Leadership and Policy Seminar Series

Established in 2003, the ITLS Leadership and Policy Seminar Series benefits from leading national and international experts (CEOs, Visiting Professors etc) speaking on topical transport and logistics issues relevant to business and academia. The seminar series attracts a broad audience from industry, government and academia as well as our own faculty and research students. Seminars are usually one hour long including the presentation and time for Q&A.

Our seminar convenors are Dr Matthew Beck, Senior Lecturer in Infrastructure Management and Professor Rico Merkert, Chair in Transport and Supply Chain Management. As seminars are confirmed details are listed below.

Seminars are normally held fortnightly on Tuesdays, between March and November (with a break in July), from 2:00pm to 3:00pm with coffee and tea available from 1-30pm Please check the venue details listed under each seminar.

Invitations are sent to our mailing list at least one week in advance. Seminars are free, however, an RSVP is required, so please respond to the seminar invitation.

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Date: 28th Mar 2017 02:00 pm

Speaker: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Tarkan Tan, Operations Management & Logistics MSc Program Director, Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands

Topic: New Avenues of Sustainable Supply Chain Management

Venue: The Darlington Centre Conference Room – 174 City Road, Darlington

Bio: Tarkan Tan is an associate professor of sustainable operations management in the School of Industrial Engineering at Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands. Dr. Tan received his Ph.D. from the Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey, in 2002. He spent one year at  Columbia University, New York, as a Fulbright scholar. He joined Eindhoven University of Technology in 2003 and he is currently the director of the Operations Management and Logistics M.Sc. program at this university. In 2010 he spent an academic term at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), as a visiting scholar, and he is currently visiting the Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies at the University of Sydney Business School, conducting joint research with Prof. Behnam Fahimnia. Dr. Tan is an executive board member of the European Supply Chain Forum. He has published articles in leading academic journals in his field and recently co-edited a book entitled “Sustainable Supply Chains: A Research-based Textbook on Operations and Strategy”.

Abstract: As firms become progressively more tightly coupled in global supply chains, rather than being large vertically integrated monoliths, risks and opportunities associated with activities upstream or downstream will increasingly impinge upon their own wellbeing. For a firm to thrive, it is increasingly imperative that it be aware of economic, environmental and social dimensions of the entire supply chain it belongs to, and that it proactively monitor and manage those. Finding efficient solutions towards a more sustainable supply chain is increasingly important for managers, but clearly this raises difficult questions, often without clear answers. In this talk, we aim to provide insights into these kinds of questions, based on the latest academic research.

Date: 11th Apr 2017 02:00 pm

Speaker: Charlie Macdonald, DB Schenker Australia and New Zealand

Topic: The impact of disrupting technologies on the Transport and Logistics sector

Bio: Charlie is the CIO of DB Schenker Australia and New Zealand – DB Schenker is a global leader in Air & Ocean Freight and Logistics services. He has over 25 years’ experience in Transport and Logistics based in Europe & Asia. Prior to joining DBS Charlie was the Industry Executive for Manufacturing, Transport and Logistics at Telstra where he published a number of research papers including in 2015 “The Personal Chain” a study on how consumer focused digital retail is disrupting supply chains.

Charlie is a member of the ICT Executive committee of the Australian Logistics Council.


Previous published research:

THE PERSONAL SUPPLY CHAIN – Meet the connected, engaged OmniChannel Shopper
The Retail Supply Chain has been transformed in recent years by technology. Technology has allowed collaboration between retailers and their supply chain partners and this in turn has provided unprecedented cost efficiencies for retailers like Wal Mart and unprecedented agility for others like Zara.

The emergence of the Omnichannel shopper means that value can now be generated through Retail Supply Chain collaboration with consumers in the same way as it is already being generated from collaboration between businesses. The white paper will answer the following questions

What elements of Retail Supply Chain collaboration would consumers find most valuable?  

  • What elements of Retail Supply Chain collaboration would consumers find most valuable? 
  • What would consumers expect to pay if collaboration resulted in an enhanced service? 
  • What would consumers expect to save if collaboration resulted in retail supply chain efficiencies? 
  • How ready are all players in the supply chain to collaborate with consumers?

MAKING THE CONNECTION – Harnessing New Technology to drive productivity across the Supply Chain”.
The technologies to improve supply chain collaboration are ready to go. It’s all about bringing them together. Consignments that tell you where they are. Vehicles that alert you when they need maintenance. Schedules that update themselves to reflect traffic conditions or missed connections. Our new white paper takes an in-depth look at how ideas like these are already helping the transport and logistics community connect,  collaborate – and improve driver safety and productivity, load utilisation and fuel efficiency.

MAKE FOR ASIA – The emerging Asian middle class and the opportunities for Australian Manufacturing.
Spending in the new Asian middle class is being driven by greater discretionary income and has profound implications for the international manufacturing industry. Our new report, Make For Asia, looks at how manufacturers may best leverage technology to meet the astounding social and economic developments now taking place in our region.

Gareth Evans

Date: 3rd May 2017 02:00 pm

Speaker: Gareth Evans, CEO, Qantas International and Freight

Topic: Future Directions for Global Aviation: the Qantas View

Venue: by Invite only this will require RSVP at the request of Qantas, media reporting of the seminar is not permitted.

Bio: Gareth Evans became CEO, Qantas International and Freight in March 2015. He was previously the Qantas Group's Chief Financial Officer, a role he held for five years.  Mr Evans' portfolio as CFO included Finance,  Strategy, Treasury, IT, Procurement (including Fleet), Investor Relations, Mergers & Acquisitions, and the Group's business transformation program.

His earlier roles with Qantas covered a range of areas, including financial operations, commercial and business analytics, major business change initiatives, scheduling, ticket pricing and revenue management, as well as readiness activities for the arrival of the Airbus A380.

Prior to joining Qantas Group in 1999, he held a number of corporate finance roles with Caltex Australia and KPMG in Australia and the UK.

Mr Evans is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

Abstract: Qantas International CEO Gareth Evans will share the national carrier's view on the forces re-shaping the global aviation industry, including economic change, emerging alliances, and the impact of new  technologies. He will discuss the implications of these broader trends for Australia, and outline Qantas' strategy for a sustainable future after a period of transformation