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Emeritus Professor, Cranfield School of Management, Cranfield University, UK

Martin Christopher is Emeritus Professor of Marketing and Logistics at Cranfield School of Management. His work in the field of logistics and supply chain management has gained international recognition. He has published widely and his recent books include Logistics and Supply Chain Management and Marketing Logistics. Martin Christopher co‐founded the International Journal of Logistics Management and was its joint editor for 18 years. He is a regular contributor to conferences and workshops around the world. At Cranfield, Martin Christopher chairs the Advisory Board of the Centre for Logistics and Supply Chain Management, the largest activity of its type in Europe. The work of the centre covers all aspects of logistics and supply chain management and offers both full-­‐ time and part-­‐time Masters degree courses as well as extensive management development programmes. Research plays a key role in the work of the Centre and contributes to its international standing. In addition to leading a number of on-­‐going research projects in logistics and supply chain management, Martin Christopher is active as an advisor to many organisations and has been a non‐executive director of a number of companies. Martin Christopher is an Emeritus Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply. In 1988 he was awarded the Sir Robert Lawrence Gold Medal for his contribution to logistics education, in 1997 he was given the USA Council of Logistics Management’s Foundation Award and in 2005 he received the Distinguished Service Award from the USA Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals. In 2007 he was appointed a Foundation Professor of the UK Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply and in 2008 he was awarded the Swinbank Award for Lifetime Achievement by the same Institute. He is currently, and has been, a Visiting Professor at a number of leading Business Schools and Universities in Europe, Australasia and North America.

Nathalie DROUIN

Professor, UQAM, Montréal, CA

Professor Nathalie Drouin, PhD (University of Cambridge), MBA (HEC-Montreal), LL.B. (University of Sherbrooke), is the Executive Director of KHEOPS, an International Research Consortium on the Governance of Large Infrastructure Projects, the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Managing Projects in Business, a full professor, Department of Management and Technology, School of Management at Université du Québec at Montreal (ESG UQAM) and Adjunct Professor (Honorary Appointment) at University of Technology, Sydney, Australia. She is a former Associate Dean, Research at ESG UQAM and a former Director of the Graduate Project Management Programs, ESG UQAM. She teaches initiation and strategic management of projects in the Graduate Project Management Programs. Her research has been funded by various research councils. The result of her work has been published in major academic journals and presented at several international conferences. She is looking at organizational project management, leadership issues, infrastructures and organizational capabilities within project context. She is a member of the PMI Academic Member Advisory Group. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Logistics and Transportation Metropolitan Cluster of Montreal (CARGO M), an Audit Committee Member of Parks Canada Agency Audit Committee, Government of Canada and the President and Member of the Board of Directors of Les Anciens de Shawinigan, a non-profit organization that offers university scholarships to students born in Shawinigan, Quebec, Canada.


Professor, School of Business and Public Administration, California State University, USA

Dr. Angappa Gunasekaran is Dean and Professor at the School of Business & Public Administration, California State University, Bakersfield. Prior to this, he served as Dean of the Charlton College of Business from 2013 to 2017, Chairperson of the Department of Decision and Information Sciences from 2006-2012, and the founding Director of Business Innovation Research Center (BIRC) from 2006 to 2017 at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. He has over 300 articles published in peer-reviewed journals. He has presented about 50 papers, published 50 articles in conferences, and given a number of invited talks in many countries. He is on the editorial board of several journals. He has organized several international workshops and conferences in the emerging areas of operations management and information systems.

Jiuh-Biing SHEU

Distinguished Professor, National Taiwan University, TWN

Jiuh-Biing Sheu holds the distinguished professor at National Taiwan University, Taiwan, and is entitled Chair Professor, Chang Jiang Scholars Program of China (2016-present). He is also the Editor in Chief of Transportation Research Part E. Professor Sheu has published over eighty refereed journal articles in academic journals, including Transportation Research Parts A, B, C, E, F, Transportation Science, and Production and Operations Management, with a half of them by singly authored. Additionally, Professor Sheu published two special issues on Emergency Logistics management and Green Supply Chain Management for Transportation Research Part E in 2007 and 2011, respectively. His research areas cover Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS), Emergency Logistics, Green Supply Chain Management, Business-to-Business Relationship Marketing, Quantum Optical Flow Theory and its Applications in ITS, Behavioral Operations Management, Green Marketing, Affect Science and Cognition in Decision Science. He received Outstanding Researcher Awards from Ministry of Technology of Taiwan in 2006, 2012, and 2015; Outstanding Young Researcher Project, National Science Council, Taiwan (2011 - 2015); Outstanding Scholar Research Project, National Science Council, Taiwan (2008 - 2011); Outstanding Researcher Award, National Chiao Tung University (2004) and Da-You Wu Outstanding Junior Researcher Award, National Science Council, Taiwan in 2003. Additionally, Professor Sheu is awarded Shanghai Eastern-Scholar Chair Professor (2013), One Thousand Person Project of Shanghai (2013), and Chair Professor of Chang Jiang Scholars Program of China (2016).


Professor, Cranfield School of Management, Cranfield University, UK

Professor Michael Bourlakis is the Director of Research and the Head of the Logistics, Procurement & Supply Chain Management Group at Cranfield School of Management (UK). Michael is an internationally renowned authority in logistics and supply chain management. He has won more than 27 research and consulting projects totaling of more than £27.5 million and he has generated more than 250 publications including more than 65 journal papers. His work has received considerable attention by media (BBC News, ITV News, The Guardian, Wall Street Journal). He has worked with / consulted most leading retailers in the world as well as numerous multinational organisations (Carrefour, DHL, Knight Frank, Metro, Sonae, Tesco). He sits on the Editorial Board of more than twelve academic journals and he has co-edited three books.

Lavagnon IKA

Professor, Telfer School of Management, University of Ottawa, CA

Lavagnon Ika is Associate Professor of Project Management (PM) and Program Director for the MSc in Management at the Telfer School of Management (uOttawa). His research focuses on how projects work. His work appeared in journals including World Development, Production Planning & Control, the International Journal of Project Management (IJPM) and the Project Management Journal. He is Associate Editor for the IJPM. He received the Emerald Best Reviewer Award in 2018, Outstanding Paper Award in 2017 and Highly Commended Paper Award in 2011; the IPMA Research Award in 2017 and IPMA Research Contribution of a Young Researcher Award in 2012.