Keynote speakers and talks are:


Prof. Dr. Kannan Govindan (University of Southern Denmark)

Prof. Kannan Govindan is the founder and current head of the Center for Sustainable Supply Chain Engineering, University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark. His research interests include digital supply chain, industry 4.0 on supply chain, Sustainable development goals, reverse logistics, closed-loop supply chain, digitalized sustainable circular economy, green supply chain management, and sustainable supply chain management. He has published more than 285 international journal articles (with a total of 33966 + citations and an H-index of 100) in leading journals such as Nature, Omega, Decision Science, Journal of the Operational Research Society, European Journal of Operational Research, Journal of Cleaner Production, Computers & Industrial Engineering, Transportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review, International Journal of Production Economics and International Journal of Production Research. Currently, he is an Editor-In-Chief of the Cleaner Logistics and Supply Chain journal (Elsevier), Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Business Performance and Supply Chain Modelling (Inderscience) and the International Journal of Advanced Operations Management (Inderscience).  In addition, he serves as an executive editor of the Journal of Cleaner Production,  associate editor of Transportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review, senior editor of Industrial Management & Data Systems, editor of Annals of Operations Research, an area Editor of INFOR: Information Systems and Operational Research, and has served as a guest editor in journals such as European Journal of Operations Research, Computers and OR, Annals of OR, Journal of Cleaner Production, International Journal of Production Economics. Finally, he serves as an Editorial Board Member of several international journals.


Title: Sustainable and Resilient Reverse Logistics Network Design


Abstract: Various efforts to incorporate sustainability issues into supply chain (SC) management have occurred. Some efforts seek to address the environmental problems in SC management; the green supply chain (GSC), reverse logistics (RL), closed-loop supply chain (CLSC), and the Sustainable SC. Other efforts focus on economic advantages, creating added value for the customer and the company to develop win-win partnerships for all involved in the SC. Given the recent advancement, circular economy provides an alternative way of establishing a sustainable economy. As a result, new models and new concepts emerged for sustainable and resilient RL network design. This talk will briefly explain our methodological approach and present results and insights applied to a real-world supply chain (SC).



Prof. Dr. Tolga Bektaş (University of Liverpool)

 Tolga Bektas is a Professor of Logistics Management at the University of Liverpool Management School.  He has a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering (2005) from Bilkent University and held academic posts at the University of Montreal and the University of Southampton.  His research interests are in the planning and optimization of operations arising within freight logistics and distribution, including vehicle routing and scheduling, railway timetable optimization, maintenance planning in sea vessels, and last-mile distribution in cities, with an emphasis on reducing environmental externalities from transport.


Title: Last-Mile Logistics in London

Abstract: Freight transport makes up 16% of all road vehicle activity in UK cities, with lorries and vans performing 30% of their total activity in urban areas.  Around 2.4 billion parcels were sent in the UK in 2017-18, for example, giving rise to significant operational challenges in performing last-mile deliveries.  In this talk, I will present some of the findings of the research project titled FTC2050: Freight Traffic Control 2050 ( that looked at the collective transport and energy impacts of current 'business-as-usual' carrier activities in London.  The aim was to improve carrier collection and delivery schedules by investigating the potential of new business models for reducing localized transport impacts.  I will describe the practical challenges faced by last-mile logistics operators, and present alternative distribution models to help improve the overall efficiency of the operations. 

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Burcu Balçık (Ozyegin University)

Burcu Balçık is an Associate Professor in the Department of Industrial Engineering Department at Özyeğin University.  She got her Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Washington. She holds a BSc and an MS degree from Middle East Technical University, Industrial Engineering Department. She worked as a postdoctoral researcher at Northwestern University. Dr. Balçık’s research mainly focuses on the design and management of humanitarian supply chains and logistics. She received the Turkish Science Academy’s Young Scientist Award (BAGEP) for her research in humanitarian logistics. Dr. Balçık is currently an associate editor of Transportation Science. She is also on the Editorial Boards of Production and Operations Management, Transportation Research Part E, Journal of Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chain Management, and Sustainability Analytics and Modeling. She took leading roles at professional societies including the Public Sector Operations Research Section of INFORMS and EURO Working Group on Humanitarian Operations.


Title: The impact of stock sharing and postponement strategies on prepositioned relief stocks

Abstract: Prepositioning of relief supplies in warehouses in the humanitarian aid network is a disaster preparedness strategy widely applied by humanitarian organizations. While prepositioning allows humanitarian organizations to ship the relief supplies to the disaster-affected areas quickly, it can be costly. In this talk, I will present a collaborative strategy, which can improve the effectiveness and efficiency of repositioning. We focus on a regional network comprising of several humanitarian organizations that preposition relief items in the network. We develop a Monte Carlo simulation model to evaluate the effect of the proposed collaboration strategy on critical performance metrics. We also present a stochastic optimization model to assist the effective implementation of stock-sharing and postponing strategies. In this talk, I will briefly explain our methodological approach and then present results and insights obtained based on a case study, which is developed based on historical disaster data and information from several international humanitarian organizations.

[This study is joint work with Ph.D. students Lamia Kasap (Ozyegin U.) and Birce Adsanver (HEC Montreal) and is supported by Florent Chane from the ESUPS working group. The project was funded by a TUBITAK 1002 grant.]



Prof. Dr. Maciej Szymczak (Poznań University of Economics and Business)

Maciej Szymczak is a Full Professor of Business Administration, Institute of International Business and Economics, Department of Logistics, Poznań University of Economics and Business (PUEB), Poznań, Poland. Professor M. Szymczak received an M.Sc. degree in the area of Computer Science from the Technical University of Poznan, a Ph.D. and post Ph.D. (habilitation) degree in the area of Business Administration, majoring in business logistics management, from PUEB. He currently serves as Vice-rector for Development and External Relations, PUEB. His research focuses on business logistics, international logistics and supply chain management, information systems for logistics, and city logistics. He has published over 120 articles in professional journals. He is the author and co-author or editor of 17 books.


Title: Supply Chain Resilience: Bottlenecks & Core Capacities

Abstract: Resilience is currently an increasing concern in supply chains. Basically, resilience puts stress on post-failure recovery. A resilient system should be able to return to its original state after a disruption. A vast majority of organizations reported their supply chains being negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. It was also experienced by customers across every consumer category. We could observe such effects as rising prices, enormous delays, and broken supply chains. This short introductory presentation takes up the topic of the most important challenges in the wake of the crisis in the different areas of the supply chain as well as core capacities of supply chain resilience.