People at the HUMLOG Institute

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

HUMLOG Wojciech Piotrowicz

Wojciech Piotrowicz

Director of the HUMLOG Institute, Associate Professor in Sustainable Supply Chain Management and Social Responsibility, Hanken

Research interests:

Wojciech is Director of the HUMLOG Institute, he 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.

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HUMLOG Diego Vega

Diego Vega

Deputy Director of the HUMLOG Institute

Diego Vega is Assistant Professor of Supply Chain Management and Social Responsibility, esp. Humanitarian Logistics and Deputy Director of the HUMLOG Institute. Prior to joining Hanken and the Institute, Diego was Assistant Professor of Logistics and Supply Chain Management and lately, Head of the Information Systems, Supply Chain Management and Decision Making Department at NEOMA Business School, France. Diego completed his doctoral studies at the CRET-LOG Research Institute, Aix-Marseille University in France, in collaboration with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), France. Diego’s current research interests include logistics services in humanitarian operations, competence-based strategic management for humanitarian organizations and supply chain maturity.

HUMLOG Gyöngyi Kovács

Gyöngyi Kovács

Erkko Professor in Humanitarian Logistics, Hanken

Research interests:

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, as well as in a project related to wine supply chains.

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HUMLOG David Grant

David Grant

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

Research interests:

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.

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HUMLOG Arni Halldorsson

Arni Halldórsson

Professor in Supply Chain Management and Social Responsibility, Hanken & Professor in supply chain management, Chalmers University of Technology

Research interests:

Arni's research focuses particularly on supplier relationship management, outsourcing, sustainable logistics, supply chain disruptions, and energy efficiency in supply chains.

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HUMLOG Graham Heaslip

Graham Heaslip

Professor in Supply Chain Management and Social Responsibility, Hanken

Research interests:

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.

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HUMLOG Fellow Paul Larson

Paul D. Larson

CN Professor of Supply Chain Management, University of Manitoba and Distinguished Senior Fellow/Professor in Supply Chain Management and Social Responsibility, Hanken

Research interests:

Paul's research interests are supply chain sustainability, sustainable transportation, supplier diversity, consumer logistics, cultural dimensions in sustainability, and, of course, humanitarian logistics.



Peter Tatham

Professor of Humanitarian Logistics, Griffith Business School

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Peter joined the faculty of Griffith University in July 2010 where he teaches and researches in humanitarian supply network management. Prior to that, he served in the UK Royal Navy for 35 years, and completed his doctoral thesis   which investigated the role of shared values within UK military supply networks at Cranfield University.



Kristjana Adalgeirsdottir

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

Mimmi Pöysti

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.

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Cia Leinonen

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.

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Kieto Mahaniah

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.

HUMLOG Amin Maghsoudi

Amin Maghsoudi

HUMLOG Postdoctoral Researcher

Amin Maghsoudi is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chain Research (HUMLOG) Institute at Hanken School of Economics. He was previously served as the postdoctoral researcher and visiting lecturer at University of Tehran as well as Tehran University of Medical Sciences where he lectured the course titled Public Health Supply Chain in Disaster Relief for the PhD candidates. 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.

HUMLOG Elvira Kaneberg

Elvira Kaneberg 

HUMLOG Project Researcher

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

Project Researcher (HERoS)

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.

HUMLOG Virva Tuomala

Virva Tuomala

Project Researcher

Research interests:

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.

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Jana Abíková 

HUMLOG Project Researcher

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.

Andries Heyns


HUMLOG Project Researcher

Andries is a Project Researcher at HUMLOG.  He holds a B.Eng in electronic engineering, an M.Sc in applied mathematics, and a Ph.D in operations research - all from Stellenbosch University in South Africa.  Before joining HUMLOG, he performed postdoctoral research at the University of Alabama, USA, and the University of Pretoria, South Africa.  His main research interests are in the fields of geospatial analysis, multi-objective optimisation, and facilities location science, which he has combined to provide analysis and decision support to problems in wildfire detection, rhino conservation, and rural roads development.  He has done field work for Doctors Without Borders as a logistician and a GIS specialist in the Central African Republic, Mozambique, and Bangladesh.  His other previous endeavours include working as a radar software engineer in South Africa, teaching English in South Korea and Reunion Island, working as a volunteer wildland fire fighter (Cape Town, South Africa), and he is certified as an anti-poaching field ranger.

Claudia Paciarotti

HUMLOG Claudia Paciarotti

HUMLOG Research Associate

Claudia Paciarotti is an Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Industrial Plants at the Faculty of Engineering at Università Politecnica delle Marche. Claudia’s main research interests are operation management, humanitarian logistics and supply chain, process modelling, business process reengineering and education.

Sudipa Sarker

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HUMLOG Project Researcher

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. She has strong background in both quantitative and qualitative research. Sudipa has published in journals such as IEEE Transactions of Engineering Management and the International Journal of Production Economics and reviewed articles for both journals. Sudipa also received the prime minister gold medal for his bachelor studies. In Aarhus University, she has received 1.3 million Danish Kronor from Aarhus Universitets Forskningsfond (AUFF) for her research project entitled “Defining and Measuring Supply Chain Competitiveness in Danish Multinational Corporations”. She has also been awarded 70.000 DKK for developing digital materials for a massive open online course (MOOC) on supply chain management. She has over 13 years of experience in teaching, doing research, and consulting in various industries and taught over 2000 students and professionals so far.


HUMLOG Christian Fikar

Christian Fikar

HUMLOG Research Associate

Christian is an Assistant Professor at the Institute for Production Management at Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU). His research fields include logistics, supply chain management and related decision support systems to investigate and optimize time-critical delivery processes, particularly for humanitarian and food logistics operations.

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.


Greta Steenvoorden

Greta Steenvoorden

Doctoral candidate, Hanken

Research interests:

Greta's research interests include the mechanisms that support or alternatively hinder the inclusion of factory worker's perspectives in the Corporate Social Responsibility practices of the multinational corporations in the developing country context.

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HUMLOG Isabell Storsjö

Isabell Storsjö

Doctoral candidate, Hanken

Research interests:

Isabell studies the intersection of supply chain management and government regulation and public policy. She is especially interested in the justice system, and public procurement. She is also interested in humanitarian logistics and preparedness, especially in relation to the public sector. Isabell intends to defend her thesis in 2020. She previously worked for the HUMLOG project “Cascading Innovation Upstream the Supply Chain through Procurement Processes”, funded by the Erkko foundation.

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Robert Davtyan

HUMLOG Robert Davtyan

Doctoral candidate, Hanken

Robert focuses on sustainable innovations in public procurement, as well as on the roles of small and medium sized enterprises in the process. Other interests include public transportation and cleantech development. Currently Robert manages UNHCR Certification Programme in Supply Chain Management training project and coordinates the learning of study cohorts.

HUMLOG Russell Harpring

Russell Harpring

Doctoral candidate, Hanken

Research interests:

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.

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HUMLOG Quifeng Yan

Qifeng Yan

Doctoral candidate, Hanken

Research interests:

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.

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Felicia Saiah

Félicia Saïah

Doctoral candidate, Hanken

Félicia´s primary area of focus is Humanitarian Supply Chain Management in Protracted Crisis, with a specific emphasis on medical assistance.  Other areas of interest include process improvement, network analysis and sustainability.

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HUMLOG Anna Zhuravleva

Anna Zhuravleva

Doctoral candidate, Hanken

Anna's research interests include closed-loop and reverse supply chain solutions, humanitarian supply chain and social responsibility. Previously, Anna was a leader of the global association 180 Degrees Consulting in Helsinki which connects students with local NGOs through various consulting projects. Under her leadership, students helped Finnish NGOs in identifying donor management and marketing strategies as well as in managing the supply chain of second-hand charity stores.


Helleke Heikkinen

Doctoral candidate, Hanken

Helleke started her journey towards a PhD after several years of working with startups, technology and international mobility in both Helsinki and Berlin. She is a Hanken graduate and her research interests lies withing the last-mile, were she is looking into the sustainability aspects of new phenomena such as on-demand delivery and quick-commerce.

Sonja Saari

Sonja Saari

Doctoral candidate, Hanken

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