Keynote Speakers

Professor Michael Bourlakis


Director of Research for Cranfield School of Management, Group Head (Logistics, Procurement and Supply Chain Management)


Director of Centre for Logistics & Supply Chain Management


Professor Michael Bourlakis holds the Chair in Logistics & Supply Chain Management. He is the Director of Research for Cranfield School of Management, the Head of the Logistics, Procurement & Supply Chain Management Group and the Director of the Centre of Logistics & Supply Chain Management. He was appointed at Cranfield School of Management in 2013. Previously, he worked at Brunel University Business School (Leadership Roles: Director of Postgraduate Studies for 7 MSc programmes, “Impact” Champion for REF2014, Director of OASIS Research Centre), Kent University Business School (Leadership Roles: Head of Marketing and Supply Chain Management Group, Director of Enterprise), Newcastle University (Leadership Roles: Director of Undergraduate and Postgraduate Programmes), Oxford University Templeton College (Oxford Institute of Retail Management), Leicester University Management Centre. Professor Michael Bourlakis has generated more than 250 publications including 63 journal papers and 3 edited books. He sits on the Editorial Board of 15 journals including most leading logistics, supply chain and operations management journals (e.g. International Journal of Operations and Production Management, Production, Planning and Control: The Management of Operations, Supply Chain Management: An International Journal, International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management, International Journal of Logistics Management etc.). Michael has been a Co-Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Logistics: Research & Applications. He has also acted 11 times as the Guest Editor for journal special issues (European Journal of Marketing, International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management, Production Planning & Control, Technological Forecasting & Social Change etc.). Based on this extensive expertise, Professor Bourlakis acted as an Expert Advisor for the CABS / ABS Journal Ranking List (2015).

Title “Contemporary Challenges and Opportunities in the E-Commerce and B2B Logistics landscape”

Abstract: Modern e-commerce businesses must be able to network online, deliver products and continue to be agile and efficient. Equally, digitalisation and relevant technologies (AI, IoT, Big Data, automation, robotics etc.) related to e-commerce act as a disruptive force throughout the B2C and B2B world. The presentation will analyse those issues and illustrate an archetype of B2B companies operating in the global e-commerce arena. It is based on work commissioned by DHL Express to Cranfield School of Management and led by Professor Michael Bourlakis



Dr. Li Zhou

Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Systems Management & Strategy Department
Faculty of Business, University of Greenwich



Dr Li Zhou is a reader in the Department of Systems Management & Strategy, Business School, University of Greenwich. She has been a member of the faculty since July 2005, and she is the founder and director of the Supply Chain Management research group at the Business School.

Li received a BSc and an MSc in Engineering, and a PhD in Management Science and Engineering. Prior to joining the University of Greenwich, She was a post-doctoral researcher at Logistics Systems Dynamics Group (LSDG), Business School, Cardiff University, UK; a visiting scholar at the Department of Production Economics, Linköping Institute of Technology, Sweden; an associate professor and an associate dean in the Institute of Industrial Automation, Nanchang University, China.

She has had excellent opportunities to teach a variety of courses and do research in different universities in China, Sweden and the UK. During over 20 years in the profession, she has taught at levels ranging from part-time adult education to full-time undergraduate, postgraduate and PhD supervision. Currently, she leads and teaches the courses of ‘Purchasing and Distribution’, ‘International Purchasing and Procurement’, ‘Research Methods and Foundation of Scholarship’, and ‘Dissertation’.  She is the first supervisor for three PhD candidates and second supervisor for three PhD candidates as well.

Li has acted in several different leadership roles during her international career, ranging from project leadership to team leader and team member in a number of projects funded by the Chinese government, the Swedish Institute, and enterprises. These projects range from product design to education and management consulting. She therefore has accumulated a wealth of experience working with industry partners and acquired a real view of the manufacturing process starting from product design, purchasing, production, to marketing, and to recycling, where the operations management concept embeds in each stage.

So far, she has had over 70 articles published in various forms including journal papers, edited book chapters, and conference papers. Her work appears (inter alia) in internationally recognised and high-impact journals such as “International Journal of Production Economics”, “OR Spectrum”, “OMEGA – The International Journal of Management Science”, and “Supply Chain Management: An International Journal”.

Li is a regular reviewer for a number of international journals and an invited reviewer for some funding bodies. She is a frequent contributor to professional institutes and educational organisations.



Professor M. Juwet  

OP-professor Faculty of Engineering Technology, Leuven University

Coordinator of research on technology for logistics at Technology Campus Gent




Prof. Juwet is the coordinator of research on technology for logistics at Technology Campus Gent.  Research topics include packaging technology, in-house transport systems, automated storage and retrieval systems, sorting and shipping equipment, commercial vehicles and last mile delivery.

Prof. Juwet is the author of 10 books on Strength of materials, Use of finite element method, kinematics and dynamics, machine design, cargo transport vehicles. He holds more than 20 patents and has been the coordinator of over 100 research and development projects in close cooperation with industrial partners.

He is an appreciated speaker at international conferences worldwide. He acts as an expert for the European Commission for topics related to transport safety. In 2017 he was awarded the “Eumos safe logistics award” for his contribution to safer transport in Europe.