This webinar will examine how contemporary supply chains are changing post Covid-19 and post Brexit as both increase business risk and disrupt business continuity.

Therefore, companies will need to re-evaluate how to manage future supply chain processes and operations. Supply chain technologies can be critical as they present a major opportunity to re-invent and transform future supply chains in light of these risks and challenges.

This webinar will:

  • Explore risk and resilience in current supply chains
  • Analyse how specific technologies can transform supply chains
  • Showcase current thought leadership and leading research in logistics and supply chain management.


Professor Martin Christopher, Cranfield School of Management

Professor Emel Aktas, Professor of Supply Chain Analytics, Cranfield School of Management

Dermot Lynch, Head of Business and Market Development (GB & I), ABB Ltd 

Dermot leads ABB’s corporate Business Development, Strategic Marketing & Government Relations activity in the UK.  This involves the promotion of ABB’s transformational technologies in Robotics, Automation & Electrification, as well as 200+ digital solutions under it’s ABB Ability portfolio. ABB technology is transforming diverse sectors including emobility, food & beverage, marine, construction & logistics. Prior to joining ABB Dermot held Sales & Business Development leadership roles for Siemens working on Global Energy transition relating to areas such as digitalisation, renewables & smart metering.


10:00–10:05  Welcome - Professor David Oglethorpe (Dean of Cranfield School of Management)
and Professor Michael Bourlakis (Head of the Logistics Group)
10:05–10:15  Risk & Resilience: Setting the scene – Professor Martin Christopher
10:15–10:30  Supply Chain Analytics: Hype or Hero? – Professor Emel Aktas
10:30–10:45  The Application of Automation – Harnessing the enabling power of Robotics - Dermot Lynch
10:45–11:00  Questions from participants