Per AGRELL Dr. Agrell is Professor in Operations Management and Management Science at Louvain School of Management, UCL. He is also acting Research Director for the Louvain School of Management Research Institute, core member of CORE and head of the Operations and Information Management Department of the Louvain School of Management. He holds two Master's degrees in Industrial Engineering from University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA and Linköping University, Sweden. He pursued his PhD (1995) and post-doctoral habilitation (docent, 2000) in Production Economics at Linköping University as well. After a visiting appointments at IIASA, Laxemburg, Austria, 1996 and the University of Georgia, Terry College of Business, 1996/97, Dr. Agrell joined University of Copenhagen, Department of Operations Research (1997/98) was appointed associate professor at the Department of Natural Resource Economics in 1999. Following a sabbatical year at UCL/CORE in 2000/01, he obtained his current position at Louvain School of Management. In 2008, Dr Agrell spent a year as invited professor at Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Department of Business Economics. His main fields of teaching and research are Operations Management, Efficiency Analysis, and Network Regulation.

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Constantin BLOME

Constantin BLOME Dr. Constantin Blome was appointed as the GSK Biologicals Chair Professor in strategic sourcing and procurement in September 2011. Dr. Blome has gained substantial experience in sourcing and procurement in various ways. To name a few: He was senior consultant in the procurement domain for a Swiss consulting firm. Following his doctoral degree (Dr.rer.oec) from the Technical University of Berlin in 2006, he was hired as assistant professor in Sourcing in Emerging Markets at the EBS Business School, Wiesbaden, Germany where he was contributing in growing the Supply Chain Management Institute (www.ebs.edu/smi) to one of the largest and most successful European research groups in this field.

Furthermore, Dr. Blome has taught strategic sourcing and procurement at several international universities (e.g. IAE Aix-en-Provence, Lomonossov University Moscow. St. Petersburg State University, Technical University Berlin) and in numerous Executive Education programs (e.g. BASF, Siemens, DHL, Nestlé, Deutsche Bank). At IIM Bangalore he helped build up the first chair for strategic sourcing and procurement and hosted the first India Sourcing Summit with international exposure.

In addition, Dr. Blome is actively involved in the international research scene as a frequent presentor at Academy of Management, POMS, EUROMA, Decision Sciences and IPSERA conferences. His research interests are all related to the strategic sourcing and procurement domain where he tries to always explore the most recent phenomena to provide future guidance to the discipline. Up to now, his research has been published in international journals like Journal of Supply Chain Management, International Journal of Production Economics, International Journal of Production Research, and Journal of Purchasing & Supply Management. Currently, Dr. Blome supervises around 10 PhD students.

Dr. Blome is regularly key note speaker at conferences and firm events (e.g. ProcureCon, Public Procurement Conference, Sanofi-Aventis Annual Procurement Conference). Seasoned in organizing applied research programmes, he is e.g. active representative in the German flagship program Efficiency Cluster (www.logistikruhr.de), involving some 120 firms and a budget of about 100 M€.

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Philippe CHEVALIER Dr. Chevalier is Professor of Operations Management and Management Science at Louvain School of Management, UCL. He is the President of CORE, and Chairman for the (Interuniversity) Doctoral Commission in economics and management science. He is a Civil Engineer in Applied Mathematics (UCL) and holds a PhD in Operations Research from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His main fields of teaching and research are Operations Management, Stochastic Models and Management of Technology. His research has been published in leading Journals like Management Science, Operations Research, European Journal of Operations Research, International Journal of Production Economics, Production and Operations Management as well as Manufacturing and Service Operations Management. Prof. Chevalier is also a co-founder of the successful spin-off company N-Side, implementing advanced optimization methods for industrial applications worldwide.

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Yves CRAMA Professor of Operations Research and Supply Chain Management at HEC-University of Liège. Published over 60 scientific papers and a monograph on SCM and Finance. Partner in two university spin-off companies, n-Side and Gambit.

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Marc FORET Commercial Engineer (UCL), Founder of AMJ Business Partners, offering diagnostics, training, education, coaching and expert counseling in the field of Supply Chain Management. He is a SCC qualified SCOR®, APICS CPIM & CSCP Instructor.

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Laoucine KERBACHE Laoucine Kerbache holds a Ph.D., an M.Sc, and a B.Sc. in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research, University of Massachusetts, Amherst (USA), an "Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches" from the University of Nantes (France), and a diploma of International Teacher Program (IMD-Lausanne, Switzerland).

Laoucine Kerbache is Associate Dean, Director of the HEC Ph.D. Program. He has been teaching (undergraduate, MBA, and executive programs), researching and consulting in the field of operations and supply chain management, logistics, and applied quantitative methods for more than twenty five years.

He has been supervising several Master and Ph.D. dissertations on optimization in operations and supply chain management.

He has published numerous papers in international journals such as: Marketing Science, European Journal of Operational Research, International Journal of Production Economics, International Transactions of Operational Research, Computers and Operations Research, Annals of Operations Research, Journal of Mathematical Modeling and Algorithms, IMA Journal of Management Mathematics, IEEE Transactions, Material Flows, Interfaces, Gestion 2000, Santé et Systémique, etc. He is the co-author of Management Industriel et Logistique: Conception and Pilotage de la Supply Chain, 4th Edition (2005) and 5th Edition (2007), Economica, France.

He has been teaching in different countries and acted as consultant to various companies and to many international organizations in designing MBA programs and executive management development courses. He has also held various management positions in the academic environment. He is currently a Visiting Professor at ESADE (Spain).

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Dag NASLUND Dr. Dag Näslund is Associate Professor of Process and Supply Chain Management at Lund University. Dr. Näslund is also Associate Professor of Management, with tenure, at the University of North Florida, USA. He earned an MS from the Lund Institute of Technology; an MBA from the University of California at Irvine and a Ph.D. from the Faculty of Engineering (LTH), Lund University, in Process and Supply Chain Management. His research interests include process management (mapping, modeling, measurements and improvement methods such as lean and six sigma), information systems for processes and supply chains with an additional special interest in Research Methods and Philosophy of Science. Dr. Näslund supervises both master and doctoral students and publishes extensively in leading process and supply chain management journals.

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Wilfried NIESSEN

Wilfried NIESSEN Wilfried NIESSEN has been active in lecturing and business management for twenty years. He set up four companies in the fields of information technology for management (ERP), advising and accountancy-taxation. He is a chartered accountant and tax specialist. For many years, he has combined solid practical experience and lecturing through various publications (Comprenez votre comptable, Versta uw boekhouder, Tableau de Bord et business plan, etc.) and high-level training in public companies and institutions (FORTIS, Belgacom, La Poste…). He is fluent and lectures in French, Dutch, German and English. His areas of expertise are accountancy, business simulations, finance for non-financial managers, IT for management and the setting up of businesses. He is a consultant and trainer for businesses. He chairs the examination boards of the Bachelor's programme in economics and management sciences; he is Associate Professor and leader of the management sciences programme and of core competences in corporate finance.

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Andreas NORRMAN Andreas Norrman is full professor in Supply chain management, head of the Divsion of Engineering logistics and deputy Head of the Department for Industrial Management and Logistics at Lund University. He has a MSc in industrial engineering and management (1992) and a Ph.D. (1997) in logistics from Linköping University, Ph.D. After a period as management consultant in logistics, supply chain management and purchasing at AT Kearney 1997-2000, Dr. Norrman returned to the academic research in Lund and later received his post-doctoral habilitation from Lund (2004) and Turku University, Finland. In 2009, he was promoted full professor at Lund University.

Professor Norrman is an appreciated lecturer and holds the ETP (excellent teaching practice) award from Lund University. His current research interests are on supply chain contracting, and the interface between logistics and legal issues. His research has been published in e.g. International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management, (European) Journal of Purchasing and Supply Management, International Journal of Logistics Management, International Journal of Production Economies, International Journal of Procurement Management. Besides the invited position at LSM/UCL, Prof. Norrman has been teaching executive courses in Belgium, Finland, Lithuania and Russia.

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Pierre SEMAL

Pierre SEMAL Dr. Eng. Pierre SEMAL is Professor at the Louvain School of Management, Belgium, since 1994.

He has taught Production and Operations Management, Quality Management, Inventory Control and Supply Chain Management in Bachelor, Master and Executive programmes all over the world. He has published more than 40 international papers in the fields of performance evaluation and supply chain optimization.

From 1979 till 1994, he worked as Project Leader and Senior Scientist at various Philips Research Laboratories in Belgium and in Germany. He was awarded the "IBM Belgium 1993" prize conferred by the National Fund for Scientific Research for the best Ph.D. in Computer Science. In addition, he has hold and still holds various managerial positions: Dean and CEO of the Louvain School Management, Academic Dean of Baltic Management Institute, VP treasure of CEMS, and board members for various organizations.

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Wael F. Taha Hussein

Wael F. Taha Hussein Wael has more than 20 years experience in various end to end supply chain roles.

He has an engineering background and graduated from Cairo University. Wael started his supply chain career in Egypt in 1991 where he joined Procter&Gamble, where he handled various operational roles from Manufacturing, Materials management and Customer service and Logistics. He also led the Planning / Customer service and logistics set up in South Africa during P&G business acquisition in 1996 till 2001. He also lead the Customer service and logistics team for Worldwide export and Business development from Geneva Regional office.

Then Wael joined Henkel in the Middle East where he worked in different SC fields in Saudi Arabia, GCC and Germany. He is currently working as Middle East and Africa Planning and Logistics Director where he is responsible for one of the fastest growing markets in the world that requires agility, continuous supply chain risk management and out of box supply strategies to ensure business and profit growth. With almost 23 years of experience in supply chain, Wael has led several organization redesign projects.

In the training field, Wael has run several training sessions in Diversity management, Managing organisation effectiveness and Process optimization. Wael has also been active speaker in European, African and Middle East supply chain related conferences mainly addressing: S&OP, Supply chain risk management and development of the African value chain.

Mathieu Van VYVE

Mathieu Van VYVE Mathieu Van Vyve is Professor of Operations Research at Louvain School of Management, UCL and a member of CORE since 2009. He holds a Master's degree in Engineering from UCL and a Master's degree in Philosophy from UCL as well. He completed his PhD in 2003 on Production Planning using using Mixed-Integer Programming at CORE. He then visited as a Post-Doc the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia, Canada before joining Free University of Brussels in Belgium as Assistant Professor at the Computer Science Department. Leaving academia, he then worked for two years as Senior Analyst in the Strategy Department of GdF-Suez, and then two years as Senior Consultant for N-Side, a modelling and optimization consulting company, before joining the Louvain School of Management.

Mathieu Van Vyve specializes in Combinatorial Optimization and Integer Programming applied to production planning and power markets. He is the lead developer of COSMOS, the algorithm that daily clears the day-ahead electricity markets of Belgium, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Austria, Switzerland and Hungary for an annual turnover of 7,5b€. His research has been published in top journals like Mathematical Progamming, INFORMS Journal on Computing, Mathematics of Operations Research.

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Luk Van WASSENHOVE Professor Van Wassenhove's research and teaching are concerned with operational excellence, supply chain management, quality, continual improvement and learning. His recent research focus is on closed-loop supply chains (product take-back and end-of-life issues) and on disaster management (humanitarian logistics). He is senior editor for Manufacturing and Service Operations Management and departmental editor for Production and Operations Management. He publishes regularly in Management Science, Production and Operations Management, and many other academic as well as management journals (like Harvard Business Review and California Management Review). He is the author of several award-winning teaching cases and regularly consults for major international corporations. In 2005, Professor Van Wassenhove was elected Fellow of the Production and Operations Management Society (POMS). In 2006, he was the recipient of the EURO Gold Medal for outstanding academic achievement. In 2009 he was elected Distinguished Fellow of the Manufacturing and Services Operations Management Society (MSOM), and received the Lifetime Achievement Faculty Pioneer Award from the European Academy of Business in Society (EABIS) and the Aspen Institute. Before joining INSEAD he was on the faculty at Erasmus University Rotterdam and Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. At INSEAD he holds the Henry Ford Chair of Manufacturing. He also created the INSEAD Social Innovation Centre and acted as academic director until September 2010.

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