Prof. Luk Van Wassenhove,

Henry Ford Chaired Professorship in Manufacturing, INSEAD,

Fontainebleau, France

Prof. Angappa Gunasekaran,

Dean, Business and Public Administration,

California State University, Bakersfield (USA).

Professor Van Wassenhove’s research and teaching are concerned with operational excellence, supply chain management, quality, continual improvement and learning. His recent research focus is on closed-loop supply chains (product take-back and end-of-life issues) and on disaster management (humanitarian logistics). He is senior editor for Manufacturing and Service Operations Management and departmental editor for Production and Operations Management. He publishes regularly in Management Science, Production and Operations Management, and many other academic as well as management journals (like Harvard Business Review, and California Management Review).

He is the author of many award-winning teaching cases and regularly consults for major international corporations. In 2005, Professor Van Wassenhove was elected Fellow of the Production and Operations Management Society (POMS). In 2006, he was the recipient of the EURO Gold Medal for outstanding academic achievement. In 2009 he was elected Distinguished Fellow of the Manufacturing and Services Operations Management Society (MSOM), and received the Lifetime Achievement Faculty Pioneer Award from the European Academy of Business in Society (EABIS) and the Aspen Institute. In 2013 he became Honorary Fellow of the European Operations Management Association (EUROMA).

He is a member of the Royal Flemish Academy of Sciences. Before joining INSEAD he was on the faculty at Erasmus University Rotterdam and Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. At INSEAD he holds the Henry Ford Chair of Manufacturing. He created the INSEAD Social Innovation Centre and acted as academic director until September 2010. He currently leads INSEAD’s Humanitarian Research Group.”

Prof. Angappa Gunasekaran is the Dean at the School of Business and Public Administration, California State University, Bakersfield (USA). Prior to this, he held the position of Dean and Professor at the Charlton College of Business from January 1, 2013 to June 30, 2017, Chairperson of the Department of Decision and Information Sciences from 2006-2012 and Founding Director of Business Innovation Research Center (BIRC) from 2006-2017 at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth (MA).

Prof. Gunasekaran has held academic positions at Brunel University (UK), Monash University (Australia), the University of Vaasa (Finland), the University of Madras (India) and the University of Toronto, Laval University, and Concordia University (Canada). He has a PhD in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from the Indian Institute of Technology (Bombay). Prof. Gunasekaran has received Thomas J. Higginson Award for Excellence in Teaching (2001-2002) within the Charlton College of Business. He has over 300 articles published/forthcoming in 40 different peer-reviewed journals.

He has presented about 50 papers and published 60 articles in conferences and given a number of invited more talks in about 20 countries. Prof. Gunasekaran is on the Editorial Board of over 30 peer-reviewed journals which include some prestigious journals. He has edited several of books. Prof. Gunasekaran is the Editor of Benchmarking: An International Journal and the North-American Editor of the International Journal of Enterprise Network Management. Prof. Gunasekaran is currently interested in researching benchmarking, agile manufacturing, management information systems, e-procurement, competitiveness of SMEs, information technology/systems evaluation, performance measures and metrics in new economy, technology management, logistics and supply chain management.