Keynote Speakers:

Sushil Gupta, Distinguished University Professor in the College of Business, Florida International University

Dr. Sushil K. Gupta is a Distinguished University Professor in the College of Business, Florida International University (FIU), Miami, Florida, U.S.A. Dr. Gupta has also served FIU as Vice Provost, and Associate Dean, College of Engineering. Dr. Gupta is also a Distinguished Professor, Dongbei University of Finance and Economics (DUFE), Dalian, China.
Dr. Gupta is a highly esteemed scholar in the field of Production and Operations Management. His research interests include disaster management, healthcare, mathematical modeling, project management, supply chain management, and e-business. He has published in top-ranking professional journals including Production and Operations Management, Management Science, Manufacturing & Service Operations Management, IIE Transactions, European Journal of Operational Research, International Journal of Production Research, Omega, Computers and Industrial Engineering, and Socio-Economic Planning Sciences.

Dr. Gupta is one of the founding members of the Production and Operations Management Society (POMS) and has played a key role in its initiation, development and growth. He was POMS Vice President for Member Activities (1994), POMS President (1996) and is currently serving as its Executive Director (since 1997). He is the Department Editor of the POM’s Disaster Management department.

Dr. Gupta was elected a POMS Fellow in 2004. POMS also bestowed the honor on Dr. Gupta by awarding him the first POMS Distinguished Service Award in 2012. This award, starting in 2013, is renamed as the Sushil K. Gupta POMS Distinguished Service Award to honor Dr. Gupta for his dedicated services to POMS.

Dr. Gupta has been the recipient of many other prestigious awards that include: the "FIU Foundation Excellence in Research/Scholarship” award (1987), “Distinguished Scholarly Research Award” of the College of Business, FIU, (1984), “Fulbright Fellowship” to do research work at the Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, U.S.A. (1977-78), Commonwealth Scholarship for graduate work at the University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada, (1972-74) and the Dr. V.K.R.V. Rao Gold Medal for his first place ranking in the MBA graduating class (1969), Delhi, India. Dr. Gupta has also received the teaching excellence award from the College of Business, FIU.

Dr. Gupta holds Bachelor of Technology in Mechanical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, India, M.B.A. from Faculty of Management Studies (FMS), University of Delhi, India, Master of Applied Sciences in Industrial Engineering from University of Toronto, Canada, and Ph.D. from FMS, University of Delhi, India.

Dr. Gupta migrated to the U.S.A. from India in 1981. He is a citizen of the U.S.A.

Christopher Tang, Distinguished Professor of UCLA, Edward Carter Chaired Professor in Business Administration

Christopher 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. Currently, he also serves as the Senior Associate Dean of Global Initiatives and the faculty director of the Center for Global Management at UCLA.
Known as a thought leader in global supply chain management, Chris consulted with numerous global companies including Amgen, Amazon, HP, IBM, Nestlé (USA), etc.; taught at Stanford University, UC Berkeley, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, National University of Singapore, MIT (Zaragoza), and London Business School.

Chris has published 7 books, 30 book chapters, and over 200 research articles in global supply chain management. He has also published over 100 articles in public media, including Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Barron’s, Bloomberg Law, Fortune, Forbes, Los Angeles Times, Le Monde, Les Echos, etc.

He is a lifetime fellow of POMS, INFORMS, and MSOM society, a former president of POMS, a former editor-in-chief of M&SOM, a former Dean of the Business School at the National University of Singapore, and a former chairman of the UCLA Anderson School.

He 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.