Keynote speakers

Prof. Dr. Richard F. Hartl

Richard Hartl was born in Vienna, Austria, in 1956. After studying Business Mathematics (Master and PhD) at the Vienna University of Technology, he worked for IBM Austria (1980) and was Post-Doc at the University of Toronto (1982). After his return to Vienna he was Assistant and Associate Professor from 1983 to 1993, where he obtained his “Habilitation” in 1987. From 1993 to 1995 he was Full Professor and Vice Dean at the Faculty of Economics and Management, Otto-von-Guericke University of Magdeburg, Germany. Since 1995, he has been Full Professor and Chair of Production and Operations Management at the University of Vienna, where he also served as Head of Department and Dean of Studies. Since 2007 he has also been Senior Extramural Fellow of the Center for Economic Research (CentER), University of Tilburg, The Netherlands.

He has covered a wide are of subjects in research and teaching, and has also been active in various consulting projects with the industry. In 2014 he obtained the main teaching award of the University of Vienna. He has also served in various functions for scientific organizations, e.g. treasurer, and president of the Austrian Society for Operations Research (ÖGOR), member of the executive board of the German Academic Association for Business Research (VHB), and treasurer of the International Federation of Operational Research Societies (IFORS). He has been associate editor or special issue editor of several leading OR journals, e.g. Transportation Science. He has written more than 200 papers in leading international journals with more than 11.000 citations in total. His main research areas are: quantitative methods in production, operations management, and transportation, as well as metaheuristic and hybrid optimization methods.


Prof. Dr. Lenny Koh

Professor Lenny Koh is the Founder and Director of the Advanced Resource Efficiency Centre (AREC) at The University of Sheffield. Her work contributes to advancing the understanding and resolution of complex supply chain using interdisciplinary approaches crossing supply chain management and information systems domains across industry. Her research is world leading and is recognised for its scientific novelty and has generated significant impacts for society, government and industry from manufacturing to services. This includes the pioneering of digital Cloud based tools (SCEnAT suites) that support transformation of supply chain towards resource efficiency and sustainability; and infusing and digitising supply chain life cycle thinking across sectors, technologies and systems.

She is an advisor and on the Board of diverse organisations, such as a Board member of the Sustainability Partnership and BSI on sustainability/resource efficiency. She has established strategic partnerships with industry leaders from automotive to digital sectors on supply chain sustainability and digital transformation, and work closely with the Transport Systems Catapult on intelligent mobility.


Prof. Dr.-Ing. Holger Kohl

Holger Kohl is Professor for Sustainable Corporate Development at the Technical University of Berlin and Director of the Division Corporate Management at Fraunhofer Institute for Production Systems and Design Technology (IPK), Berlin/Germany. He studied Business Engineering at the Technical University of Berlin and at the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley. In 1999 Prof. Kohl joined the Division Corporate Management at Fraunhofer IPK. Since then he has initiated and conducted several national and international projects in the fields of Intelligent Manufacturing, Manufacturing Control, Innovation and Intellectual Capital as well as in Benchmarking and Business Process Reengineering and was responsible for their realisation.

Beside projects all over Europe, Prof. Kohl managed large scale projects in Brazil, Indonesia, Vietnam, Malaysia, UAE, Egypt, China, etc. His primary research interests are in the areas of planning of R&D institutes, evaluation of innovation systems, sustainable manufacturing, benchmarking studies, development of knowledge management systems, management and optimization of business processes, factory planning and factory management with a strong focus on Industry 4.0.


Prof. Dr. Srinivas Talluri

Sri Talluri is a professor of operations and supply chain management at Michigan State University.  His research interests are in the domain of supply chain risk, buyer-supplier relationships, performance evaluation, and technology management.  Sri’s methodological expertise includes deterministic and stochastic modeling, game theory, empirical methods, and data envelopment analysis.

He has published more than 80 articles in journals such as IIE Transactions, Journal of Operations Management, Decision Sciences, European Journal of Operational Research, IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management and others.  Sri serves as a Department Editor for IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management and as an Senior/Associate Editor for Decision Sciences Journal.  He is a member of the Decision Sciences Institute and the Production and Operations Management Society.


Prof. Dr. Christopher S. Tang

Dr. Tang is a University Distinguished Professor and the holder of the Edward W. Carter Chair in Business Administration at the UCLA Anderson School of Management.   Known as a world renowned thought leader in global supply chain management, Chris consulted with companies such as Amazon, HP, Nestlé, Accenture, etc.; taught at Stanford University, UC Berkeley, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, London Business School, etc.; and delivered over 200 keynote speeches and seminars. He has published 6 books and over 130 research articles in various leading academic journals, and written articles for Wall Street Journal, Financial Times (UK), Fortune, etc.

Dr. Tang received over 15 teaching, research, and service awards, and elected as lifetime fellow by the Institute of Operations and Management Sciences (INFORMS), the Production and Operations Management Society (POMS), and the Manufacturing and Service Operations Management Society (MSOM).   Currently, he serves as Editor-in-Chief for a premier journal Manufacturing & Service Operations Management (M&SOM). Chris received his B.Sc. (First class honours in Mathematics) from King’s College, London, M.A (in Statistics), M.Phil (in Administrative Science), and PhD (in Management Science) from Yale University.