Visiting experts

in alphabetical order

Prof. Mats Abrahamsson, Linköping University, Sweden

Mats Abrahamsson is a professor of logistics management at Linköping University, Sweden. His research focuses on logistics management and business strategy, including dynamic capabilities, supply chain design, reengineering of international marketing channels, and sustainable city logistics. He has been working as a consultant for a large number of Swedish and international companies.

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Prof. Ruth Banomyong, Thammasat University, Thailand

Ruth Banomyong is currently Dean at the Faculty of Commerce & Accountancy (a.k.a. Thammasat Business School), Thammasat University in Thailand.

Banomyong’s main research interests are in the field of multimodal transport, international logistics, trade facilitation, national logistics development policies and supply chain performance. He also has a diploma to teach muay thai (thai boxing).

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Prof. Ellen Eftestøl-Wilhelmsson, University of Helsinki, Finland

Dr. juris Ellen Eftestøl-Wilhelmsson is Professor of Civil and Commercial Law at the University of Helsinki and visiting Professor at the Scandinavian Institute of Maritime Law, University of Oslo. She is in charge of the interdisciplinary INTERTRAN Research Group for Sustainable Business and Law at the University of Helsinki.

Her major teaching and research areas are related to International Commercial Transactions. She teaches inter alia contract law, law of obligations, tort law and carriage of cargo. She holds a particular interest in sustainability research. She is currently working on a project on Environmental Compliance in Shipping. Eftestøl-Wilhelmsson is a board leader or member of various foundations and organizations. She also acts as arbitrator in commercial law.

Prof. Daniel Ekwall, University of Borås, Sweden

Daniel Ekwall (Ph.D) is Professor (Textile Management) at the University of Borås, Sweden, Associate Professor (Supply Chain Management) at Hanken School of Economics in Helsinki, Finland, and also Associate Professor (Supply Chain Security) at the Turku School of Economics, Finland. Daniel is also the former head of global security at DB Schenker.

Ekwall’s research interests include Supply chain risk management, Supply chain security, Textile Management, and logistics safety and security. He publishes in leading logistics and textile journal. Daniel did also receive the award for the best doctoral student paper at Nofoma 2008 as well as the Highly Commended Award winner of the 2011 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Awards in the Logistics and Supply Chain Management category.

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Assoc. Prof. Jamal El Baz, Ibn Zohr University, Morocco

Jamal El Baz is an associate professor of supply chain management and operations management at Ibn Zohr University in Morocco. As Fulbright fellow at College of Charleston in the U.S, he has published several papers in leading journals and served as a reviewer to several peer-reviewed journals.

El Baz’s main research interests include green supply chain management, sustainability, CSR and supply chain risk management.

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Prof. Jan Fransoo, Kühne Logistics University, Germany

Jan C. Fransoo is Professor of Operations Management & Logistics at Kühne Logistics University (KLU) in Hamburg. He also serves as KLU’s Dean of Research and Member of the Executive Board. He joined KLU in 2018 following a tenure of 22 years at Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands, where he still holds an honorary visiting professorship.

Fransoo researches operations, logistics, and SCM decision making in the retail, chemical, food, pharmaceutical and transport industries. His current focus is on retail distribution and channel management in developing markets, intermodal container transport, and sustainability and social responsibility in supply chains. His recent books include Reaching 50 Million Nanostores: Retail Distribution in Emerging Megacities and Sustainable Supply Chains: A Research-Based Textbook on Operations and Strategy.

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Prof. Britta Gammelgaard, CBS, Denmark

Britta Gammelgaard is full professor in Supply Chain Management at Department of Operations Management at Copenhagen Business School (CBS) and is member of the CBS Maritime steering group. Her research interests include supply chain strategies, logistics and supply chain innovation, last-mile deliveries in cities and strategic procurement. Gammelgaard is Editor-in-Chief of International Journal of Logistics Management.

Prof. David B. Grant, Hanken School of Economics, Finland

David B. Grant is Professor of Supply Chain Management & Social Responsibility, Hanken School of Economics, Finland, and Bua Luang ASEAN Chair Professor, Thammasat University, Thailand. Previous appointments include Hull University Business School, England, where he held posts as Director of the Logistics Institute and Associate Dean, Heriot-Watt and Edinburgh Universities, Scotland, and Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary, Canada.

Grant’s research interests include logistics customer service, satisfaction and service quality; in-store and online retail logistics; reverse, closed-loop and sustainable logistics; and humanitarian and developmental logistics. He has over 250 publications in various fora and serves on the editorial board of many international journals.

Prof. John V. Gray, The Ohio State University, US

John V. Gray is a professor of operations and the associate director of the Center for Operational Excellence at the Fisher College of Business, The Ohio State University.

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Prof. Árni Halldórsson, Chalmers U. of Technology, Sweden

Árni Halldórsson is Professor of Supply Chain Management at the Division of Service Management and Logistics, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden.

Halldórsson also holds a position as a Professor of Supply Chain Management and Social Responsibility at Hanken School of Economics, Finland. His research evolves around sustainable supply, energy efficiency in the supply chain, sustainable development of logistics services, service supply chains and theorizing and methodology in these fields.

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Prof. Jan Havenga, Stellenbosch University, South Africa

 Jan Havenga, Stellenbosch University (ZA), is Professor of Logistics Management and a leading researcher in the field of macrologistics that he co-established.

Macro-logistics researches the cost and structure of national logistics systems and suggests solutions in order to reduce the total cost of ownership of economies. These solutions could relate to policy, infrastructure or systemic changes (i.e. broader than the freight transport industry). Havenga’s work stretches from South Africa to sub-Saharan countries and over the last years also in India, Vietnam and China.

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Prof. Marc Helmold, IUBH International University, Germany

Marc Helmold is full-time Professor at the IUBH International University in Berlin for international negotiations, performance management, supply management, and SCM. Prior to this he worked as a General Manager / Executive for Supply, Procurement and SCM in OEMs in the Automotive and Railway Industry in Japan, China and Germany.

Helmold’s research interests and competencies include international supply, supply chain resilience, negotiations, performance and strategic management. His research is published in books like:

  • Helmold (2020) Lean Management and Kaizen. Fundamentals from cases in Operations and Supply Management. Springer.
  • Helmold (2020) Total Revenue Management (TRM). Case Studies, Best-Practices and Industry Insights. Springer.
  • Helmold, Dathe, Hummel, Terry & Pieper (2020) Successful international Negotiations. A practical Guide for Managing Transactions and Deals. Springer.
  • Helmold & Samara (2019) Progress in Performance Management. Industry Insights and Case Studies on Principles, Application Tools, and Practice. Springer.

Prof. Petri Helo, University of Vaasa, Finland

Petri Helo is Professor of Industrial Management, Logistics Systems and the head of Networked Value Systems research group, at School of Technology and Innovations, University of Vaasa, Finland. His research addresses the management of supply demand networks and use of information technology in operations. Helo is also partner and board member at Wapice Ltd, a software solution provider of CPQ and IoT solutions.

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Prof. Kai Hoberg, Kühne Logistics University, Germany

Kai Hoberg is  Professor of Supply Chain and Operations Strategy at Kühne Logistics University. His current research topics include supply chain analytics, role of technology in supply chains, inventory modeling, and the link between operations and finance.

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

Erik Hofmann is the Director of the Institute of Supply Chain Management at the University of St.Gallen, Switzerland. His primary research interest are innovations in purchasing, supply chain finance and Industry 4.0.

Hofmann’s research is published in, e.g. Journal of Business Logistics, International Journal of Production Economics or International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management. He is author of several awarded books like “Performance Measurement and Incentive Systems in Purchasing” or “Financing the End-to-End Supply Chain”.

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Prof. Harlina Suzana Jaafar, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia

Harlina Suzana Jaafar is Senior Lecturer at the Department of Technology and Supply Chain Management at the Faculty of Business and Management, Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM), Malaysia.  Her field of expertise includes third party logistics, halal supply chain, trade logistics and green logistics.

Currently, Jaafar actively involves in the development of Halal Supply Chain standard for Malaysia and OIC countries, in which she is now the Chairman of Technical Committee (TC) 10 Halal Supply Chain under the Standard Metrology Institute for Islamic Countries (SMIIC) based in Istanbul since 2017 and Islamic Standard Committee member in Standards Malaysia.  She is also actively involved in several task force under the Ministry of Transport.

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Assoc. Prof. Leif-Magnus Jensen, Jönköping University, Sweden

Leif-Magnus Jensen is Associate Professor of Logistics at the Department of Supply Chain and Operations Management at the School of Engineering at Jönköping University.

Jensen’s research interests include distribution systems with focus on intermediaries and LSPs, humanitarian logistics with particular focus on coordination, as well as reshoring.

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Assist. Prof. Elvira Kaneberg, Jönköping University, Sweden

Elvira Kaneberg is Assistant Professor of Logistics and Supply Chain Management at the Business Administration Department of the International Business School at Jönköping University.

Kaneberg’s research interests include humanitarian logistics with focus on the emergency management in which critical infrastructures are linked through supply chains. This focus relates to the civil society actor’s coordination, along with civil society readiness to meet changed demands.

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Prof. Wolfgang Kersten, Hamburg U. of Technology, Germany

Wolfgang Kersten is the Director of the Institute of Business Logistics and General Management at the Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH), Germany. He is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the German Logistics Association (BVL) and one of the Directors of the “SME 4.0 Competence Center Hamburg”, that assists small and medium sized enterprises in finding feasible ways of implementing Industry 4.0.

Kersten’s research areas focus on logistics and supply chain management (SCM), especially on supply chain risk management and on digital transformation of logistics and SCM. The Institute of Business Logistics and General Management carries out various research projects in these fields together with manufacturing industry and logistics service providers.

Assoc. Prof. Petr Kolář, University of Economics, Prague, CZ

Petr Kolář is an Associate Professor at the Department of Logistics, University of Economics, Prague, and long-term visiting lecturer at Departments of Digitalization and Operations Management, Copenhagen Business School. His research focuses on management of transport operations, international freight forwarding, international trade relations and the sustainability dynamics in city logistics.

Kolář has worked as a consultant and lecturer for international companies, SMEs and the governmental bodies. Kolar is a member of International Association of Maritime Economists (IAME) and a Co-Chair of CEMS Logistics platform. LinkedIn.

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Prof. Herbert Kotzab, University of Bremen, Germany

Herbert Kotzab is Professor at University of Bremen and holds the chair in Logistics Management. He is also international Professor at the Othman Yeop Abdullah Graduate School of Business at the Universiti Utara Malaysia. His research interest includes Supply Chain Management and Operations, Retail Operations and Instore Logistics as well as Omnichannel Management.

Prof. Gyöngyi Kovacs, Hanken School of Economics, Finland

Gyöngyi Kovács is Erkko Professor in Humanitarian Logistics at Hanken School of Economics. Her field of expertise includes, for instance, Humanitarian logistics & supply chain management; Disaster relief, disaster management, and preparedness; Development aid; Sustainable supply chain management.

Gyöngyi Kovács is actually the first professor in humanitarian logistics worldwide, and also the founding editor of the Journal of Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chain Management. She is the former (founding) director, and board member of the The Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chain Research Institute (HUMLOG).

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Prof. Benny Mantin, University of Luxembourg, LU

Benny Mantin is professor and the Director of the Luxembourg Centre of Logistics and Supply Chain Management (LCL), at the University of Luxembourg, which is a member of the MIT’s SCALE network. He joined the University of Luxembourg following a tenure of 9 years at the University of Waterloo, where he still holds a visiting position.

His research covers diverse aspects of supply chain management, dynamic pricing and revenue management, as well as transportation economics. Mantin has been engaged in consulting on air-transport policies and has been involved in numerous projects where he led students to improve processes at different firms.

Prof. Alan McKinnon, Kühne Logistics University, Germany

Alan McKinnon is Professor of Logistics at Kühne Logistics University.

McKinnon has an MA degree in geography and an MSc in transportation studies. His PhD was one of the first undertaken in the UK on logistics. In 2014, he was appointed an Emeritus Professor of Heriot-Watt University. McKinnon has and has had visiting professorships at universities in Australia, Malaysia, Sweden, the UK, China and South Africa.

Over the past four decades, McKinnon has actively promoted the development of logistics in academic, industrial and government circles. He has conducted around sixty studies on a broad spectrum of logistics topics for numerous public and private sector organizations. He has published extensively in the logistics and transport literature and is currently on the editorial boards of five logistics and transport journals. McKinnon has received several awards for his long term contribution to the development of logistics knowledge. Read more here:

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Dr. Benjamin Nitsche, Berlin University of Technology, Germany

Benjamin Nitsche is Senior Researcher at the Chair of Logistics at the Berlin University of Technology (TUB). After a professional career in the field of strategic procurement, he did his PhD at the TUB. Currently he is heading the Competence Center for International Logistics Networks (ILNET) at the Chair of Logistics, funded by the Kuehne Foundation. To facilitate research on international logistics networks, ILNET follows a practice-oriented approach that integrates logistics professionals through industry working groups in Africa, China and Germany. ILNET also develops a logistics planning and visualization tool – the TUB Logistics Navigator. Nitsche is a member of the editorial board of the open-access journal Logistics. His PhD on managing supply chain volatility has been awarded by the German Association of Industrial Engineers (VWI).

Research Interests: International logistics networks, supply chain volatility, risk management, automation in logistics and supply chain management, autonomous logistics systems, logistics in Africa and China, food logistics

Prof. Andreas Norrman, Lund University, Sweden

Andreas Norrman is Professor in Supply chain structure and organization at Lund University, Faculty of Engineering, Sweden. He has been affiliated to Turku Business School as Visiting Professor since 1999; been teaching many years at Universite Catholique de Louvain, Belgium (UCL, School of Management); and spend 2019 time as guest professor at Mahidol University, Thailand.

Norrman’s research interests include Supply chain risk management, Supply chain incentive alignment, Omni-channel warehousing, and Change management. He publishes in leading logistics journal and he received multiple Emerald Highly Commended Awards for his work with IJPD&LM, both as author and reviewer.

Prof. Kenneth Odero, Namibia U. of Science & Technology, NA

Kenneth Odero is a Regional Scientist.  Until March 2019, he was Associate Professor at Namibia University of Science and Technology, Windhoek, where he played a leading role in preparing the First Namibia State of Logistics 2018 Report. Prof Odero is currently based in Harare, Zimbabwe, where he works on regional transport, logistics and climate change related projects.

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Assoc. Prof. Ulf Paulsson, Lund University, Sweden

Ulf Paulsson’s main areas of interest are Supply Chain Risk Management and Methodology. He is one of the pioneers in Supply Chain Risk Management and also one of the founders back in 2001 of the research network ISCRiM (International Supply Chain Risk Management). His doctoral thesis – On Managing Disruption Risks in the Supply Chain – has so far been downloaded from over 130 different countries in the world. And he has published some 20 research publications within SCRM and several of the latest ones are quite short and hands-on.

Currently, Paulsson is affiliated with Lund University. As a new pensioner, his ambition is to update and popularize his research results and publish them in a way that makes them easily accessible to everyone.

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Prof. Harilaos N. Psaraftis, Technical University of Denmark, DK

Since 2013 Harilaos N. Psaraftis is a Professor at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU), Department of Technology, Management and Economics, Management Science Division. He has a diploma from the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) (1974), and two M.Sc. degrees (1977) and a Ph.D. (1979) from MIT, USA. He has been Assistant and Associate Professor at MIT from 1979 to 1989 and Professor at NTUA from 1989 to 2013.

Psaraftis has participated in some 55 research projects, including 25 from the EU. He has coordinated 3 EU projects including project SuperGreen on green corridors. He has been a member and chairman of various groups at the International Maritime Organization (IMO), and has also served as CEO of the Piraeus Port Authority (1996 -2002). He has published extensively and has received several academic and industry awards. His latest book is  Sustainable Shipping: A Cross-Disciplinary View, Springer (2019). ORCID page

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Adj. Prof. Lauri Railas, University of Helsinki, Finland

Lauri Railas is an Adjunct Professor (Docent) of Civil Law at the University of Helsinki. He is also a regular lecturer in commercial law and practice courses domestically and internationally, and is a long-time visiting Lecturer at University of Turku. He works principally as an attorney in his own law firm and also acts as the statutory Average Adjuster in Finland

Railas studied law in Helsinki, Oslo and London (LSE) and published his dissertation in the field of digitization of international trade law in 2004. He has previously worked in the field of marine insurance, as the Secretary General of International Chamber of Commerce (Finland) and as a Principal Administrator  in the General Secretariat of the Council of the European Union.

Railas has contributed to the drafting of a number of standard contract forms, model clauses and rules including Incoterms 2010 and 2020, the ICC Model Anti-Corruption  Clause 2012, The Nordic Freight Forwarding Conditions NSAB 2015 as well as the very recently published ICC Model Force Majeure and Hardship Clauses 2020.

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Prof. Jean-Paul Rodrigue, Hofstra University, New York, USA

Jean-Paul Rodrigue sits on editorial boards of several transport and shipping journals, and has authored six books, numerous peer reviewed papers, book chapters and reports.

Rodrigue’s paper about port regionalization became one of the world’s most cited work in maritime transportation. His high impact textbook, The Geography of Transport Systems (Online Version), first published by Routledge in 2006 is now in its 5th edition.

Prof. Joseph Sarkis, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, US

 Joseph Sarkis is Professor of Management within the Foisie Business School at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI).  He is also an International Scholar at the Humlog Institute within the Hanken School of Economics. He is the editor of IEEE Engineering Management Review and an associate editor for Resources, Conservation and Recycling on the topic of sustainable supply chains.

Sarkis is also an international coordinator for the Greening of Industry Network; a founding member of the International Forum on Sustainable Value Chains (ISVC); and member of the Future Earth Knowledge Action Network on Systems of Sustainable Consumption and Production.  His research interests include Environmental Supply Chain Management, Sustainability, Operations and Technology Management, and Supply Chain Management.

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Dr. Hans-Joachim Schramm, WU Vienna, Austria

Hans-Joachim Schramm is Senior Lecturer at Institute for Transport and Logistics Management, WU Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien.

His research interests include: Transport and logistics market structures and freight price developments; Management of transport operations and logistics service provision; International freight forwarding and international trade practices; Logistics and supply chain controlling and supply chain finance.

Prof. Frank Straube, Berlin University of Technology, Germany

Frank Straube is Full Professor, Head of Chair of Logistics,  and Director of Institute for Technology and Management, University of Technology Berlin (TU Berlin), Germany. Straube is also Founder of the International Transfercenter for Logistics (ITCL GmbH). He has won several awards for his work, including e.g. DIN-Innovation Award 2017 and German High Tech Champions Award 2014.

Straubes main research interests are: Holistic Logistics Strategies in Business and Society; Digital Transformation and Artificial Intelligence in Logistics Networks; Planning, Scheduling and Decision Making in distributed Logistics Networks; Sustainable Global Logistics Networks and Management; Urban Logistics Systems and Innovative Mobility Technologies; Smart Business Models in Logistics and human behaviour.

Prof. Edward Sweeney, Aston University, United Kingdom

Edward Sweeney is Professor of Logistics and Systems, and Director of the Aston Logistics & Systems Institute at Aston University (UK). In this capacity he leads a multidisciplinary group of academics with interests in logistics, transport, supply chain systems and allied fields.

Sweeney was recently appointed a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA) in recognition of his attainments in learning and teaching support. Sweeney has worked and lectured in over 50 countries in Europe, North America and Asia, and has held Visiting Professorships and other part-time positions at several institutions worldwide. He is an experienced researcher with over 200 publications including books, papers in international peer-reviewed academic journals and leading trade publications.

Sweeney’s current research focuses on issues of supply chain design and integration, with a particular emphasis on the divergence between theory and practice.

Prof. Christopher Teller, Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria

Christoph Teller is Professor of Marketing & Retail Management at Johannes Kepler University Linz where he is also Head of the Institute of Retail, Sales & Marketing.  His research interests span retail marketing but are particularly in the areas of store (format) and agglomeration (format) patronage, retail operations and supply chain partnering.

Assoc. Prof. Andreas Wieland, CBS, Denmark

 Andreas Wieland is an Associate Professor of Supply Chain Management at Copenhagen Business School, where he is the Program Director of the Graduate Diploma in Supply Chain Management. His current research focuses on resilient supply networks, and has studied best practices of SC risk management in companies that are leading in this area.

Wieland is the European Co-Editor of the Journal of Business Logistics and Co-Chair of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals’ (CSCMP) European Research Seminar. He is also the editor of the blog

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Prof. Kim Wikström, Åbo Akademi University, Finland

Kim Wikström is professor (chair) in Industrial Management, with a specific focus on project business and industrial marketing at the Faculty of Science and Engineering, Åbo Akademi University (FI). Ekwall has been visiting professor at Stanford University (US), St. Petersburg State University (RU), and Tallinn Technical University (EE), and visiting scholar at Norwegian University of Technology (NO), and Linköping University (SE). He has also worked in engineering and construction companies before returning to academia 1992.

Wikström’s and his research group’s areas of research and expertise are: 1) value creation and industrial logic and business models in industrial investments and project-based firms and 2) organizational design in large projects. His present focus is on boundary-spanning business models including collaboration mechanisms in business eco-systems within energy and transportation.

Wikström is the founder of the Foundation for Project Research and PBI Research institute. He is board member in Swedish Technical Academy of Science, Åbo Akademi University, and the steering committee for the newly formed network university FITech.

Prof. Gordon Wilmsmeier, Universidad de los Andes,Colombia

Gordon Wilmsmeier holds the Kühne Professorial Chair in Logistics at the School of Management, Universidad de los Andes, Bogota Colombia. Between 2011 and 2017 Wilmsmeier worked at UN-ECLAC. He holds an honorary professorship at the University of Applied Sciences in Bremen, Germany.

Wilmsmeier’s research focuses on maritime transport geography and economics, port economics and inland shipping issues. Recent projects focus on port governance, sustainable port development, energy efficiency, competition in liner shipping market, digitalization and technology in supply chains, and nautical electromobility. His recent books include: Geographies of Maritime Transport and Maritime Mobilities.

Prof. Finn Wynstra, Erasmus University, Netherlands

Finn Wynstra is a professor of purchasing and supply management in the Department of Technology and Operations Management, Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University.

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