Keynote: Global Supply Chain Resilience

Presented by: Professor Mark Goh, Director (Industry Research) of The Logistics Institute Asia Pacific at the National University of Singapore, Singapore
and Janet K. Benini, Associate Director, International Preparedness Programs, Secretary's Office of Intelligence, Security and Emergency Response, US Department of Transportation, USA

A former Colombo Plan Scholar, Dr. Goh holds a Ph.D. from the University of Adelaide. In the National University of Singapore, he holds the appointments of Director (Industry Research) at the Logistics Institute-Asia Pacific, a joint venture with Georgia Tech, USA, Principal Researcher at the Centre for Transportation Research, and was a Program Director of the Penn-State NUS Logistics Management Program. He also used to be Director of Supply Chain Solutions for Asia/Middle East with APL Logistics, crafting logistics engineering solutions for major MNCs (Dell, Nike, Lenovo, VW, BMW, Roche, BBraun) in this part of the world.

Dr. Goh was a Board Member of the Chartered Institute of Transport (Singapore), past Chairman of the Academic Board of Examiners for the Singapore Institute of Purchasing and Materials Management, member of the Advisory Committee of the Transportation Resource Centre (NUS) and a past Vice President of the Operations Research Society of Singapore, Associate Senior Fellow of the Institute of South east Asian Studies. His other professional affiliations include membership of INFORMS, and the Academy of International Business. His biography appears in Who's Who in Asia and the Pacific Nations, Who’s Who in the World and, Outstanding People of the 20th Century.

He has been involved in executive training for various key organisations in Singapore, for example, PSA Corp., MIS, SIPMM, PSB, J&J, Siemens Nixdorf, CIT, CAAS, Fuji-Xerox AP, Applied Biosystems, Danzas, DHL, Samsung, SembCorp Logistics, Exel, CEI, Bax Global, IBM, PWC Logistics, and Mindef. Prof. Goh has also acted as a consultant to organisations both in Singapore and overseas, like Lucent Technologies, Pentex Schweitzer, Trans-Link Express, Perkins Parts, Singapore Post, NCB, Unilever East Asia Pacific, MSAS, TDB, Hewlett-Packard Far East, Siemens Nixdorf, APO, Confectionery Transformation, Danzas-AEI, Bossard Asia Pacific, BBraun AP, Pasminco, Mindef, Cleanaway (China), IE Singapore, Cleanaway, Knight Frank, Rhodia, and FXS.

He has held appointments as a visiting Professor in Business Logistics Strategy at Chulalongkorn University, Commonwealth Fellow to the UK, Citibank International Fellow to the US, visiting research fellow at UMIST, visiting scholar at Beijing University, visiting professor at Melbourne University, and adjunct professor at the University of South Australia. He is currently on the editorial boards of the Journal of Supply Chain Management, Q3 Quarterly, Journal for Inventory Research, Paradigm, Value Chain Management, International Journal of Procurement Management, and Advances in Management Research, and has served as an associate editor for the Asia Pacific Journal of Operational Research.

His current research interests focus on supply chain strategy, performance measurement, buyer-seller relationships and reverse logistics. With more than 150 technical papers in internationally refereed journals and conferences, some of his recent academic articles on supply chain management have appeared in the Journal of Purchasing and Materials Management, Industrial Marketing Management, European Journal of Purchasing and Supply Chain Management, IIE Transactions, Naval Research Logistics, Physical Distribution and Logistics Management, Production and Operations Management, EJOR, Supply Chain Management Journal, Industrial Organisations, Journal of Global Optimization, Journal of Asian Business, SIAM Journal of Optimization, and Logistics Information Management.


Janet Benini is a Senior Advisor for the US Department of Transportation (DOT) for International Crisis Preparedness. Her Division, in the Secretary’s Office, leads the national activities for NATO’s Civil Emergency Transportation Preparedness, the US/Canada Transportation Civil Emergency Preparedness Committee and others. She manages a bi-lateral Working Group under the US/China Transportation Forum, whose activities were one of the notable deliverables under the US/China Strategic and International Dialogue. For the Asia/Pacific Economic Cooperation initiative, she leads a multi-year development program on Global Supply Chain Resilience, in partnership with the US State Department and Agency for International Development.

After over twenty years as a professional emergency manager in California, Ms. Benini joined DOT in 1998 as the Deputy Director of the Office of Emergency Transportation. From 2003 – 2005, she served at the White House Homeland Security Council as the Director of Response and Plans. She was the White House lead for the National Response Plan. She is a nationally-recognized Certified Emergency Manager.

She received a Hammer Award for Reinventing Government from the Vice President for her work in preparing for Y2K, a Special Commendation medal from the Transportation Secretary for her work following the attacks of 9/11, and together with other colleagues, a Secretarial Gold Medal for the response to Hurricane Katrina. She recently was awarded a Secretarial Silver Medal for her work with China’s Ministry of Transport.

Ms. Benini is also a part-time professor, at both the Georgetown University Public Policy Institute and George Washington University, where she teaches courses for graduate students on Leadership During Crises. She also is an occasional speaker at the US State Department Foreign Service Institute and the US Institute for Peace.