Invited Speakers

Dr. Radhika Kulkarni
Dr. Radhika Kulkarni

Dr. Radhika Kulkarni is the current president of The Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS). She is an Advanced Analytics professional, active in the area of Operations Research, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. She recently retired after 35 years of leading various areas of analytics R&D at SAS Institute, Inc. For the last 10 years of her career, Kulkarni was the Vice President of Advanced Analytics R&D, overseeing software development in many analytical areas including Statistics, Operations Research, Econometrics, Forecasting and Data Mining. Kulkarni is an active member in the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) and serves on the Advisory Council of the School of ORIE at Cornell University, the Advisory Board of the Institute for Advanced Analytics at North Carolina State University and the Master of Science in Analytics Advisory Board at Georgia Tech. Dr. Kulkarni is a recipient of the Women in Operations Research and the Management Sciences (WORMS) Award and was recognized as an INFORMS Fellow in 2014. Since her retirement, Kulkarni has been spending more time with universities and professional organisations increasing Data Science literacy and expertise (based on the student’s skills and interests) across a broad population of students. The primary goal is to motivate students to pursue more advanced degrees that will equip them to both work in industry as well as pursue innovative research in these fields. Kulkarni is active in the role of ambassador, evangelist and mentor in several universities. She also seeks to have a large impact across many different departments, schools, colleges and to inspire interdisciplinary collaboration. Such collaboration is a key requirement for success in finding the right solution for critical business problems. Radhika Kulkarni has a Master’s in Mathematics from the Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi and a Master’s (1979) and Ph.D. (1981) in Operations Research from Cornell University.

Prof. Marcus Ambe
Prof. Marcus Ambe

Prof. Marcus Ambe is a Professor at the Department of Applied Management, School of Public and Operations Management, University of South Africa; Chairperson of the Public Tender Committee at UNISA; Deputy Chairperson of Technical Standards and Competencies; Interim SCM Council, South Africa; President of African Institute for Supply Chain Research; Advisory Committee Member for Smart Procurement World; Chairperson of the Supply Chain Management Research Group (Unisa); Chairperson of Masters and Doctoral (M&D) Research Colloquium committee as well as Masters & Doctoral Coordinator for Supply Chain Management at Department of Applied Management

Prof. Donna Marshall
Prof. Donna Marshall

Prof. Donna Marshall is the President for International Purchasing and Supply Education and Research. She has researched and taught in the supply chain management area for over twenty years and has been with University College Dublin since 2002. She has a PhD from the University of Bath, UK and has a wide range of interests including supply chain management, responsible purchasing and supply management, sustainability, ethics, relationship management, outsourcing, power, culture, and education. She publishes in the highest-impact journals in the management field including Sloan Management Review, Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of Supply Chain Management and many others. She is on the editorial board of Journal of Purchasing and Supply Management, of Journal of Supply Chain Management and of the International Journal of Operations and Production Management. She has won several teaching awards and has taught supply chain management at undergraduate, postgraduate, PhD and executive levels. She has also won multiple research awards and has received many large corporate and research organisation grants. She advises government, industry and NGOs on responsible purchasing and supply management.