K. COOPER -- Mr. Cooper is an Operating
Unit Fellow in Logistics and Quantitative Methods at
the Center for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in Pretoria,
South Africa. Mr. Cooper brings fundamental expertise from a research
organizational standpoint on the topic of the conference.
Dr. Jose M. CRUZ --
Dr. Cruz is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Operations
Management at the School of Business at the University of Connecticut
in Storrs, Connecticut. Dr. Cruz brings both personal and professional
expertise on logistics, supply chains, corporate social responsibility,
and life in Africa.
George FENTON -- Mr. Fenton is Associate Supply
Chain Director for World Vision International's (WVI's) Humanitarian
Affairs Division. In 2002, he set up an inter-agency working
group for East Africa, which promotes collaboration on humanitarian
In addition, in conjunction with IFRC and UN-WFP logistics offices,
he established the Global Fleet Forum. He has over two decades
of relief and development experience, in both the private and
Anton KLEYWEGT -- Dr. Kleywegt is an Associate Professor in the H. Milton Stewart
School of Industrial and Systems Engineering, Georgia Institute
of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Kleywegt is an expert
on transportation and logistics and has taught several courses
supply chain management, stochastic optimization, and game
In 2006, he participated in a National Science Foundation Workshop
on Relief Systems in Kenya, Africa.
Gyongyi KOVACS -- Dr. Kovacs is
Professor of Supply Chain Management and Corporate
Geography at the Swedish School of Economics and Business Administration,
Helsinki, Finland. She is one of the leaders of the Center
for Humanitarian Logistics based at her university.
Emmett J. LODREE, Jr. -- Dr. Lodree is an Assistant
Professor in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering
at Auburn University. He has taken part in several National
Science Foundation workshops, including one for the development
faculty in engineering. His expertise and interests lie in
humanitarian logistics and disaster emergency preparedness. His
was severely damaged during Hurricane Katrina and, hence, his
personal interest in the topic of the proposed Bellagio conference.
received several honors and awards and has presented his research
at major conferences.
Dr. Charles MBOHWA --
Dr. Mbowha is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Quality
at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa. He was formerly
a Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the
University of Zimbabwe, Africa. He was a Fulbrighter at the Georgia
Institute of Technology. Dr. Mbowha is an expert on transportation
and logistics with a focus on challenging environments and applications
to Africa; he also has expertise in energy and sustainability.
Dr. Anna NAGURNEY -- Dr. Nagurney is the
John F. Smith Memorial Professor and Director of the Virtual
for Supernetworks at the Isenberg School of Management at the
University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Dr. Nagurney is a widely
author and recognized authority on logistics and transportation
networks, as well as related network systems. In March 2004,
she organized a research team residency at the Bellagio Center
networks. She has held appointments at Brown University, KTH
in Sweden, at MIT, at SOWI Business School in Innsbruck, Austria,
and was also a Science Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for
Study at Harvard University. She is the recipient of two Fulbright
NYAGUTHIE -- Ms. Nyaguthie is the Regional
Logistics Coordinator for OXFAM GB and is based in Pretoria,
South Africa. She is with the Department of Logistics and
Property. Ms. Nyaguthie is responsible for the logistics of six countries in her
region of Africa. Prior to joining OXFAM,
she was with CARE in Somalia. She brings years of practical
expertise in logistics to the conference agenda.
Dr. Panos M. PARDALOS --
Dr. Pardalos is a Distinguished University Professor and Co-Director
for Applied Optimization, University of Florida, Gainesville,
Florida. Dr. Pardalos has been recognized for his research by
accolades, including honorary doctorates, and has authored, co-authored,
and edited several volumes on supply chains. He has supervised
numerous doctoral dissertations and is an INFORMS Fellow and
a Fulbrighter. He is also an editor of several major journals.
Dr. Berc RUSTEM --
Dr. Berc Rustem is a Professor of Computing at the Department
at Imperial College, London, United Kingdom. Dr. Rustem is an
authority on risk management and decision-making under uncertainty
models. He has supervised doctoral dissertations of African students.
He has served as an editor of several major journals and is on
the editorial boards of several journals as well as book series.
Dr. Paul THOMPSON -- Dr. Thompson
is Manager, Operations Research, at Northrop Grumman IT in the
Decision Support Department. He is based in McLean, Virginia.
Dr. Thompson formerly led the Operations Analytics team efforts
IBM's Public Sector Supply Chain Management practice and has
more than 25 years experience in academia, consulting, and industry.
He is an expert on solving complex problems in logistics. Prior
to IBM, he served as Professor of Supply Chain Management at
MIT-Zaragoza International Logistics program in Spain.
Rolando TOMASINI -- Mr. Tomasini
is a Research Associate and Program Coordinator with the Research
Group on Humanitarian Logistics, led by Professor Luc Van Wassenhove,
at INSEAD, a top-ranked business school based in France. Mr.
has worked with the Pan American Health Organization in Central
America, the World Food Program in Southern Africa, and with
the United Nations Join Logistics Center on different initiatives,
including training and the Sudanese operation, He has written
case studies on humanitarian logistics as well as articles and
reports and has lectured widely on the subject.
Dr. Cosmas ZAVAZAVA -- Dr. Zavazava is the
Head, Least Developed Countries, Small Island Developing States,
and Emergency Telecommunications at the International Telecommunications
Union (ITU) in Geneva, Switzerland. Dr. Zavazava brings intellectual
expertise from the field of telecommunications and its role
disaster management and humanitarian operations. He is a widely
sought speaker and expert on this subject.