Key note speakers



Xavier Brusset is a professor at the SKEMA Business School. He holds a PhD from the Université catholique de Louvain as well as an Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches from Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense university.
Xavier’s research focuses on how best to apply the latest technologies to increase the efficiency of the supply chain. This includes helping manufacturers hedge their weather risk to protect sales and their distributors. The latest involves supply chain applications of such technologies as the Blockchain technology, Internet of things or Artificial Intelligence. His findings have been published in academic journals such as The European Journal of Operational Research, the International Journal of Production Economics, Computers and Industrial Engineering, among others.
Previously, he co-founded a start-up in Argentina: a web platform to enhance communications between manufacturers and carriers.


Dr. Dirk Holbach is Corporate Senior Vice President Landry & Home Care
With more than 20 years of experience in Supply Chain, Operations, Purchasing and Sales, Dr. Holbach has held various roles on a local, regional and global level at Henkel. His special focus has been on supply chain strategy and organization development, network optimization, continuous improvement and post-merger integrations. Dirk Holbach holds a Master's degree in Business and Mechanical Engineering and a PhD in Information Science.



Susanne Hundsbæk-Pedersen is Senior Vice President, Devices & Supply Chain Management at Novo Nordisk A/S. She has a background in Industrial Engineering and an MBA. Susanne is responsible for the global end-to-end Supply Chain Management operations ranging from the procurement function across manufacturing planning and the distribution to 70 global affiliates serving 170 countries. Furthermore, Susanne is responsible for manufacturing development of assembly and packaging operations across the global sites. Her organisation bridges efforts in R&D with Operations in order to ensure efficient ramp-up and optimisation of the device manufacturing processes and the packaging operation. This and more has lead to a position as #13 in the Top-25 SCM Gartner 2018 list.

Martijn Lofvers is CEO & Chief Trendwatcher at Supply Chain Media. Publishing Director & editor-in-chief of Supply Chain Movement and Supply Chain Magazine. Martijn Lofvers is founder of Supply Chain Media, the Dutch Supply Chain Magazine (in 2006) and the European quarterly magazine Supply Chain Movement (in 2011). He is a regular speaker on the topic of Supply Chain Strategy Mindmapping at international conferences. 

Previously Lofvers has worked as publisher for Springer Science + Business Media (5 years) and Reed Elsevier (12 years). He holds a university degree in technical engineering and business science from the Eindhoven University of Technology with a specialization in Supply Chain Management. He also published a war novel and a non-fiction book about the history of supply chain management, both in Dutch.


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Morten Buch is Head of FMCG and Services at GS1 Denmark. GS1 is a global member organization which develops and promotes standards and services that improve supply chains by making them safer and more efficient. You know us from the barcodes found on all supermarket items and medical packages. Morten’s background as store manager and from Coop Denmark Logistics has demonstrated to him the value of standards and of having correct product information. At GS1 Denmark he is in charge of our efforts to help member companies ensure that correct master data is available throughout the supply chain, eventually helping consumers.



René Sidor is Managing Director for DACHSER Nordic. DACHSER is a family owned logistics services provider and one of the global leaders in the logistics industry.
René holds a BSc in international commerce (HD-U), and an Executive MBA from CBS. He has been working within the transport sector for 45 years and is a true specialist in Supply Chain Management. His track record include working as Managing director for DanTransport under FLS Industries for 26 years, as well as Country Manager for Panalpina in Denmark and Finland and General Manager for DACHSER Denmark.


Lars Kissow is Founder and Managing Partner of Syncronic since 2006. He acts as CEO and drives sales and relationships to key clients. He is an expert in  SCM, SAP SCM and SAP IBP and are often used as a solution architect or program / project manager in local and global client projects, and during global roll-outs. Before Syncronic Lars worked as a consultant in Appeer and PwC Consulting. He is MSc in Engineering from DTU and holds a large number of certifications from SAP, e.g. SAP SCM Demand, Supply Planning and SAP ECC PP/MM plus master a myriad of other SAP capabilities.


Oskar Verkamman is Managing Director of Inspired-Search and co-Founder of the Inspired-Group. Since becoming involved with Inspired-Search in 2011, he has excelled in placing the right people in the right positions; always with the cultural fit in mind.
As both an international entrepreneur and seasoned supply chain & logistics professional, Oskar brings wide-ranging search experience to a number of C-level supply chain assignments for both local and international large-scale listed companies. Besides being key in running both professional development programmes and activities and the day-to-day management of the organisation, Oskar primarily focuses on senior executive search assignments for both permanent and interim positions. His focus areas are the Netherlands, Europe and Asia, across all industries including logistics service providers and private equity.With a business studies background, Oskar has held various senior positions in supply chain and logistics management. Notably, he was Director of Customer Operations Business at Telfort and subsequently responsible for the integration and operation of the EMEA operations for the IBM PC division within Lenovo. As a regular speaker and thought leader, Oskar often contributes articles on supply chain and operations management.




Aseem Kinra is Head of the GD SCM program and Associate Professor at the Copenhagen Business School. Aseem Kinraʼs research spans global supply chain management and addresses supply chain uncertainty and decision-making in cross-border value chains, especially in relation to transportation and logistics systems.
Aseem serves as the Danish country area representative at the World Conference for Transport Research Society (WCTRS), has been a recipient of the prestigious Hedorf Foundation scholarship, and currently holds a Mitsui fellowship within transportation and trade. He conducts his teaching on international transport, logistics and scm, and he regularly collaborates on research and teaching with leading universities and special interest groups worldwide.



Henrik Knak is advising clients having supply chain management challenges and in need of guidance across strategy, business and IT. As a strategy consulting Partner in Syncronic he helps identifying where client should go and what to prioritize in order to obtain a sound balance between business value realization and potential risks. He is Chairman of the association AAASCM, founder and driver of the Supply Chain Leaders Forum at CBS HD-SCM since 2011, and examiner at Danish universities in SCM including MBA in Shipping at CBS. For two years he acted as associated professor at DTU focusing on ‘SCM & Advanced Planning’. He has more than 25 years of experience from top-consulting companies including The Boston Consulting Group, TCS, Deloitte, IBM, PwC and PriceWaterhouse. Educated as MSc in Engineering at DTU, HD-Organization at CBS and has studied HD-Marketing at CBS and Logistics Management at Växjö University.  



Peter Jacobsen is Associate professor at DTU Management Engineering. He holds a Master and PhD degree in production engineering from DTU.  After his PhD, he was post doc for 1.5 years at Brigham Young University, USA. One of the research topics there was automatic generated decision making. After 10 years as consultancy, he was employed at DTU. He teaches three master courses in operations management, is visiting professor at IESEG, France and supervises PhD and Master thesis. His research areas are performance management and design of production system both on facility level and on network level.


Peter Brønd is Chairman of the board of the Operations Management network at The Danish Society of Engineers, IDA. Peter has worked with Operations Management in 3 decades both as consultant and in the private sector. Educated as engineer and with degrees CBS degrees in economics, IT and an executive MBA, Peter bridges the technological and business world like few, both from a theoretical and practical perspective. Since 2008, Peter has been a jury member for “best thesis award” in Supply chain management at MIT – ZLOC . Professionally Peter is director of Global Engineering at LEO Pharma – responsible strategic asset planning and execution. 



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