Zaragoza. Logistics Center

Home > Education > PhD Summer Academy > Faculty Summer Acad





Alan McKinnon is Professor of Logistics in the Kühne Logistics University in Hamburg, where he was formerly dean of programs and head of logistics. He was founder and director of the Logistics Research Centre at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh until January 2012 and is now a professor emeritus of this university. He has held visiting professorships in China, Malaysia, Sweden, South Africa and the UK.

A graduate of the universities of Aberdeen, British Columbia and London, he has been researching and teaching in freight transport / logistics for almost 40 years and has published extensively in journals and books on many different aspects of the subject.  Professor McKinnon has been an adviser to several governments, parliamentary committees and international organisations, including the OECD, the World Bank and the United Nations. He was chairman of the World Economic Forum’s Logistics and Supply Chain Council and is currently a member of its Council on the Future of Mobility. 

He was a member of the European Commission’s High Level Group on Logistics, and, until recently, was chairman of the Transport Advisory Group of the EU’s Horizon 2020 research programme.  In addition to his public sector work, Professor McKinnon has been a consultant to numerous companies and trade associations. Over the past decade much of his research has focused on the links between logistics and climate change.  He was a lead author of the transport chapter in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s 5th Assessment report (2014) and has just written a book on ‘decarbonising logistics’ which will be published in the summer of 2018.




Dr. Quintanilla is an associate professor at INCAE Business School in the areas of Economics, Statistics and Data Mining. He obtained his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Michigan in 2000. He also holds Masters degrees in Statistics and Economics from the same school.

He has worked for INCAE since 1998. He worked as a visiting professor for the Rotterdam School of Management in the area of Statistics between 2006-2011. He has written multiple case studies for INCAE. Recent peer-reviewed publications include: Country Effects on Profitability: A Multilevel Approach Using a Sample of Central American Firms (JBR 2012), Are We Really Having an Impact? A Comprehensive Approach to Assessing Critical Thinking (Informing Science 2013), Estimating Willingness-to-pay and financial feasibility in small water project (2013), Building Cross-Cultural Negotiation Prototypes in Latin America (Journal of Business Research 2016).



Dr. Keskinocak is the William W. George Chair and Professor in the School of Industrial and Systems Engineering and the co-founder and co-director of the Center for Health and Humanitarian Systems at Georgia Institute of Technology. She also serves as the College of Engineering ADVANCE Professor at Georgia Tech.

Her research focuses on applications of operations research and management science with societal impact (particularly health and humanitarian applications), supply chain management, pricing and revenue management, and logistics/transportation. She has worked on projects in several industries including automotive, semiconductor, paper manufacturing, printing, healthcare, hotels, and airlines. Her research has been published in journals such as Operations Research, Management Science, Manufacturing & Service Operations Management, Production and Operations Management, IIE Transactions, Naval Research Logistics, and Interfaces.



Denyse Julien is Senior Lecturer and Course Director of FT MSc in Logistics/Procurement & Supply Chain Management in Cranfield School of Management.

She recently completed a major project to dramatically improve the food supply chain to meet the rising global demand for food and to protect the environment - Step Change in Agri-Food Logistics Eco-Systems "Project SCALE".

Prior to joining Cranfield, Dr. Julien worked at Nestle. Her initial position was in the Corporate Quality Management Group in the Head Office in Switzerland, and subsequently on the GLOBE team based in Australia. She worked with internal stakeholders to refresh the global approach to supplier management to guarantee the quality of the products at the time of use. Part of her mandate was also to re-visit the global approach to managing traceability across the supply chain. Denyse was the project leader for the project involved in the selection and appointment of two third party auditing companies for use with Nestle suppliers globally. As part of the GLOBE team Denyse was involved in the implementation of best practices in the area of Materials Handling, and warehouse management throughout the Nestle Asia, Africa and Oceania operations.