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Keynote Lectures

Prof. Dr. Robert de Souza

Dr Robert de Souza is the Executive Director and Chief Executive of The Logistics Institute – Asia Pacific. TLI - Asia Pacific is a premier institute based in Singapore nurturing logistics excellence in industry, postgraduate research and education. TLI – Asia Pacific is a seven-time AFSCA (Asian Freight and Supply Chain Award) winner since 2003. Prior to joining TLI – Asia Pacific, Dr de Souza was Executive Vice President for V3 Systems in the Asia Pacific, Corporate Senior Vice President and Global Chief Knowledge Officer at Viewlocity Inc. and Vice Chairman and CEO of SC21 Pte. Ltd.

Dr de Souza is a Professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology in USA and a Senior Fellow at the National University of Singapore. He has published extensively and is a member of the Editorial Boards of the International Journal of Computer Integrated Manufacturing and the International Journal of Logistics Research and Applications and SMBNet. Dr de Souza is a Chartered Engineer and serves on multiple industry, government and academic committees. Amongst these are most notably: the Resource Panel for the Government Parliamentary Committee (GPC) on Transport, the Advisory Panel of The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, Singapore (CILTS), the IDA RFID Alliance (now part of the National RFID Centre), the IBM Global University Partners Leadership Advisory Board. Dr. de Souza received his Ph.D., M.Sc. and B.Sc. Honours in the United Kingdom.


Prof. Dr. Chandra Lalwani

Dr. Chandra is Professor of Supply Chain Management in Business School and is the Academic Director of the Logistics Institute at the University of Hull. Prior to joining the University of Hull he was with Cardiff Business School at Cardiff University and was responsible for doctoral research in logistics, operations and supply chain management. He holds a BEng. in Electrical Engineering, a MEng. in Control Systems and another MEng. in Systems Engineering. He obtained his PhD from the University of Wales in 1978 based on his research on the dynamic modelling of commodity flows systems. Chandra's current teaching interests are in supply chain management, retail logistics, logistics and transport modelling, discrete event simulation, and electronic commerce impact on supply chain logistics. He has also successfully supervised a large number of Masters and PhD candidates, and is currently supervising a number of PhD students. Dr Lalwani was a Director of Executive Programmes in Maritime Studies and International Transport at Cardiff University. During this period he directed some highly successful programmes in port management and operations, maritime transport and containerisation in Hong Kong, India, and the UK.

Chandra's primary areas of research are logistics, transport and supply chain management. His current research focus is on integration of transport in supply chains, retail logistics, supply chain modelling, ICT applications in supply chains and mass customised logistics. Before joining the Business School at the University of Hull, Professor Lalwani was a Deputy Director and Co-investigator at Cardiff Business School on the EPSRC Cardiff University Innovative Manufacturing Research Centre (over £3.25 million research grant) and Principal Investigator on one of its three flagship research projects, namely, Mass Customised Collaborative Logistics in Sustainable Manufacture. His research activities on these projects involving a number of industrial partners in retail, steel, and construction sectors continue through research collaboration between the Institute of Logistics at Hull and Cardiff Business School. He was Principal Investigator on the EPSRC LINK grant on Future Integrated Transport project 'Integrating Transport and eCommerce in Supply Chain Logistics (http://www.itels.org.uk/)' and Co-investigator on the EPSRC Network grant European University Research and Operations Network in Logistics. Currently, he is Principal Investigator on EU Asia IT&C research project Understanding Potential Synergies in Manufacturing Supply Chains between Europe and India : USER-MIND (http://www.usermind.org/) and Co-investigator on EPSRC network project on RFID and EPSRC INTERACT project with China both at the Business School in The University of Hull. Professor Lalwani is the Programme Chair for highly rated International Symposium in Logistics (http://www.isl21.org/). He is the member of the EPSRC funded Cardiff University Innovative Manufacturing Research Centre steering and advisory group. Chandra has recently been appointed as Editor of the 'International Journal of Logistics Management' published by Emerald and he is the member of the EPSRC funded Cardiff University Innovative Manufacturing Research Centre steering and advisory group.


Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mark Goh Keng Hock

A former Colombo Plan Scholar, Dr. Goh holds a Ph.D. from the University of Adelaide. In the National University of Singapore, he holds the appointments of Director (Industry Research) at the Logistics Institute-Asia Pacific, a joint venture with Georgia Tech, USA, Principal Researcher at the Centre for Transportation Research, and was a Program Director of the Penn-State NUS Logistics Management Program. He also used to be Director of Supply Chain Solutions for Asia/Middle East with APL Logistics, crafting logistics engineering solutions for major MNCs (Dell, Nike, Lenovo, VW, BMW, Roche, BBraun) in this part of the world. He sits on the board of Rigelsoft, a reverse logistics company. Dr. Goh was a Board Member of the Chartered Institute of Transport (Singapore), past Chairman of the Academic Board of Examiners for the Singapore Institute of Purchasing and Materials Management, member of the Advisory Committee of the Transportation Resource Centre (NUS) and a past Vice President of the Operations Research Society of Singapore, Associate Senior Fellow of the Institute of South east Asian Studies. His other professional affiliations include membership of INFORMS, and the Academy of International Business. His biography appears in Who's Who in Asia and the Pacific Nations, Who’s Who in the World, and Outstanding People of the 20th Century.

He has been involved in executive training for various key organisations in Singapore, for example, PSA Corp., MIS, SIPMM, PSB, J&J, Siemens Nixdorf, CIT, CAAS, Fuji-Xerox AP, Applied Biosystems, Danzas, DHL, Samsung, SembCorp Logistics, Exel, CEI, Bax Global, IBM, PWC Logistics, Sime Darby, Rockwell Automation, and Mindef. Prof. Goh has also acted as a consultant to organisations both in Singapore and overseas, e.g. Lucent Technologies, Pentex Schweitzer, Trans-Link Express, Perkins Parts, Singapore Post, NCB, Unilever East Asia Pacific, MSAS, TDB, Hewlett-Packard Far East, Siemens Nixdorf, APO, Confectionery Transformation, Danzas-AEI, Bossard Asia Pacific, BBraun AP, Pasminco, Mindef, Cleanaway (China), IE Singapore, ADB, Knight Frank, Rhodia, World Bank, APEC Secretariat, and FXS.

He has held appointments as a visiting Professor in Business Logistics Strategy at Chulalongkorn University, Commonwealth Fellow to the UK, Citibank International Fellow to the US, visiting research fellow at UMIST, visiting scholar at Beijing University, visiting professor at Melbourne University, and adjunct professor at the University of South Australia. He is currently on the editorial boards of the Journal of Supply Chain Management, Q3 Quarterly, Journal for Inventory Research, Paradigm, Value Chain Management, International Journal of Procurement Management, and Advances in Management Research, Euro Journal of Purchasing and Supply Management, International Journal of Logistics Management, and has served as an associate editor for the Asia Pacific Journal of Operational Research. His current research interests focus on supply chain strategy, performance measurement, and buyer-seller relationships. With more than 200 technical papers in internationally refereed journals and conferences, some of his recent academic articles on supply chain management have appeared in the Journal of Purchasing and Materials Management, Industrial Marketing Management, European Journal of Purchasing and Supply Chain Management, IIE Transactions, Naval Research Logistics, Physical Distribution and Logistics Management, Production and Operations Management, EJOR, Supply Chain Management Journal, Industrial Organisations, Journal of Global Optimization, Journal of Asian Business, SIAM Journal of Optimization, and Logistics Information Management.

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