham Universities, is an accredited project manager (PMP), has edited a leading academic journal, is on the PMI Academic Members Advisory Group, was on the UK’s “REF” panel, and is a Fellow of various institutes.

SRAI Jagjit Singh

Professor, Centre for International Manufacturing, University of Cambridge, U.K

Jagjit Singh Srai is Head of the Centre for International Manufacturing, Institute for Manufacturing, University of Cambridge where he completed his PhD in Engineering, Manufacturing and Management. His research work and that of his group involves working closely with Industry in the analysis, design and operation of international production, supply and service networks.)


John Bartholdi, Professor, The Georgia Institute of Technology, USA

John Bartholdi is a Professor in the School of Industrial and Systems Engineering at The Georgia Institute of Technology, where he holds the Manhattan associates/Dabbiere Chair of Supply Chain Management and serves as Co-Executive Director of The Georgia Tech Panama Logistics Innovation & Research Centre. Bartholdi’s research centers on problems of logistics and distribution. In addition to academic papers, he has developed widely-used software tools for managing warehouses, routing delivery vehicles, and coordinating buses. Bartholdi has served on the faculties of the University of Michigan, the Shanghai Institute of Mechanical Engineering, the National University of Singapore, and Stellenbosch University (South Africa). He was Named a Presidential Young Investigator by the National Science Foundation, 1984-1989. He won the 1999 award for Technical Innovation by the Institute of Industrial Engineers and in 2005 was named a Fellow of the Institute for Operations Research and Management Science. In 2016 he was named the winner of the « Golden Goose » award.


Head of Supply Chain & Logistics, Drax Power Ltd, UK

Graham (57) has 40 years’ experience in shipping and supply chain development including all aspects of planning, contracting and operations. Graham joined Drax in 2008 to spearhead the development of logistics in support of the business objective to become a predominantly biomass fired power station. In his first 5 years at Drax Graham spent considerable time in various overseas locations developing the supply of biomass to Drax. The majority of this time was spent in North America developing the supply chain from forest through production to ports and eventually sea freight to transport the biomass to the UK. During this time Graham developed the capability within Drax to allow the business to charter its own vessels in readiness to transport biomass across the Atlantic, he also continued to develop the UK infrastructure in readiness to receive the biomass which now includes 3 deep water and 1 short sea port terminals with rail loading capability and a fleet of bespoke designed and built biomass rail wagons. In 2011 Graham joined the senior management team at Drax. He has management responsibility for all fuel logistics, the commercial activities of the logistics group and the chartering activities of the business. He also continues to play an active role in the ongoing development of the Drax businesses in North America.