Prof. David Simchi-Levi Prof. David Simchi-Levi is a renowned operations and supply chain expert, Engineering Systems Professor at MIT and Chairman of OPS Rules. He was the co-founder of LogicTools, a supply chain software company that is now part of IBM. He has extensive experience both on the academic and the business sides of operations and supply chain management and is considered a leader in these fields.
Prof. Simchi-Levi received his Ph.D. in operations research from Tel-Aviv University in 1986 and Bachelor's in Engineering from Technion, 1978.
He co-authored these award winning books:
Designing and Managing the Supply Chain, with Edith Simchi-Levi and Philip Kaminsky.
Managing the Supply Chain with Edith Simchi-Levi and Philip Kaminsky.
Logic Of Logistics with Xin Chen and J. Bramel.
Handbook of Quantitative Supply Chain Analysis - Modeling in the E-Business Era with S. David Wu, Z.J. (Max) Shen.
His most recent book Operations Rules: Delivering Customer Value through Flexible Operations has been praised by business executives. The book addresses the current business concerns around Complexity Management, Flexibility, Segmentation and Supply Chain Risk Management.
Federico Casalegno Federico Casalegno, Associate Professor of the Practice, is the Founder and Director of the MIT Mobile Experience Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, SHASS, program in Comparative Media Studies. He has been awarded honorary professorships by the Glasgow School of Art, University of Glasgow and the Jiangnan University School of Design in Wuxi, China.
Dr. Casalegno holds a Ph.D. in Sociology of Culture and Communication from the Sorbonne University, Paris V, with a focus on mediated communication and social interaction in networked communities and wired cities.
He has published several scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals, books and articles. For the Living Memory connected community project he was awarded the Best Concept prize by the American Leading Industrial Designers I.D. Magazine, and the Silver Prize Design Concept by the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA).
Michael J Casey Michael Casey is a writer and researcher in the fields of economics, finance and digital technology and culture. He is currently a senior advisor for the digital currency initiative at MIT's renowned media lab, while also providing consulting services and speaking globally on the evolving digital governance of the global economy. As a senior advisor to MIT’s digital currency initiative and co-author of THE AGE OF CRYPTOCURRENCY, Michael Casey demystifies the Blockchain—the decentralized record-keeping system driving the Bitcoin revolution. He’s also the co-author of THE SOCIAL ORGANISM, in which he argues that social networks imitate the behavior of biological life. In both his works, Casey provides a sweeping vision of how new technologies are empowering people to take charge of their lives in ways that are disrupting middlemen, upending business models, and radically redefining how society is governed.
Irfan A Khan President & CEO, Bristlecone
Over 20 years of experience heading the profitable growth, competitiveness, and market leadership of emerging and mature businesses on a global scale, with an emphasis on B2B solution delivery.
Location: San Jose, CA, USA | Language(s): English
Roles and Responsibilities:
In his current role, Irfan provides end-to-end strategy, oversight, and direction for Bristlecone, with a focus on revolutionizing supply chain and analytics as a leader and change agent in the market. Equally focused on creating customer value and driving bottom-line results, Irfan has combined a unique background in business leadership, strategic planning, field execution, people leadership, and customer-facing operations to repeatedly transform, grow, and optimize organizations—whether driving turnaround, building new lines of business, or creating foothold in new markets.
Prior to Bristlecone, Irfan served as a General Manager for Sutherland Global Services, a global provider of business process and technology management services. Holding full P&L responsibility, Irfan established the company’s West Coast region as the fastest growing region with 55% year-over-year growth. As Regional Director for Microsoft’s Small & Medium Enterprise business in the Asia Pacific region, Irfan built the business from scratch, igniting a 50% year-over-year growth that positioned the region as an emerging strategic market for the company. His other prior roles include Director of Asia Pacific Operations for Hughes Network Systems and Account Manager for CMC Ltd’s Federal Business in Asia. Irfan serves on the Advisory Board of several enterprise software and service organizations.
Sweeni Ponoth VP & GM, Bristlecone Labs
17 years of experience across Retail, CPG, Travel, and Pharma.
Location: Pune, India | Language(s): English
Roles and Responsibilities:
As the General Manager of Bristlecone Labs, Sweeni leads incubation of innovative solutions for Digitally Connected Supply Chain by leveraging Analytics, IoT, and Business Process-as-a-Service.
Sweeni has spent most of his 17 years of experience advising clients in Retail, CPG, Travel, and Pharma across a wide range of functions. Some of his notable achievements during the course of his career are:
Established an Analytics Practice focused on Retail & Brands.
Established Analytics Center-of-Excellence for CPG/CE/Retail clients for their Sales, Marketing, Merchandizing, and Logistics.
Led design of an innovative low cost IoT, Cloud, and Analytics based solution for automated detection of ‘out-of-stock’ in a cooler/shelf and subsequent automated triggering of replenishment.
Designed Patent Pending IoT solution for Retail clients to identify a consumer and analytics/mobile technology to engage them in real-time with personalized and relevant content.
Pioneered use of video analytics to determine customer pathway, response to marketing tactics, and optimization of labor and promotions.
Developed Software-as-a-Service Platform and Patent Pending algorithms for Supply Chain Analytics that leverages Point-of-Sale (PoS) and extra-enterprise data, such as demographics, market research data, and Social Media data to provide predictive analytics and orchestrate a Market Driven Supply Chain.
Dr. Abel Sanchez
Dr. Abel Sanchez holds a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He is the Executive Director of MIT's Geospatial Data Center, architect of "The Internet of Things" global network, and architect of data analytics platforms for SAP, Ford, Johnson & Johnson, Accenture, Shell, Exxon Mobil, and Altria. In cyber security, Dr. Sanchez architected impact analysis of large-scale cyber-attacks designing Cyber Ranges for the Department of Defense (DOD). In password security, Dr. Sanchez led the design of a password firewall (negative authentication) for the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) agency. In machine learning, addressing fraud detection, Dr. Sanchez designed a situational awareness framework that exploits different perspectives of the same data and assigns risk scores to entities for Accenture. He led the design of a global data infrastructure simulator, modeling follow-the-sun engineering, to evaluate the impact of competing architectures on the performance, availability and reliability of the system for Ford Motor Company. He has been involved in developing E-Educational software for Microsoft via their I- Campus Program and with establishing the Accenture Technology Academy, an online resource for over 200,000 employees. He has 10 years of experience with learning management systems and has made deployments in America, Asia, and Europe. He teaches MIT courses on cybersecurity, engineering computation, and data science and has produced over 150 educational videos.
Dr. Leonardo Bonanni
Dr. Leonardo Bonanni is the founder and CEO of Sourcemap, an MIT startup specializing in supply chain mapping and transparency. Based in New York City, Sourcemap helps companies and consumers trace the origins of products such as food and fashion through an enterprise social network connecting hundreds of thousands of suppliers worldwide. Leo is an advocate of transparent supply chains and has been listed among Ethisphere's '100 Most Influential People in Business Ethics'. He holds a Masters and a PhD from the MIT Media Lab and is a frequent lecturer on supply chain transparency. Find out more about Sourcemap at www.sourcemap.com and Dr. Leonardo at leonardobonanni.com
Ron Spangler is a Senior Industrial Liaison Officer at MIT’s Office of Corporate Relations. For over 20 years now, he has been working to turn advanced technologies into real-world products. His work has covered aerospace systems, adaptive optics, sporting goods, semiconductor fabrication equipment, sensors, energy, and building technologies. And the roles he played range from R&D engineering through engineering management, general management, product management, and business development. He also has 14 U.S. patents to his name.
Most recently, Spangler headed Government Business Development at TIAX LLC, where he developed new technology transition opportunities in energy and defense, including securing external R&D support, negotiating licensing agreements, and selling high-value sensor products.
Prior to TIAX, Spangler was a part of the core team of MIT-spinout Active Control eXperts (ACX). He has also served as VP of Marketing and Business Development at MIT-spinout Mide Technology Corporation, and as a senior electrical engineer at the Itek Optical Systems division of Litton, Inc.
Spangler holds a Ph.D. in Estimation and Control from the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, MIT.
Brian Subirana is the Director of the MIT Auto-ID Laboratory and Research Scientist at MIT. He has been affiliated with MIT for over 20 years in various capacities including Visiting Professor at the MIT Sloan School of Management. He has also taught at programs from various Business Schools (MIT Sloan, Harvard, Stanford, IESE, INSEAD).
He spent the academic year 2015/2016 researching digital learning strategies as Visiting Scientist with the MIT Office of Digital Learning. Before becoming academic he worked at The Boston Consulting Group. He obtained his PhD in Computer Science at the MIT Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (now CSAIL), his MBA at MIT Sloan, has founded three start-ups and has over 200 publications (including three books).
He started his career with The Dow Chemical Company in 1983 in the Research Assignments Program. He spent 17 years in Midland, Michigan (location of Dow global headquarters and its Michigan Operations site) in various assignments in Research and Development (R&D), Technical Sales and Development (TS&D), capital projects and manufacturing.
He was named site leader in Kings Lynn, England and Business Manufacturing Leader for fungicides with manufacturing sites in France, Brazil, South Africa, Colombia and China. In 2007, Joe moved to Indianapolis with global responsibility for Formulations and Packaging operations, Fumigants, and External Manufacturing activity. In 2009, he moved to his current role as Supply Chain Director for Dow AgroSciences.
Mr. Krkoska is a graduate of Penn State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering 1983, and serves on the Industrial and Professional Advisory Council for the Department of Chemical Engineering while also overseeing Dow recruiting Team efforts at Penn State.
Omar Campbell & his team is responsible for Demand Planning, Financial Forecasting, Inventory Management, Procurement and Marketing Analytics and support for the business unit. He has 22 years of Supply Chain and Operations experience, with the past 15 years focused on demand planning, inventory management and S&OP. He recently led the SAP APO implementation at Checkpoint Systems, and in conjunction with it he developed the global demand planning processes for the organization. He is currently transitioning the TW NA business unit to a demand planning process, focused on best practices and driving improvements throughout the Supply Chain. Omar is a graduate of St. Mary of the Plains College, in Dodge City, Kansas, with a B.S. in Business Administration.
He Responsible for Demand Planning, Supply Planning, S&OP, Customer Service, Warehousing and Transportation for Del Monte, A $1.9B food company. He completed his BS in Economics & Systems analysis from Southern Methodist university in 1981 & MS in Management of Technology from Georgia Institute of Technology in 1999.
Michael (Mike) Dominy
Mike Dominy is a VP and Chief of Research in Gartner's Supply Chain Research team. He has been with Gartner for 7 years now and in the industry for 25 years. His previous roles included helping line-of-business users align corporate strategy with their supply chain process and technology initiatives. At Gartner, he guides the supply chain research architecture and coverage, while focusing on supply chain strategy, transformation, and business services. He is responsible for assisting supply chain executives in understanding and implementing demand-driven supply chain roadmaps that improve the performance of their supply chain.
He did his M.B.A from Northeastern University, with a B.S. in Logistics Management from Syracuse University.
Dr. Yossi Sheffi
Dr. Yossi Sheffi is the Elisha Gray II Professor of Engineering at the MIT, where he serves as the Director of the Center for Transportation & Logistics. He is also the Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the MIT. An expert in Systems Optimization, Risk Analysis, and Supply Chain Management, Dr. Yossi founded and is the current Director of MIT’s Supply Chain Management Master's Program.
Apart from creating an impact through academic roles, he has lend his consulting experience to leading enterprises and founded or co-founded companies, namely LogiCorp, PTCG, e-Chemicals, Logistics.com, and Syncra Systems.
Dr. Yossi has authored several award-winning books, including The Power of Resilience, Logistics Clusters, The Resilient Enterprise, and Urban Transportation Networks.
James Heidrich is an Operations and Supply Chain Systems and Process Transformation expert, with over 20 years of experience in the delivery of premium transformation, optimization, standardization, and concept coordination services on an international scale. He is also a DMAIC and DMEDI Black Belt and Lean methodology expert.
James’ know-how encompasses the whole gamut of Project Management and complex global Supply Chain Management. He is an articulate and culturally sensitive communicator and public speaker who believes in nurturing a strong relationship among stakeholders, suppliers, and various departments.
James is known in the industry for his exceptional analysis of trends and statistical data, and the dovetailing of key corporate functions to maximize corporate productivity.
Bob Ferrari is the Managing Director of the Ferrari Consulting and Research Group as well as the Founder and Executive Editor of the Supply Chain Matters Internet blog. He is a highly visible supply chain thought leader, independent industry analyst, consultant, writer, and speaker who provides both a practical and thought-provoking perspective for global supply chain business process and information technology needs. His blog, Supply Chain Matters, has been consistently cited as among the top ten blogs in supply chain management and has a wide global following.
His professional background includes many years of multifunctional supply chain and IT management experience in roles within high tech and other industries that include planning, operations, fulfillment, information systems, and customer service areas. He has served as a noted supply chain industry analyst at both AMR Research (now Gartner) and IDC Manufacturing Insights.
Bob’s Ferrari’s academic background includes an MBA from the F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson College and a bachelor of science in business administration from Northeastern University.