Panel 2: Supply Chain Financing


This session will offer an overview of supply chain financing (SCF). Each panelist will first discuss where SCF has been, where it is headed, and its implications for Africa. After that, the panel will engage the audience with questions and answers.


Prof. Thomas Choi, Arizona State University, U.S.

Thomas Choi is a Professor of Supply Chain Management at the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University. He has published articles in the Academy of Management Executive, Decision Sciences Journal, Decision Support Systems, Harvard Business Review, Journal of Management, Journal of Operations Management, Journal of Supply Chain Management, Production and Operations Management, and others. He currently serves as co-director of the Complex Adaptive Supply Networks Research Accelerator (CASN-RA), an international research group of scholars interested in supply networks. 


Prof. Erik Hofmann, Professor, University of St. Gallen, Switzerland

Erik Hofmann works at the Institute of Supply Chain Management, University of St.Gallen, Switzerland. Hofmann conducts research in business administration, especially purchasing, supply chain management, supply chain innovations and supply chain finance. His current projects include Potentials of Blockchain Technology in Supply Chain Management and Finance, SCM4.0: Managing Supply Chains in the Digital Age and Supply Chain Finance: Interorganizational Working Capital Management.

Dr. Simon Templar, Visiting Fellow, Cranfield School of Management, U.K.

Simon Templar is a qualified accountant and a visiting Fellow at the Centre for Logistics and Supply Chain Management, Cranfield School of Management and Royal Holloway University of London, United Kingdom. Templar lectures on management accounting and supply chain costing across a number of MSc courses. He also lectures on in-company and external programs delivered by Cranfield University. Templar has designed a range of distance/blended learning products for the university’s internal and external customers. 

Prof. Rudi Leuschner, Associate Professor, Rutgers University, U.S.A

Rudi Leuschner is an Associate Professor in the department of Supply Chain Management and the Program Director for the online Master of Science in Supply Chain Management program at Rutgers Business School. Leuschner’s research focuses on the end-to-end supply chain and the integration of its three primary flows: products, information and finances. Specifically, in the new field of Supply Chain Finance, he has been active in developing relevant insights for academic and practitioner audiences. He co-developed the Rutgers Business School Payment Practices Index.

Mr. Mostafa Elnahhas, Chief Technology Officer, Fawry and Angel Investor, Egypt

Mostafa Elnahhas is the Chief Technology Officer at Fawry and an angel investor at the Cairo Angels Network. He has been with Fawry from the beginning and is a member of the founding team. He is the technical and business guru who brings together the necessary services and infrastructure to turn the ideas into reality. Mostafa brings over 20 years of experience in the fields of fintechs. 

Prof. Dale Rogers, Professor, Arizona State University, U.S.A

Dale S. Rogers is the ON Semiconductor Professor of Business at the Supply Chain Management department at Arizona State University, the executive director of CARISCA and the Frontier Economies Logistics Lab. Dale is a leading researcher in reverse logistics, sustainable supply chain management, supply chain finance and secondary markets. ASU Bio | Google Scholar