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Proudly presenting in association with the VCARE Academy , we focus on presenting guidance for solving complex supply chain challenges which help you transform your cost chain into the profitable value chain.

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173. Supplier experience management
Guest Name: Ragnar Lorentzen, Chief Commercial Officer at HICX Language: English, Publication date: April, 29. 2022 Ragnar Lorentzen is Chief Commercial Officer of HICX. Ragnar joined in October 2018 and leads the sales, pre-sales, business development and alliances teams and overseas commercial strategy, process and performance. Ragnar chairs the newly formed Supplier Experience Community. This is a forum in which procurement technology leaders can share ideas, interact and learn how to become supplier centric, to aid digital transformation. Prior to HICX Ragnar was part of the founding management team of Procurement Leaders’ research and advisory business and led the business unit growth to over 500 clients. He holds a Bachelor of Science in International Business from Norwegian Business School and an MBA from Durham University and is a regular contributor at Procurement and Supply Chain events. Ragnar lives in London his with wife and 3 young children and loves spending time outdoors, exercising or reading.   Here are some of the highlights from the podcast: It’s no secret that supplier data is an ongoing challenge for large multi-national manufacturers. Could you expand on this data challenge? What does bad data look like, and how does it impact organizations and their suppliers? HICX is pioneering the Supplier Experience Management movement. Could you please explain what this entails? How does Supplier Experience Management (SEM) differ from Supplier Relationship Management (SRM) ? Connect with himr on Linkedin:
April 29, 2022
172. How can AI enable a sustainable future?
Guest Name: Dr. Erlijn van Genuchten, Global Changemaker at Environmental sustainability, Language: English, Publication date: April, 23. 2022 Dr. Erlijn van Genuchten is Global Changemaker in the field of sustainable living. She is part of the UN ECE Task Force on Digitalization in Energy, part of the advisory committee for the UN Environmental Program West Asia Frontiers Report, and member of the advisory board of the International Sustainability Forum. In her project “Fascinating facts about nature and sustainability” (, she makes scientific work available in easy to understand articles. This makes it easier for us to put scientific insights into practice and use them to make a positive difference for our planet. On Twitter, she shares how living more environmentally friendly makes us happier, healthier and wealthier. In her 365 Sustainable Decisions Challenge, she shares simple ideas on how she makes her daily life more environmentally friendly ( Her mottos: “A better world starts with yourself” and “together we can achieve more”. Here are some of the highlights from the podcast: What is your view on the current trend of sustainability? What is the relation between AI development and sustainability goal?  How can AI enable a sustainable future? What support do we need in order to utilize the implementation of AI in the sustainabillity project? Connect with her on Linkedin:
April 23, 2022
171. Sustainability through Digital Procurement
Guest Name: Max Kent, VP of Global Procurement at Compleat Software, Language: English, Publication date: March, 12. 2022 Max is Vice President of Compleat Software and is responsible for the Compleat Procure (Digital Procurement) division. He oversees the Strategic, Divisional and Global relationships with clients, partners, the senior leadership team and the wider business. Compleat offers Invoice Automation, Data Capture and Spend Analytics tools. Here are some of the highlights from the podcast: What does sustainability mean in procurement? How digital procurement can help to build sustainability ? What advice can you offer to the business leader on how to integrate their digital transformation into sustainability goals? How do you see the trends of procurement sustainability in recent days? Is there any major developments in term of technology, market, policy, challenges & opportunity? Connect with Max on Linkedin:
March 12, 2022
170. Industry transformation: Drivers, challenges and opportunities
Guest Name: Aleksandr Sidorec, Advisory Partner @ Cognizant, Industry 4.0 & Digital TwinsLanguage: English, Publication date: March, 01. 2022 As Industry+ Partner @ Cognizant, Aleksandr Sidorec is on a mission of boosting industrial and manufacturing revolution by supporting companies on their value chain transformation journey leveraging technology, Internet of Things (IoT) and Big Data. Before shifting to the technology sector, Aleksandr delivered global and regional supply chain turnaround, digitalization, and optimization initiatives for the top Fortune 500 companies: Olam International, Holcim, Johnson & Johnson, Zeppelin / Caterpillar, and Procter & Gamble. Aleksandr is actively involved into startup ecosystems and blends this with his own PhD work related to design of autonomous supply chain systems and leverage of inventive problem solving in domain of supply chain engineering. Here are some of the highlights from the podcast: Industry 4.0 has been a major force framing the society, economic and technological environment after 2010. What industry trends do you see developing over the next five to ten years? What are the driving factors of enterprise transformation? What are key challenges & opportunities for the industry transformation? Could you please share a few example of stories when you did sucessfully manage the transformation project with the team? Do you think that tool/technology play an important role for the transformation? How does it work? Connect with Aleksandr at:
March 01, 2022
169. Export and trade facilitation in Africa
Guest Name: Izin Akioya, Editor and managing partner at Supply Chain Africa, Language: English, Publication date: Feb, 12. 2022 Izin Akioya is a Multidisciplinary Consultant & Entrepreneur. She is a fellow of the royal society of arts, manufactures and commerce, non-profit vice president marketing and board executive, co-host of the Africa Futures podcast and editor at Supply Chain Africa. A Nigerian native, maximalist fashion and travel lover, she is obsessed with her life’s mission: change through transformative, empathic and sustainable contributions. Here are some of the highlights from the podcast: What is your view on Africa's position in the global trade market? Have you seen any major developments in the last few decades? In march 2018, African countries signed a landmark trade agreement, the African continental freetrade agreement (AfCTA); What is the objective of AfCTA ?  How can the African countries take advantage of the benefits for the trade agreement? Are there any opportunities to leverage e-commerce and digital goods for competitiveness? Connect with Izin at :
February 12, 2022
168. What makes a great supply chain manager
Guest Name: Philip Auinger, Supply chain career coach, Language: English, Publication date: Jan,26th. 2022 Philip Auinger is known as the Career Companion, a coach specialized on supply chainers. He worked in various SCM positions for 8 years and now as solo entrepreneur, he offers online coachings and trainings to supply chain professionals. Here, they learn the soft skills and the mindset which enable them to make their next career step with topics like dealing with choleric sales reps, building your own professional brand, or motivating a team to thrive.  Philip also supports young SCM talents to get their first job by offering interview coachings. Feel free to connect on  Here are some of the highlights from the podcast: How did you exactly fall in love with supply chain? What are the key challenges of supply chain management in 2022? What is the role of supply chain manager ? How importance this role in the organization for driving the competitiveness of company? Tell us a bit about the DNA of a great supply chain manager?
January 26, 2022
167. Logistics footprint of e-commerce industry
Guest Name: Jean-Paul Rodrigue, Professor in Transport Geography, Language: English, Publication date: Jan, 18th. 2022 Jean-Paul Rodrigue received a Ph.D. in Transport Geography from the Université de Montréal (1994) and has been at  Hofstra University since 1999, initially at the Department of Economics & Geography and then at the Department of Global Studies & Geography. Dr. Rodrigue sits on the international editorial board of the Journal of Transport Geography, the Journal of Shipping and Trade, the Asian Journal of Shipping and Logistics,  and the Cahiers Scientifiques du Transport. Dr. Rodrigue was a member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on the Future of Manufacturing (2011-2016). In 2013, the US Secretary of Transportation appointed Dr. Rodrigue to sit on the Advisory Board of the US Merchant Marine Academy, a position he held until 2018.  Dr. Rodrigue has authored 5 books, 32 book chapters, more than 60 peer-reviewed papers, numerous reports, and delivered more than 150 conferences and seminar presentations, mostly at the international level. Another his new book (With Co-authors: Theo Notteboom, Athanasios Pallis) "Port Economics, Management and Policy" just been released this year. This book provides a comprehensive analysis of the contemporary port industry, showing how ports are organized to serve the global economy and support regional and local development. Learn more here. Here are some of the highlights from the podcast: What are the major trends in e-commerce industry for the last five years, particularly in the U.S and worldwide? What exciting development of logistics footprint do you see in the future? The footprint of retail sector is shifting from commercially-accessible locations toward the transportation-accessible location. Tell me a bit about it? What are the key factors that determine the success of Amazon's logistics network? Connect with him on Linkedin -
January 18, 2022
166. Empowering women in global supply chains.
Guest Name: Lebogang Letsoalo, Supply chain coach & mentor, Founder at Sincpoint, Language: English, Publication date: Jan, 8th. 2022 Lebogang Letsoalo ("Lebo") is a Supply Chain Coach, thought leader and currently a Chief Executive of Sincpoint, an organisation focusing on sustainable supply chain advisory, logistics and capacity development solutions. She founded the African Women in Supply Chain Association (AWISCA) (the first and only association in Southern Africa focusing on functional mentorship and coaching in supply chain to build skills and capacity in the sector) and has successfully integrated the industry, government institutions and academia to take a unified approach to upskilling. Lebo continues to be selfless & and an avid advocate for transforming Supply Chain in Africa and its global competitivess. She currently serves in 6 Boards and also continues to be a thought leader advocating on all portfolios of supply chain, from Procurement to Logistics ( various modes of transport), influencing positive change in supply chain within organisations. Her depth of knowledge and wisdom about socio-political issues has seen her give key addresses in different forums, on radio and printed media. Amongst other roles held by Lebo, includes coaching and mentorship for Entrepreneurs, Youth and Women. Here are some of the highlights from the podcast: How do you see the role of women in a global supply chains? What is the most important thing organization can do to more effectively advance women to  top leadership levels in the supply chain organization? Could you give a word of advice to the young supply chain professional? To learn more about Lebo, connect with her on Linkedin -
January 11, 2022
165. Skills for the new era of SCM
Guest Name: Johannes Kern, General Manager at Xiezhi Supply Chain Consulting, Language: English, Publication date: Dec, 21. 2021 Johannes Kern is an Affiliated Professor of Supply Chain Management at Tongji University and General Manager of Xiezhi Consulting, China. His research focuses on Supply Chain Management and International Management, particularly on Digital Transformation and on the impact of cultural influences on Buyer-Supplier relationships.  He teaches MBA and Master's students from around the world in Digital Transformation, Supply Chain Management, and International Management. His practitioner-oriented research is published with the OECD, Harvard Business School Publishing, and in books from Springer, Elsevier, and Wiley. Johannes supports international companies in China to improve their decision-making and increase their performance along the whole supply chain. Prior to that, he worked in various purchasing and logistics functions at the Bosch Group in Asia-Pacific, where he led teams and managed strategic projects in China, Korea, Thailand, Malaysia, Japan, and India. Johannes holds a Ph.D. from Technical University Darmstadt in Germany. Some of the highlights of questions from the podcast include: Why are skills in SCM a vital topic now? What skills in SCM are most important now and how to build up these skills? For a young supply chain professional, what advice you can offer to them to keep staying agile in response to the recent challenges? Connect with Johannes on Linkedin: About Xiezhi Supply Chain Consulting - is a boutique consulting firm that helps German companies in China to optimize the whole Supply Chain, including Sourcing, Transportation, Warehousing, and Production. As a spin-off from TU Darmstadt and Tongji University, a systematic and analytical approach, incorporating state-of-the-art research is used. Xiezhi blends German quality with an understanding of the Chinese market and intercultural competency.
December 21, 2021
164. Green logistics implementation
Guest Name: Masoud Talebi Amiri, Co-founder at Ponera Group, Language: English, Publication date: Dec, 03. 2021 Masoud co-founded Ponera Group in 2019. They are provider of a modular and digitally enabled industrial packaging solution to replace single-use pallets and crates. Their vision is to transform such consumable packaging material into intelligent assets, orchestrating an effective sharing economy and providing activity-based digital services to users from diverse industries, increasing the efficiency of processes linked to industrial packaging and shipment. He holds a PhD in Chemical Engineering from École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne. Throughout his research, he worked on design, modelling and development of sustainable processes to help industries move towards greener operations. Since 2017 that he started his entrepreneurial journey, he co-founded two startups with the focus on decarbonization of logistics sector. Some of the highlights of questions from the podcast include: What is meant by green logistics and how does it work? Why is green logistics matter today? What is the possible action that the company can start the initiative of green logistics?  Probably you can share your experience in the past when successfully delivered this project with Ponera Group? In a bigger portion, sustainable logistics is no longer optional. It's a necessity and becomes the norm. How do you see this statement? Connect with Masoud on Linkedin: About Ponera Group - Ponera Group was incorporated in Switzerland on April 2019 by two colleagues and friends who believe that eco-friendly solutions are necessary to shape the future of the fast-growing world.  Ponera Group has developed a unique logistic solution based on an innovative design of pallets’ system which decreases packing costs by minimizing the transport inefficiencies. The flexibility of this innovation makes it applicable to wide range of industries.
December 03, 2021
163. The closed-loop supply chain of waste electronics
Guest Name: Joost de Kluijver (Founder and CEO, Closing the Loop), Language: English, Publication date: Nov, 18. 2021 Joost started a company that won the Dutch Circular Award in 2018. He works with companies, municipalities, governments and the technology sector in turning circular ambitions into appealing results. His company is known for its work in emerging markets, for its customer centric approach towards circularity and the fact that it got some of the leading telecom brands on board for the path towards a closed loop industry. Joost has been an entrepreneur for 10 years and worked for Accenture and the Global Reporting Initiative in the past. Some of the highlights of questions from the podcast include: What is a closed-loop supply chain? And why is it so important nowadays? What are the major challenges of electronic-waste management & how do you see the future trends? How can businesses handle electronic waste management and turn a challenge into a business advantage? Connect with Joost on Linkedin: About Closing the Loop - Closing the Loop services focus on waste compensation of IT devices organizations use. That means that we collect an equal amount of electronic waste in emerging countries, to compensate for the current use of the devices and turning them waste-free. The one-for-one methodology. Learn more here -
November 18, 2021
162. Making industry transformation real: challenges & opportunities.
Guest Name: Vasilis Karamalegos, CEO & Co-Founder at Smarterchains, Language: English, Publication date: Nov, 13. 2021 Vasilis is a serial digital entrepreneur expert on online platforms. His expertise is on online peer-to-peer professional collaboration platforms & online marketplaces in knowledge verticals from supply chain consulting to impact investing & healthcare. Before moving to the digital world, Vasilis worked for 8 years in Procter & Gamble in the supply chain and innovation sector. As a new product innovation program leader, he was leading multi-billion dollar brand's new innovations from a concept to a real product on-shelf. As an P & G intrapreneur he led supply chain digital innovation that revolutionized the way P&G plans the operations of its factories and manufactures its products utilizing cutting edge software and hardware solutions ( IIoT). Vasilis holds a BA in Business Administration from Birmingham University and a MSc in Logistics & Supply Chain from Cranfield University. Some of the highlights of questions from the podcast include: What is Industry 4.0 and why is it an important part of the transformation process in Industry's revolution perspective? How do you see the readiness of industry for the transformation? What are the major obstacles and challenges? Where do we start evolving our business and how can we influence different stakeholders? Connect with Vasilis on Linkedin: About Smarterchains - At SmarterChains, we believe in a better, agile and integrated manufacturing ecosystem. An ecosystem where expertise is democratized and knowledge shared among inter-connected partners. Learn more here:
November 13, 2021
161. Driving sustainability in procurement
Guest Name: Eugenia Ceballos Hunziker, Group Head of Sustainable Procurement at Holcim, Language: English, Publication date: Oct 27. 2021 Eugenia coordinates the Group’s efforts to deploy responsible sourcing practices across the supply chain, in the 70 markets where Holcim operates. Her main role is to lead the “Supply chain due diligence“ and “CO2 - Scope 3” programs in the Group. In addition to this role, she manages the Holcim’s Integrated Profit & Loss statement and represents the Group in the newly formed non-for-profit “Value Balancing Alliance”: a cross-sector initiative aiming to standardize and scale-up impact measurement and valuation. Eugenia holds a MBA from ETH Zürich, a master executive in supply chain management from EOI Spain and a bachelor’s degree in systems engineering from UTN Argentina. She is also CPSM certified (Certified Professional Supply Management by ISM USA) and she is graduated with an executive diploma in sustainable business from University of St. Gallen and Lausanne Business School. Some of the highlights of questions from the podcast include: What is sustainable procurement and why does it matter? As a procurement professional, what does sustainability really MEAN to you? How can we apply sustainability in the procurement process of the business? Can we take a look a little bit from the experience you might have with Holcim? What are key success factors to drive sustainability in procurement? Connect with Eugenia on Linkedin:
October 27, 2021
160. Predictive sourcing - How it will help revolutionize procurement?
Guest Name: Edmund Zagorin, Founder and CEO of Bid Ops, Language: English, Publication date: Oct 23. 2021 Edmund Zagorin is the founder and CEO of Bid Ops., the first company to use artificial intelligence to fully automate supplier negotiations. As a strategic sourcing consultant, Edmund saw the inefficiency of combing through spreadsheets line item by line item to compare bids based on multiple different criteria, from this experience, Bid Ops was born. Bid Ops was the winner of the Startup Competition at Digital Procurement World and was named "Best Startup" by the Shared Services & Outsourcing Network (SSON). Some of the highlights of questions from the podcast include: What is predictive sourcing and how could it be different from the traditional approach? What is the advantage of predictive sourcing? Can it keep us ahead of the market? Can you please share with us some of the success stories around the implementation of predictive sourcing? Some other key takeaways Connect with Edmund on Linkedin: About Bid Ops :  is the only predictive sourcing software built to keep your business ahead of the market. Your procurement team can leverage Bid Ops predictive AI to drive 2-5x more savings by getting better quotes faster. Learn more at
October 23, 2021
159. How can business leaders use blockchain technology
Guest Name: Erik Valiquette, Co-founder and President of the Canadian Blockchain Supply Chain Association., Language: English, Publication date: Oct 19. 2021 Erik is the co-founder and president of the Canadian Blockchain Supply Chain Association. Through their core services of Advocacy, Collaboration and Education, they bring together like-minded professionals who want to explore Blockchain in their supply chain. The member-driven association's goal is to accelerate the adoption of Distributed Ledger Technology through dialog, to help shape policy with governmental agencies for improved services, and to help the community's voice to be heard. Learn more about the association here: With a 30 year career in logistics, he’s passionate about bridging the gap between technology and business needs and is a firm believer that Blockchain has the potential to bring global supply chain management to the next level by reducing waste. Erik is based in Montreal, Canada. Some of the highlights of questions from the podcast include: How does blockchain technology improve the way companies do business? For the business leaders, what are the key things they really need to know about blockchain technology? What are opportunities around blockchain technology particularly in supply chain management (SCM)? Some other key takeaways. Connect with Erik on Linkedin: 
October 19, 2021
158. How drayage carriers handle the industry challenges
Guest Name: Toni Ann Careccio , Director of Marketing at PortPro, Language: English, Publication date: Oct 15. 2021 Toni Ann Careccio is the Director of Marketing at PortPro - a technology company building a supply chain operating system starting with their first product, a drayage operating system and network - drayOS. Toni is on the Board of Advisors for two investor-backed companies, Torch ( and Aloe Attiva ( She is also a Co-Organizer of the New York Supply Chain meetup group ( Prior to PortPro, Toni was on the investment team at Edison partners, a 34-year-old growth equity firm based out of Princeton, NJ where most of her time was spent developing an investment thesis around Supply Chain and Logistics technology. Toni started her career on Wall Street, working her way up from a Marketing intern to a VP on the electronic trading desk at Convergex - an institutional brokerage owned by the Bank of New York.  After almost 4 years at the firm, Toni resigned and received angel funding from two of her bosses to start and co-found her first trucking tech startup, Axle. Some of the highlights of questions from the podcast including: What is drayage and why is it so important in the supply chain? What are the biggest obstacles and challenges facing drayage companies? What are your other struggles when handling the industry challenges? Particularly in the U.S, how do you see the development of drayage carriers in the next five years from now? Could you please share a little bit more about the possible improvement around drayage management? And what’s your thought on the role of technology in improving the process & efficiency of drayage management? Some other key takeaways. Connect with Toni on Linkedin:
October 15, 2021
157. How do we get started with sustainability?
Guest Name: Renard Siew , Sustainability & climate change specialist, Board of Advisor to CENT-GPS, Language: English, Publication date: Oct 06. 2021 Dr Renard Siew is Board of Advisor to CENT-GPS where he is responsible for advancing the organization's work in the field of climate change and sustainability. He is the Founder of Accelerating Climate Action and has served as Co-Chair of the Climate Change & Disaster Risk Management Working Committee and UNEP-FI’s Collective Commitment on Climate Action. In 2020, he was appointed an SDG Champion-Climate Action by the World Economic Forum (WEF). He is a member of the WEF Expert Network Group, serves on the WEF Global Future Council, a Community Champion for Southeast Asia and a Global Lead for the Global Shapers Climate & Environment Steering Committee. He was accepted into the Forbes Fellowship Programme and attended the inaugural UN Climate Action Summit in New York in 2019. Renard is part of the facilitation team at the Cambridge Institute of Sustainability Leadership (CISL). He has also lectured and been appointed Advisor for various universities. Some of the highlights of questions from the podcast including: What is difference between sustainability vs. CE (circular economy) and why sustainability now is becoming a trend? How to get started with sustainability? How to promote sustainability in the workplace? and can you give a few example of ways to be sustainable in every day life? Some other key takeaways.  Connect with Renard on Linkedin: About CENT-GPS: The Centre for Governance and Political Studies (Cent- GPS) is a KL based political science and social behavioral research firm. Cent-GPS was set up on the belief that there is an urgent need for an interdisciplinary research center, bridging the fields of economics, political science, sociology, business and law, which focuses on the problems and challenges raised by the current political developments and economic transformations. Learn more here:
October 06, 2021
156. How supply chain visibility helps companies realize value and ROI
Guest Name: Steve Shebuski , Vice President of Digital Strategy at Blue Horseshoe, Language: English, Publication date: Oct 02. 2021 Steve Shebuski is the Vice President of Digital Strategy at Blue Horseshoe. Steve has 20+ years of experience as a Program Manager/Design Lead/Project Manager implementing both Microsoft Dynamics AX / Dynamics 365 as well as tier I and tier II warehouse management and transportation software solutions. Steve's deep knowledge within the distribution industry and his innovative approach to solution architecture are the backbone of the solutions being implemented and deployed by Blue Horseshoe. Some of the highlights of questions from the podcast including: What does supply chain visibility mean? What’s the benefit of supply chain visibility and how does it optimize the ROI (Return on investment)? How supply chain visibility works and brings value to the company? Connect with Steve on Linkedin: About Blue Horseshoe: It was founded in 2001 by a team poised to change the way companies leveraged technology to transform their business and disrupt their industries. With a focus on supply chain, Blue Horseshoe helps companies drive value through greater efficiencies and productivity. In September 2021, Blue Horseshoe announced that it has been acquired by Accenture. Learn more here:
October 02, 2021
155. Macro prespective on logistics infrastructure development
Guest Name: Valkyn Clive Dmello, Logistics and shipping expert, Language: English, Publication date: Sep, 28. 2021 Valkyn Clive Dmello, Indonesian citizen, was born in 1977. Valkyn started his career as a trainee in the Maersk academy (Denmark) with stints in vessel operations, yard and port operations, trade lane pricing and capacity management in India (1998 to 2001), followed by stints in China (2002 to 2004) and Indonesia (2005 to 2008) heading the logistics side of the business. Since then Valkyn has had myriad roles and projects with Accenture (Russia and India), bulk shipping across Indonesia, agency, and logistics (Sinarmas group, Louis Dreyfuss, Inchcape). Currently, Valkyn is on the Indonesian Advisory board / Commissioner with PSA Singapore, Ezyhaul (digital), Atlantic Shipping India (agency) and Admiral Lines / Indonesian Navy commercial arm  (for their container agency). In this episode, Valkyn shares his view on macro-perspective of logistics infrastructure development in Indonesia and some other topic around connectivity, port and future of Indonesia's logistics. Connect with Valkyn on Linkedin:
September 28, 2021
154. How AI is changing the future of supply chain
Guest Name: Richard Markoff, Co-founder and Operating partner at Innovobot, Language: English, Publication date: Sep, 25. 2021 Richard is a supply chain researcher and lecturer at IMD, EPFL and ESCP Europe. He holds PhD and MBA degrees in Supply Chain Management. Richard has worked in supply chain for L’Oréal for 22 years, in Canada, the US and France, spanning the entire value chain from manufacturing to customer collaboration.  He is also the author of The Digital Supply Chain Challenge – Breaking Through book published in 2020, as well as a co-founder and Operating Partner of the Venture Capital firm Innovobot specialised in disruptive technologies. Learn more about Innovobot here: In this episode, we cover the topic of globalization & digitization trends especially the development of AI (Artificial intelligence), and how it is changing the future of supply chain work.  Connect Richard on Linkedin:
September 24, 2021
153. How procurement can help organizations through process automation?
Guest Name: Rachel Lemos, Director, Corporate procurement at Canadian Western Bank (CWB), Language: English, Publication date: Sep, 21. 2021 Rachel is a strategic and highly results-oriented procurement leader with over 20 years’ experience in international companies in the North and South America. Rachel has a diverse background, experienced in large organizations, well versed in various processes associated with private and public procurement, strategic sourcing and supply chain operations management. Rachel has worked for Canadian public corporations both in the Provincial and Federal levels, has led staff in complex environments, including unionized settings. Rachel stands out as an inspirational leader, closely coaching and developing her teams, as well as with her ability to engage stakeholders in various levels with her passion, empathy and diplomacy. She is a problem-solver, passionate for process improvement, automation and an active ESG ambassador advocating for the urgent environmental causes. She is the Co-Chair of the Public Procurement Chapter at the Sustainable Procurement Pledge (SPP). Rachel possesses exceptional academic credentials with an MBA in Purchasing and Logistics, Bachelor in International Relations, a professional designation as a CSPM, Executive Leadership certification and Lean Six Sigma Green & Black Belt certification. -—— Some of the highlights of questions from the podcast including: How do you see the role of procurement in organizations? In view of procurement, how does automation help businesses to be more effective? What are some top challenges in implementing a process automation ? Some other key takeaways. Connect with her on Linkedin:
September 21, 2021
152. Forecasting & business impact
Guest Name: Johann Robette, Customer success manager at VEKIA, Language: English, Publication date: Sep, 14. 2021 Johann Robette is Customer Success Manager for key accounts at Vekia, an innovative SaaS software company that he joined in 2009. Vekia provides an APS solution that combines probabilistic demand planning, cost optimization, and automation. With a background in computer science and a deep passion for data analysis and supply chain, he initially took on technical and functional roles in the product development team. Graduating from the Stanford Center for Professional Development's Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program in 2015, Johann then took on different business-oriented roles at Vekia. In addition, Johann supports Supply Chain courses at several French universities and is actively involved as a volunteer in an educational and charitable organization. -—— Some of the highlights of questions from the podcast including: What is the purpose of forecasting? How does forecasting contribute to the business and what makes a good forecast? I have just read your article about a different approach to forecasting called “Decision Impact”. Could you please tell us a bit about the DI ("Decision Impact")? Some other key takeaways. Connect with him on Linkedin:
September 14, 2021
151. Trends in shipping industry (Key challenges & opportunities)
Guest Name: Faried Belbouab, Chief executive officer at Meratus Group, Language: English, Publication date: Sep, 11. 2021 Farid is currently the CEO (Chief executive officer) at Meratus Group, an integrated Indonesian shipping company providing point-to-point and network transportation solutions. Established in 1957, Meratus has grown into the following sectors: containers, charter, dry-bulk, terminals, logistics and LNG (JV). Visit the website to learn more about their business - Prior to this role, Farid has spent his professional working experience at CMA CGM where his last appointment was Vice president (Dubai, UAE). He holds a Master degree in International transportation and has joined a leadership executive program at INSEAD and Harvard Business School. -—— Some of the highlights of questions from the podcast including: How do you see the current trends of shipping in 2021 and the next five to ten years from now?  Have you seen major changes that will be changing the landscape of the shipping industry? Particularly in Indonesia & SEA's context, what is your view on this (i.e trends and challenges in shipping )? What advice can you offer to the business leader & stakeholders to stay on top of trends?  Some other key takeaways. Connect with him on Linkedin:
September 10, 2021
150. Toward Transformative Supply Chain Management
Guest Name: Andreas Wieland, Associate Professor of Supply Chain Management at Copenhagen Business School, Language: English, Publication date: Sep, 07. 2021 Andreas Wieland is an Associate Professor of Supply Chain Management at Copenhagen Business School, where he is the Program Director of the Graduate Diploma (HD) in Supply Chain Management. His current research is about resilience and transformation.   His articles have appeared in journals such as the International Journal of Logistics Management, International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management, Journal of Business Logistics, Journal of International Management, Journal of Supply Chain Management, and Supply Chain Management: An International Journal. In addition, Andreas is also the European Co-Editor of the Journal of Business Logistics and Co-Chair of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals’ European Research Seminar.  Visit his blog: ——— Some of the highlights of questions from the podcast including: What are your views on conventional supply chain management, especially to how their capability, ability & agility face major disruptions like a pandemic of covid-19? We've seen this in your paper where you mentioned “dancing the supply chain”. Can you please describe it a little bit? How can a “Transformative supply chain” be different from a conventional supply chain? What is the difference between both of them? You probably might have a project or a case on how the business transforms its supply chain successfully. In relation to this topic, could you share this experience with our audiences? Some other key takeaways. Connect with him on Linkedin:
September 07, 2021
149. Driving transformation in the procurement organization
Guest Name: Michael van Keulen, Chief Procurement Officer at Coupa Software, Language: English, Publication date: Sep, 04. 2021 Passionate and seasoned procurement evangelist with a comprehensive track record of driving value through business transformation at global companies.  Michael van Keulen ("MVK") is currently the Chief Procurement Officer at Coupa Software, the global leader in cloud-based Business Spend Management software, where he is responsible for driving best-in-class procurement practices across the company, support business development and a source for peers looking to elevate and (digitally) transform procurement. He is Member of Sourcing Industry Group (SIG) Board of Advisors. ——— Some of the highlights of questions from the podcast including: What does procurement transformation mean to you? What are the elements of a successful transformation in procurement organization? How  does digital transformation influence procurement? Could you please share with us some stories where the procurement organization succeeded on their transformation journey? Connect with him on Linkedin:
September 04, 2021
148. Why data storytelling in business matters more than ever
Guest Name: Sara Iacozza, Chief data officer, UX Researcher and Co-founder R-ladies Italy Language: English, Publication date: Sep, 01. 2021 Sara Iacozza holds a Ph.D. in cognitive psychology and neuroscience, and she loves data because it gives her the chance to better understand people's behavior. She enjoys taking the time to explore the possible narratives data fit into and design information for her audiences in a strategic manner. Data is a medium, it's the story hidden behind that matters to her. Sara works in Digital Attitude (Milan, Italy) as Chief Data Officer and User Experience Researcher, where she helps design digital products that can help people acquiring new professional skills. She is interested in diversity & inclusion, especially gender equality in the data science ecosystem, as such she is co-founder of R-Ladies Italy, a national community that focuses on empowering women and gender minorities pursuing jobs in data science. ——— Some of the highlights of questions from the podcast including: What is data storytelling? Why is data storytelling so important for the business at a recent date? What are the key elements of great data storytelling? What advice would you give to the business leader on how to build a data-driven company? Could you please share some examples of impactful data storytelling in business? Connect with her on Linkedin:
September 01, 2021
147. Growing leadership skills in supply chains
Guest Name: Dwiwahyu Haryo Suryo, EVP & Chief supply chain officer at Paragon Technology and Innovation. Language: English, Publication date: Aug, 30. 2021 Haryo is currently the EVP (Executive Vice President) and CSCO (Chief Supply Chain Officer) at Paragon Technology and Innovation (PTI), an Indonesian beauty company with the purpose of creating a greater good for the society through innovation. With more than 10,000 personnel all over Indonesia and an annual production of around 185 million pieces, Paragon has now become one of the largest cosmetics manufacturers in Indonesia. Learn more about Paragon here - Paragon Technology and Innovation ( Prior to this role, Haryo was the Vice President of Supply Chain at Danone Waters in Indonesia. He also spent over 19 years at Unilever, where his last position was as the Group Customer Service Excellence - Planning Director, for AAR (Asia-Africa-Russia) region at Unilever Asia Private Ltd., Singapore.  Haryo holds a degree in Chemical Engineering from Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB). He is passionate about people, innovation, and continuous learning. ——— Some of the highlights of questions from the podcast including: What has the hardest thing been  for you & what do you like about your role at PTI, Indonesia? What does leader & leadership mean to you?   How does leadership add value to supply chains?   How to grow as leader in the space of supply chain? Could you please share some success stories  with us? Connect with Haryo on Linkedin:
August 30, 2021
146. Transportation and Logistics sector faces domino effect from retail digitalization
Guest Name: Shash Anand, Vice-President of Product Strategy at SOTI. Language: English, Publication date: Aug, 27. 2021 As Vice-President of Product Strategy at SOTI, Shash Anand oversees the company’s evolution from a single product centered around Mobile Device Management to an integrated platform that solves many of the challenges around enterprise mobility and IoT management. Shash holds a degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Toronto, and an MBA from the Rotman School of Management. After working for IBM as a Technical Support Engineer and Business Operations Manager, Shash joined SOTI to lead the company’s global expansion. Throughout his tenure with the company, Shash has worked across both technical and operational teams, overseeing key departments within the business. With diverse experience across the organization, including: Professional Services & Support, Product Management, Product Marketing, Business Development & Sales, and Strategic Alliances, Shash has extensive expertise building global teams from start-up to scale-up success. Shash also sits on the Board of Directors as the Vice Chair of MCIS Language Solutions, a non-profit organization whose mission is to remove language barriers and improve access to critical information and services through high-quality language solutions. ——— Some of the highlights of questions from the podcast including: SOTI just recently launched the report “Mobilizing the delivery workforce: state of mobility in T&L 2021”; what is the report telling us about? What are some key findings of the report that are relevant to what happens in the T & L industry? What are your thoughts on the technology development that helps retail and T&L organizations integrate with each other? What advice can you offer to the decision makers in this sector of T&L  on how they understand the trends and then drive the organization to adapt to the major disruption of covid19 Some other key takeaways. Download the report of “Mobilizing the delivery workforce: state of mobility in T&L 2021” by SOTI - here  Connect with Shash on Linkedin:
August 27, 2021
145. Diversity and Inclusion as business drivers in the tech industry
Guest Name: Pratima Amonkar, Microsoft's APAC Leader for Cloud and AI business strategy. Language: English, Publication date: Aug, 24. 2021 As Microsoft's APAC Leader for Cloud and AI business strategy, Pratima spearheads the work Microsoft does to empower customers, partners, governments, and citizens to digitally transform their businesses and lives with the power of Cloud and AI. In this role, she is focused on supporting countries' s sustainable economic growth through digital transformation. She leads the strategy, planning and programs to collaborate with customers, governments, industries, and communities to leverage the world’s largest and most trusted cloud infrastructure network. Over the past 20 years, Pratima has held leadership and P&L responsibilities at various technology companies like Rational Software, IBM, and Sun Microsystems. She has built and led technical teams that have delivered high growth cloud revenues at emerging and developed global markets. Pratima an active technology mentor to some promising APAC startups, social entrepreneurships, and women founders. She chairs the APAC Microsoft Diversity and Inclusion Council for Accessibility and Assistive Technology. ——— Some of the highlights of questions from the podcast including: Could you please tell us about Microsoft’s commitment to diversity & inclusion? How does diversity & inclusion drive business value? More specifically in the tech industry. What advice can you offer to the business leader on how to make the tech sector more inclusive? Some other key takeaways. Get a full script of this podcast by accessing this link --- Connect her on Linkedin:
August 24, 2021
144. The impact of leadership on the procurement organization
Guest Name: Terence Lee, Chief Procurement Officer (CPO), APAC at Supply Chain Optimization , GEODIS,  Language: English, Publication date: Aug, 21. 2021 Terence is currently with Geodis Supply Chain Optimization as their CPO, Asia Pacific – responsible for Transformational Changes and leadership in pioneering new products and services (e.g. Procurement Advisory Services in GSCO). Known to be Resourceful, Entrepreneurial and Creative subject matter expert in Supply Chain, Sourcing & Procurement and Strategy Development, focusing on leadership in organizational change transformation management, M&A, business start-ups and developed pioneering niched processes (including consortium-buying and LCCS) with light-house successes globally through strong commercial acumen and excellent stakeholders-to-market engagements in the past nearly 30 years. He is a regular keynote speaker to Global and Regional events such as ProcureCon Asia (CIPS), Procurement Success Summit (PSS), Shared Services and Outsourcing Network (SSON), etc., a Certified Chartered Procurement Professional with CIPS and a leader of Transformational Change in organizations for the last 17 years - driven by Passion and Hunger for Positive Change. ——— Some of the highlights of questions from the podcast including: How the role of procurement leadership is changing in 2021? Especially having an influence on the Pandemic of Covid-19? What are the qualities of a good procurement leader? How does the procurement style impact the performance of the business? Could you please share some examples where we can learn how it works ? Some other key takeaways  Connect him on Linkedin:
August 21, 2021
143. Collaboration in circular supply chains
Guest Name: Zsofia Agnes Nagy, Supply chain expert and CE Ambassador,  Language: English, Publication date: Aug, 18. 2021 As a supply chain professional, Zsofia offers an objective pair of lenses and a rich, experience-based knowledge to help the client find the right solution and execute it successfully based on over 19 years working in industry and consulting roles. As a functional expert, she is passionate about embedding sustainable supply chain methods and practices and helping companies become circular in nature, while remaining profitable. Beyond her daily work, she is a Circular Economy Ambassador and help people around her to understand how they can change their lives to reduce their footprint and eventually lead a circular life. ——— Some of the highlights of questions from the podcast including: What are future trends in circular supply chains? Many experts say that collaboration is one of the key pillars of the circular economy and circular supply chains.  What is your opinion on this topic ? What kind of relationships and collaboration practices enable creation of circular flows? Can you please provide a few examples of how it works?  Some other key takeaways. Connect her on Linkedin:
August 18, 2021
142. Managing healthcare supply chain
Guest Name: Prashant Yadav, Senior Fellow at the Center for Global Development, Affiliate Professor at INSEAD and Lecturer at Harvard Medical School,  Language: English, Publication date: Aug 13. 2021 Prashant Yadav is Senior Fellow at the Center for Global Development, Affiliate Professor at INSEAD and Lecturer at Harvard Medical School. Yadav's research and policy advisory work focuses on health care supply chains in developing countries. He also works on role of new technology in pharmaceutical supply chains, globally. Before his current role, Yadav was Strategy Leader-Supply Chain at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. In the past was Vice President of Healthcare at the William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan and a faculty member at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. Before that he was Professor of Supply Chain Management at the MIT-Zaragoza International Logistics Program and a Research Affiliate at the MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics . Yadav received his undergraduate training in Chemical Engineering, his MBA in Operations and Finance and his PhD in Management Science. Before academia he has worked in pharmaceutical strategy, management consulting and supply chain technology companies. ——— Some of the highlights of questions from the podcast including: What is a core function of a healthcare supply chain and why does SCM take such an important role in this ? What are the challenges in a healthcare supply chain management? How to strengthen healthcare supply chains? What is your recommendation to the business leaders ? Do you think emerging technologies can transform healthcare supply chains?  Some others key takeway. Connect him on LInkedin:
August 13, 2021
141. Blockchain is a vital tool to boost sustainability
Guest Name: Ashish Gadnis, Co-founder / CEO at BanQu Inc.,  Language: English, Publication date: Aug 05. 2021 Ashish Gadnis is the Co-founder / CEO of BanQu, which was named to the TIME Magazine 2019 Innovators and 2020 Meaningful Business Leaders List. In February 2021 BanQu was named one of the top innovation for circular economy by World Economic Forum and Accenture. BanQu is the first ever non-crypto blockchain (patented) Supply Chain Sustainability platform that global brands like Coca-Cola, IsSB and Anheuser-Busch use everyday to enable end-to-end transparency, traceability and certification of contracts, raw materials, finished goods, and recycled packaging to meet ESG goals and EPR compliance requirements. BanQu is being used in 45+ countries and almost 2 million last-mile-first-mile beneficiaries today. Prior to his current engagements, Mr. Gadnis was the founder and CEO of multiple technology startups, the last one of which was acquired by a $1.5 billion global consulting firm in 2012. Over the past 25 years Ashish has been recognized for his private / public sector contributions with awards such as – MIT Innovate for Refugees (Syrian refugees) award, Young Global Leader (World Economic Forum), Minority Business Leader (Twin Cities Business), 40 under 40 (Business Journal), Change-Makers Innovator Award (Coding Schools in Refugee Camps in East Africa) and Battery Ventures Innovation Award – Democratic Republic of Congo (for Asili: a mobile / cloud-based business focused on reducing infant child mortality, improving maternal health and increasing livelihood in conflict zones). ——— Some of the highlights of questions from the podcast including: What is your general view on the current state of blockchain technology? Right now, the authenticity of brands is an issue in the sustainable goods industry. How does blockchain assist with this issue? and why blockchain is vital to boosting sustainability? Could you please share with us some successful examples of blockchain implementation in the industry where it helped in improving sustainability?  Some other key takeaways. Connect him on LInkedin:
August 05, 2021
140. The role of Human resources management for better SCM
Guest Name: Andrea Stefano Patrucco, Assistant Professor at Florida International University - College of Business.  Language: English, Publication date: July, 20. 2021 Andrea Stefano Patrucco is Assistant Professor in Supply Chain Management at Florida International University . His main research interests are in the field of Supply Chain and Purchasing Management, focusing on performance management and organizational design in Public Procurement, and management of collaborative Supply Chain relationships. Access his paper on Google scholar here: Link Some of the highlights of questions from the podcast including: What is the linkage between HRM and SCM? How do individual relationships and skills of sc professionals contribute to supply chain growth ? What advice can you offer to the supply chain leader to grow their team-members skills? Connect him on LInkedin:
July 20, 2021
139. Mitigating global supply chain risks
Guest Name: Bindiya Vakil, CEO and Co-founder at Resilinc.  Language: English, Publication date: June, 19. 2021 Bindiya Vakil is CEO and co-founder at Resilinc, the world leader for supply chain visibility and resiliency intelligence and analytics. She is a recognized thought leader in the area of supply chain risk management. She is also a member of the Advisory board, MIT Transportation and Logistics; a Board member at Healthcare transparency initiative, and Charter member at TiE silicon valley. Ms. Vakil has a master’s degree in supply chain management from MIT and an MBA in Finance. Learn more about Resilinc. here: Some of the highlights of questions from the podcast including: What are supply chain risks? And What are the types of risks global companies face in managing their supply chains? How do we identify supply chain risks? What are tools for risk identification? How can the risk of supply chain disruptions be reduced? What is the best way to mitigate the risks? How do I prepare for a major supply chain disruption? Connect her on Linkedin:
June 19, 2021
138. How can IoT improve the logistics industry ?
Guest Name: Ammar Aamer, Associate professor at Northeastern University.  Language: English, Publication date: June, 05. 2021 Ammar Aamer is an Associate professor at Northeastern University - Toronto, Canada,  in the College of Professional Studies, Master of Science in Project Management program. He has over 22 years of industry experience in project management, operations management, supply chain management, and strategic business consulting with various companies such as Volvo, TRW Automotive, Gap Inc., and Industrial and Business Services.  As an educator, he has served in multiple roles, including Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Professor, and Dean of Engineering at Sana’a and Sampoerna Universities – in Yemen and Indonesia. His research is currently focused on Digital Transformation, Data Analytics & Supply Chain Management, Lean Six Sigma, Organizational Change, and the Internet of things (IoT).  Ammar holds a Doctor of Philosophy and a Master of Science in Industrial Engineering from the University of Tennessee. He has also achieved Project Management Professional (PMP) designation from the Project Management Institute (PMI). Some of the highlights of questions from the podcast including: What is IoT by definition ? And how do you see the challenges and opportunities for the next three and five years from now ? How can IoT potentially improve the logistics process ? In your opinion, what would be the biggest disruption caused by IoT in the logistics Industry ? And how is it possible? Could you please share some stories where the logistics Industry successfully improved their bottom-line process by adopting the IoT ? Some other key takeaway. Connect him on Linkedin:
June 04, 2021
137. Driving collaboration in Procurement
Guest Name: Saum Sharma, Procurement director at Airgas.  Language: English, Publication date: May, 22. 2021 Saum sharma is currently Procurement director at Airgas: an Air Liquide company, based in the U.S. He has has 16 years of multi-industry experience in Procurement Strategy, Working Capital Optimization, Supply Chain and Management Consulting.    Has led cross-functional transformation projects in Americas, Europe and Asia. He believes that Collaboration is the seed for any successful Procurement Strategy, with AI and Automation being the next frontier that will help Procurement and Supply Chain elevate their the value proposition. Prior to his current role, Saum held several managerial positions with the Coca Cola Company, CGN & Associates and IET Inc. He has completed his Master of science in Engineering management from Western Michigan University. Some of the highlights of questions from the podcast including: What is collaboration; why is it an important ingredient for successful procurement ? How does collaboration work in procurement ? Could you please share some success stories when you developed a collaboration in procurement ? Connect with him on Linkedin:
May 21, 2021
136. Tackling the complexities of global trade logistics
Guest Name: Jan Hoffmann, Chief, Trade Logistics Branch, DTL at UNCTAD.  Language: English, Publication date: May, 18. 2021 Jan joined UNCTAD in 2003 and became Chief of the organization’s Trade Logistics Branch in 2016. The Branch is implementing multilateral transport and trade facilitation capacity building programmes, as well as regional and national projects in Africa, Asia and the Pacific, and Latin America and the Caribbean. Jan is co-author and coordinator of the annual UNCTAD Review of Maritime Transport, created and co-edits the quarterly UNCTAD Transport and Trade Facilitation Newsletter, and initiated the UNCTAD Maritime Country Profiles and the annual Liner Shipping Connectivity Index. Previously, Jan spent six years with the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) in Santiago de Chile, and two years with the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in London and Santiago.  Jan has studied in Germany, United Kingdom, and Spain, and holds a doctorate degree in Economics from the University of Hamburg. His work has resulted in numerous UN and peer reviewed publications, lectures, technical missions, data bases, and electronic newsletters. Jan is member of AJSL, CPI, IJSTL, INCU, JST, MEL, MPM, and the Propeller Club of Geneva. From 2014 to 2018, Jan was president of the International Association of Maritime Economists (IAME). Jan has had his hair cut in 71 countries. He has three sons and one wife. Some of the highlights of questions from the podcast including: What are your views on global trade logistics ? And what are the biggest challenges and then opportunities ? What advice can you offer to the business leader on how to tackle logistics' s challenges? In regards to the marine-freight rate where it happened at "highest ever level"; How could this happen? If you were in the position as a shipper / manufacturer and or producer, what would be your top priorities in dealing with the complexities of global logistics? Connect with him on Linkedin:
May 18, 2021
135. Navigating supply chain risks
Guest Name: Jonathan Kempe, CEO & Founder, VERIFAI .  Language: English, Publication date: May, 04. 2021 Jonathan is a technical Founder with over 20 years’ experience as a systems administrator across a broad array of disciplines. He has excelled in diverse roles: from senior positions in large corporates; founding and running several businesses; holding trusted positions in nationally accredited NFPs and NGOs and working in an Australian Defence Force endorsed satellite communications provider.  He is connected to Australian business advocacy groups, Government bodies and the Start-up scene, regularly contributing to innovation and industry forums in IoT, biometrics, protecting critical infrastructure to improve supply-chain outcomes.  With a unique and creative vision, Jonathan leads the incredible team at Verifai. Verifai has a particular interest in maritime and intermodal supply-chain security, utilizing unique technologies to generate trustworthy data, provide provenance assurance, and secure assets at rest and in transit. The Verifai team has a diverse array of abilities: IoT hardware devices; full stack software and firmware engineers; leading practitioners in supply-chain management, manufacturing, operational excellence, senior academics, a biometrics expert, and internationally acclaimed cybersecurity luminaries.  Jonathan is passionate about solving global problems, loves to work alongside creative entrepreneurs, and is dedicated to building real solutions that positively transform the world. Some of the highlights of questions from the podcast including: Supply chain security;  what it means and how important is security in the supply chain? What are some security risks in the supply chain? How can we define, detect & assess it earlier as possible ? How can supply chain security be improved ? Can you share some success stories from your client about how they improved the security ? What sort of practical things can we change now to ensure that the business stays profitable and protected ? Some other key takeaways. Connect with him on Linkedin:
May 04, 2021
134. How blockchain can transform public procurement
Guest Name: Salisu Uba, Managing partner of NatQuest Ltd, Co-founder of Africa chamber of Digital commerce .  Language: English, Publication date: April, 28. 2021 Salisu Uba, is a professional in procurement and supply chain with more than a decade of experience through various sectors and academia. In Nigeria, he has handled and executed many high-impact projects in the finance, oil and gas and defence industries. His current project involves research in the adoption of blockchain in the supply chain of oil and gas industry, explicitly exploring the perception of blockchain adoption by stakeholders in the oil and gas supply chain at the university of Strathclyde, Glasgow.  He is a Fellow (FCIPS) of the Chartered institute of procurement and supply and the Chartered institute of Loan and risk management, a member of  the Chartered management institute (CMI) UK, and the Council of supply chain management practitioners (USA). Salisu holds an MSc in supply chain from Aberdeen business school of the Robert Gordon University Aberdeen, Scotland UK and a BSc Accountancy from The University of Maiduguri, Nigeria. He has authored and co-authored numerous conference papers and journal articles, and he has recently emerged as 1st runner up - the best paper award at ERPBSS2020 Dubai. Some of the highlights of questions from the podcast including: How blockchain can be used to streamline public procurement ? Could you please share some success stories how blockchain helps to fight corruption & unethical practices? How do you see the future of blockchain in a public procurement ? Some other key takeaway. Connect with him on Linkedin:
April 28, 2021
133. Fostering the global circular economy
Guest Name: Kai Costantini, Expert in biomimicry Design and circular process, Ambassador at The Circular Economy Institute, CEC.  Language: English, Publication date: April, 23. 2021 Kai Costantini has been active in circularity and as a Biomimicry practitioner since 2016. Kai founded the local Calgary Circular Economy Club chapter in 2017, and now leads the CEC Winnipeg chapter in Manitoba, Canada. She is an Ambassador for the Circular Economy institute and collaborates with CEI on developing certification. Kai works as a Business Consultant , advising on strategy, innovation, talent and capability building in startup and SMEs. Kai operates at nodes which can leverage large scale systemic change often in an open and distributed manner fostering networked capabilities, like the CEC (Circular Economy Club) global network, She engages as Advisor in matters of CE with the Natural Systems Engineering group at INCOSE (International Council of Systems Engineering) and is on the Advisory Board of the Alberta Biomimicry Chapter. Kai is a former Executive Search Professional specialized in Life Sciences. She held positions as IT Systems Manager and as IT Project Coordinator for multi- country ERP migration. She has a Ba In Combined Studies of Arts, studied European Integration in, Paris, France and specialized in Human Capital Strategy. Today Kai refocuses on strategic talent acquisition to foster circular bioeconomy capabilities. Kai is an invited speaker at Biomimicry Lecture series, MIT Bio Community and other events. Some of the highlights of questions from the podcast including: How do you see a shifting-trends globally from a linear economy to circular economy ? What the business leaders must-to-do in securing that they are moving into the right direction ? Coud you please share your thought on what are probably major obstable happened in creating the global circular economy ? Some other key takeaway Connect with her on Linkedin:
April 23, 2021
132. Predictive Analytics for Business Forecasting & Planning
Guest Name: Eric Wilson, Director of Thought Leadership at The Institute of Business Forecasting (IBF).  Language: English, Publication date: April, 07. 2021 Eric Wilson is an award-winning predictive analytics and business planning innovator, author, and speaker. He is the Director of Thought Leadership at The Institute of Business Forecasting (IBF). He is the recipient of the Excellence in Business Forecasting & Planning award as well as a Supply-Demand Chain Pro to Know.  Eric is a Certified Professional Forecaster (CPF) with over 25 years’ experience with various global organizations and industries and considered a visionary in his field both as a practitioner and for his research.  Eric is a frequent speaker and panelist for many executive forums and professional conferences, and has written numerous articles in publications, peer reviewed journals, magazines, and newspapers and the author of multiple books including his new book Predictive Analytics for Business Forecasting (Link is available here: Some of the highlights of questions from the podcast including: What is predictive analytics ? And how does it differentiate with a traditional business forecasting ? How do we use predictive analytics to solve forecasting issues & drive an overall business value ? Could you please share some success stories about how it works ? What is your recommendation to the business leaders on how to start to use a predictive analytics approach ? Some other key takeaways.  Connect with him on Linkedin:
April 06, 2021
131. Building customer-centric supply chains
Guest Name: Azukaego Chukwuelue, Supply chain Director, Nigeria at Kimberly-Clark.  Language: English, Publication date: April, 02. 2021 Azukaego is a certified professional, with a wealth of Commercial experience spanning 20 years and she currently works in Kimberly-Clark Nigeria, where She serves as the Supply Chain Director responsible for the Supply network and operational accountability in line with strategic business goals. Through her 20 years of career, She has gained versatility and depth from working in different fields; her passion for transformative leadership and the ability to harness team power earned her several recognitions. Beyond her work, She mentors young ladies with a goal for ensuring that  all women have the skills and capabilities that will enable them earn a seat at the table on merit. She does this through Truss Empowerment Foundation; a nonprofit focused on creating real value for young  people via enhancing their economic power by building capabilities that allow successful engagement in stereotyped and leadership roles. Some of the highlights of questions from the podcast: Tell us a bit the meaning of customer-centric supply chains ? What’s the scope of the customer-centric supply chains? What realistic benefit can we expect to get from moving to a customer-centric supply chains model ? How do these model translate into tangible competitive advantages, revenues increases and profitability? What would be the first step to get this moving around ? who are the main internal and external stakeholders who will need to be involved? Connect with her on Linkedin:
April 02, 2021
130. How sales & operations planning brings agility to the organizations
Guest Name: Chris Lauchner, Executive Director, Integrated Business Planning at Johnson Controls.  Language: English, Publication date: March, 26. 2021 Leader, manager, trainer with many years of both domestic and international experience in business management, Supply chain operations management, and project management.  Chris is currently Executive Director at Johnson Controls where he is responsible for the Integrated business planning (IBP). Prior to this role, he held various executive positions includes leading company management as Chief Operating Officer and Director of Operations for Arete, Inc., a global Supply Chain Planning software company; managing North American Distribution Operations for Kimberly-Clark Corp; and leading & managing projects around the globe for The Coca-Cola Company in all areas of Supply Chain Planning. For 26 years simultaneously balancing a military career with a civilian career until military retirement in 2011 as a Colonel, US Army. Some of the highlights of questions from the podcast: Could you please share some of supply chain challenges of the organization and how does the S&OP play a critical success factor encounter these challenges ? What does it mean the organizational agility ? How does the S&OP brings the agility to these organization ? Could you please share some of success stories of how did you successfully improve the overall company performance by driving the S&OP process ? Connect with him on Linkedin:
March 26, 2021
129. The Emerging Markets Logistics Index - No global recovery in 2021
Guest Name: Andy Vargoczky, Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing Asia Pacific, at Agility.  Language: English, Publication date: March, 20. 2021 An all round transport industry executive, having worked for airlines, ground handling agents, general sales agencies, charter brokerage firms as well as logistics companies. The positions previously held were both General Management type roles holding a P&L as well as direct Sales and Account Management roles in locations around the world, namely New Zealand, Australia, Russia, Austria, India, Thailand, the United Arab Emirates and currently based in Singapore. Some of the highlights of questions from the podcast: Agility just released the report called "Agility emerging market logistics Index - 2021". What is the index telling about? What are some key findings of the Index?  About covid-19: How significantly has the logistics industry sector been affected by the covid-19 pandemic, particularly in the emerging countries?  The index tells clearly that "No global recovery in 2021" which is a very provocative statement. How did the Index come up with these conclusions?  In the context of actions, what are the top priorities in 2021?  Access the Logistics Index 2021 here: Agility-Emerging-Markets-Logistics-Index.pdf Connect with Andy on Linkedin:
March 19, 2021
128. Creating value in supply chain management
Guest Name: Jort Meijer, Supply chain & procurement expert, KPMG.  Language: English, Publication date: March, 13. 2021 Jort is a supply chain & procurement expert, having more than 25 years experience in helping customers to create and implement value in Supply Chain Management, Strategic Sourcing & Procurement and Operational Excellence. Primarily in Consumer Goods, Material life science & ENR Industry. He is currently Associate director at KPMG, based in Netherlands. Prior to this role, he spent for many years in various consulting industries. Jort obtained a Master of Engineering from DUT (Delft University of Technology). Some of the highlights of questions from the podcast: What is the key to value creation? Could you please share some of possible approaches for the supply chain value creation ? In the context of supply chain value, how do you see the role of a new technology ? particularly when it comes to the stages of design and implementation ? About a global pandemic of Covid-19 which is probably changing the way of seeing the supply chains. In your personal view, what are the priorities of actions (could be a short / a long term) that a business leader need to be considered ? Connect with him on Linkedin:
March 12, 2021
127. Logistics leadership : Addressing a challenges of global logistics
Guest Name: Amadou Diallo, Chief Executive Officer Middle East & Africa, DHL Global Forwarding.  Language: English, Publication date: March, 09. 2021 Since June 2017 Amadou Diallo is CEO of DHL Global Forwarding Middle East & Africa. He is the founder of Saloodo! GmbH. He was previously CEO DHL Freight, CEO Africa and South Asia Pacific DHL Global Forwarding and prior to this Chief Financial Officer of Deutsche Post DHL Logistics Divisions and Managing Director for the integration of Exel and DHL. Mr. Diallo has more than 25 years of experience in the tourism, banking, express and logistics industries.  He is Senegalese and is fluent in several languages including English, German, French, Fulani, Wolof and Spanish. Mr. Diallo is Chairman of Amref in Germany and in the boards of Welthungerhilfe, Africa 2.0, Schiller International University. Some of the highlights of questions from the podcast: What are key challenges facing today and how do you see a current trends in 2021 and next five or ten years from now? What advice would you offer to the business leaders how to convert the challenges into the profitable opportunity ? Can you please share some stories about how you set the expectations for productivity and support the team's well being particularly in the pandemic ? What are other recommendation to stay competitive at the global logistics' s challenges ? Connect with him on Linkedin:
March 09, 2021
126. Growing women in supply chain leadership
Guest Name: Tun Kim Ong, IBM Supply chain leader, Coach & Mentor.  Language: English, Publication date: March, 04. 2021 Tun Kim is an established professional and proven leader in Procurement and Supply Chain Management for more than 25 years. She has proven herself to be the “go-to” professional for end-to-end Supply Chain skills having been put in charge of many significant transitions and transformations. Outside of IBM, she volunteered as an Industry mentor and works with a diverse group of people, mainly young adults, working professionals who are in their career dilemma. She served as a mentor to provide insights into Supply Chain domain expertise and industry as well as to share career advice. As Tun Kim is highly regarded as an inspirational leader, she is sought after as a coach, a mentor, and a speaker in many different events to share experiences and to inspire others. She is passionate about helping professionals especially women millennials, leaders, talents, and working mothers to develop skills, grow and advance their careers. In 2019, Tun Kim received the bronze award as the Mentor or Coach of the Year in the 16th Annual Stevie Awards for Women in Business presented in New York. She is a certified coach, mentor, and master practitioner in NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming). Some of the highlights of questions from the podcast: What challenges did you personally encounter as a woman working in this space? How do you see a current trend of women’s leadership particularly in an APAC region? What is the best way for companies to grow women leaders in the supply chain? Could you share some of the success stories of how did you train & develop leadership skills within an organization? Some other key takeaways. Connect with her on Linkedin:
March 03, 2021
125. Supply chain security
Guest Name: Jillian Carson-Jackson, President at The Nautical Institute.  Language: English, Publication date: March, 01. 2021 Jillian is an experienced Maritime Technical Advisor, Presenter, and Chairperson with a passion for communications technologies, education and training, and vessel tracking. She is currently a President at The Nautical Institute, an international representative body for maritime professionals. Learn more about the Insitute: Jillian commenced her career in the Canadian Coast Guard, graduating from the Canadian Coast Guard College as a navigation officer. With over three decades in the industry, Jillian has worked both afloat and ashore in the CCG, including 10 years as an instructor at the CCGC.  Following an active role at IALA in the development of VTS Training, she moved to France to work with IALA as Technical Coordination Manager. She then moved to Australia to work with the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) as Manager of Vessel Traffic and Pilotage Services. In 2016 Jillian left AMSA to set up her own consultancy, focusing on maritime technical advice and education. In May 2020 Jillian was appointed a Director of GlobalMET. Jillian represents The Nautical Institute at IALA as chair of the Emerging Digital Technologies Working Group (ENAV Committee) and the Personnel and Training Working Group (VTS Committee). Some of the highlights from the podcast: Some of the supply chain risks in relation to the security The role of technology, data, equipment, regulations, and other key factors in ensuring a secure supply chain, particularly in the maritime industry. Security and risks management: Protecting our supply chains. Some other recommendations when designing well-protected supply chains. Connect with her on Linkedin:
February 28, 2021
124. Why it's great to work in the supply chain industry
Guest Name: Sofia Rivas Herrera, Supply chain Ambassador.  Language: English, Publication date:  Feb, 23. 2021 Sofia is an Industrial Engineer from Tecnologico de Monterrey University, Campus Guadalajara class of May 2019. Graduated from MIT’s Graduate Certificate in Logistics and Supply Chain Management (GCLOG) as one of the Top 3 performers in 2020. Currently working as Sr. Staffing Analyst within the S&OP team in Mexico at the biggest eCommerce company in Latin America: Mercado Libre. Responsible for DC operation optimization, demand planning, and capacity analysis. Sofia self-identifies as Supply Chain Ambassador, sharing her passion for the field in her daily life, and has been recognized as an upcoming thought leader in the field. Some of the highlights from the podcast: What made you choose supply chain as a career? Can you share some stories about how to start a career in the supply chain? What are the top skills needed for supply chain management? Some other key takeaways? Connect her on Linkedin:
February 22, 2021
123. Rethinking digital planning roadmaps
Guest Name: Peter Schram, Advisor (ex-Gartner analyst)  Language: English, Publication date:  Feb, 11. 2021 Peter Schram works as an independent adviser at Breakthrough advisory, a firm he recently founded. Breakthrough advisory helps organizations deliver business results by unlocking the full potential of operational, tactical, and strategic planning. It provides best in class insights for solving planning issue based on deep expertise and external insights.  Until April 2020, Mr. Schram worked as a Senior research director in the Gartner supply chain research group. Mr. Schram's research areas focused on sales and operations planning, demand, supply, and inventory planning. He specialized in S&OP transformation programs and event-driven demand management. At Gartner, he worked with > 300 organizations across multiple industries to improve their supply chain maturity. Prior to joining Gartner in 2018,  he has worked for Philips/Signify, Paccar/DAF Trucks, and IG&H consulting.  Some of the highlights from the podcast: What are your observations on the current journey of supply chain planning digital transformation? What is the current state of digital planning? In the context of the Covid19 pandemic where organizations have to adopt a new norm. How is that impacting digital planning transformations? What advice can you provide to the CEO  and top leaders' position in driving the transformation? In other words, what are the top priorities, and what is the role of leadership in the journey? Some other key takeaways. Connect him on Linkedin:
February 11, 2021
122. Building a traceability in supply chain
Guest Name: Grainne Lynch, Senior Manager, Traceability lead Europe,   Language: English, Publication date:  Feb, 06. 2021 Grainne is an experienced pharmaceutical manufacturing, quality, logistics, and supply chain program manager with expertise in leading agile teams. With 7+ years in Life Science Industry and over 10 years across tech industries, Grainne designs and implements manufacturing operations and supply chains in Pharmaceutical, Medical-Devices, and Healthcare. Grainne has delivered many supply chain transformation projects to ensure continuity of supply of pharmaceutical products into highly regulated global markets, dealing with system design (manufacturing & IT systems, automation systems, hardware/software, and vendor selection) and operations management (production scheduling, batch management, order management, order fulfillment) and government reporting. Former Vice President of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (Ireland), a former representative from Ireland to the Alliance for Logistics Innovation through Collaboration in Europe (ALICE), Member of Blockchain Ireland, Guest lecturer and speaker on manufacturing, supply chain operations, traceability, and innovation. Some of the highlights from the podcast: What does it mean to traceability in the supply chain and why is it important? Can you tell us some stories where you successfully developed traceability for your clients? What are the key success factors? How do you see the role of tools & technologies in relation to traceability? Some other key takeaways. Connect her on Linkedin:
February 06, 2021
121. Supply chain optimization
Guest Name: Patrick Van Hull,  Industry Thought Leader at Kinaxis, Language: English, Publication date:  Jan, 29. 2021 Patrick is an industry thought leader within the Kinaxis Strategy Office. His diverse career in supply chain began as a practitioner with roles in inventory management at CVS Health, supply demand management at Apple, and inventory and production planning at both Rio Tinto and Dell. Following his time in the high-tech, mining and consumer products industries, Patrick was a research vice president at SCM World, and then Gartner. Prior to joining Kinaxis, Patrick was a part of the Digital Supply Networks practice within Deloitte Consulting. Patrick holds a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial and Operations Engineering from the University of Michigan and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Duke University.  Some of the highlights from the podcast: What does it mean optimization in the supply chains? and why is it important? What are the key features of effective supply chain optimization? Which supply chain management tools are essential for optimization? Connect him on Linkedin:
January 29, 2021
120. Collaborative supply chain planning
Guest Name: Sujit Singh,  Chief  Operating Officer (COO) at Arkieva, Language: English, Publication date:  Jan, 11. 2021 Sujit is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) at Arkieva. Founded in 1993, Arkieva is a supply chain software and services company with headquarters in Wilmington, Del., and European operations in Antwerp, Belgium. Arkieva software helps manufacturers better plan demand, manage inventories, plan production and replenishment, and schedule operations. See more details: Sujit is a recognized subject matter expert in demand planning, forecasting, and Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP). He is a certified fellow in production and inventory management (CFPIM) and a certified supply chain professional (CSCP) by APICS, the Association for Operations Management. In 2010, Sujit was named as a “Pro-to-Know” by Supply and Demand Chain Executive Magazine. Hold MS from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and B.Tech. from IIT Kanpur.  Some of the highlights from the podcast: The importance of supply chains collaboration The tools used to support planning and collaboration in the supply chains Question on Collaborative supply chain planning: What advice can you offer to the supply chain leaders on how to make it happens? Some other key takeaways.  Connect him on Linkedin:
January 11, 2021
119. Reflections on supply chain leadership
Guest Name: Rohit Sathe,  Chief Procurement Officer at Sunrise Medical, Language: English, Publication date:  Jan, 02. 2021 Rohit is a supply chain and procurement leader. He is Chief Procurement Officer (CPO) at Sunrise Medical where he leads the global procurement organization with a mandate to transform and build a world-class operation spanning distribution in 130 countries and 15 manufacturing centers worldwide.  Sunrise Medical is a world leader in the development, design, manufacture, and distribution of manual wheelchairs, power wheelchairs, motorized scooters, and both standard and customized seating and positioning systems. Prior to this role, Rohit spent his career at several multinational-corporations such as: Cooper Standard, Federal-Mogul holding corporation, Electrolux and AIESEC. His specialization focus on Procurement & Supply Chain Transformation, Strategic Sourcing, Business Strategy, Private Equity, Sustainability and Responsible Sourcing. Connect him on Linkedin: Some of the highlights from the podcast: The Year 2020 has become a challenging time and the Covid-19 crisis puts a lot of pressure on procurement and supply chains. Can you please share with us some of the success stories of how you managed supply chains within the company during this period? How is the covid19 transforming global supply chains? what are some reflections in 2020 and how does the company prioritize the supply chain’s strategy for 2021? Note: Opinions expressed are solely his own and do not express the views or opinions of his employer.
January 02, 2021
118. How the Latin America market is changing in the post Covid-19
Guest Name: Demostenes Perez,  Chief Commercial Officer at IPL Group, Language: English, Publication date:  Dec, 26. 2020 Demo Perez is a supply chain business developer and strategist where he focuses on Panama and Latin America's Market. He is currently Chief Commercial Officer at IPL Group, an agile regional warehousing and distribution provider serving from the Panama logistics hub helping companies dealing with their challenges on their distribution needs to grow its business in Latin America. Visit their website on His specialization focuses on Warehousing and distribution operations, Innovative Logistics Solutions, Value-added services, Business Networking, Business Development, General Management, and Government Affairs. During his career, he has been involved in over 200 regional distribution projects for global companies. Demóstenes was the president of the Panama Logistics Council from 2017-2018. Connect him on Linkedin: Some of the highlights from the podcast: What are some emerging trends in the logistics industry due to covid19? How do you see the recent situation that happened in Asia vs. In Latam? What is the future prospect of the logistics industry in 2021?
December 26, 2020
117. Building a Resilient Supply Chain
Guest Name: Hannah Kain,  President and CEO of ALOM, Language: English, Publication date:  Dec, 22. 2020 Hannah is a President and CEO of ALOM. Prior to founding ALOM in 1997 in Fremont, California, she held various management and executive positions dating back to 1983, with a wide range of experience in the packaging industry since 1990. Ms. Kain’s unwavering focus is on customer commitment and quality while challenging her team to deliver a competitive advantage for the customer. This focus led to ALOM receiving ISO 9001, ISO 13485, ISO 14001 and TL 9000 certification and expanding the ALOM footprint to five continents.  She is a board member of the National Association of Manufacturers and former board member of the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), part of the WBENC Forum Leadership Team and a current board member of WBEC-Pacific. In addition to being active with several community-based non-profit organizations, Hannah Kain’s accomplishments include awards and recognition for community involvement, leadership, management and business, including: 2020 Business Insider Top 100 People Transforming Business, 2020 SDCE Women Leaders in Supply Chain, 2020 SDCE Supply Chain Pro-to-Know, 2019 WBEC-Pacific Pinnacle Award of Excellence, 2019 NAWBO-SV Lifetime Achievement Award, and 2017 Gold Woman of The Year in Manufacturing Stevie Award. Connect her on Linkedin: Some of the highlights from the podcast: What advice can you offer to the business leaders; how to make a supply chain be more resilience post the covid-19 ? Can you please share some of your client’s success story and how did you helped them ? How do you see the role of digital technology in the context of creating resilience supply chains What is your observation in regard to the future supply chains in the next year of 2021 Some of key-takeaways.
December 22, 2020
116. Decentralized supply chain
Guest Name: Adam Elson,  Global Procurement Director at Good for Life, Language: English, Publication date:  Dec, 17. 2020 Adam is a Global procurement director at Good for life, a Company that focuses on providing sustainable and responsible sourcing solutions, delivering a client's exceptional results,  and the global community Of suppliers with greater opportunities. The three pillars of the company including Sustainable Sourcing, Decentralised Supply Chain, and Agile Technology. Learn more: Prior to this role at Good for Life, Adam held various management and executive positions in the sourcing industries. He has more than 18 years of experience in sourcing, procurement, project coordination, supply chain, and staff management across Asia. Spent time living in Beijing, Hong Kong & currently been in Taiwan for the last 7 years. Through the extensive work in Asia and Africa, he understands and respects the culture and way of doing business with people from all walks of life.  Connect him on Linkedin: Some of the highlights from the podcast: Decentralized supply chain; Centralized vs. decentralized - which is better? How can a decentralized supply add value? How does decentralization mitigate the risks of supply chains post covid19? Some of the key-takeways
December 16, 2020
115. Reshaping Business and Supply Chain Strategy beyond Covid-19
Guest Name: Yossi Sheffi,  Director, MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics, Language: English, Publication date:  Dec, 12. 2020 Dr. Yossi Sheffi is the Elisha Gray II Prof. of Engineering Systems at MIT, where he serves as Director of the Center for Transportation and Logistics (CTL). He is an expert in systems optimization, risk analysis and supply chain management. Under his leadership, CTL launched many new educational, research, and industry/ government outreach programs, leading to substantial growth.  Dr. Sheffi was recognized in numerous ways in academic and industry forums and was on the cover of Purchasing Magazine and Transportation and Distribution Magazine.  He is also an active entrepreneur, having founded five successful companies, and a sought-after speaker in corporate and professional events. He is the author of several best selling, award winning books, including "The Resilient Enterprise" (MIT Press, 2005)," Urban Transportation Networks" (Prentice Hall, 1985), "Logistics Clusters" (MIT Press, 2012), and "The Power of Resilience" (MIT, 2015).  His recent book "The New (Ab)Normal: Reshaping Business and Supply Chain Strategy Beyond Covid-19" explains how companies grappled with the chaos of the Covid-19 pandemic and how they can survive and thrive as the crisis subsides. The book pays particular attention to supply chain’s role in helping companies manage and recover from the pandemic. It is available now on Amazon. A few highlighted in today's episode: What are some biggest impacts of covid-19 on the global supply chains & how do you see major changes in next decade from now? What advice can you offer to the business-leaders in creating an immune system to quickly manage and adapt large-scale disruption in the future which is most likely unpredictable? How does technology play a critical role in the supply chain strategy ? What are other opportunities to be more resilient post Covid-19? Connect him on Linkedin.
December 13, 2020
114. Circular sustainable business
Guest Name: Catherine Weetman,  Founder of Rethink Global;  Language: English, Publication date:  Dec, 09. 2020 Catherine Weetman is a founder of Rethink Global, helps businesses, social enterprises and community groups  use circular economy approaches to build a better world, with workshops, coaching and advice. Catherine's award-winning Circular Economy Handbook is published by Kogan Page, available online and at all good bookshops.  Catherine hosts the Circular Economy Podcast, is a mentor for the Circular Economy Club, and coordinates the Tees Valley Chapter in the UK. Catherine has a Master’s from Cranfield University, is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, and a Fellow of the Royal Society for Arts, Commerce and Manufactures (RSA).  Learn more here - Rethink Global. Highlighted : The elements of sustainable companies’ cultures that differentiate them from those of traditional companies. How does a sustainable company create the conditions that embed sustainability in the company’s strategy and operations. What would be the first step into sustainability for the business Some of the barriers towards achieving sustainability. Connect her on Linkedin.
December 09, 2020
113. Disconnected ICT Supply chains
Guest Name: Colley Hwang,  Founder and President at DIGITIMES;  Language: English, Publication date:  Dec, 06. 2020 Colley Hwang is an ICT industry analyst with 35 years of experience under his belt. As founder and president of DIGITIMES, Hwang has witnessed over the years changes of the ICT world – from the PC era to the age of mobile communication and IoT. He has written several insightful books about the trends and developments of the ICT industry, including the highly-acclaimed Asian Edge: On the Frontline of the ICT World published in 2019. DIGITIMES publishes timely and comprehensive news reports about the world’s IT industry. It also offers consulting and research services. Its English and Chinese websites are an authoritative sources of information about the supply chains in Taiwan and Asia-Pacific. As a multi-service platform, DIGITIMES has tens of thousands of paid members and organizes more than 130 off-line professional seminars a year.  Read more here: In this episode, we ask Colley on the following questions: What's your view on current supply chains in the electronics industry? How does the company/organization adapt to the changes? Do you have any recommendations on the key strategic level? What are your thoughts on China's industry and Supply chain revolutions due to the Pandemics [i.e covid19] ? What's your prediction on the changes of supply chain in Asia's electronics Industry over the next decade? Connect him on Linkedin.
December 07, 2020
112. How to embrace the digital technology to gain supply chain visibility
Guest Name: Ednilson Bernardes,  Professor, Supply Chain Management at West Virginia University;  Language: English, Publication date:  Nov, 27. 2020 Dr. Bernardes is a supply chain Professor at West Virginia University (WVU). His primary research focuses on competitive dynamics and innovative practices in supply network operations and integration and innovation in buyer-supplier relationships. He started the Global Supply Chain Management Program at WVU and has been its Program Coordinator. He has served as a guest speaker and delivered talks and seminars to various organizations and countries in the Americas, Europe, and Asia. He has co-authored multiple books, including Digital Supply Network: Transform Your Supply Chain and Gain Competitive Advantage with Disruptive Technology and Reimagined Processes. Connect him on Linkedin - Learn more his book on Amazon. In this episode, we ask the following questions: How do you see the trends of digitization in supply chain & what potentially challenges in the next years from now? Help me to understand more about these digitization in the context of supply chain. How does it help to gain a supply chain visibility ?  What advice can you offer to the business on how to implement the supply chain digital tech. in an affective ways? What additional guidance do you think importance in this space ?
November 27, 2020
111. How relational contracts drive the flexibility
Guest Name: Kate Vitasek,  Faculty, Graduate & Executive Education University of Tennessee  Language: English, Publication date:  Nov, 20. 2020 In this episode, the discussion focuses on why organizations need to make the shift to relational contracting and [what] & how to begin to develop a relational contract. Kate Vitasek is an international authority for her award-winning research and Vested ® business model for highly collaborative relationships. Vitasek, a Faculty member at the University of Tennessee, has been lauded by World Trade Magazine as one of the “Fabulous 50+1” most influential people impacting global commerce. Her work has led to 6 books, including: Vested Outsourcing: Five Rules That Will Transform Outsourcing, Vested: How P&G, McDonald’s and Microsoft Are Redefining Winning in Business Relationships and Getting to We: Negotiating Agreements for Highly Collaborative Relationships. Vitasek is known for her practical and research-based advice for driving transformation and innovation through highly-collaborative and strategic partnerships. She has been appeared on CNN International, Bloomberg, NPR, and on Fox Business News. Her work has been featured in over 300 articles in publications like HBR, Forbes, Chief Executive Magazine, CIO Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Journal of Commerce, World Trade Magazine and Outsource Magazine. Connect her on Linkedin:
November 20, 2020
110. Key skills for successful purchasing professionals
Guest Name: Bernard Gracia,  Dean and Director of European Institute of Purchasing Management.  Language: English, Publication date:  Nov, 11. 2020 Bernard is currently Dean and Director at European institute of purchasing management (EIPM). It is a pioneer in purchasing training in Europe and today stands as the leading Global Centre in Executive Procurement and Supply Management Education. With branches in Geneva and Shanghai and partnerships in Brazil, Dubai, India, Mexico, North America, Poland and South Africa, the Institute has developed a complete range of solutions to meet the training needs of its large base of international clients in all sectors of industry and service. EIPM promotes Procurement and Supply Management as strategic functions with a key role to play in economic transformation. Learn more about EIPM here: In this episode, we ask the following key questions: How do you see the role of purchasing in the recent date where almost every organization faces challenges in their businesses? What are some key skills in purchasing that will be valuable in the coming years?  What advice can you offer to the leader on how to improve their purchasing organization skills? How can the professional body such as EIPM (and others which have a similar program) play a significant role in this space? Connect him on Linkedin:
November 10, 2020
109. Supply chain productivity
Guest Name: Ishan Galapathy,  Productivity expert. Language: English, Publication date:  Oct, 30. 2020 Ishan is an accomplished facilitator, mentor, speaker, and author in productivity improvement, he works with leaders and teams primarily in the manufacturing sector, to help get more from their businesses and teams than thought possible.  The author of Hidden Growth Opportunities and a regular writer for Inside FMCG where he shares his experiences, insights, and tips into what is required to break through what he calls ‘the daily chaos’. As a speaker, Ishan has appeared over many media platforms and is a regular face at all manufacturing industry events. Ishan’s presentations help his audiences grasp complicated concepts in easy to understand formats. He also shares practical and simplistic tools to implement these concepts effectively. He is regularly booked for his industry keynote on “What to Do Today to Make the Most of Tomorrow’s Industry 4.0 Technology”. Visit his website on In this episode, we'll learn: What is productivity in the context of supply chain? And what would be the best way to increase supply chain productivity ? How does technology help companies to improve their supply chain productivity? Can you elaborate a bit by providing a few examples? How supply chains shall adapt to current trends where Covid-19 has impacted the global supply chain globally? and in terms of supply chain productivity, in which area we have to focus on? Connect him on Linkedin:
October 30, 2020
108. Agile in contract management
Guest Name: Jeanette Nyden,  Contracts expert and Author. Language: English, Publication date:  Oct, 20. 2020 Jeanette is a recognized, international expert in the contracting field having authored and/or co-authored a number of white papers, articles, and books.  With more than 20 years of experience drafting and negotiating a variety of agreements, Jeanette guides contract professionals as they negotiate complex performance- and outcome-based agreements. With her assistance, clients enhance their skills at drafting, negotiating and managing complex contracts.  Since 2003, she has been providing tactical, customized mentoring, coaching, consulting and training programs to companies as small as 60 million in revenue, as large as Fortune 500 powerhouses, and state governments. Before that Jeanette was a practicing attorney. For more information visit In this episode, we'll learn: What is meant by the agile process in the context of contract management ? What are some benefits of agile contract management ?  What is the recommendation on how to create an agile contract management (CM) ? How to retain flexibility in the context of contract management (CM) to capture opportunities for learning and change to ensure we actually build the right thing. Connect her on Linkedin:
October 25, 2020
107. GPO as a sourcing accelarator
Guest Name: Anthony Clervi,  Managing partner at UNA  Language: English, Publication date:  Oct, 16. 2020 Anthony is an investor, sourcing hero advocate, and managing partner at Una.  As a group purchasing organization, Una partners with the best suppliers to provide businesses access to unbeatable savings on essential products and services. Learn more here: In this episode, you'll learn: What is a GPO (Group purchasing organization) and why should companies care about it? How can they help procurement professionals make procurement cool? How do GPOs work within a procurement strategy? Connect Anthony on Linkedin:
October 16, 2020
106. Conflict resolution in supply chain management
Guest Name : Kwame Christian,  Director at American Negotiation Institute  Language : English, Publication date:  Oct, 07. 2020 Kwame Christian is the Director of the American Negotiation Institute (ANI) where he conducts training that empower professionals to persuade, lead, and resolve conflict more effectively. In addition to his role at ANI, Kwame is a business lawyer at Carlile Patchen & Murphy LLP. Kwame represents businesses in a broad scope of legal needs including contract negotiation, business formation, and structuring, finance, transactions (including acquisitions and contract preparation and analysis), employment, and general business and legal counseling. A host of the world's most popular negotiation podcast, Negotiate Anything, Kwame is dedicated to empowering others through the art and science of negotiation and persuasion.  Kwame's TEDx Dayton talk, Finding Confidence in Conflict, was also the most popular TEDx Talk on the topic of conflict in 2017, and has been viewed over 120,000 times. His book, Nobody Will Play With Me: Finding Confidence in Conflict, is an Amazon Best-Seller and has helped countless individuals overcome the fear, anxiety, and emotion often associated with difficult conversations through a branded framework called Compassionate Curiosity. In this episode, you'll learn: The supply chain is a ground for the conflict where each function has its own perspective. Why is a formal process for conflict resolution required in the context of supply chain management? What other things need to be considered when establishing a formal process for conflict resolution? "Win-win" in the context of conflict resolution. Connect Kwame on Linkedin:
October 07, 2020
105. Executive role in S&OP
Guest Name : Doug Dedman,  President at DBM Systems Inc.  Language : English, Publication date:  Sep, 30. 2020 Doug is a President at DBM System Inc. He has been working in S&OP in various capacities for over 10 years, but his career working with manufacturers started well before then. He played an instrumental role in developing and growing the S&OP practice that has become the focus of DBM today. Visit the DBM's website: Doug also has taught at Conestoga College in the School of Business, and taught various APICS courses as part of the CPIM program.  He is a frequent speaker at local APICS chapters as well at International Users Conferences. Doug received his Honours BA in Economics from the University of Waterloo, and his MBA from University of Windsor.  He is also certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) with APICS. In this episode, you'll learn: What does an effective S&OP mean? What are the most challenges in S&OP and how to overcome them? What is the role of an executive in S&OP? How to get the support from the CEO ? Connect Doug on Linkedin:
September 30, 2020
104. How storytelling can drive strategic change in the supply chain industries
Guest Name : Dr. Tom DePaoli, Author and Leadership trainer, CEO at Apollo solutions  Language : English, Publication date:  Sep, 23. 2020 Dr. Tom DePaoli is a consultant, trainer and business author. He runs his own consulting Apollo Solutions which does various business project. His interest focus primarily on leadership and process improvement.  Some of his consulting projects included: leadership training, emotional intelligence, information systems projects, re-engineering organizations, transformation, e-procurement, e-commerce, change management, global sourcing and negotiating.  He is also the author of eleven books. They are available on . As a top notch educator and trainer, Dr. Tom as taught at numerous universities and over 200 courses both live and on line. Visit his websites: and In this episode, you'll learn: What is storytelling and why is it essential for business leaders? How to use storytelling as a leadership tool ? How can the art of storytelling guide companies through transformative changes, most recently in the supply chain industry? How to build a leader's capacity for storytelling? Connect Dr. Tom on Linkedin:
September 24, 2020
103. AI in the supply chain
Guest Name : M. Dave Malenfant, Director, Outreach & Partnerships, Center for Supply Chain Innovation at Texas Christian University,  Language : English, Publication date:  Sep, 15. 2020 M. Dave Malenfant currently serves as Director of Outreach and Partnerships and oversees the Advisory Board for the Center for Supply Chain Innovation at Texas Christian University. Prior to this appointment, Dave served on the Advisory Board for the center from its inception in 2002. With a passion for talent development and career planning, Dave has helped develop the Executive Apprenticeship Program, judged the LINKS simulation game, and assisted students with internships and case competitions. Dave is also Executive Vice President of Industry Liaison and Talent Development for the BSMA (Biotech Supply Management Alliance) responsible for bringing best practices across the Biotech Industry. Dave is recognized for the creative development of standardized systems and business processes, and for developing enabling technology throughout the entire supply chain. During his career, Dave has implemented over 30 different computer systems – WMS, ERP, Finite Scheduling, Product Launch, and Order Entry, among others. Dave serves on the Executive of the DFW CSCMP Roundtable and ISM-Fort Worth. He is past Chairman of the Supply Chain Council and past member of the Executive Committee of NASSTRAC. Given his vast knowledge of the end-to-end, integrated supply chain, Dave is a frequent speaker on Global Supply Chain Trends and Digitalization. He has consistently demonstrated his passion for Supply Chain management, developing talent, and the need to advance Supply Chain theory and innovation throughout a variety of industries In this episode, you'll learn: What is Artificial Intelligence (AI)  and How can Artificial Intelligence (AI) be used in the supply chain? What are the challenges of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the context of supply chain? What can we expect from the Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the future ? What companies are involved in Artificial Intelligence (AI) ? Connect Dave on Linkedin:
September 15, 2020
102. The supply chain model for growth: From global to glocal
Guest Name : Farzana Shubarna, GLOCAL strategist for supply chain and operations,  Language : English, Publication date:  Sep, 11. 2020 Farzana is well-known as GLOCAL strategist for supply chain and operations. She has worked across the Americas, Europe and APAC for the FMCG, chemicals (specialty) and also nutrition industries.  Most recently, Farzana is a Global director for collaborative manufacturing at Unilever. Prior to this role, Farzana has spent over two decades in the supply chain & manufacturing leadership for the multinational corporations including DSM, IFF, L'Oreal and Anheuser Busch Inc.  She is a member of the board of advisors at EGN Singapore (The Executive Global Network). Her specialization focus on developing GLOCAL strategy, leading teams towards optimum efficiency and delivering memorable service to the customers. In this episode, you'll learn: What does it mean “GLOCAL Strategy” and why now is it so important ? What are the key prerequisites of successful GLOCAL strategy for supply chain? How the supply chain impact of GLOCAL strategy implementation ? Connect her on Linkedin:
September 11, 2020
101. The role of data in the supply chain moving forward
Guest Name : Suuchi Ramesh, Founder and CEO at Suuchi Inc.,  Language : English, Publication date:  Sep, 07. 2020 Suuchi Ramesh is a Founder and CEO at Suuchi Inc.  It is a next-generation supply chain management platform. Suuchi's software, the Suuchi GRID, allows businesses to manage their entire supply chain from product ideation through distribution in a single system while collecting valuable data to make informed business decisions. Prior to Suuchi, Inc., she worked at VC-backed tech unicorns. She believes technology is the answer to reinventing a legacy industry.  Learn more on In this episode, you'll learn: What is the data in supply chain and why is it so important? How can data improve the supply chain operations moving forward? How to organize the data operations in alignment with the supply chain strategy? A few examples of how supply chain platforms help companies to manage their entire end-to-end supply chain by elaborating on the role of data? Connect her on Linkedin:
September 07, 2020
100. Powerful negotiation with powerful suppliers and customers
Guest Name : Jill Robbins,  President at Business Fierce  Language : English, Publication date:  Sep, 03 2020 Jill Robbins is a President at Business Fierce; a strategic consulting firm focused on (i) elevating the skills of sales and account management professionals selling to Procurement and Supply Chain, (ii) arming organizations with skills and a culture of how to buy smart and  (iii) maximize the top line and bottom line.  For the last 20+ years, Jill has been a successful serial Entrepreneur, while functioning daily as an “intrapreneur” in Corporate America.  She has served in a variety of executive leadership roles, including Global Procurement, Lean Six Sigma, and Business Development; delivering more than $50 million in annual bottom line savings and $28 million top line margin growth, improving ROI through training sales teams how to effectively negotiate with Procurement and cultivating a culture of buying smart. As an entrepreneur, Jill has built and sold businesses, coaches young entrepreneurs and written a children’s book. Her motto "“Sell better. Buy SMART.” Learn her profile on : In this episode, you'll learn: First things to do in the negotiation processes Winning the negotiation; A few tips and trips on how to deal with a difficult & powerful suppliers / customers Improve the value of the outcome of negotiation Connect her on Linkedin:
September 03, 2020
99. Building a supply chain for the circular economy
Guest Name : Deborah Dull,  Circular nomad, Principal: Manufacturing product management at GE Digital Language : English, Publication date:  Aug, 31 2020 Deborah Dull is a Principal, Manufacturing product management at GE Digital where she leads continuous improvement and optimization of industrial production processes . Prior to this role, she has worked for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation as Program Officer, Health supply chains and before that she spent about 6 (six) years at Microsoft as Senior Manager, Retail Channel Operations. She obtained a Master of science in Supply chain and operations management from University of Liverpool with thesis focused on the digital supply chain. She enjoys the travel, solves for circularity and loves supply chain. Visit her website on: In this episode, you'll learn: What is circular in a supply chain ? and what does a supply chain need in a circular economy ? What are steps to build a circular supply chain? How the business leader shall adopt the changes in circular supply chain? Connect Deborah on Linkedin:
August 31, 2020
98. How the blockchain is disrupting the supply chain industries
Guest Name : Justin Goldston, PhD,  Professor in project and supply chain management at Penn State University Language : English, Publication date:  Aug, 25. 2020 Justin Goldston, PhD is a Professor in project and supply chain management at Penn State University.  He obtained the Doctor of Philosophy in Management (Leadership & organizational change) from Walden University.  His specialization focuses on Supply chain management,  Agile project management, ERP and Blockchain implementation.  With his love for technology and his passion to make a positive impact on social change, Dr. Goldston has made it his mission to bring technological knowledge and capabilities to the people. He is also a member of The Blockchain Council, The World Blockchain Association, and The Government Blockchain Association. In today's episode, you'll learn: How does the blockchain disrupt supply chain businesses? What are the technology & capabilities required for taking a benefit from a blockchain? In the recent eras where the supply chain faces complex challenges, what are to be a key priority when implementing a blockchain? A few examples from a real-cases study where a company/organization has successfully led a project in the implementation of blockchain and then gain a competitive benefit). Connect with him on Linkedin:
August 25, 2020
97. Why supply chain network operating models need new digital technology platforms
Guest Name : Roddy Martin,  Chief Digital Strategist at Tracelink  Language : English, Publication date:  Aug, 21. 2020 Roddy Martin is a Chief digital strategist at Tracelink where he brings more than 36 years of experience in engineering, manufacturing, supply chain, operations, technology  and digital transformation.  Prior to this role, he has worked for several a leading global companies such as :Global SCM Cloud Product Marketing Oracle, SME SCM Transformation Projects ; Zinata Inc., (Retired) Partner / Managing Director Accenture SCM Strategy, SVP AMR Research / Gartner - Global SC Research, Best Practices and Benchmarking, Trusted SC Advisor to Leading Global Chief SC Officers, and others. Roddy is also known as an independent thought leader, coach and mentor. About Tracelink:  is the leading digital platform company for the life science supply chain, bringing hundreds of thousands of pharmaceutical and healthcare organizations together for the greater good of the patient. TraceLink's digital solutions bring the precision, agility and visibility necessary for all members of the pharmaceutical ecosystem to thrive in a world where unplanned events and business disruptions are the "next normal." In today's episode, we cover the topic on "Why supply chain network operating models need new digital technology platforms" where our discussion focuses on: What's driving supply chain transformation, How does the transformation help company to improve their end-to-end supply chain's visibility ?, How platforms transform and what's capability ? Connect him on Linkedin:
August 21, 2020
96. Transforming the supply chain with disruptive technology
Guest Name : Amit Sinha,  Senior Manager at Deloitte Consulting  Language : English, Publication date:  Aug, 17. 2020 Amit Sinha is  currently a Senior Manager at Deloitte Consulting, and based in the U.S. He is an expert and a published author in the areas of Digital Transformation, Supply Chain Management, and Digital Supply Networks. Amit has got specialization in business process reengineering and supply chain solution modeling in Sales & Operations Planning, Demand Forecasting, Supply Planning, Detail Production Scheduling, Inventory Optimization, and Supply Chain Analytics.   He is an engineer and an MBA by education with multiple industry certifications (SAP SCM solution consultant, IBP training, Six-sigma, Retail Industry Leaders association and HPQC) related to supply chain management and project management. Amit is an author with McGraw-Hill higher education in Supply chain & operations management stream, with his published book "Supply Chain Management: A Managerial Approach"; and is a recognized subject matter expert and guest lecturer at multiple business management schools in US and Europe. Amit is also the author of the SAP IBP book from SAP Press. His most recent book- 'Digital Supply Network' is among the best sellers in the new released business books list. In today's episode, we cover the topic on "Transforming the supply chain with disruptive technology" and we ask Amit the following questions: How does the transformation in a supply chain affect the businesses ? What are the technologies and capabilities about these? and most importantly, what advice can you offer for the business leader when they wanted to start the transformation ? Do you recommend any playbook or steps to transform the supply chains to DSN (Digital Supply Network)? Connect him on Linkedin:
August 16, 2020