TLI - Asia Pacific Management

Executive Director
Tel: 6516-4296
Robert De Souza     The Logistics Institute - Asia Pacific, NUS

Dr. Robert de Souza is the Executive Director of the The Logistics Institute - Asia Pacific (TLI - Asia Pacific). Robert is a Chartered Engineer and a distinguished writer, speaker, consultant and advisor in the area of supply chain management. Prior to this appointment, effective May 1st 2004, Dr Robert de Souza served as Deputy Executive Director (Industry) and IT Director at TLI - Asia Pacific. Previously, Dr de Souza was Executive Vice President (Asia Pacific) for V3 Systems. His extensive tenure in the industry also includes serving as the Corporate Senior Vice President and Global Chief Knowledge Officer at Viewlocity Inc. and co-founder, Vice Chairman and CEO of SC21 Pte, Ltd., a Singapore-based supply chain software firm. As an educator, Dr de Souza is an Adjunct Professor in the School of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta and also a Senior Fellow in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the National University of Singapore and has previously served as a professor and in several senior positions in the School of Mechanical and Production Engineering at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. Dr. de Souza is a member of the Editorial Boards of the International Journal of Computer Integrated Manufacturing and the International Journal of Logistics Research and Applications. Dr de Souza also serves on the Advisory Panel of The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, Singapore (CILTS), as a Council Member of the Singapore eSupply Chain Management (eSCM) Council and on the Boards of Directors/Advisors of several IT- based corporations

(Industry Research)
Tel: 6516-1362
Mark Goh     Professor, Department of Decision Sciences, School of Business, NUS

A former Colombo Plan Scholar, Prof. Goh holds a Ph.D. from the University of Adelaide. In the National University of Singapore, he holds the appointments of Director (Industry Research) at the Logistics Institute-Asia Pacific, a joint venture with Georgia Tech, USA, Principal Researcher at the Centre for Transportation Research, and was a Program Director of the Penn-State NUS Logistics Management Program. He also used to be Director of Supply Chain Solutions for Asia/Middle East with APL Logistics, crafting logistics engineering solutions for major MNCs (Dell, Nike, Lenovo, VW, BMW, Roche, BBraun) in this part of the world. He was on the board of Rigelsoft, a reverse logistics company. He is also a Professor of Management at the University of South Australia

Prof. Goh was a Board Member of the Chartered Institute of Transport (Singapore), past Chairman of the Academic Board of Examiners for the Singapore Institute of Purchasing and Materials Management, member of the Advisory Committee of the Transportation Resource Centre (NUS) and a past Vice President of the Operations Research Society of Singapore, Associate Senior Fellow of the Institute of South east Asian Studies. His other professional affiliations include membership of INFORMS, and the Academy of International Business. His biography appears in Who's Who in Asia and the Pacific Nations, Who's Who in the World, and Outstanding People of the 20th Century. He was a member of the Global Advisory Council (GAC) on Logistics and Supply Chain with the World Economic Forum.

He has been involved in executive training for various key organisations in Singapore, for example, PSA Corp., MIS, SIPMM, PSB, J&J, Siemens Nixdorf, CIT, CAAS, Fuji-Xerox AP, Applied Biosystems, Danzas, DHL, Samsung, SembCorp Logistics, Exel, CEI, Bax Global, IBM, PWC Logistics, Sime Darby, Rockwell Automation, Bank of China, PT SMART, and Mindef. Prof. Goh has also acted as a consultant to organisations both in Singapore and overseas, e.g. Lucent Technologies, Pentex Schweitzer, Trans-Link Express, Perkins Parts, Singapore Post, NCB, Unilever East Asia Pacific, MSAS, TDB, Hewlett-Packard Far East, Siemens Nixdorf, APO, Confectionery Transformation, Danzas-AEI, Bossard Asia Pacific, BBraun AP, Pasminco, Mindef, Cleanaway (China), IE Singapore, ADB, Knight Frank, Rhodia, World Bank, APEC Secretariat, and Fuji Xerox Singapore. He has led projects for companies such as Dell, Asia Pac Breweries, Roche, PSA, IBM, DFS, ERIA, CAAS, Vale, Save the Children, and EDB.

He has held appointments as a visiting Professor in Business Logistics Strategy at Chulalongkorn University, Commonwealth Fellow to the UK, Citibank International Fellow to the US, visiting research fellow at UMIST, visiting scholar at Beijing University, visiting professor at Melbourne University, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Sun Yat-Sen University, Kaohsiung, King Mongkut University of Technology Thonburi, and professor at the University of South Australia. He is currently on the editorial boards of the Journal of Supply Chain Management, Q3 Quarterly, Journal for Inventory Research, Paradigm, Value Chain Management, International Journal of Procurement Management, and Advances in Management Research, Euro Journal of Purchasing and Supply Management, International Journal of Logistics Management, and has served as an associate editor for the Asia Pacific Journal of Operational Research.

His current research interest is on buyer-seller relationships, performance measurement, and supply chain strategy. With over 300 technical papers in internationally refereed journals and conferences, some of his recent articles on supply chain management have appeared in the Journal of Purchasing and Materials Management, Industrial Marketing Management, European Journal of Purchasing and Supply Chain Management, IIE Transactions, Naval Research Logistics, Physical Distribution and Logistics Management, Production and Operations Management, EJOR, Supply Chain Management Journal, Industrial Organisations, Journal of Global Optimization, Journal of Asian Business, SIAM Journal of Optimization, Transportation Research Parts A & E, MIS Quarterly Executive, JOTA, International Journal of Production Research, and Logistics Information Management.

Tel: 6516-4282
James Ang     Associate Professor, Research Director, TLI–AP

James Ang earned his undergraduate degree in Mathematics from the then University of Singapore and his PhD in Management Science from the University of Waterloo, Canada. Prior to joining the National University of Singapore (NUS), he worked for 2 years at Bull, S.A., Paris, France as a Research Scientist. During his 2 year stint, he participated in a number of ESPRIT projects. He joined the NUS Business School in 1990. He has served as Head of Department of Decision Sciences, Director, Centre for e-Business, Member, NOL Technical Committee, and Track Leader, Centre for Maritime Studies. James is now on full secondment to The Logistics Institute Asia Pacific as one of its Research Directors.

James’ research interests are in Operations Management, SCM and OR applications. He has published numerous papers in journals such as Operations Research, IEEE Transactions on Data and Knowledge Engineering, IEEE Transaction SMC, Data and Knowledge Engineering, Journal of Operations Management, and European Journal of OR.

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(Degree Education)
Tel: 6516-1359
Tan Kok Choon     Associate Professor (Practice), Department of Decision Sciences, NUS Business School and TLI-AP

Dr Tan received his BSc (1st Class Hons) in Mathematics from the National University of Singapore and his PhD in Operations Research from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was an NUS Overseas Post-Graduate Scholar at the Operations Research Center, MIT. He has held appointments as Assistant Professor and Departmental Manager in the Department of Mathematics, Faculty of Science, NUS, as well as Manager (Operations Research) and Container Terminal Process Manager in PSA Corporation Limited, and Manager (Operations Research) in PSA International's Group Technical and Operations Development Department. He was also seconded to the Land Transport Authority as Operations Research Manager and had been Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, NUS.

Prof Tan teaches Business Analytics, Management Science, Inventory Systems, Industrial Logistics and Supply Chain Management in the Department of Decision Sciences at NUS Business School. His teaching philosophy is to use his industrial experience to enrich his students and to help them connect concepts learnt in class with practical solutions to problems in industry.

Prof Tan's research interests include Optimisation Theory and Applications and Container Terminal Operations Research, as well as Transportation and Logistics modeling. He has journal and conference papers in Mathematics of Operations, Mathematical Programming European Journal of Operational Research, Proceedings of the Symposium on Discrete Algorithms, OR Spectrum, Intermodal Transportation Research, Supply Chain Optimization, among others.

Prof Tan had been the Honorary President of the Operational Research Society of Singapore (ORSS) for three years from April 2003 to MArch 2006 and is currently an active member in the management committee of ORSS.