At SupplyChainTalk we are working hard to ensure that the voices you see at our events and shows are diverse aiming to showcase the best talent in the industry from male, female as well as from BAME communities. We know that there is a long way to go in this regard but we are committed to playing our part in increasing diversity.

Dr Abhijeet Ghadge

Dr Abhijeet Ghadge

Associate Professor of Supply Chain Management, Cranfield School of Management

Expert in Logistics and Supply Chain Management with several years of research, industry and consultancy experience at different roles and levels.

Specialities: Supply Chain Risk Management; Supply Chain Analytics; Industry 4.0; and Sustainability implementation in supply chains

Sam De Silva

Dr Sam De Silva

Partner, CMS UK

Dr Sam De Silva is a Partner in the IT and Outsourcing team. Sam specialises in strategic and complex IT and telecommunication projects including all forms of cloud computing (SaaS, PaaS and IaaS), outsourcing (IT, BPO and off-shoring), system development and supply, system integration, software licensing, support and service agreements, acting for both users and suppliers. Sam also regularly advises on data protection, privacy, cyber-security and PCI DSS issues.

Sam is deeply immersed in the technology sector and at the forefront of related policy issues, representing the UK on a number of international committees. This market intelligence supports clients in their strategic planning and future proofing of projects. Sam is also heavily involved with procurement best practice, having just completed a 4 year term on the Global Board of Trustees at the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS).

Sam has written and spoken extensively on IT and outsourcing and is regularly called upon by the industry as a thought leader in these areas. He has been interviewed in the press, on the radio, and webinars and on television (including BBC Click and Channel 4 Dispatches). Sam is one of very few solicitors to be a Fellow of CIPS (FCIPS), Fellow of the British Computer Society (FBCS) and a Chartered IT Professional (CITP). Sam has post-graduate degrees in information technology and business administration, so he is well aware of the commercial, business and technical issues facing both users and suppliers of technology. Sam has had in-house industry legal experience, having been seconded to Accenture UK for 9 months as a Senior Legal Counsel.

Sam has been named in Who’s Who Legal: Telecommunications, Media & Technology (TMT) 2017 as one of the world’s leading TMT lawyers. As well as being an English qualified solicitor, Sam is also a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand and a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales, Australia, and has been involved in some of the most cutting-edge IT and outsourcing projects in those jurisdictions.

Alexandru Popa

Alexandru Popa

Associate Director | Blockchain for Pharma Supply Chain, MSD

Alexandru Popa is Associate Director at MSD, combining both business and technical skills to orchestrate business and technology professionals working diligently to integrate the blockchain with underlying enterprise capabilities, supervise the development of custom-built protocols and applications focused on particular use cases that can relive pain points to challenges in Pharma industry. Prior to his current role, Alexandru was driving the adoption of mHealth technology & solutions in clinical trials to provide an opportunity for patients real-world data evidence in the personalized medicine space.

Richard Wilding OBE

Richard Wilding OBE

Full Professor & Chair in Supply Chain Strategy, Cranfield University School of Management

My role is “To inspire, inform & innovate supply chain development and performance. Through challenge, best practice & academic support for public and private sector organisations and driven individual professionals who are intent on improvement”

I challenge and inspire supply chain & business leaders to innovate, enabling them to create economic, environmental and societal value thus benefiting their businesses and themselves. I do this by working with senior business leaders as an advisor, mentor and Non-Executive Director, by connecting networks and linking expertise of organisations and individuals, through my thought leadership that utilises “evidence based” knowledge that is communicated in an engaging and inspiring way through multiple channels in order to stimulate and create Action.

In summary, I challenge & inspire Supply Chain & Business Leaders to Innovate!


Prof Richard Wilding OBE, BSc (Tech), PhD, CEng, Eur Ing, FIET, FCILT, FCIPS, PFHEA, NTF

As Chair (Full Professor) in Supply Chain Strategy at the Centre for Logistics and Supply Chain Management, Cranfield School of Management U.K. , Past Chairman of the Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport UK & Director / Non Executive Director at organisations including Leidos Supply Ltd. He is described by the BBC as “one of the worlds leading experts in logistics & supply chain management”.
Richard works with European and International companies on logistics and supply chain projects in all sectors including pharmaceutical, retail, automotive, high technology, food drink, professional services. He is a highly acclaimed presenter and regularly speaks at Industrial Conferences & international lecture tours. He has published widely and is Editorial Advisor to a number of top journals. His passion is taking knowledge and creating ACTION.

Richard’s special areas of interest include the creation of collaborative business environments, reducing supply chain risk, time compression & techniques for aligning supply chains to maximise customer value and reduce cost.

His significant contribution to Logistics & Supply Chain Management has been recognised in being appointed Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) by Queen Elizabeth II in the 2013 New Year Honours for his service to business. He has received and won multiple industry awards and is listed on many “influencer” lists. In 2019 he was winner of a “National Teaching Fellowship” the most prestigious individual award in Higher Education.

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Dr Liam Fassam

Dr Liam Fassam

Head of School Logistics & Supply chain, Arden University

Liam is a thought leader, Researcher & Implementer of collaborative logistics and supply chain solutions that embrace a systems and social value view, supported with knowledge from a Senior Management career spanning over 30 years.

Research expertise has been validated through numerous European Commission projects such as seventh framework project (FP7-SME-2011) delivering subject matter expertise in UK and European rail/road intermodal markets, Horizon 2020 programs TinnGo (Women in transport), MG4.1 [AEOLIX] (Global logistics connectivity & ICT), MG4.4 [SPICE] (Public sector transportation policy) and IND CE 2017 [PolyCE] (Resource efficient circular economy supply chains) alongside UK Government research with the Department for Transport on Smart city transportation and the Government Office of Science delivering intelligence around freight and transportation futures (GO Science). More recently working with food businesses and UKRI on the future of digital food supply chain research.

Also engaged as expert adviser to SeaFish (DEFRA) in the area of food supply chain, All Party Sustainable Resource Group in the areas of Supply chain and Food security (APSRG), All-Party Parliamentary Freight transport group (APFT) and Connected Places catapult for transportation research expertise. A Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society and Fellow of Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply, appointed to the advisory boards of the Local Government Authority logistics strategy group, Non-Exec Director for SOCIETAL Value CIC, and twice awarded Global social media Influencer in the field of Supply Chain Management.

Vikki Roberts

Vikki Roberts

Head of Supply Chain Strategy, Development & Control, Johnson Matthey 

Experienced Purchasing And Supply Chain Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the chemicals and automotive industries. Skilled in Negotiation, Network design, Team development and Customer Satisfaction.

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