People at the HUMLOG Institute

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Get to know the HUMLOG Institute's and SCM & SR's faculty, management, project researchers, associates and PhD students!

Diego Vega

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Associate Professor of Supply Chain Management and Social Responsibility, esp. Humanitarian Logistics at Hanken School of Economics and Director of the HUMLOG Institute 

Diego's an Associate Editor of the Journal of Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chain Management, and participates at the Editorial Advisory board of the International Journal of Logistics Management, and the SCM programming board of the World Humanitarian Forum. Diego’s research interests include logistics services in humanitarian operations, emergency relief logistics, temporary organizations and competence-based strategic management for humanitarian organizations.


Sarah Schiffling

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Assistant Professor in Supply Chain Management and Social Responsibility

Sarah is a trustee for the Humanitarian Logistics Association. Her research interests include complexity in supply chains, trust and distrust in supply chain relationships, cash based interventions, pharmaceutical supply chains and the effects of transport disruptions. She frequently discusses logistics and supply chain topics on TV, radio, print, and online media and is a prolific author for The Conversation.


Wojciech Piotrowicz

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Associate Professor in Supply Chain Management and Social Responsibility

Wojciech joined Hanken in 2017, after over ten years at University of Oxford. His research is related to Supply Chain and logistics in various contexts, performance and evaluation, as well as impact of technologies on organisations and societies. Currently he leads Academy of Finland project focused on humanitarian assistance and local markets under armed conflict conditions.


Gyöngyi Kovács

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Erkko Professor in Humanitarian Logistics

Gyöngyi's research has focused on the areas of challenges and trends in humanitarian logistics, humanitarian supply chain design, innovation in humanitarian supply chains, and humanitarian logistics skills and competencies. She has also conducted research in sustainable supply chain management and research approaches in logistics. She led the HUMLOG Institute since its establishment in 2008 until 2014. Gyöngyi is currently involved in many of the HUMLOG Institute's ongoing research projects.



David Grant

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Professor Emeritus in Supply Chain Management and Social Responsibility

David's research interests include customer service and satisfaction; services marketing and service quality; retail logistics; reverse, closed-loop and sustainable logistics; logistics and supply chain relationships; logistics in SMEs; and integration of logistics and marketing.



Ann-Jolin Grüne

Project Planning Officer


Kieto Mahaniah

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Operations Coordinator

Kieto is HUMLOG's Operations Coordinator. He coordinates the ongoing operations of the Institute's research projects, plans and supports the execution of conferences and events, and provides strategic assistance as the Institute navigates the ever-changing humanitarian world. Kieto is a recent Hanken graduate and wrote his thesis on quantification tools for medical commodities in humanitarian settings.

Cia Leinonen

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Project Coordinator

Cia Leinonen is a Project Coordinator and does research support at the HUMLOG Institute. She holds a Master's in Supply Chain Management and Social Responsibility from Hanken School of Economics, focusing on the current challenges in local preparedness in humanitarian logistics. Her experience includes data analytics and supply chain processes. Currently, Cia is responsible for the coordination of HELP's upcoming Humanitarian Logistics Management online course, developed in collaboration with the HUMLOG Institute.

Hoda Esfahani

Hoda Esfahani

Administrative Assistant

Hoda is HUMLOG's Administrative Assistant. Her responsibilities include supporting daily operations at the institute, assisting in communications for various projects, events, and conferences, and managing HUMLOG's website, blog, and social media channels. As a Wellbeing Management student with a background in technology, she is passionate about utilizing technological advancements to enhance wellbeing. 

Aino Ruggiero

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Aino Ruggiero is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the HUMLOG Institute. She completed her PhD at the Department of Communication, University of Jyväskylä. Her research interests cover organisational crisis communication perspective in humanitarian logistics, crisis communication and management in the case of (CBRN) terrorism and other complex crises, governmental crisis communication, and community approach to crisis management. She has previously worked as a University teacher at the Jyväskylä University School of Business and Economics (JSBE) Corporate Communication, and as a Researcher at the Department of Communication, University of Jyväskylä. She has recently collaborated with researchers from the University of Helsinki for a project on governmental crisis communication during the Covid-19 pandemic in Finland. As a researcher, she has worked with governmental organisations and research institutes in Finland and internationally.

Amin Maghsoudi

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Amin Maghsoudi is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chain Research Institue (HUMLOG Institute), Hanken School of Economics, Helsinki, Finland. Previous appointment inlcudes School of Industrial Engineering, College of Engineering, University of Tehran, Iran, where he held a post as a project researcher. 
Amin’s doctoral research at Universiti Sains Malaysia investigated inter-organizational coordination among the network of actors in humanitarian supply chains. His research interests include humanitarian logistics and disater relief supply chains, supply chain risk and resilience, digital supply chains, cash and voucher assistance in complex emergencies and refugee crisis. 
Amin is currently Principal Investigator (PI) of DigCBA project funded by Norwegian Research Council. The projects look into the distribution of cash and goods, and the digitalization of it along the supply chains. Previously, he has been engaged with projects such as Logistics Review of Swedish Red Cross, and Cash/Carry project funded by Academy of Finland. 
Amin's research outputs are published in high quality peer-reviewed journals such as International Journal of Operations & Production Management. 
Amin is also supervising Master students and PhD candidates. 

Ketki Kulkarni

Ketki Kulkarni

Ketki Kulkarni's research interests include decision support for traffic networks, simulation, applied optimization and smart logistics. She specializes in the use of advanced simulation software for industrial applications. She has worked extensively in the Finnish marine transport domain for the last 5 years. She has obtained her PhD in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay. She is not only interested in contributing to the methodology literature, but also in developing efficient tools that are used by organizations for their daily operations. She finds packaging the research work (math and sim models) into usable solutions exciting and challenging.

Virva Tuomala

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Virva is a Project Researcher at Hanken School of Economics. She received her doctorate from Hanken and her research interests are urban food insecurity and the food supply chain.

Anna Dziuba

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Anna Dziuba is an affiliated postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Marketing, HUMLOG Institute, Hanken School of Economics. Anna has defended her doctoral thesis titled “Coping with Managerialism and Instrumentalism in Academic Work: Acquiring Emotional Competence, Developing Creative Ideas, and Finding Meaning” in December 2022. Her current research interests include meaningful work, care work, contribution of art and artistic methods to management, emotions in institutions, inclusion in society and that of nonhumans, and organising in extreme contexts.


Ardian Qorri

Ardian Qorri

Ardian works as a project researcher at Hanken School of Economics. He received his PhD from LUT University, Finland. His research focus is on sustainabiilty performance assessment, decision support tools, and sustainable/circular supply chain management. 



Bruno Garcia de Olivera

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Bruno is a project researcher at the HUMLOG Instutute. In addition he's also an Assistant Professor at the Federal University of Catalao. He has a PhD from the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil. Inside the field of sustainable development, his main research interest is the systemic connections between sustainability and business strategy. He focuses on sustainability at a strategic level and publishes in peer-reviewed journals about the circular economy, industry 4.0, and supply chain management.



Elvira Kaneberg 

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Elvira Kaneberg is an Assistant Professor in Business Administration at Jönköping University, Sweden. Elvira’s main research interests are focused on Sustainable Supply Chain Management and Humanitarian Logistics.




Félicia Saïah

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Félicia's primary area of focus is Humanitarian Supply Chain Management in Long-term Humanitarian Operations, with a specific emphasis on process modularity.



Ioanna Falagara Sigala


Ioanna is a Project Researcher at the HUMLOG Institute. She holds a PhD from the Vienna University of Economics and Business. Her research focuses on cross-sector collaboration and coordination in humanitarian supply chains, the outsourcing of humanitarian logistics, the digitization of humanitarian supply chains, and cash transfer programming.



Jana Abíková


Jana Abíková is a Research Associate at the HUMLOG Institute. Jana hold MA in Business Economics and Management with specialization in logistics and international transportation. She completed her PhD at the University of Economics, Prague at the Faculty of Business Administration. Her main research interests are in the field of human resources in humanitarian logistics, transit migration, and refugee crises, mostly question of location problem of the refugee camps. In addition to her research experience, Jana has work experience from for-profit and non-profit sector as well. She worked in automotive industry and for various non-governmental organisations like Doctors Without Borders, Amnesty International or People in Need.


Lijo John

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Lijo John obtained his PhD from the Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode (IIMK). Prior to his doctoral studies, he did his Masters in Technology from National Institute of Technology Calicut in Industrial Engineering. He is currently associated with SP Jain Institute of Management and Research (Mumbai) as Assistant Professor in Operations and Supply Chain Management. John was previously an Assistant Professor in the area of Operations and Supply Chain Management at the IMT Business School, Dubai. He is also a Visiting Researcher at the Sauder School of Business, University of British Columbia, Canada. His research areas include humanitarian logistics, supply chain management and supply chain contracts. His research has appeared in international journals such as Annals of Operations Research (ANOR), Sustainability, International Journal of Services and Operations Management, to name a few.


Nezih Altay

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Nezih Altay is a Professor of Supply Chain Management at the Driehaus College of Business at DePaul University in Chicago, USA. In his research he tries to bring a supply chain perspective to humanitarian problems. His work with the HUMLOG Institute at Hanken focuses on the challenges of delivering humanitarian aid in conflict zones. This work aims to identify the unique characteristics and requirements of logistics in conflict zones and lead scholars to novel and challenging problems in this domain.


Russell Harpring

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Russell's primary research interests are related to cash-based interventions in humanitarian operations, especially with respect to how they affect the supply chain and what measures can be taken to improve their efficiency and effectiveness.  Other areas of interest include simulation modeling, systems and network analysis, and process improvement.



Graham Heaslip

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Graham is Professor of Logistics and Head of the School of Engineering at Galway Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT). His research interests are in the intersections between global logistics / supply chain management, humanitarian logistics and organisational management development. His research and consultancy interests span mainstream commercial, defence and other public service contexts examining supply chain management, and operations management issues which impact on organisational effectiveness or innovative practices.


Joseph Sarkis 

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Joseph Sarkis is a Professor of Management in the Foisie Business School within the Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI). His research and teaching includes sustainability, supply chain and operations management, and technology management.  He has over 400 publications in a wide variety of outlets.  He has been internationally recognized as a highly cited researcher by the Web-of-Science for the past four years. He serves as an editor, associate editor, or editorial member in some of the world’s leading management and environmental journals.  Joseph is the Co-Editor of the Springer-Nature Book Series on Greening of Industry Networks.  His most recent edited book is titled “Handbook on the Sustainable Supply Chain,” published by Edward Elgar Publishing. In recent years he has served as a visiting scholar at a number of universities throughout the world including universities in China, Egypt, Hungary, France, Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom.  He has a Ph.D. from the University of Buffalo; and has been an Industrial Ecology Fellow.  Currently he is a program and working group leader in the Green of Industry Network (GIN), as well as the Future Earth Circular Economy Working Group.



George Ghazal

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George's primary research interests are related to applying specific Sustainable Development Goals to Humanitarian Supply Chains and then how will the region of the study be a better place when the goals are achieved. The research examines the role of certain SDGs in improving Humanitarian Supply Chains and increasing the awareness of these goals in the field of social responsibly,  which will enhance the performance of the organisation and enable it to save more lives while leaving NO ONE behind.


John Munyoro

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John's research interests include blockchain strategies, conflict, disaster and emergencies mitigation, humanitarianism, project leadership and management as well as resettling refugees and internally displaces persons.


Sonja Saari

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Sonja's research interests include medical cold chains in humanitarian operations, with a specific emphasis on energy services' sustainability and resilience.



Claire Travers

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Claire's research focus is the localisation of humanitarian aid provision, specifically the use of local procurement and local manufacturing in emergency response programming.



Qifeng Yan

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Qifeng focuses primarily on the applications of climate science in humanitarian logistics. He is interested how the impacts of natural disasters can be mitigated by using climate information in humanitarian operations. He is also interested in development studies and sustainability.


Margot Rocheteau

Margot Rocheteau

Margot Rocheteau is a dedicated PhD student at the Hanken School of Economics in Finland, specializing in humanitarian supply chain and sustainability. Through her research, she endeavors to shed light on sustainability opportunities in challenging contexts. Margot's focus at the HUMLOG Institute at Hanken is on circularity within humanitarian supply chains, with a particular emphasis on effective waste management. With a passion for creating a positive impact, she strives to contribute valuable insights to the field of sustainable humanitarian logistics.

Tamara Kirkwood-Wright

Tamara Kirkwood-Wright

Tamara's research focuses on the localisation of humanitarian logistics in settings of conflict. Previously, Tamara managed the supply chain response for the Health Pooled Fund in South Sudan. She also has experience in supply chain and logistics consulting, working on end-to-end supply chain projects across retail, pharma, industrial, aerospace and food manufacturing industries.

Jamile Teles Hamideh

Jamile Teles Hamideh

Jamile's research is found at the critical intersection between humanitarian logistics, technology and law. Her work investigates how the use of emerging digital technologies such as artificial intelligence, blockchain and 3d printing can promote or hinder the participation of beneficiaries in humanitarian supply chains.