James Mwenda Riungu
Supply Chain Specialist
Management Sciences for Health (MSH)(Kenya)
(ZLOG Class of 2011)
1. Describe your current job responsibilities
I am a Supply Chain Specialist with Management Sciences for Health (MSH) – providing technical leadership and direction for the development and implementation of innovative strategies and programs to improve health commodity security, inventory management, warehouse management, distribution and transportation, LMIS and logistics systems performance monitoring in support of health commodities for the ministries of Health and other stakeholders in the health sector in Kenya.
2. Describe your career path before you attended ZLOG
Upon graduation from the University of Nairobi school of Pharmacy, I joined Aventis Pharma - currently Sanofi –Aventis. I worked there for 6 years as a professional medical representative. Afterwards I moved to Pfizer in the same capacity for 1 year. In 2006, I joined the Mission for Essential Drugs and Supplies (MEDS) - a faith-based pharmaceutical supply chain organization as Distribution and Customer Services Manager. It was while at MEDS that I came across information about ZLOG from a friend. August 2009, I left MEDS to join ZLOG as a student and Intern in the Global Health Research Group (GHRG) for a two year work/study program. I graduated on May 31st, 2011 and returned to Kenya to work with MSH.
3. Why did you decide to attend ZLOG?
ZLOG provided me with an opportunity to study the science behind what I was doing at MEDS i.e. supply chain management issues in the health sector. I wanted to understand more about the various global supply systems for health products which could be adopted back in Kenya to improve the availability of essential medicines and medical supplies.
4. What are the most valuable assets you gained through your ZLOG experience?
For me ZLOG was the perfect place for what I wanted to learn. I gained deep understanding of the science behind supply chain management. In addition I was exposed to global health supply chains through a wide network of great leaders in supply chain not only in health but also in other industries such as apparel, automotive and chemicals.
I cannot forget the valuable network of colleagues and classmates whom I met in the course of my two years at ZLOG. I am truly international, thanks to ZLOG.
5 How did your ZLOG degree impact your job search?
A ZLOG degree is rare in my country. Thus, my job search was relatively smooth and easy. Indeed I received two job offers long before graduation.
6. Does your ZLOG education affect the way you currently do your job?
Yes. I have a better understanding of my expectations as a supply chain expert and feel confident when doing my work. The ZLOG education gave me the skills needed and exposed me to a wide variety of ideas and concepts of how to address supply chain challenges, especially in developing countries.
7. What would you say to a prospective student thinking about joining the ZLOG program?
ZLOG opens many opportunities beyond a job. If I were to do it again, I would choose ZLOG.