• School of Engineering and Applied Science, Aston University

      B4 7ET Birmingham

      United Kingdom

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    Designing Ethically Driven Supply Chain Networks


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    Personal profile


    I joined Aston in 2019 as a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) for Supply Chain Management and the programme director for undergraduate degrees in logistics and supply chain management and logistcis with purchasing management. Having spent the previous few years as a postdoctoral research fellow in Politecnico di Milano, a lecturer in MIP Graduate School of Business in Italy, and a research engineer in KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden.

    Prior to embarking on my academic research journey, I spent six years in various positions in multinational organisations, which laid the foundation to build a portfolio of diverse experience with involvement in supply chain and operations management, business development, and continuous improvement projects. 


    - PhD (with Distinction) in Management, Economics and Industrial Engineering, Politecnico di Milano, Italy.

    - MSc in Production Engineering & Management, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden.

    - MSc in Production Engineering (partial completion), Cairo University, Egypt.

    - BSc in Mechanical Design & Production Engineering, Cairo University, Egypt.


    - Lecturer (Assistant Professor) for Supply chain management, Aston University, 2019 - to date

    - Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Politecnico di Milano, 2017-2019

    - Visiting PhD Researcher, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, 2014-2015

    - PhD Researcher and graduate Teaching Asisstant. Politecnico di Milano, 2012-2014 and 2015-2016

    - Research Engineer, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, 2012

    - Various positions in production management and business development in multinational organisations (2004 - 2010)

    Research Interests

    My research interests are on the broad topic of supply chain design in high-uncertainty environments, with a particular focus on the supply chain's social and humanitarian impact. This is being achieved on a number of interrelated themes that operate in extreme supply and/or demand uncertainty levels;

    - Humanitarian logistics and supply chains (Localising supply through building suppliers' capacity with a particular focus on developing countries, strenghtning the private sector involvement and cross-sector collaboration, managing unsolicited bilateral donations, aligning supply chain design and strategies in humanitarian settings, Developing collaborative research methodologies for the humanitarian supply chain)

    - Enhancing the competitive advantage of SME suppliers by leveraging on horizontal collaboration, with a special focus on temporal supply networks (projects-based).

    - Preparing supply chains for the Digital Transformation (Winner of best research paper award from IEEE Technology Management, 2018)

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    Teaching Activity

    - Research Methods (MSc, module leader)

    - Introduction to Supply Chain Management (BSc, module leader)

    - Quantitative Tools for Supply Chain Planning (BSc, module leader)

    -Technology Applications in the Supply Chain (BSc, module leader)

    - Supply Chain & Procurement Strategy (MSc)

    - Global Supply Networks (MSc, module coordinator)

    - Purchasing and Supply Management (MSc, module coordinator)


    - Best Paper Silver Award from IEEE Technology and Engineering Management Society (2018)

     - Best Research Paper Conference Award, 1st EDIM PhD Conference (2014)

    - Best Research paper in Operations Management track, 2nd EDIM PhD Conference(2015)

    Research Projects/Collaborations

    - "As Local as Possible, as International as Necessary: Mapping Medical Supply Chains in Kenya" (2020 - date)

    - "Cross-sector Collaboration in Humanitarian Supply Chains (2019 - Date)

    - “Managing Unsolicited Donations in Humanitarian Supply Chains”. Role: Principal Investigator and project coordinator (2017 – 2019)

    - “Digital Transformation of the EPC Supply Chains”.  Role: Principal Investigator and project coordinator,  (2017 – 2019).

    - “Supply Network Configuration for SME suppliers in Projects Environment” Role: Principal Investigator, (2015 - 2019).

    - “Balancing Supply Chain Efficiency and Effectiveness through Supply Chain (re)configuration”. Role: Principal Investigator (2015 - 2016).

    - “Renewable Energy Park (RE-PARK)”. Role: Researcher (2012).

    - “Lean Implementation in Public Service Sector”. Role: Principal Investigator (2011)

    Professional/editorial offices

    - Invited Speaker in the Supply Chain Forum: Smarter Supply Chains, Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP), Barcelona, Spain, 2018.

    - Invited speaker in the 12th Inform Logistics Conference, Bratislava, Slovakia, 2018.

    - Invited Speaker in the Erasmus Mundus Coordinators Conference, European Commission, Brussels, 2018

    - Invited Speaker in “EU - Southern Mediterranean Seminar on Recognition of Credits and Qualifications”, Brussels - Invited by the EU DG Education and Culture, Brussels, July 2015.

    - Member of the European Academic Committee - The Industrial Engineering and Operations Management Society (IEOM), USA, 2018.

    - Reviewer for the International Journal of Logistics Management, IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, Journal of Purchasing and Supply Management, International Journal of Logistics Research and Applications and the Palgrave Handbook for Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chain Management.

    - Organising Committee co-chair, 1st Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) Middle East and Africa Convention Sustainable Development for Poverty Alleviation, Cairo, Egypt, 2008.

    - Expert Evaluator for European Comission funded projects to Erasmus+ Student and Alumni Alliance (2018 - 2019)

    - Chairperson – Course Quality Advisory Board, Erasmus Mundus Association, (2018 – 2019)


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