MIT’s Center for Transportation & Logistics Announces Speakers at the Malaysia Institute for Supply Chain Innovation Global Supply Chain SumMIT

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Leading academics from top institutions as well as global industry executives convene for inaugural event

The Malaysia Institute for Supply Chain Innovation (MISI) will host its first global supply chain conference on July 19, 2011, in Shah Alam, Malaysia, near Kuala Lumpur. The Global Supply Chain SumMIT will bring together thought leaders from renowned universities and research centers to discuss the region's need for supply chain innovation to support surging economic activity. The SumMIT will also advance the mission of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) rapidly expanding international network of education and research centers known as the Global SCALE (Supply Chain and Logistics Excellence) Network and MISI by providing an exclusive forum for the exchange of ideas.

“This conference will be a catalyst for elevating the discourse surrounding global supply chain issues in the region, and will highlight challenges specific to Southeast Asia that will lead to innovative solutions”, said Dr. Mahender Singh, executive director of the MIT Global SCALE Network in Asia. “Topics will cover the latest thinking on sustainable supply chains, emerging market supply chains, training the future supply chain professional, enabling supply chains in Asia, and the growing prevalence of logistics clusters”.

The first-of-its-kind event will feature the following speakers:

  •     JANICE H. HAMMOND Jesse Philips Professor of Manufacturing Harvard Business School, USA
  •     YOSSI SHEFFI Elisha Gray II Professor of Engineering Systems Director, Center for Transportation & Logistics, MIT, USA
  •     JAN C. FRANSOO Professor of Operations Management & Logistics, School of Industrial Engineering, Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands; Visiting Professor, Center for Transportation & Logistics, Engineering Systems Division, MIT, USA
  •     HUGO YOSHIZAKI Professor of Supply Chain Management University of Sao Paulo, Brazil
  •     RICHARD PIBERNICK Professor of Supply Chain Management and Executive Research

Director of the Supply Chain Management Institute (SMI), European Business School, Germany

MISI was created in March, 2011, to address the increasing demand for supply chain talent, knowledge, and thought leadership in the Southeast Asia region. As a member of the Global SCALE Network, MISI will draw on the network’s collective expertise to develop supply chain solutions geared to meet the needs of businesses in Southeast Asia.

About The Malaysia Institute for Supply Chain Innovation
The Malaysia Institute for Supply Chain Innovation (MISI), a joint initiative between The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the government of Malaysia, is a world-class center located in the city of Shah Alam, about 15 miles outside of Kuala Lumpur, and home to the largest and busiest port in Malaysia, Port Klang. The institute will leverage Southeast Asia’s growing position in world commerce and the experience of the MIT Center for Transportations & Logistics as the pre-eminent center for supply chain education and research.

The Institute will be a source of top talent and expertise for the growing number of major companies in Southeast Asia and for the international supply chain community. MISI will feature an independent, stand-alone degree-granting academic institution established under Malaysian law. MISI was launched in March of 2011, and plans to open its doors to the first batch of full time Masters degree students in the Fall of 2012. The institute will attract students, faculty, supply chain and logistics experts, and corporations from around the world to Southeast Asia’s burgeoning supply chain and logistics industry.

About the MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics
The MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics has been a world leader in supply chain management research and education for more than three decades. Combining its cutting-edge research with industry relationships, the Center’s corporate outreach program turns innovative research into market-winning supply chain strategies. In education, MIT is consistently ranked first among business programs in logistics and supply chain management. For more information, please visit

About the MIT Global SCALE Network
The Global SCALE (Supply Chain and Logistics Excellence) Network was initially formed in 2004 with the opening of the Zaragoza Logistics Center (ZLC) in Zaragoza Spain. It expanded in 2008 with the opening of the Center for Latin American Logistics Innovation (CLI) in Bogotá Colombia in 2008 and then again in 2011 with the creation of the Malaysia Institute for Supply Chain Innovation (MISI) in Shah Alam, Malaysia. Collectively, the SCALE Network, which includes CTL, now spans four continents. It is designed and operated as a balanced network where each center contributes resources to conduct joint research, administers educational programs, and works with corporate sponsors. The SCALE Network allows faculty, researchers, students, and affiliated companies from all three centers to pool their expertise and collaborate on projects that will create supply chain and logistics innovations with global applications, and help companies to compete in an increasingly complex business environment.


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