Public Health Logistics and Supply Chain Management in the COVID-19 Era and Beyond

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Speed, Efficiency & Equity in the Allocation of Limited Critical Resources

The ongoing pandemic is demonstrating the importance of supply chains and logistics in the distribution of healthcare resources. The lack of resilience and agility of these systems has contributed to limited and unbalanced availability of critical resources, leading to the shortage and wastage of resources in different parts of the world. The 2021 Humanitarian Forum will focus on such disparities as well as policies and operational solutions to reduce them.

October 15, 2021 – 10:00 a.m. 



Biographies :

  • Nicole Lurie, MD, MSPH, is currently the Strategic Advisor to the CEO of the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Initiatives (CEPI). She is also a Senior Lecturer at Harvard Medical School, a member of the research faculty at Massachusetts General Hospital and Professor of Medicine at George Washington University School of Medicine. She served an 8-year term as Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In that role she led the HHS response to numerous public health emergencies, ranging from infectious disease to natural and man-made disasters and is responsible for many innovations in emergency preparedness and response. She also chaired the Public Health Emergency Medical Countermeasures Enterprise, a government-wide organization ultimately responsible for the development of medical countermeasures, including vaccines against pandemics and emerging threats. Prior to federal service, she was the Paul O’Neill Professor of Policy Analysis at RAND, where she started and led the public health preparedness program and RAND’s Center for Population Health and Health Disparities. She has also had leadership roles in academia, as Professor of Medicine and Public Health at the University of Minnesota, as Medical Advisor to the Commissioner, Minnesota Department of Health, and as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health at the US Department of Health and Human Services. Dr. Lurie received her BA and MD degrees from the University of Pennsylvania, and completed her residency and public health training at UCLA. Her research has focused on access to and quality of care, health system redesign, equity, mental health, public health and preparedness. She is recipient of numerous awards and is a member of the National Academy of Medicine. She continues to practice clinical medicine in a community clinic in Washington D.C.
  • Jean-Cedric Meeus joined UNICEF as Logistics and Emergency Specialist in 2001. Since then, Jean-Cedric performed in different Supply chain functions based in Mozambique, HQ NY (Supply Emergency Response Officer), HQ Copenhagen (Chief Emergency Supply Manager), Dakar Regional officer of Western and Central Africa as regional Supply Chain manager to finally take his current position in Copenhagen as Chief of UNICEF Global Transport. Prior to UNICEF, Jean-Cedric performed as Logistics Technical Specialist with MSF for 10 years. During his years of experience in humanitarian and development supply chain management, he has had the opportunity to work in a large number of countries all over the globe, mostly in complex contexts. Through Jean-Cedric’s different positions he managed pharmaceuticals, immunization, health, education and WASH commodities to be delivered from origin to beneficiaries in support to UNICEF and government program activities. 
  • Prashant Yadav is a senior fellow at the Center for Global Development and Affiliate Professor of Technology and Operations Management at INSEAD. Yadav’s work focuses on improving healthcare supply chains and designing better supply chains for products with social benefits. He is the author of many peer reviewed scientific publications and his work has been featured in prominent print and broadcast media including The Economist, The Financial Times, Nature, and BBC. Yadav’s research papers have been the recipient of best paper awards from the Production and Operations Management Society, INFORMS, and scientific bodies. Over the last 15 years, Yadav has worked closely with multiple country governments and global organizations in improving supply chains for medicines and health products. Yadav’s policy advisory roles have included: Strategy Leader-Supply Chain at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Chair of the Market Dynamics Advisory Group of the Global Fund, Co-chair of Procurement & Supply Chain Management at the Roll Back Malaria Partnership, Commissioner on the Lancet Commission on Essential Medicines. Yadav has been invited for expert testimony on issues related to medicine supply chains in the US Congress and legislative bodies in other countries. Yadav also serves on the advisory boards of many global organizations and social enterprises. In his previous roles Yadav has worked as Strategy Leader-Supply Chain at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Vice President of Healthcare at the William Davidson Institute and Faculty at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan; Professor of Supply Chain Management at the MIT-Zaragoza International Logistics Program and Research Affiliate at the MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics.
  • Mathieu Dahan is an Assistant Professor in the H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering. His research interests are in combinatorial optimization, game theory, and predictive analytics, with applications to service operations management and disaster logistics. His primary focus is on developing strategies for improving the resilience of large-scale infrastructures — particularly, transportation and natural gas networks — in the face of correlated failures such as security attacks and natural disasters. Current projects include: (i) Strategic design of network inspection systems; and (ii) Analytics-based response operations under uncertainty. Dr. Dahan received a Ph.D. and M.S. in Computational Science and Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a M.Eng. and B.Eng. from the École Centrale Paris, and a B.S. in Mathematics from Paris-Sud University. He is the recipient of the MIT Robert Thurber Fellowship, the MIT Robert Guenassia Award, the Honorable Mention for the J-WAFS Fellowships, and the Best Poster Award at the Princeton Day of Optimization. During the summer of 2016, he worked as a research scientist intern at (Seattle) in the Supply Chain Optimization Technologies team. Using Machine-Learning techniques, he worked on predicting the fulfillment cost and developing a prototype to grant a fast and accurate access to future shipping cost estimates.


This event is co-organized by the Consulate General of France in Atlanta, the Center for Humanitarian Emergencies and the Office for Global Strategy and Initiatives at Emory University, and the School of Industrial and Systems Engineering and the Center for Health and Humanitarian Systems at Georgia Tech.