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Dr. Behzad Samii
PhD Graduate


Amir Behzad Samii is the Eandis chaired professor of operations and supply chain management at Vlerick Business School (VBS) Belgium.

As the winner of the 2010 and 2013 Best Teacher Awards, he lectures at Belgian and Russian graduate programs, as well as at the International MBA at Peking University.

Behzad has worked in operations and technology management for over two decades leading consulting projects, educating executives and developing technology. In this tenure, he has also held various managerial roles internationally at for example Apple Computer and Schlumberger oilfield services.

He has developed graduate-level courses in supply chain management, production and operations management, and has extensive experience using management integration simulation exercises to develop structured decision making and leadership skills. Behzad is a computer hardware engineer and has received MSc and PhD in supply chain management from the MIT-Zaragoza international logistics program.


Dr. Alejandro Serrano
PhD Graduate


Alejandro Serrano is Professor of Supply Chain Management at the MIT-Zaragoza International Logistics Program, and Research Associate at the MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics. At ZLC he is also in charge of Corporate Outreach in Spain and the Supply Chain and Finance Initiative. He teaches regularly at other masters and executive programs both in Europe and Latin America.

He obtained his BSc degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Zaragoza, his MBA degree from IESE, and his PhD and MSc degrees in Logistics and Supply Chain Management from the MIT-Zaragoza Logistics Program. As a doctoral student, he spent time at MIT, Harvard Business School, and the Kennedy School of Government. His research interest is the link between Finance and Operations.

Before joining academia, Alejandro spent 10+ years working for several firms, holding various supply-chain related positions, such as Head of Logistics or Head of Production. He has also been involved in several consulting projects for various companies, such as Roche, Casino Group, Saica, or Renfe.

Dr. Luis Herrero
PhD Graduate


Dr. Herrero has been working in operations and technology management for the last three decades. He has been working on leading multinationals companies operating in different economical sectors of the value chain: consulting & services, industry and distribution - retail. Luis Herrero has held positions of senior management (member of the boards of different companies in Spain, Italy and Portugal), as COO and CIO. Currently, Luis Herrero is holding the position of CIO & Supply Director for the multinational company Leroy Merlin in Spain.

He obtained his BSc degree in Industrial Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Madrid, his Executive MBA degree from IE Business School and his DEA in Economics for the Autonoma University of Madrid. He received his Ph.D. in logistics and supply chain management from the University of Zaragoza -Zaragoza Logistics Center.

Luis Herrero is also a lecturer at IE Business School and teaches at other masters and executive programs. He is a regular speaker on operational-supply chain and information technology-related conferences.

Dr. Lijie Song
PhD Graduate


Lijie Song is assistant professor of Production and Operations Management at the College of Business, Zayed University, Dubai campus, UAE. She's currently teaching Operations Management. Her area of research is empirical research in health care operations management. Her teaching experience has been in international logistics and analytical methods. Her research has been presented at major international academic conferences in her field.

Lijie obtained her BEng degree in Food Science and Technology from Shaanxi University of Science and Technology in China, her Master of Business degree in Logistics Management from RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia, and her PhD and MSc degree in Logistics and Supply Chain Management from the MIT-Zaragoza International Logistics program. During her doctoral study, she also spent one year at MIT and Harvard as visiting student, and one semester at McGill University, Canada as Graduate Research Trainee.


Dr. Eirini Spiliotopoulou
PhD Graduate


Eirini Spiliotopoulou is Assistant professor in Logistics, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, VU University Amsterdam. Her main research interests lie in the intersection of human decision making and operations, studying both economic incentives and behavioral factors. Her research focus has been on information sharing within supply chains and on healthcare supply chains. Her research has been presented at major international academic conferences and published in leading journals in her field.

Eirini received her B.Sc. in Management Science and Marketing and her MBA from Athens University of Economics and Business (Greece), and her M. Eng. and PhD in Logistics and Supply Chain Management from MIT-Zaragoza Logistic s Program, at Zaragoza Logistics Center (Spain). As a doctoral student, she spent time at MIT, Harvard Kennedy School of Government, University of Minnesota and University of Pompeu Fabra. Before joining academia, Eirini worked as a logistics specialist for the private sector and the Greek Ministry of Transport.


Dr. Jorge E. Barnett Lawton
PhD Graduate


Jorge Barnett Lawton is a Senior Researcher at the Georgia Tech Panama Logistics Innovation & Research Center, in Panama City, Panama, a unit of the Supply Chain & Logistics Institute of the Georgia Institute of Technology. His research centers on mathematical modeling in operations management, supply chain design, and applications to problems related to energy and the environment. His teaching experience spans various topics in supply chain management, such as supply chain network design, probability and statistics, production and operations management, distribution center design and management, and inventory management. He has previously collaborated with the Center of Latin-American Logistics Innovation, Mexico.

He obtained his BSc degree in Industrial Engineering from the Technological University of Panama in Panama City, Panama, his MSc degree in Industrial Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, USA, and his MEng and PhD degrees in Logistics and Supply Chain Management from the MIT-Zaragoza International Logistics Program. During his doctoral program, he spent time as a visiting student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University in Cambridge, MA, as well as the Polytechnic University of Catalonia in Barcelona, Spain. Prior to pursuing his doctoral degree, he spent eight years assuming diverse roles in industry in the fields of manufacturing, project management and logistics.


Dr. Gerardo Pelayo
PhD Graduate


Gerardo Pelayo is manager of strategic services at Entercoms.
He is a supply chain professional motivated by applied research, incorporating a systems perspective towards situation mapping and problem solving. He has a special interest on process design and optimization and the coordination of incentives between supply chain participants. His research focus has been on the effect of contract and structural design within healthcare supply chains; particularly he analyzes the relationship between pharmaceutical manufacturers and health-payers during the introduction process of new drugs aimed at treating chronic conditions. He has presented his research at major international academic conferences and has taught multiple supply chain courses in the master and executive programs at the Zaragoza Logistics Center, both in Spanish and English. Additionally, he is a research collaborator for the Center of Latin-American Logistics Innovation, Mexico. 

Gerardo received his B.Sc. in Industrial Engineering, with minor in Systems Engineering from Monterrey Tech (ITESM, Mexico); and his M. Eng. and Ph.D. in Logistics and Supply Chain Management from the MIT-Zaragoza Logistic s Program, at Zaragoza Logistics Center (Spain). As a doctoral student, he spent time at MIT, Harvard Kennedy School of Government, University of Pompeu Fabra, and McGill University. Before joining academia, Gerardo held multiple internal and external consulting roles in Mexico and Canada, mostly related to situation diagnostic, process improvement, and execution strategy.

Dr. Wenyi Chen
PhD Graduate


Wenyi Chen is an Assistant Professor in Supply Chain Management, ESC Rennes School of Business, France. Her primary research interest is in the area of sustainable operations, particularly the interfaces of operations and marketing/economics. Her research focus has been on studying new business models that help the environmentally/socially sustainable operations in (i) e-waste management, and (ii) logistics economically sustainable. Her research has been presented at major international academic conferences seminar, and published in leading journals and conference proceedings in her field.

Wenyi received her B.Eng. in Civil Engineering and B.A. in Economics from Xiamen University (China), MSc in Industrial Systems & Engineering from National University of Singapore (Singapore), and Ph.D. in Logistics and Supply Chain Management from the MIT-Zaragoza International Logistics Program (Spain). During her doctoral study, she spent significant time at MIT, Harvard, McGill University and University of Pompeu Fabra. Before joining ESC Rennes, she was a postdoc at McGill University (2014-2015) and University of Twente (2015-2016).


Dr. Spyridon Lekkakos
PhD Graduate


Spyridon D. Lekkakos is an Assistant Professor of Supply Chain Management at Zaragoza Logistics Center. His research interests lie in the intersection of operations management and finance. His research focus has been on the application of reverse factoring in capital-constrained supply chains. His teaching experience spans various topics in supply chain management, such as financial systems for supply chain management, applied probability, inventory management, procurement and supply chain contracts, and supply chain strategy.

Spyridon obtained his B.Sc. degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the Hellenic Air Force Academy (Athens, Greece), his MBA degree from the University of Piraeus (Piraeus, Greece), his S.M dual degree in Engineering and Management (SDM program) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, USA), and his PhD in Logistics and Supply Chain Management from the MIT-Zaragoza International Logistics Program (Zaragoza, Spain). As a doctoral student, he spent time at MIT, Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and University of Pompeu Fabra. Before joining academia, Spyridon worked for 10+ years as an officer in the Hellenic Air Force, where he attained the rank of major, holding various positions in military systems engineering, quality management, logistics, and contracting.


Dr. Sang Jo Kim
PhD Graduate

Dr. Sang Jo Kim is a postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Industrial Engineering and Logistics Management of Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, where he is working with Professor Guillermo Gallego. His current research focuses on the structure of optimal joint decisions on various manufacturing and sales operations such as inventory replenishment, pricing, revenue management, assortment and bundling, especially when the seller offers multiple products/services that are economically complementary or substitutable for each other. To this end, he also investigates the economic relationship between products/services that the seller should consider for optimal operations, which might not necessarily be the same as that from the customer utility viewpoint.

For two years before moving to Hong Kong, he served as an assistant professor at Malaysia Institute for Supply Chain Innovation that belongs to MIT Global SCALE Network. Prior to joining academia, he worked as a business consultant in supply chain innovation for several years at IBM Global Business Services and i2 Technologies (now JDA Software Group). He engaged in numerous consulting projects for globally leading companies in various industries such as consumer electronics, automotive, steelmaking, shipping and consumer packaged goods. His consulting functions included sales and operations planning, production planning and scheduling, shipping scheduling, inventory optimization as well as general process analysis and design.

He holds a PhD in Logistics and Supply Chain Management from MIT-Zaragoza International Logistics Program as well as bachelor's and master's degrees in industrial engineering from Seoul National University, South Korea.


Dr. Laura Wagner
PhD Graduate


Laura Wagner is a post-doctoral research fellow at IESE Business School in Barcelona. Her research interest is in the areas of inventory control, assortment planning and pricing. Her primary focus is on how firms’ post purchase obligations impact upon their operational performance.

She has so far looked at two such obligations, namely product returns arising from consumer dissatisfaction, and responsibilities arising from deceptive counterfeit. For her research “Optimal Procurement Policies for Goods from Genuine and Potentially Counterfeit Sources“, she was honoured with the “Best PhD Project Award” at ICORES 2014 Conference. As a doctoral student, she spent time at MIT, Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and University of Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona.

Prior to her PhD, Laura received an MBA from the University of Sankt Gallen in Switzerland and ESADE in Barcelona, as well as a Master in Mechanical Engineering and Economics at the Technical University of Graz in Austria. In addition, she has gained business and management experience in several industries, ranging from logistics consulting and product management to test and program management at leading companies including Bosch Rexroth, Protema Logistics Consulting and ThyssenKrupp Presta AG.