Distinguished Speaker Series - Global Trade & Security

February 26, 2020 - 4:30PM
February 26, 2020 - 6:00PM

Wong Auditorium: MIT Building E51


MIT CTL will be hosting a Distinguished Speaker Series throughout the winter. All MIT students, staff, affiliates, and alumni are invited to attend. 

Join us in welcoming Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg, the former German Federal Minister for Economics and Technology and Federal Minister of Defense. This will be an interview-style session hosted by Professor Yossi Sheffi and cover everything from general business to politics, global trade, security, and economics.

Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg served as the German federal minister of defense from 2009 to 2011 and as federal minister of economics and technology from February 2009 to October 2009. As minister of defense, he led the most significant structural reform of the German armed forces since the Bundeswehr’s founding in 1955. In particular, he spearheaded the effort of transforming the Bundeswehr from a conscription-based army to an all-professional military.

As a distinguished statesman at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, D.C., Baron zu Guttenberg leads a new high-level transatlantic dialogue initiative focused on global trends and current political, economic, financial, and technology issues. Since December 2011, he has served as a senior adviser to the European Commission’s “No Disconnect Strategy,” providing strategic counsel on how to give ongoing support to Internet users, bloggers and cyber-activists living under authoritarian regimes. 

Please register below for free if you plan to attend. At this time we aren't allowing press and media to attend. Questions? Email us at ctl_comm@mit.edu


MIT Humanitarian Speaker Series - UNICEF: Supply Chain in Service – Improving Results for Children

January 31, 2020 - 12:00PM
January 31, 2020 - 1:00PM

MIT Tang Center: E51-325 | Map it

MIT CTL regularly hosts a Humanitarian Speaker Series throughout the academic year. All MIT students, staff, affiliates and alumni are invited to attend.

This talk, hosted by the MIT Humanitarian Supply Chain Lab will feature Ryan McWhorter, Manager, Supply Chain Design and Practice Unit at the Supply Chain Strengthening Centre, UNICEF. Ryan will be speaking to the role that the supply chain plays within the larger institution at UNICEF as well as presenting specific projects that his center is currently involved in. 

His main topics of discussion will be:

  1. Emergency Preparedness and Response
  2. Immunization Supply Chain design
  3. Nutrition Supply Chain design and monitoring
  4. HR aspects of in-country managers

Ryan is also an MIT Supply Chain Management Masters Program alum and will discuss taking lessons learned at MIT into practice. 


Ryan McWhorter

Manager, Supply Chain Design and Practice Unit

Supply Chain Strengthening Centre


Marmorvej 51, 2100 Copenhagen, Denmark



Global Women Leaders in Supply Chain Series - Building Global Supply Chain Solutions

November 15, 2019 - 12:00PM
November 15, 2019 - 1:00PM

MIT SCM Lab: E40-365

The Women in Supply Chain Initiative at MIT CTL will be hosting a Global Women Leaders in Supply Chain Series throughout the year. All MIT students, staff, affiliates and alumni are invited to attend.

At this talk, we will be joined by Nichola Silveira, Supply Chain Director at DP World. Nichola is one of the most senior women at DP World and has a long career in supply chain. She started at DP World in 2007 as Director of Operations support, then becamse CEO of DP World Yarimca in Turkey for 4 years where she built it from a brown field site to a successful port operation. Nichola then moved to London for a role as General Manager of Logistics where her role focused on warehouse and supply chain process services and building supply chain solutions for customers.

Lunch will be provided.

Nichola DP World

Global Women Leaders in Supply Chain - Global Supply Chain Sourcing

November 07, 2019 - 12:00PM
November 07, 2019 - 1:00PM

MIT SCM Lab: E40 - 365

The Women in Supply Chain Initiative at MIT CTL will be hosting a Global Women Leaders in Supply Chain Series throughout the year. All MIT students, staff, affiliates and alumni are invited to attend.

At this talk, we will be joined by Jacquelyn Howard, VP of Food Supply Chain and Sourcing at Starbucks. With over 30 years of corporate experience, Jacquelyn brings superb domestic and global leadership skills. She has led teams of professionals accountable for building a competitive, quality, food-safe supply chain. Using change management strategies, she transformed the US and China supply chains into strategic, metric-driven, efficient business enablers.

As VP of Food Supply Chain and Sourcing at Starbucks Jacquelyn leads the end-to-end supply chain strategy efforts and planning for the Food Supply Chain, providing a business leadership bridge to Global Supply Chain functions within the operations, category, and global teams. Accountable to lead, develop, recommend, optimize and innovate supply chain solutions for the food business category, develop talent, and ensure go-to-market execution.

Lunch will be provided.

Jacquelyn Howard

Distinguished Speaker Series - On-Demand Transit and Mobility Solutions

November 15, 2019 - 12:00PM
November 15, 2019 - 1:00PM

Stratton Student Center: W20-306

MIT CTL will be hosting a Distinguished Speaker Series this throughout the winter. All MIT students, staff, affiliates and alumni are invited to attend.

At this talk Omer Granot, VP of Growth at VIA will be speaking to the transportation students on some more technical subjects as well as Via’s business model and their view for the future. Via is a ride-hailing service provider that operates on-demand ridesharing directly in six cities (Chicago, NYC and DC in the US) and works indirectly with a number of transit agencies and government organizations to provide on-demand transit (LA Metro, Transport for London, etc). 

Light refreshments will be provided. 

Questions? Email us at ctl_comm@mit.edu

Omer Granot

The Welfare Effect of Road Congestion Pricing: Experimental Evidence and Equilibrium Implications

November 26, 2018 - 12:00PM
November 26, 2018 - 1:00PM


The textbook policy response to traffic externalities is congestion pricing. However, quantifying the welfare consequences of pricing policies requires detailed knowledge of commuter preferences and of the road technology. I study the peak-hour traffic congestion equilibrium using rich travel behavior data and a field experiment grounded in theory. Using a newly developed smartphone app, I collected a panel data set with precise GPS coordinates for over 100,000 commuter trips in Bangalore, India. To identify the key preference parameters in my model – the value of time spent driving and schedule flexibility – I designed and implemented a randomized experiment with two realistic congestion charge policies. The policies penalize peak-hour departure times and driving through a small charged area, respectively. Structural estimates based on the experiment show that commuters exhibit moderate schedule flexibility and high value of time. In a separate analysis of the road technology, I find a moderate and linear effect of traffic volume on travel time. I combine the preference parameters and road technology using policy simulations of the equilibrium optimal congestion charge, which reveal notable travel time benefits, yet negligible welfare gains. Intuitively, the social value of the travel time saved by removing commuters from the peak-hour is not significantly larger than the costs to those commuters of traveling at different, inconvenient times.



Dr. Kreindler is currently a Research Fellow at the Becker Friedman Institute at the University of Chicago. He will be a Prize Fellow at Harvard University (2019-2021), and will join the economics department at Harvard University as an Assistant Professor in 2021. He received his Ph.D. in economics from MIT in 2018.


Gabriel Poster

The US Maritime Sector: Sustainable? Resilient? AntiFragile? Lessons from the Domestic Energy Boom

September 28, 2018 - 12:00PM
September 28, 2018 - 1:00PM

The introduction of new horizontal drilling technologies has led to explosive growth in the domestic production of crude oil and natural gas, creating new freight flows by different modes of transport, especially impacting the pipeline, rail and maritime sectors.  Several significant and dramatic incidents, triggered a study by the Transportation Research Board, which assessed the experience of all the impacted modes.  Professor Philip was a member of the TRB Study Committee and will report on its findings, and on his team’s additional work looking more deeply into the safety experience of the maritime sector.

Craig Philip Bio:

Dr. Craig Philip is Research Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Vanderbilt University, and Director of Vanderbilt’s Transportation Center (VECTOR).

Dr. Philip’s research focus includes infrastructure sustainability, and the application of risk management tools to transportation systems, carrier safety management, and transport policy and regulation with a particular focus on Maritime Systems.

Dr. Philip spent 35 years in the rail, intermodal and maritime industries, including Conrail and Southern Pacific Railroads. He joined Ingram in 1982 and from 1999 until 2014 served as President/CEO of Ingram Barge Company, the largest US marine transport carrier.   He served as Chairman of multiple Maritime Groups including the AWO, NWC and NWF, was a US Commissioner of PIANC, and Chaired the US Chamber of Commerce’s Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. He has served on the Executive Committee of the Transportation Research Board and is presently a member of its Marine Board and Resilience Section. 

Craig currently serves on the Boards of the ArcBest Corporation (a publicly traded trucking firm); Seamen’s Church Institute, and the Nashville Civic Design Center.

 Dr. Philip earned his doctorate in Civil Engineering from MIT and his bachelor’s degree from Princeton,  He is a Board Certified member of the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists, and a member of the National Academy of Engineering.

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Are Truck Driving Jobs Headed for Rapid Elimination?

May 24, 2018 - 12:00PM
May 24, 2018 - 1:00PM


Kristen Monaco PosterWhile there is a good deal of media coverage that portends the wholesale elimination of trucking jobs due to autonomous technology, there is little careful study of the labor market impacts.  We use data on employment, job tasks, and operational characteristics to identify market segments likely most impacted by technology and find a relatively small segment of the truck driving occupation that will be most directly affected.  Additionally, we consider whether autonomous truck deployment might mitigate labor market “churning” on long-haul trucking.


Kristen Monaco is the Associate Commissioner in the Office of Compensation and Working Conditions at BLS, overseeing programs spanning pay, benefits, safety, and requirements of U.S. jobs.  Kristen serves as the chair of the Trucking Industry Research Committee of the Transportation Research Board .  Prior to joining the federal government, Kristen was on faculty at California State University Long Beach.  She has a BA in American Public Affairs and Economics from Michigan State University and a PhD in Economics from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. 

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CTL Distinguished Speaker Series: Leonard Lane & Pamela Mar, Li & Fung

September 19, 2016 - 12:00PM
September 19, 2016 - 1:00PM


From Linear to Exponential—Transforming Supply Chains in a Rapidly changing world: An Asian Perspective

Three synchronous transformations are reshaping how supply chains serving the world’s consumer products markets operate.  The first is a shift of global growth momentum to Asia, accompanied by the emergence of 1.5 new Asian middle class consumers in the next decade.  The second is exponential increase in computing power, which is driving new technology into many aspects of the production and consumption process.  And, the third is the rise of sustainability considerations, as the world confronts global social and environmental challenges.  

This talk will offer perspectives on how Li & Fung, an Asia based sourcing and supply chain solutions provider serving the non durable consumer products industry is transforming its business to keep pace with, and help shape, these changes.  The talk features Leonard Lane and Pamela Mar,  respectively Managing Director and Director of Sustainability within the Fung Academy, an in-house learning accelerator and business/technology incubator within the Fung Group , based in Hong Kong. 

Talk is from 12-1pm. A complimentary lunch will be served at 11:45am. No registration necessary.

To hear more about events like the MIT Distinguished Speaker Series, please contact Joanna Moody (jcmoody@mit.edu) or David Sindel (sindel@mit.edu).

About Dr. Leonard Lane

Dr. Lane is Managing Director Fung Academy and Group Director Leadership Development Fung 1937 responsible for overall direction and implementation of the Fung Group Leadership Academy and the Group's Senior Leadership Development programs. Leonard is a seasoned international management consultant and manger with over forty seven years of consulting and leadership experience with a strong background in supply chain and integrated logistics. Prior to returning to the United States in 1999, Dr. Lane ran his own consulting firm, LLA Pacific, Ltd. In Hong Kong where he worked with Li & Fung, DHL, Hong Kong Bank, V-Tech, Caltex, the Airport Authority, Peninsula Hotel Group, China Light and Power and helped with the formation of the Hong Kong Logistics Council. He has also consulted with BP, ARCO, AMOCO, Alaska Airlines, Continental Airlines and Intel.

Since receiving his Doctorate in 2003 and prior to joining Li& Fung in 2009 he has been teaching Competitive Strategy, Competitive Intelligence, Topics in Strategic Innovation and Global Strategy at the University of California , Irvine. Dr. Lane has also lectured on leadership and global strategy at the University of ChicagoMBA program, the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Emory University and Duke's MBA Programs. He developed and was the lead instructor for the strategy portion of the Hong Kong Bank's Senior Executive Strategy and Managing Global Risk Program and is a member of the Academic council of the Fung Global Institute. Dr. Lane received his Bachelor's degree in Political Science and MBA from the University of Southern California, his Doctorate in Management from Case Western University in 2003 and is a three-time ironman finisher.

About Pamela Mar:

Pamela manages the Fung Academy’s sustainability programs and supports the group as it moves towards more sustainable business models. In doing so, she opens up competitive advantage for the Fung Group and mitigates key sustainability risks. Pamela aspires to assist the Group to become a leader and the go-to business partner for sustainable supply chains and sustainable products. As such, the Group will foster responsible consumption while contributing to growth and development in the emerging markets. Prior to joining the Fung Group, Pamela was Director of the Global Finance Center of TCL Multimedia Technology Holdings, a major Chinese television and consumer electronics manufacturer. She previously worked at the World Economic Forum as its Associate Director for China, as well as Population and Community Development Association, a Thai NGO based in Bangkok. Pamela has published widely, including four books on Asian development and business. She is a fellow of the Asia Global Institute. She has also given numerous talks on sustainability, corporate responsibility and Asia’s growth and development. Pamela graduated from Yale University summa cum laude with a degree in Philosophy and Chinese Studies. She holds an MSc Management degree from the London School of Economics.

Mobility Strategies and Time Use: A Social Networks Perspective

November 15, 2017 - 4:30PM
November 15, 2017 - 5:30PM


Using the concept of mobility strategies as the set of tools people employ to perform their daily activities, this presentation focuses on interdependence as a key aspect needed to understand daily activity-travel behavior. We present a recent data collection and modeling effort performed in Concepción, Chile, which tries to disentangle key mobility strategy dimensions, such as time, space and monetary allocation in the context of people interdependence with their social networks.

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Guest Speaker:

Juan Antonio Carrasco
Associate Professor, Civil Engineering
Universidad de Concepcíon, Chile

Juan Antonio Carrasco is an Associate Professor at the Department of Civil Engineering at Universidad de Concepción, Chile. He holds a PhD from University of Toronto. His research focuses on the social dimension of travel behavior, exploring methods to collect and analyze information of the role of people's social networks in their activities and mobility.

This event is free of charge and open to all.  There is no need for attendees to register.

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