July 21-22, 2021

2021 Supply Chain Research Summit: A Vision for Africa's Supply Chains

Thank you for joining the conversation at CARISCA’s first Supply Chain Research Summit. One of CARISCA’s goals is to exchange and share knowledge about supply chain research in Africa. The conference is for academics, practitioners, policymakers and students. The virtual conference consisted of four keynote presentations, six sessions, two panel discussions, and a dissertation award session for the best supply chain dissertation.


Prof. Martin Christopher

Keynote 1: Managing the Supply Chain in a Turbulent and Uncertain World
Prof. Martin Christopher
Emeritus Professor, Cranfield University, U.K.

Martin Christopher has been at the forefront of innovative thinking in logistics and supply chain management for almost fifty years. At Cranfield School of Management, he helped build the Centre for Logistics, Supply Chain Management and Procurement, which is now a leading center of excellence in logistics and supply chain management.

Mr. Daniel Sarfo Marfo

Keynote 2: Digitization and Medical Supply Chains in Africa
Mr. Daniel Sarfo Marfo
Senior Vice President, Zipline International, Ghana

Daniel Marfo is a pharmacist by training with over 10 years of experience in the healthcare and technology industries. He presently leads Zipline’s efforts to rapidly deliver medical and blood products to patients all over Africa as a Senior Vice President. Daniel has worked extensively in management positions for big pharmaceutical companies, including Johnson & Johnson and Sandoz.

Kenneth Amaeshi

Keynote 3: Sustainability Issues in Supply Chains in Africa
Professor Kenneth Amaeshi

University of Edinburgh, Scotland

Link to Keynote 3 Recording
Prof. Amaeshi referenced this video during his presentation.

Kenneth Amaeshi is a leading scholar on sustainable business and finance in the Global South. He is the Chair in Business and Sustainable Development and Director of Scaling Business in Africa at the University of Edinburgh. He also holds a Chair in Sustainable Finance and Governance at the School of Transnational Governance, European University Institute, Florence, Italy, and a visiting Professorship at Firoz Lalji Institute for Africa, London School of Economics and Political Science.

Dr. Prashant Yadav

Keynote 4: Health Product Supply Chains – Opportunities for Teaching, Research and Service Impact
Dr. Prashant Yadav
Center for Global Development, U.S./U.K.
Harvard Medical School, USA

Prashant Yadav is a Senior Fellow at the Center for Global Development, Affiliate Professor at INSEAD, and Lecturer at Harvard Medical School. He is a globally recognized healthcare supply chain scholar. He has also worked in several high-profile roles, such as the Vice President of Healthcare at the William Davidson Institute, and serves on several company boards.


Session 1: Healthcare Supply Chains

Session 2: Supply Chain Analytics

Session Chair:  Prof. Francis Kofi Andoh-Baidoo, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, U.S.

  • Paper 1: Big Data Analytics Capability and Market Performance
    Oluwaseun Olabode, Assistant Professor, University of Bradford, U.K.
  • Paper 2: The Perils and Promises of Big Data Research in Operations Management and Supply Chain Management
    Francis Kofi Andoh-Baidoo, Bright Frimpong, Christian Bautista, and Rakesh Guduru, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
  • Paper 3: Enhancing participation in online health communities: A decision tree induction theory development approach
    Joseph Manga, Emmanuel Ayaburi and Francis Kofi Andoh-Baidoo, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

Session 3: Sustainability in Supply Chains

Session Chair: Prof. Sherwat Elwan Ibrahim, American University in Cairo, Egypt

  • Matthew Quayson, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China
  • Vivian Osei, Department of Management Science, Business School, Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA)
  • Joseph Sarkis, Professor, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, U.S.

Session 4: Supply Chain and Information Systems

Session 5: The Intersection of Public Health Supply Chain Research and Policy

Session Chair: Dr. Frankline Keter, Africa Resource Center (ARC)

Session 6: Global Supply Chains

Session Chair: Dr. Magnus Hultman, Brock University, Canada

Panel Discussion 1: Advancing Women in Supply Chain: Research Questions and Opportunities

Moderator: Dr. (Mrs.) Felicity Asiedu-Appiah, KNUST, Ghana


Panel Discussion 2: Supply Chain Financing

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

Supply Chain Financing Panel presentation


  • Erik Hofmann, Professor, University of St. Gallen, Switzerland
  • Simon Templar, Visiting Fellow, Cranfield School of Management, U.K.
  • Rudi Leuschner, Associate Professor, Rutgers University, U.S.
  • Mostafa Elnahhas, Chief Technology Officer, Fawry and Angel Investor, Egypt
  • Dale Rogers, Professor, Arizona State University, U.S.

Dissertation Award Session

Session Chair: Prof. Erik Hofmann, University of St. Gallen, Switzerland
Committee: Prof. Godfrey Mugurusi, Norwegian University of Science and Technology; Dr. Obinna Muogboh, Lagos Business School; Prof. David Asamoah, KNUST


CARISCA Supply Chain Research Summit 2021