Humanitarian supply chain operations help build efficient system designs for the delivery of goods and services to disaster-and conflict-stricken regions.  This webinar will provide an understanding of the challenges in building humanitarian systems while managing chaos and ensuring survival in insecure situations characterised by a lack of resources.  A practitioner's advice on how to overcome barriers in humanitarian relief operations will be provided.

A key message of the webinar is that we should begin to shift the refugee crises and humanitarian relief operations discourse into opportunities for positive social change.

This webinar will:

  • Review the importance of humanitarian supply chains
  • Introduce how formal and informal supply networks emerge in refugee camps
  • Provide practitioner's advice on how to overcome the rulebook and yet achieve the standards expected from the relief operation


Professor Michael Bourlakis, Centre for Logistics and Supply Chain Management, Cranfield School of Management

Dr Ismail Abushaikha, Centre for Logistics and Supply Chain Management, Cranfield School of Management

Killian Kleinschmidt, CEO, IPA Switzboard Europe and Former UN Emergency Manager


10:00–10:05  Welcome – Professor Emel Aktas
10:05–10:15  Importance of humanitarian supply chains – Professor Michael Bourlakis
10:15–10:30  The emergence of supply networks in refugee camps – Dr Ismail Abushaikha
10:30–10:45  Supply chain in disaster response: a practitioner's perspective – Killian Kleinschmidt
10:45–10:55  Questions from participants and panel discussion


This webinar is hosted by Zoom. You will need to download the Zoom application and be logged in to your Zoom account to be able to access the webinar. You can create a free Zoom account; you do not need a paid subscription with Zoom. You will need a reliable internet connection.

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