The Supply Chain Finance (SCF) Community is an independent global community consisting of knowledge institutions, corporations, and supply chain finance professionals who share best practice and new research in an open, collaborative environment.

The aim of the SCF Community is to promote and accelerate the understanding, development and implementation of supply chain finance models. Its founder members are leading business schools supported by corporations, banks, consultancies and technology vendors.

In 2013 the SCF Community held its first conference at Nyenrode Business University in The Netherlands.  Since then, the SCF Community Forum has evolved into an annual event that brings together more than 200 participants from corporates, business schools, banks, technology firms and governments. At the same time, the Community itself has expanded to include more than 1,500 SCF practitioners in every continent.

Today the SCF Community supports research projects conducted by institutions connected to the Community and endorses several SCF initiatives such as the Global Student Challenge and the SCF Academy. From 2016 the SCF Community’s activities are expanding to include a global awards scheme, enhanced digital resources and events in both Europe and Asia.

The SCF Community is a not-for-profit institution managed by an executive board consisting of leading professionals and scientists in the field of supply chain finance.

Board Members

  • Michiel Steeman

    Michiel Steeman 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, 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

    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 Findlay

    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 completes the board of directors of Fraunhofer IML as new director of the section Enterprise Logistics and he also holds the chair in Enterprise Logistics at the faculty of Mechanical Engineering at TU Dortmund University, Germany. Henke, who held the chair in Purchasing and Supply Management at EBS European Business School in Wiesbaden, started his new career at Fraunhofer IML at the beginning of September 2013. Michael Henke began his carrier studying Brewing and Beverage Technology at the Technical University of Munich (Dipl.-Ing.). Michael Henke gained his doctorate and habilitation in Business and Economics at the Technical University of Munich, Germany. During the last year of his habilitation Michael Henke worked as senior consultant for the Supply Management Group SMG in St. Gallen, Switzerland.

    Since 2007 Michael Henke is teaching and researching as professor at the EBS. His research focuses lie in the area of e.g. purchasing and supply management, supply chain risk management and financial supply chain management.

  • Hervé Hillion

    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. Alessandro Perego

    Alessandro Perego is Full Professor of “Logistics and Supply Chain Management” at the School of Management of Politecnico di Milano, where he chairs the course “eOperations” at the Milano-Bovisa Campus, and the course “Logistics Management” at the Como Campus. During his career he chaired the courses of “Logistics and Production Systems Management” and “Industrial Logistics”. Alessandro is co-founder and member of the Scientific Board of the Observatories on ICT & Management of the school of Management of Politecnico di Milano, an initiative started in 1998 at the School of Management to deal with the ever-growing role that ICTs play in the innovation of product, processes and business models ( Alessandro is directly responsible for the Observatories on “Supply Chain Finance”, “Contract Logistics”, “Digital Agenda”, “eBusiness b2b”, “eCommerce B2c”, “Electronic Invoicing and Dematerialization”, “Internet of Things”, “Intelligent Transportation Systems”, “Mobile Payment & Commerce”, and “Mobile Wireless and Business”. He is also the director of the RFId Solutions Center of Politecnico di Milano.He promoted and co-ordinated national and international researches on Logistic Networks Design, Supply Chain Planning, Intelligent Transportation Systems, eBusiness (eProcurement, eSupply Chain), and Radio Frequency Identification. In 2013, he co-authored a book titled “Feed the Hungry. The Potential of Surplus Food Recovery”.

    He authored many publications on both national and international level.

  • Enrico Camerinelli

    Enrico Camerinelli is a senior analyst at Aite Group specializing in wholesale banking, cash and trade finance, and payments. Based in Milan, he brings a strong European focus to Aite Group’s Wholesale Banking practice. Enrico has been widely quoted by publications ranging from American Banker to Financial Times. He has contributed editorial content to publications such as Supply Chain Europe, and serves as a consulting editor with gtnews. He has spoken at leading trade shows and conferences in Europe, including Sibos and EuroFinance. Enrico has extensive experience within his areas of coverage as well as in providing research and consulting services to clients. Most recently, he served as a senior analyst with Celent, focusing on the financial supply chain and Single Euro Payments Area (SEPA). Prior to that, he was the European director and chief analyst at the Supply Chain Council, a non-profit serving the logistics and supply-chain industry. In that capacity, Enrico provided independent research and advisory services as well as business development and budget control for the organization. Also, he was a vice president and research leader at META Group’s Electronic Business Strategies service, tracking trends in supply chain management, product lifecycle management, e-procurement, and sourcing. He spent 10 years working as a supply chain manager at various manufacturing and automotive companies. Enrico graduated from Università degli Studi di Roma ‘La Sapienza’ with a degree in Business Engineering. He is a member of the Italian delegation at the United Nations Centre for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business (UN/CEFACT).

  • 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

    Lecturer, 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.

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