Join us for the 2024 Supply Chain Research Summit in Accra June 4-6

CARISCA’s fourth annual Supply Chain Research Summit kicks off June 4, 2024, in Accra, Ghana. The theme of this year’s conference is “Africa’s Supply Chain Resilience for Economic Transformation.” 

The summit is central to CARISCA’s goal to integrate Africa’s supply chain research into mainstream research and strengthen African supply chain capacity. It is the largest academic supply chain conference on the continent.

“The summit is a can’t-miss event for supply chain management scholars from Africa and around the world,” says Dale Rogers, CARISCA’s executive director. “In only a few years, it has become the place where new research ideas relevant to Africa are developed and presented.” 

Supply chain scholars, students, practitioners and policymakers will present a record number of over 140 papers at the summit this year.

In addition to these presentations, the conference will feature three keynote speakers, a journal editors panel, a women’s panel, a session on the Ghana Logistics Managers Index, the PhD Dissertation Awards competition, and much more.

The conference will once again be presented in a hybrid format. The in-person venue is the Kempinski Hotel Gold Coast City, a luxury 5-star hotel in the downtown business district. 

In-person registration is at capacity, but you can still register to participate in all events online, at no charge.

Visit the summit website for more details.

Meet the keynote speakers:

June 4
Group Director for Business Transformation, Brand & Culture at Equity Group Holdings Plc (Kenya)

“Leveraging Technology and Innovation to Build Resilient Supply Chains in Africa”

Lydiah Kiburu directs business transformation, brand and culture for Equity Group Holdings, named last year as the fourth strongest banking brand in the world. She brings to this role a robust background in strategy development, business/digital transformation, strategic leadership, stakeholder engagement, consumer behavior analysis and communications. 

Kiburu holds degrees in information science and international development and diplomacy. She also is an alumna of the Strathmore University PhD program in business and management. 

Through training programs and serving on several boards in the international development sector, Kiburu has gained a wealth of experience in governance and oversight as well. Among her passions are youth development, consumer technology adoption and community empowerment. 

Glenn Richey

June 5
Harbert Eminent Scholar in Supply Chain Management at Auburn University (USA)

“Responsiveness, Organizational Learning and AI: The Future of Supply Chain Strategy”

Robert Glenn Richey Jr. is a prominent figure in the field of supply chain management. Serving as the Harbert Eminent Scholar in Supply Chain Management at Auburn University, he has made significant contributions to the academic and practical aspects of the discipline. 

As the co-editor-in-chief of the Journal of Business Logistics, Richey is deeply involved in advancing the research and understanding of logistics and supply chain management. His work is characterized by a strong emphasis on industry-based research, particularly in the realms of supply chain and international business. 

Richey is also known for his dedication to building robust research collaborations and fostering meaningful relationships between academia and industry practitioners. This dedication is reflected in his active engagement in creating opportunities for students to connect with the real-world applications of their studies. 

June 6
Faculty member at the University of Pretoria Gordon Institute of Business Science (South Africa)

“Harmonize Policies, Leverage Heritage: How Can Africa Drive Resilient Supply Chains?”

Faith Mashele teaches in the areas of sustainable supply chains and operations management at the University of Pretoria’s Gordon Institute of Business Science. She also is a fellow of the school’s Centre for African Management and Markets. 

In addition to her academic career, she has extensive corporate experience. Mashele has held diverse roles in both the public and private sector, spanning the banking, consulting, development finance, education and information technology industries.

Known as a procurement ninja, she has been widely recognized as one of the leading women in the field. She is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS) and former head of the Procurement Centre of Excellence for Nedbank.

Other don’t-miss summit highlights:

4:15-5:15 p.m. GMT June 4
Panel on Ensuring Inclusive and Gender-Responsive Supply Chains in Africa

5:35-6:35 p.m. GMT June 4
PhD Dissertation Awards Competition

1:45-2:45 p.m. GMT June 5
Session on the Ghana Logistics Managers Index for the first quarter of 2024

4:15-5:15 p.m. GMT June 5
Panel on Publishing in Top Journals in Operations and Supply Chain Management

6:45 p.m. GMT June 5
Conference dinner featuring Atoapem Frimpong Barimah, senior manager of supply chain operations at Newmont Africa, speaking on “Has Transformation Ever Been Achieved Without Supply Chain?,” followed by the PhD Dissertation Awards