Kühne Foundation – NUS Education Centre for Humanitarian Logistics Asia Pacific



An Advance Supply Chain Seminar:

Supply Chain Management – The Humanitarian Context


7 & 8 November 2012, 0930 – 1730hr

TLI – Asia Pacific Executive Learning Centre

21 Heng Mui Keng Terrace, #04-01, NUS, S119613


Seminar Overview:


This Advanced Supply Chain Seminar is for mid and senior management of humanitarian organizations,  representing a cross section of organizational departments such as Procurement, Logistics, Programme, Finance and IT.


Over the two days, attendees will be presented with different supply chain concepts from commercial and humanitarian sector, prompting discussions how these could be applied to humanitarian operations.  The seminar will cover the following four modules:


  • Supply Chain Planning and Design
  • Supply Chain Coordination
  • Supply Chain Visibility and Performance Management
  • Supply Chain Systems




Paulo Goncalves

Associate Professor & Academic Director, Advance MSc  in Humanitarian Logistics & Management

University of Lugano, Switzerland


Robert de Souza

Executive Director

The Logistics Institute – Asia Pacific

Sergio Silva

Supply Chain Manager

United Nations World Food Programme

Jonas Stumpf

Program Director, Humanitarian Logistics

The Logistics Institute – Asia Pacific

For enquiries, please contact Ms. Goh Mee Leng at (+65) 6516-1361 or meeleng@nus.edu.sg


INSTRUCTORS & FACILITATORS:  (in alphabetical order)



Executive Director

 The Logistics Institute – Asia Pacific

Dr Robert de Souza is the Executive Director and Chief Executive of The Logistics Institute – Asia Pacific.

TLI - Asia Pacific is a premier institute based in Singapore nurturing logistics excellence in industry, postgraduate research and education. TLI – Asia Pacific is an eighth-time AFSCA (Asian Freight and Supply Chain Award) ‘Best Educational Course Provider’ winner since 2003; and Supply Chain Asia Award ‘Best Education & Training Provider’, 2010 – 2011.

Prior to joining TLI – Asia Pacific, Dr. de Souza was Executive Vice President for V3 Systems in the Asia Pacific, Corporate Senior Vice President and Global Chief Knowledge Officer at Viewlocity Inc. and Vice Chairman and CEO of SC21 Pte. Ltd.  Dr. de Souza is a Professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology in USA and a Senior Fellow at the National University of Singapore. He has published extensively and is a member of the Editorial Boards of the International Journal of Computer Integrated Manufacturing and the International Journal of Logistics Research and Applications and SMBNet.

He is a Chartered Engineer and serves on multiple industry, government and academic committees. Amongst these are most notably: the Resource Panel for the Government Parliamentary Committee (GPC) on Transport, the Advisory Panel of The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, Singapore (CILTS), the IDA RFID Alliance (now part of the National RFID Centre), the IBM Global University Partners Leadership Advisory Board.   He received his Ph.D., M.Sc. and B.Sc. Honours in the United Kingdom.





 Associate Professor and

Academic Director, Advance MSc in Humanitarian Logistics and Management

University of Lugano, Switzerland

Dr. Paulo Gonçalves is an Associate Professor of Management at the University of Lugano (USI) and Academic Director of the Advanced Master in Humanitarian Logistics and Management (MASHLM). Previously, he has held appointments at the MIT Sloan School of Management and the University of Miami. He obtained his PhD in Management Science and System Dynamics from MIT Sloan School of Management and his MSc degree in Technology and Policy from MIT.


His work focuses on understanding how managers react to supply chain disruptions and the operational and strategic problems that ensue, evaluating policies that can improve system performance. His research combines a number of techniques such as case base, simulation, optimization, econometrics and nonlinear dynamics.


He has taught a range of courses such as operations management, project management, decision models and system dynamics, at undergraduate, graduate (MBA) and PhD level. He has also taught executive programs in operations management and system dynamics. He has published in the areas of supply chain management, behavioral operations, and nonlinear dynamics. His publications have appeared in Production and Operations Management, Journal of Business Logistics, System Dynamics Review, IEEE Engineering Management Review, Sloan Management Review and California Management Review.



Sergio Silva

Sergio SILVA

United Nations World Food Programme

Project Coordinator, Logistics Development Unit

Sergio Silva has dedicated his work to human development, in particular in the Aid Sector. Currently pursuing a PhD at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto, with the title: "Human Development: A Proposal for a New Model for Aid", his main area of focus is how to create sustainable innovation, combining the best practices that have been developed by the private sector, aid sector, government, military and universities. His research is centered in areas such as management, information technology and the use of performance indicators.


During his studies, obtaining a bachelor’s degree in Engineering Sciences followed by a master’s in Mechanical Engineering with specialization in Management, he also worked with national logistics companies beginning his experience in Logistics. During the last three years working with the Logistics Development Unit of the United Nations World Food Programme, his work has focused on supply chain issues such as the development of information technology systems and implementation of KPIs, aiming at bringing more effectiveness and efficiency to humanitarian work.


In addition, Sergio is Chairman of the Portuguese NGO G.A.S. Porto, where he developed a vast national and international experience in development projects, human resources management and fundraising. He participated as director for missions to countries such as East-Timor, and also joined missions to several developing countries.



Jonas Pix


Program Director (Humanitarian Logistics)

The Logistics Institute – Asia Pacific

Jonas Stumpf is Program Director for the Kuhne Foundation – NUS Education Centre for Humanitarian Logistics Asia Pacific.  Prior to that, he was a Project Manager at Kühne Foundation’s “Humanitarian and Emergency Logistics Program” (H.E.L.P.) where he works closely with actors from the humanitarian sector to enhance their logistics capacity. His main focus is on providing logistics and supply chain management courses to humanitarian organizations. The latest trainings have been conducted for IOM Iraq and Medair International.

He has obtained his Master in Logistics and International Management from the University of Mannheim and wrote his Master thesis on “Emergency Logistics – Fields of Improvements”.  Before he joined the Kühne Foundation, he worked for two years at the Logistics Development Unit of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP).  During that time, he was member of the Supply Chain Optimization and Training team conducting field studies and providing training courses at various WFP country offices in Italy, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Kenya, Uganda and Democratic Republic of Congo