People at the HUMLOG Institute

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Get to know the HUMLOG Institute's faculty, management, fellows, associates and PhD students!

Diego Vega

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Assistant 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.

Wojciech Piotrowicz

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Associate Professor in Sustainable 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 in Supply Chain Management and Social Responsibility, Hanken School of Economics; Professor of Logistics, Hull University Business School

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.


Graham Heaslip

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Professor in Supply Chain Management and Social Responsibility, Hanken School of Economics; Professor and Head of School of Engineering at Atlantic Technological University

Graham's 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.




Kristjana Adalgeirsdottir

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Project Coordinator

Kristjana co-ordinates HUMLOG´s various research and collaboration projects. She is also a Red Cross Shelter delegate and member of the Emergency Response Team of ShelterBox, with field experience from humanitarian operations in disasters and recovery.

Mimmi Pöysti

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Research Coordinator

Mimmi is HUMLOG's Research Coordinator. She coordinates the Institute's research projects together with Kristjana, contributes to the research and provides general assistance to the research community at HUMLOG Institute. Mimmi is a Hanken graduate and wrote her thesis on humanitarian logistics in conflict zones.

Cia Leinonen

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Administrative Assistant

Cia has paired up with Kieto and is responsible for general administrative support of the daily operations of the institute. She is a master's student at Hanken, majoring in Humanitarian Logistics.

Kieto Mahaniah

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Administrative Assistant

Kieto has paired up with Cia and is also responsible for general administrative support of the daily operations of the institute. He is a master's student at Hanken, majoring in Humanitarian Logistics.

Amin Maghsoudi

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Amin completed his Ph.D on Operations and Supply Chain Management at Universiti Sains Malaysia. His research interests lie in the area of humanitarian logistics, blockchain for supply chain management, cash-based interventions (CBI), inter-organizational coordination, social media in humanitarian operations, and data analytics. For the purpose of research and teaching experience, Amin has interviewed and connected with a number of humanitarian organizations (both national and international) operating within Southeast Asia (e.g., Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia) and the Middle Eastern region (e.g., Iran, Syria, Jordan, Turkey, United Arab Emirates). Some of his research results are published in peer-reviewed journals such as Supply Chain Management: An International Journal.


Elvira Kaneberg 

HUMLOG Elvira Kaneberg

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.


Ioanna Falagara Sigala


Ioanna is a Project Researcher at the HUMLOG. 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.


Virva Tuomala

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


Jana Abíková 


Jana Abíková is a Project Researcher 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.


Sudipa Sarker

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Sudipa Sarker is a project researcher in the HUMLOG institute at Hanken School of Economics and an Assistant Professor at the Department of Business Development and Technology at Aarhus University in Denmark. Sudipa is trained as an Industrial and Production Engineer from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, Bangladesh. She has conducted her master’s from the National University of Singapore in Industrial and System Engineering and holds a Ph.D. in Management Economics and Industrial Engineering from Politecnico di Milano, Italy. Sudipa’s areas of expertise are in the field of purchasing, operations, and supply chain management, with a particular concentration on competitiveness, sustainability, and risk management. 


Abdelsalam Adam Hamid

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Abdelsalam Adam Hamid is a Project Researcher at the HUMLOGO institute at Hanken School of Economics. Abdelsalam obtained his PhD from college of business studies, business administration Department, Sudan University of Science and Technology, in Supply chain, he is an assistant professor of supply chain at international Maritime college Oman. In addition, he worked as an assistant professor and head of Business administration Department at Sudan university of science and technology. Abdelsalam has published more than 20 articles in various journals, and his research interests lie in supply chain practices, Logistics operations, Management and industrial business. He is a reviewer for many journals.


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.


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 and Management and Bachelor in Technology from University of Kerala in Mechanical (Production) Engineering. He was a rank holder in both his under-graduate and graduate studies. He is currently associated with SP Jain Institute of Management and Research (Mumbai) as Assistant Professor in Operations and Supply Chain Management. Dr. 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. He is also the winner of the Wings of Excellence award from University of St. Gallen (Switzerland) in 2018. He is also a recipient of Shastri Research Fellowship by Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute under Government of India. 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.


Bruno Garcia de Olivera

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Bruno is an Assistant Professor at the Federal University of Catalao. He holder a Ph.D. at 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.

Joseph Sarkis 

HUMLOG Fellow Joseph Sarkis

HUMLOG Research Associate 

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.

Nezih Altay

HUMLOG Research Associate

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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.

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.

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.

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.



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.


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.