Michiel was recently selected as the inaugural holder of the Supply Chain Finance Professorship at the Windesheim University of Applied Sciences in The Netherlands. He is also the founder and chairman of the Supply Chain Finance Community that has brought together over 30 leading business schools from more than 20 countries around the world who actively collaborate with companies, banks and governments in the developing field of Supply Chain Finance. In 2012 he launched The Cool Connection (link to http://www.thecoolconnection.org), a business simulation and training tool that bridges the physical and financial supply chain by bringing together finance, sales, procurement and supply chain in a virtual decision making environment.
Prof. Dr. Robert Alard
Robert Studied mechanical engineering at the RWTH Aachen (Germany), Erasmus Scholarship at ETH Zurich. Practice activities in Renault SA, SNR Roulements SA (France) and Volkswagen AG (Germany). From 1998 to 2002 managing director of the professional discussion group “Production and Information Management” (Erfa group PIM). PhD in Logistics and Information Management at the ETH Zurich in of 2002. From 2002 to 2010 senior assistant of the area of supply chain management at BWI center / ETH Zurich. Lecturer ETH Zurich, lecturer at the FHNW and at DHBW. Since June 2011, Professor of Supply Chain Management at the FHNW, from 04-2012 STV. Course Director Mechatronics Trinational. Since January 2013 Course Director Mechatronics Trinational, a technical course, which takes place in France, Germany and Switzerland.
Research priorities: supply chain management, supply chain finance, Global Sourcing (especially procurement in emerging markets with a particular focus on China), total cost of ownership, location analyzes, Global Value-Added Networks.
Charles has 30 years’ experience in consulting and line management – working in engineering, strategy, supply chain, procurement and technology leadership roles. Charles is chairman of an early stage technology company and has been on the board of two others, advising the entrepreneurs as they grow their companies and develop effective organisations. In 2007 one of these companies won the CIPS award for “Best purchasing initiative by a smaller organization”. He is a consultant with P&SCM Associates (Purchasing and Supply Chain Management) undertaking organisational capability assessments and individual/organisational development projects. Recently, he has begun working with MÖBIUS UK, a Supply Chain consultancy specializing in analytics and business change. Charles spent 17 years at Accenture: among others he led the UK Supply Chain Practice and helped establish Accenture Procurement Solutions, providing outsourced procurement services. Charles studied Engineering Science at the University of Oxford and following five years with GEC, he went on to gain his MBA from London Business School (LBS), University of London. He is a Member of the Institution of Engineering Technology (MIET), a Chartered Engineer (CEng), as well as a Member of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (MCIPS).
Charles is a co-founder of International Supply Chain Finance Community. He mentored 4 MSc thesis projects in the area of SCF at Cranfield School of Business. In addition, he is a Lecturer with RIPA on the topics of International Public Private Partnerships – “Contract Strategy and Procurement Cycle” and “Contract Management” and a Modern Approach to Procurement – “Engaging and Managing Consultants”.
Prof. Dr. Michael Henke
Prof. Dr. Michael Henke is Director of Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics IML
in Dortmund and holds the Chair in Enterprise Logistics (LFO) at the Faculty of Mechanical
Engineering at TU Dortmund University, Germany. Furthermore, he is Adjunct Professor for
Supply Chain Management at the School of Business and Management of Lappeenranta
University of Technology in Finland.
His research focuses inter alia on Management of Industrie 4.0 and Platform Economy,
Blockchain and Smart Contracts, Financial Supply Chain Management, Supply Chain Risk
Management, Procurement, Logistics and Supply Chain Management. Doing this he is
combining his practical experience from entrepreneurial practice and his extensive knowledge
Michael Henke studied Brewing and Beverage Technology (Dipl.-Ing.) and gained his
doctorate and habilitation in Business and Economics at Technical University of Munich,
Germany. During and after his habilitation, he worked for the Supply Management Group SMG
in St. Gallen, Switzerland. From 2007 until 2013 he was active in teaching and research as a
professor at EBS European Business School.
Hervé Hillion is a widely recognized expert in Supply Chain, with more than 25 years of consulting experience in strategy, operations and finance. He has experience gained in many different industrial sectors, including Automotive, Aerospace & Defense, Retail, Consumer Goods, Transportation, Energy & Utilities. He is the founding partner of Say Partners, a consulting firm specialized in Supply Chain Management, with a specific focus on bridging physical and financial supply chains, collaborative working capital optimisation, financing and risk management. Prior to Say Partners, he was a Partner at Mazars, a leading audit firm, where he launched and managed the Supply Chain consulting practice. Before that he was WW Partner at Arthur Andersen, heading the Supply Chain practice in Europe and responsible for the Aerospace and Automotive sector. Prior to Arthur Andersen, he founded the first Supply Chain consulting firm in France, PEA Consulting, where he helped corporates design and implement Supply Chain organizations, processes and solutions.
Prof. Federico Caniato
Federico Caniato is Full Professor of Supply Chain and Purchasing Management at the School of Management of Politecnico di Milano. He earned a Master of Science and a Ph.D. in Management Engineering from Politecnico di Milano. He is the director of the International Master in Supply Chain and Procurement Management of MIP Politecnico di Milano Graduate School of Business.
His research interests are in the fields of Supply Chain and Purchasing Management, in the last years he has focused on Supply Chain Finance and Supply Chain Sustainability.
He is the director of the Supply Chain Finance Observatory, the leading research initiative in Italy on the topic, in close collaboration with the international Supply Chain Finance Community.
He authored several international publications on various Operations and Supply Chain Management journals, and he is Associate Editor of the Journal of Purchasing and Supply Management.
Prof. Dr. Ir. Pieter Klapwijk
Pieter Klapwijk studied Physics at the Technical University of Delft where he got his degree in 1975. He started his career as a telecom specialist with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). In 1981 Pieter obtained an MSc in Management Science in London. After that, he led a commercial university spin-off in operations research. In 1987, Pieter joined A.T. Kearney as associated director. He was specialised in supply chain related areas, in which field he led a large variety of projects. Pieter stayed with A.T. Kearney until 1995. From 1995 until 2000 he combined A.T. Kearney with the management and investment firm Trimoteur, which he co-founded in 1994.
In 1996 Pieter obtained a PhD degree in Supply Chain Economics. Subsequently he became a part-time professor in this field at Nyenrode Business University in 1997. In the second half of the 1990’s, he spent increasingly more time with Trimoteur. As one of three founding partners, Pieter was heavily involved in structuring and restructuring various businesses. From 1994 until 2010 Trimoteur successfully created and/or restructured ten companies, including Sandd, the only postal company in the world which successfully competes on a national scale with the incumbent postal operator.
Since 2010 Klapwijk fully concentrates on research and consultancy, primarily in the field of supply chain finance. This work is carried out with consulting firm M3 – in recent years he has worked for Pepsico, Rabobank International, Akzo, KLM, Schiphol and Dekra.
Dr. Simon Templar
Simon is a Lecturer at Cranfield School of Management BSc, MSc, PhD, ACMA, CGMA, CMILT, MCIPS. Simon’s current research interests are related to supply chain finance and supply chain costing, in particular the interfaces between supply chain management, management accounting and marketing. Simon was a member of a multi-disciplinary research team jointly funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), and industry that developed a novel process to assess supply chain costs in the food and drink industry.
His PhD research explored the impact of transfer pricing on supply chain management decisions. Other research interests include customer profitability analysis, cost to serve, and tax efficient supply chains.
Simon has over 20 years’ experience in many industries in a wide range of management roles, including finance, sales and marketing, physical distribution management and human resource management.
He completed his PhD at Cranfield in 2013, has an MSc in Logistics and Supply Chain Management from Cranfield and has a BSc (Transport and Economics) from Plymouth Polytechnic.
Dr. Viktor Elliot
PhD Viktor Elliot is a researcher at the school of Business, Economics & Law at the University of
Gothenburg (HGU). Dr. Elliot finished his PhD on Performance Management Systems, Regulation and
Change in Swedish Banks in 2015. Since than Dr. Elliot has won research funds for three projects
related to banking, consumer finance, regulatory arbitrage, and supply chain finance within which he
is currently conducting research. Dr. Elliot has published his work in several leading academic outlets.
He also teaches courses in accounting and finance including financial institutions and markets, topics
in finance and enterprise risk management as well as executive educations for retail bankers and
board of directors. Dr. Elliot is currently director of the Business IT Lab at HGU and focus extensively
on issues surrounding digitalization in higher education.
Luca is a senior researcher at Windesheim University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands, as well
as the academic director of the Supply Chain Finance Community. As such, he takes care of the
relationship of the Community with Universities around the globe, as well as other academic
partners – such as the IPSERA association. Luca got a PhD in SCF from Politecnico di Milano (Italy) in
2016, where he has also been the director of the permanent SCF research initiative of the School of
Management, the “Osservatorio Supply Chain Finance”. He authored scientific publications on the
topic of SCF. His current research interest involve the integration of Logistics and Finance across
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