HUMLOG's 10th anniversary celebration

HUMLOG is turning 10 this year! The celebration took place on April 25 at Hanken.


The HUMLOG Institute is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year!

The event took place on Wednesday, 25th April from 13:00 to 18:00hrs

At Hanken School of Economics

Find the press release here.

Read Hanken's magazine article about the event here.

Pictures' gallery:



Pictures: Patrik Lindström.



13:00 - 13:50

Welcoming coffee


13:50 - 14:00


  • Hlekiwe Kachali, director of the HUMLOG Institute

14:00 - 14:30

Opening speeches

  • Karen Spens, rector, Hanken School of Economics
  • Ilkka Korkiamäki, rector, National Defence University

14:30 - 15:30

Keynote speakers

  • Pekka Haavisto, Member of Parliament and Member of the Committee for Foreign Affairs, Finland
  • Rolando Mario Tomasini, Head of Partnerships Development, UNOPS
  • Christophe Hambye, Head of Logistics Division, International Committee of the Red Cross, Geneva

15:30 - 16:00

Audience interactive with the keynotes

16:00 - 16:15


16:15 - 17:00

Panel discussion

  • Hannu Kari, Research Director, Elisa
  • Gyöngyi Kovács, Erkko Professor in Humanitarian Logistics, Hanken School of Economics

  • Paul Larson, CN Professor of Supply Chain Management, University of Manitoba

  • Kalle Löövi, Director of International Operations, Finnish Red Cross

Moderator: Ira Haavisto, Research Project Manager, Nordic Healthcare Group

17:00 - 18:00

Cocktail and Exhibition continues



Note that the event was free of charge and open to any interested stakeholder.

About the speakers:


pekka_haavisto_2.jpgPekka Haavisto

Member of Parliament and Member of the Committee for Foreign Affairs, Finland

Pekka Haavisto, who started his career in journalism, has been a Member of Parliament for 18 years. He has served as a cabinet minister twice. Pekka has also served as the chairman of the Finnish Greens and the chairman of the European Greens. Pekka is well-known for his activities in international affairs and he is famous in crisis areas in the world. The candidacy in the Presidential election in 2012 took him into the second round of voting. In 2018, he received 12,4% of the votes.


rolando_tomasini.jpgRolando Tomasini

Head of Partnerships Development at United Nations Office of Project Services (UNOPS)

At UNOPS, Rolando leads global efforts for achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. As an application of his doctoral research, he has designed his agency’s private sector policy and due diligence process and is actively involved in negotiations with governments, donors, and private sector on commercial diplomacy initiatives like PPP, concessional grants, and innovation funds, cross-sectoral partnerships. In previous roles he has been a UNOPS representative for the Nordic countries, procurement policy officer as well as held several leadership roles in the private sector in the area of procurement. In addition to his doctoral degree from Hanken, he also holds a Specialized Master of International Purchasing from Bordeaux Ecole de Management (KEDGE). He also invested 8 years at INSEAD Humanitarian Research Group where he co-authored of a collection of articles, book and chapters on humanitarian logistics.


christophe_hambye.jpgChristophe Hambye
Head of Logistics Division, ICRC

Christophe holds a Law Degree from Université Catholique de Louvain and a Special Degree in Corporate Law and Finance from the Vrije Universiteit van Brussel. He has extensive international humanitarian management experience with the ICRC and with MSF, especially in the fields of Supply Chain and Operational Management, Finance and Administration and Fundraising. In previous role at ICRC, Christophe has been Head of Donors Relation Unit, Deputy Head of Logistics Division (Operations) and Logistics Coordinator and Head of Regional Logistics Centre in Dili, Nairobi, Peshawar, Khartoum and Belgrade. Prior to these experiences, he worked from 1992 to 1999 for Medecins Sans Frontières in Ethiopia, Brussels and Moscow and the CIS.
About the panelists:
hannu_v2.jpgHannu Kari
Research Director, Elisa Corporation
Hannu received his Doctor of Science (in Technology) degree in 1997 in Computer Science from Helsinki University of Technology. He has been qualified for a professor positions twice at Helsinki University of Technology and once at Helsinki University. In addition, he holds two titles of Docent on the areas of “Networking technology” and “Wireless Internet” at Aalto University, in Finland. Hannu has been for 10 years professor and research director at National Defence University (NDU), before that he was head of laboratory and director of research institute at Helsinki University of Technology (HUT). He also has various experiences in companies, such as Nokia. His areas of expertise are strategic leadership, cyber security and technology expertise, innovation process and protecting intellectual property rights (he is an inventor in 30+ patents), academic and scientific quality control and management.

gyongyi_kovacs_v2.jpgGyöngyi Kovács

Erkko Professor in Humanitarian Logistics, Hanken School of Economics

Gyöngyi is a founder of the HUMLOG Institute, of which she was the director from 2008 to 2014. Her research areas are humanitarian logistics & supply chain management, disaster relief, disaster management, and preparedness, development aid, sustainable supply chain management, industrial ecology, corporate responsibility, research approaches in logistics, and gender mainstreaming. She is the founding editor of the Journal of Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chain Management.


paul.jpgPaul Larson
CN Professor of Supply Chain Management, University of Manitoba
The Institute for Supply Management (ISM), formerly NAPM, funded Dr. Larson’s doctoral dissertation, which won the 1991 Academy of Marketing Science/Alpha Kappa Psi award. In 2012, working with the Greater Toronto Leadership Project, he wrote Supplier Diversity in the GTA: Business Case and Best Practices. Paul's research interests are supply chain sustainability, sustainable transportation, supplier diversity, consumer logistics, cultural dimensions in sustainability, and, of course, humanitarian logistics.On February 18, 2017, he stood at Uhuru peak, Tanzania, the highest point in Africa, for a second time.


kalle_loovi_-_v2.jpgKalle Löövi, Director of International Operations, Finnish Red Cross

Kalle Löövi is an internationally renowned expert in the humanitarian sector. He has played a key role in developing the Red Cross Disaster Response and Coordination System in Finland and internationally. For several decades, his inputs and expertise in disaster recovery and preparedness have helped communities to prepare better for crises and survive disasters. Kalle has been working at the Finnish Red Cross since 1988 and with international affairs since 1992. Prior to that, he has been a volunteer at the Training Center of the Red Cross in Valkeakoski, Finland, where he created the search and management systems still in use nowadays.


Map of the exhibition area: