Prof. Benny Mantin has been appointed Director of the Luxembourg Centre for Logistics and Supply Chain Management (LCL), founded in December 2015 to establish Luxembourg as a world-class research and teaching hub in the field. His mandate as LCL Director commenced on 1 January 2017.
The LCL was established in cooperation with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), based in Cambridge, USA, and the Luxembourg government to further teaching, research and knowledge transfer in logistics, one of Luxembourg’s economic priority sectors. Its mission is to train supply chain experts, conduct leading-edge research in the field and be a valuable partner for the business community.
Through the partnership with MIT, the LCL forms part of the MIT’s Global Supply Chain and Logistics Excellence (SCALE) Network, which also features centres in Boston (USA), Bogotá (Colombia), Ningbo (China), Shah Alam (Malaysia) and Zaragoza (Spain).
Prof. Mantin started working at the LCL in September 2016 under an expert contract. Prior to joining the LCL, he was an associate professor at the University of Waterloo (Ontario, Canada).
He commented on his appointment: “I am thrilled to join the LCL and have this unique opportunity of establishing and shaping a new academic group that will strive for excellence in both research and education as well as partnerships with industry. The cooperation with MIT supports us in designing educational programmes and academic platforms that will ultimately position us as a leading institution in the field of logistics and supply chain management. The team at the LCL has already been making a superb progress in building the foundations of the centre and its first Master programme. Together we will catapult the LCL into the next phase as we grow by hiring additional faculty and staff, admit students to our programmes, and formalise partnerships with industry and policy makers.”
Prof. Mantin will lead the growing activities of the LCL, which is located within the Faculty of Law, Economics and Finance. Its Dean, Prof. Stefan Braum, concluded: “Prof. Mantin and the whole LCL team can count on the full support of the Faculty. Establishing logistics and supply chain management as a field of research at the University will further help us fulfil our mission to be a valuable partner for the Luxembourg business community and financial centre.”
The Master in Logistics and Supply Chain Management is scheduled to start with the 2017-2018 academic year. In October 2016, Associate Prof. Steffen Klosterhalfen was recruited to help develop the curriculum and launch the programme. He joined Outreach and Implementation Officer Tjalda von Lilienfeld-Toal, Marketing Officer Valérie Marx and Study Programme Administrator Mélanie Winter.