Speakers and Panel Members


Prof. Sir Mike Gregory

University of Cambridge UK

Sir Mike Gregory retired as Head of the Manufacturing and Management Division of the University of Cambridge Engineering Department and of the Institute for Manufacturing (IfM) in September 2015. Following an early career in industry he was the founder member of the team which established the IfM in 1998. Mike Gregory's work is closely linked with industry and government and he has published in the areas of manufacturing strategy, technology management, international manufacturing and manufacturing policy. He served as Executive Director of the Cambridge MIT Institute from 2005-2008 and was Springer Visiting Professor at UC Berkeley in 2008/9. He chairs the UK Manufacturing Professors Forum, co-chairs the Manufacturing Advisory Group of the UK Government's Department of Business Innovation and Skills (BIS), and is a member of the supervisory board of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult. He is a Fellow of Churchill College Cambridge and of the Royal Academy of Engineering where he is a trustee. He is currently serving as Acting Director of the University's Institute of Continuing Education (ICE).

Prof. Joseph Sarkis


Joseph Sarkis is a Professor of Management and Head of Department in the School of Business at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) is a research and teaching oriented university located in Central Massachusetts. He earned his Ph.D. in Management Sciences from the State University of New York at Buffalo (also called the University of Buffalo). He also spent about 17 years at Clark University, and 5 years at the University of Texas at Arlington as an Assistant, Associate, and Full Professor in their Schools of Business. His teaching interests cover a good range of topics including operations management, logistics, supply chain management, corporate environmental management, management of technology, international management, information systems and technology, and also some entrepreneurship. This range of interests also appears in his research and publications. He has published on his own and with a wide variety of co-authors in numerous publication outlets. He has over 325 publications on his research interest areas and is considered the most influencing scholar in the USA within the field of Sustainable Supply Chain.

Prof. Alok Baveja

Rutgers State University USA

Dr. Alok Baveja is Professor of Supply Chain Management at the Rutgers Business School. His expertise is in the use of innovative modeling and technologies for managing operations in the public and private sectors. Dr. Baveja's research has appeared in journals such as Mathematics of Operations Research, IEEE Transactions on SMC, Networks, European Journal of Operational Research, Interfaces, Transportation Research Record and California Management Review, including a bestseller reprint in the Harvard Business School’s case series. Dr. Baveja has an M.S. and Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering/Operations Research from SUNY-Buffalo and a Bachelor of Technology in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi, India. Dr. Baveja is the recipient of the Warren I. Susman Teaching Excellence Award, Rutgers’ highest teaching honor, and the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award for Distinguished Teaching. Dr. Baveja is the recipient of the campus-wide Provost’s Teaching Excellence Award, and five-time recipient of the School of Business Teaching Award at Rutgers-Camden. Dr. Baveja is co-founder of a not-for-profit organization that provides technical, planning and financial assistance for rural/women empowerment programs in developing countries.

Prof. Behnam Fahimnia

The University of Sydney Australia

Behnam Fahimnia is a Professor of Supply Chain Management and the Director of Logistics and Supply Chain Management Programs at The University of Sydney Business School. Behnam has made contributions to multiple research areas in the context of logistics and supply chain management with demonstrated practical applications across a wide breadth of industries. His primary areas of research focus are: sustainable supply chain management, Supply chain risk management and Behavioural operations and supply chain management. To date, Behnam has led over 100 projects in production, logistics, retail, energy, mining, and food and beverage industries. With this experience, he has forged a strong and enduring program of industry-linked research, more recently rewarded by substantial funding from the Australian Research Council (ARC) to facilitate the establishment of a Centre for Food and Beverage Supply Chain Optimisation. Behnam as a chief investigator will collaborate with colleagues in Newcastle University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), and NSW Department of Primary Industries to address supply chain challenges facing some of the key players in the food and beverage industry, including Coca-Cola, SunRice, Sanitarium, and Batlow Fruit.

Prof. Markus Rabe

TU Dortmund Germany

Markus Rabe is a Professor for IT in Production and Logistics and Dean of students of the Mechanical Engineering faculty at the Technical University Dortmund (TU Dortmund). He worked for Fraunhofer IPK in Berlin, conducting applied research on factory planning, business processes, supply chains, logistics engineering and simulation. He is active in the German engineers’ association VDI, member of their working group FA204, acting in several VDI standard groups and heading the groups on “Business Process Simulation” and “Verification and Validation”. Markus Rabe is member of the executive board of the Winter Simulation Conference (WSC) and has been Local Chair of the WSC’2012 in Berlin. Markus Rabe is member of the advisory board of the Palgrave Journal of Simulation (JOS) and contributed to several issues as guest editor. He published several books and more than 160 reviewed papers in books, journals and conferences. Markus Rabe has been active in a number of European projects and was responsible for several projects as the coordinator; with a focus on simulation, distributed modelling, supply chain planning and operation, and enterprise network management functionalities. Also, he has coordinated the European module of the IMS MISSION project and has chaired the European project cluster “Ambient Intelligence Technologies for the Product Life Cycle” (AITPL)..

Prof. Ravi Shankar

Indian Institute of Technology Delhi India

Ravi Shankar is serving as Professor of "Operations and Supply Chain Management" at DMS (Department of Management Studies) Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, which is the top-ranked technical Institute of India and is well-known for its academic excellence and industry-interface. His area of expertise includes Supply Chain & Logistics Management, Supply Chain Analytics, Supply Chain Modelling, Strategic Supply Chain Management, Business Analytics & Optimization, Quantitative Decisions for Management, Operations Management, Total Project Management, Six Sigma (both Green Belt and Black Belt) and Total Quality Management, Telecommunication Technology Management, Strategic Technology Management, Industrial Engineering & Management, Research Methodology and Knowledge Management. The International Journal of Management Science has ranked Prof. Ravi Shankar as the Top-most Productive Researcher in Business Schools in India (Review & Analysis Period: 1968 to 2014) for his research contributions, H-index, citations of research and number of research papers. His research contributions have substantially helped his affiliating Business School (Department of Management Studies, IIT Delhi) to be ranked as top-most Business School in India in terms of research productivity.

Prof. Manoj Tiwari

Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur India

Manoj Tiwari is a Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering and Head of the Department of Industrial Engineering and Management at Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur India. His area of expertise includes Manufacturing Planning and Scheduling, Logistics and Supply Chain Analysis, Computational Intelligence in Manufacturing and Logistics Optimisation and Simulation. He has received numerous awards and honours. This includes: Award of First Rank in IJPR (Taylor & Francis) as Researcher (2014), Fellow of National Academy of Engineering, India (2013), rated 2nd among many researchers working in Logistics and Supply Chain Management in India(Analysis of the logistics Research in India-White paper published in TU Dortmund University (2012) and listed among top 20 most productive authors in the broad area of Production and Operations Management in the last 50 years (Published in IJPE, 2009). He is engaged with several sponsored projects such as Sustainable Food Security Through Technological Interventions for Production, Processing & Logistics, Center of Excellence on E-Business and EU Indian Research & Innovation Partnership for efficient and sustainable freight Transportation (REINVSET).

Prof. David Menachof

University of Hull UK

Professor David Menachof is the Peter Thompson Chair in Port Logistics. Prof. Menachof received his doctorate from the University of Tennessee, and was the recipient of the Council of Logistics Management's Doctoral Dissertation Award in 1993. In addition, he is a Fulbright Scholar, having spent an academic year in Odessa, Ukraine as part of the grant and was on the roster of the Fulbright Senior Specialist Candidates list, as an expert in Logistics and Distribution. He has previously taught at the Cass Business School, City University, London, the University of Charleston, South Carolina, and the University of Plymouth, England.More recently, Prof. Menachof was the recipient of a £500,000 research grant on Cargo Screening sponsored by the Home Office and the UK’s Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. Prof. Menachof’s work has been published and presented in journals and conferences around the world. A practiced and well received speaker, David has spoken at many important events such as the APEC STAR IV conference in Lima, Peru, where he delivered the keynote address and chaired the day’s sessions.His current research interests include supply chain security and risk, global supply chain issues, logistics process improvement, liner shipping and containerisation, financial techniques applicable to logistics, and attracting talent to the logistics industry.

Dr. Jagjit Srai

University of Cambridge UK

Dr. Jag is Head of the Centre for International Manufacturing, Institute for Manufacturing, University of Cambridge where he completed his PhD in Engineering, Manufacturing and Management. His research work and that of his group involves working closely with Industry in the analysis, design and operation of international production, supply and service networks. His previous roles have been in industry working as a Supply Chain Director of a multinational regional business, Technical Director of a national business and other senior management positions within front-line operations. Jag also has significant consultancy experience involving the application of the latest research with leading multinationals and government organisations. These include major project assignments for UK government (BIS, FCO S&I Units), regional development agencies and international bodies (UNCTAD, UNIDO), and industry cluster associations (Automotive, Aerospace, Pharma, Biotechnology, FMCG, Logistics). Reconfiguration projects for Industrial clients include leading manufacturing companies from across the globe, including Aggreko, BAE Systems, Huawei, General Motors, GSK, Lego, Rolls Royce, Ulstein and Unilever.

Dr. Alok Choudhary

Loughborough University UK

Dr. Alok Choudhary is a Senior Lecturer in Operations Management at the School of Business and Economics at Loughborough University, UK. He has consulting training experience with McKinsey & Company, and is a Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy. Prior to joining Loughborough, Dr Choudhary was a Lecturer and a Founding Director of the MSc Logistics and Supply Chain Management at the University of Sheffield, where he was nominated for an exceptional contribution award for two consecutive years. Dr Choudhary has collaborated on various industrial research projects and worked closely with European Commission (FP7), European Union, Innovative Manufacturing and Construction Research Centre (IMCRC), UKIERI (British Council), and companies including Rolls-Royce on topics related to logistics, supply chain, data mining applications and collaborative networks. He has authored and co-authored over 50 research publications in leading international journals and peer reviewed international conferences. Dr Choudhary is a key member of several learned society including EUROMA, CIPS, INFORMS, SOCOLNET and EDSI. He is also an international climate leader, having received training from former American Vice President Mr Al Gore in Chicago (2013).


Martin Barrow

Associate Director, Buisness Advice
Carbon Trust UK

Martin is one of the world's leading authorities on product and service carbon footprinting, and was instrumental in the development of the PAS 2050 footprinting standard. He has overseen a wide range of projects to help companies derive business benefit from understanding and optimising their value-chains. He spent 20 years in the automotive sector, managing $100m+ projects in manufacturing, design, commercial, IT and business re-engineering. He joined the Carbon Trust in 2007 to lead the deployment of the Carbon Trust’s product carbon footprinting initiative with customers to meet their business needs. He has overseen the execution of pilot projects, ensured PAS2050 can work in the real-world, and put structures in place to significantly expand the volume of projects which followed through continued development of footprinting tools, expansion of guidance to assist companies in footprinting, creation of training courses, and the expansion of the portfolio of advisory services to support companies during any type of footprinting projects, building models as appropriate, and finding valuable insights from results. He successfully delivered 50+ pioneering product carbon footprinting projects. Built reputation with companies, and world-wide experts that recognised CTFC as an experienced, leading authority on product carbon footprinting.

Keith James

Special Advisor -Environmental Research
Wrap UK

Keith provides leadership on environmental research in WRAP and is the focal point for technical expertise on life cycle thinking for all WRAP teams. He provides strategic input into the development of WRAP commissioned programmes and research projects and provide follow-through advice, in particular on climate change and resource efficiency. Keith has developed and managed several successful projects, including Meeting the UK Climate Challenge: The Contribution of Resource Efficiency.He has also written and made contributions to numerous publications, including the Scottish Carbon Metric for recycling for the Scottish Government and an evidence summary in support of the waste hierarchy in England and co-authored the Carbon and Water Footprint of Food Waste with Ashok Chapagain at WWF.

Nigel McKay

Owner and Director
Responsible Supply Chain Ltd. UK

Nigel has a vast experience of leading procurement activities at large global companies and his skills are based around strategic direction as a functional manager to gain the most competitive advantage for organizations. His areas of specialities are: Strategic Direction, Procurement Management, Supply Chain leverage, Performance Management, Accreditation, Quality Management, Asset Management, Construction Management and Project Planning. Before setting up his own company he spent 30 years working for construction sector including High Speed Two (HS2), Lend Lease and KBR.

Rebecca de Leeuwe

Environmental Sustainability Manager
Glaxo SmithKline UK

Rebecca is the subject matter expert within GSK for carbon and water impact across the value chain. Her career has involved the mitigation and minimisation of environmental impact in oil and gas, energy and pharmaceutical industries. Before joining GSK she spent 10 years working for Exxon Mobile at Fawley refinery in a technical role, followed by 6 years in Kvaerner as the lead process engineer for environmental project implementation. She has led the carbon footprinting of over 40 active pharmaceutical ingredients and 60 GSK products as well as GSK overall scope 3 carbon footprint. GSK uses carbon footprinting to target and develop improvements to manufacturing processes. One of the growing areas of interest for her is finding alternative raw materials that are more benign than the existing options and discovering resources from other manufacturer’s waste materials. She has embedded a sustainability focus within procurement, R&D and operations leading diagnostics and driving solutions.

Aleyn Smith-Gillespie

Associate Director, Buisness Advice
Carbon Trust UK

Aleyn has over 15 years’ international experience working in business management and strategy. At the Carbon Trust, Aleyn focuses on helping clients develop low-carbon, environmentally sustainable business models and strategies to drive operational efficiency, innovation, growth, and impact. His sector experience spans FMCG, ICT, telco, financial services, retail, energy, and public sector. Prior to Carbon Trust, Aleyn worked for strategy consultants Booz Allen Hamilton, as well as at other consulting practices based in China and the UK. He holds a BA from Cambridge University, and a double Master’s degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Aleyn speaks fluent Spanish, French, and Mandarin.

Dr. Shamir Ghumra

Head of Responsible Sourcing

Dr Ghumra has an Engineering Doctorate from Loughborough University and is an Associate member of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment and is also a Fellow of the Institute of Quarrying. Dr Ghumra is a unique individual who; has first-hand site experience with heavy plant; years of commercial acumen as a territory sales manager and held a senior management position as Head of Sustainability at Aggregate Industries (turnover in excess of £1bn and part of the Lafarge Holcim Group) from 2010 to 2014.
As Associate Director at BRE Dr Ghumra is well connected to both industry and academia. Dr Ghumra leads on commercial developments for the Centre for Sustainable Products which include LCA, EPD, Responsible & Ethical Sourcing programmes. Dr Ghumra is well respected through many industry associations including the Construction Products Association, Build UK, Mineral Products Association, and Council for Aluminium in Building and the Supply Chain Sustainability School. Dr Ghumra also represents the UK on European Committee standards relating to sustainability in the built environment..

Louise Needham

Environment & Sustainability Manager
Quorn UK

Louise heads the sustainability agenda for Quorn Foods as part of the Research & Innovation team based in the Stokesley, North Yorkshire Head Office of the meat-free food brand and manufacturer. Louise has overseen all research into the environmental sustainability attributes of mycoprotein as well as finished Quorn products for retail sale across the world. This has covered research areas including product carbon footprint analysis, organisational footprint measurement, water footprinting and land use analysis. More recently Louise has been focussed on internal policies, procedures and standards to underpin the new company vision since the start of 2016 – ‘To make the world’s diet healthier and more sustainable by being experts in delicious, healthy and sustainable alternatives to meat’. Louise began working with the company in 2011 via a KTP (Knowledge Transfer Partnership) through Sheffield Hallam University and after completing a BSc in Geography (Human) followed consecutively by an MSc in Environmental Management – both through Sheffield Hallam University. Quorn Foods is a market leader for meat-alternative foods and sells across 16 markets worldwide.

Farhad Bidgol

Team Leader -Circular Value Chains

Farhad is a MSc graduate from Canfield University in Manufacturing consultancy and has done worked in lean manufacturing and sustainability projects in the Aerospace, automotive and FMGC arenas. As the team leader of the Circular Value Chains Team at HSSMI responsible for manufacturing tasks and proposals around, remanufacturing, reuse, recycling, upcycling, sharing economy business models, sustainability product manufacture and end of life management for the group’s members. He and the team drive the mission to accelerate knowledge in manufacturing to the UK and EU sustainability and carbon reduction goals. Some of the projects the team are currently involved in include: Remanufacturing Reediness tool developed at HSSMI, ‘openMOS’ EU Horizon2020 call on plug and produce manufacturing systems, Innovate UK project ‘WATER’ Water Accelerated Technology for En-Tyre Recycling.

Tony Roy

Senior Procurement Manager

Tony has over 15 years Procurement and Supply Chain leadership experience in Big 4 Consultancy, Financial Services, Media, and Manufacturing industry. He has considerable experience of working with international teams to develop and implement procurement strategy, identifying and implementing sustainable cost savings, and enhancing supplier relationships. Before joining BT, he has a track record of working at the managerial and leading positions of well renowned organizations including British Medical Association, KPMG UK, Universal Pictures International, GE Consumer Finance, ACD Tridon and GEC Alsthom.