UK Forum for
Supply Chain

20th September 2017 London, UK

Speakers and Panel members

Academic Speakers

Prof. Shahin Rahimifard

Director of SMART Research Centre
Loughborough University

Prof. Shahin Rahimifard is an Industrial Engineer with over twenty years of experience in R & D projects. He obtained a BSc in Computing and Mathematics from Brighton University, MSc in Computer Integrated Manufacture and PhD in the Operational Planning of Manufacturing Systems from Loughborough University in 1996. Since then in addition to the academic position at Loughborough, he has been involved in a large number of industrial projects, mainly concerned with the design and implementation of supply chain management and production planning, and environmental management systems for a variety of manufacturing companies, ranging from metalworking SMEs to the food and drink industry. His current research work is focused on sustainability issues within ‘Life Cycle Engineering’, including projects on sustainable product design, low carbon manufacturing, sustainable business and consumption models, product service systems, and product end-of-life management, recovery, reuse and recycling technologies.

Dr. Alok Choudhary

Reader in Supply Chain Management
Loughborough University UK

Dr. Alok Choudhary is a Reader in Supply Chain Management at the School of Business and Economics at Loughborough University, UK. He has consulting training experience with McKinsey & Company, and is a Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy. Prior to joining Loughborough, Dr Choudhary was a Lecturer and a Founding Director of the MSc Logistics and Supply Chain Management at the University of Sheffield, where he was nominated for an exceptional contribution award for two consecutive years. Dr Choudhary has collaborated on various industrial research projects and worked closely with European Commission (FP7), European Union, Innovative Manufacturing and Construction Research Centre (IMCRC), UKIERI (British Council), and companies including Rolls-Royce on topics related to logistics, supply chain, data mining applications and collaborative networks. He has authored and co-authored over 50 research publications in leading international journals and peer reviewed international conferences. Dr Choudhary is a key member of several learned society including EUROMA, CIPS, INFORMS, SOCOLNET and EDSI. He is also an international climate leader, having received training from former American Vice President Mr Al Gore in Chicago (2013).

Prof. Chee Wong

Director of Supply Chain Management
Leeds University UK

Chee Wong is a professor of supply chain management at Leeds University Business School. Prior to this, he held a chair in logistics and supply chain management at Hull University Business School. He teaches logistics, supply chain and operations management at undergraduate, MSc, MBA, PhD and executive levels. He has more than nine years of industrial working and consultancy experience in operations, purchasing, production, inventory and distribution management and supply chain design with SMEs and multinational companies specialised in beverage, retail, consumer goods, toys, engineering, metal production, and polymer distribution. His research interests lie in the areas of supply chain integration, sustainable supply chain, third-party logistics, global/ethical sourcing, and operations strategy. He has published more than 70 academic and practitioner articles, including high quality journals such as Journal of Operations Management (JOM), International Journal of Production Economics (IJPE), Supply Chain Management: an International Journal (SCMIJ), Production Planning and Control (PPC), International Journal of Physical Distribution and Logistics Management (IJPDLM).

Dr. Andrea Genovese

Senior Lecturer and Director of Research and Impact
University of Sheffield, UK

Dr. Andrea Genovese holds a PhD in the area of Operational Research from University of Naples "Federico II" (Italy). His education also includes a MSc (with BSc) in Industrial Engineering from the same institution and a Master in Business Administration (MBA) at the Whittemore School of Business and Economics of University of New Hampshire (USA). Prior to his PhD, he has worked as Logistics Central Planner for a MNE operating in the tyres industry. His primary research interest lies in the development and application of decision support methodologies (based on both qualitative and quantitative paradigms) in order to solve complex problems in the field of Logistics and Supply Chain Management, with a special emphasis on Environmental and Social Sustainability. He has published several papers in leading international journals (such as Omega, International Journal of Production Research, International Journal of Production Economics, Expert Systems with Applications). He has acted as a committee member of several international conferences (including EWGLA 2010, ISAHP 2011, IPSERA 2012, ISOLDE 2014, ISAHP 2016). He has been involved in several research projects funded by national and international bodies. Dr. Genovese is also delivering training and consultancy activities within the Logistics and Supply Chain Management (LSCM) Research Centre at the University of Sheffield.