Academic Committee

The Academic Committee serves to guarantee the highest academic standards of the conference and selects the presenters, panel participants, moderators, and conference awards. This year, the Academic Committee consists of nine members. Please see their linkedin-profiles for further biography information. For academic enquires please per email:

Prof. Sheila Namagembe

Sheila holds a PhD Management (Green supply chain management focus) from the University of Newcastle Australia, A Master of Science in procurement and supply chain management (Makerere University), a Bachelor of Business Administration-Purchasing and Supplies (Option) (Makerere University), and a Chartered Member of CILT. She has won both local and international research grants that include grants from the Norwegian Research Council grant for 2021-2024 on Digital Cash Based Assistance in Refugee crises; Norad-NORHED Research Funds for 2020/2021, 2019/2020 and 2018/2019.

The grants funding received from The Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad) under the NORHED project — Capacity building in Education and Research for Economic Governance in Uganda (QZA-0486-13/0017) to undertake this research; Makerere University Research Innovation Fund, 2020. The fund was focused on Addressing Gender-based violence amid the COVID-19 lockdown in Uganda through capacity building; and Makerere University Research Innovation Fund Award (2021) Titled "Inspiring young ladies into new ventures by profiling young women in vocational and technical employment.

Prof. Sheila Namagembe (Chair) linkedin

Dr. Henry Mutebi

Dr Henry Mutebi is the Head of the Department of Accounting and Finance at Makerere University Business School Mbarara Campus. He is also the PhD and research coordinator at the Mbarara Campus. Henry has extensive experience in both commercial and humanitarian supply chain management, with over 10 years of extensive research in logistics and supply chain management. Henry has offered consultancy services to various government and non-government organisations such as Mengo & Jinja school of Nursing, Uganda Health Marketing Group, Crown Beverages, Kakira Sugar, Uganda Property Holding & Movit Products Ltd. He was part of the team that assessed the implementation of parallel bid evaluation to all high-spend entities.

Henry holds a PhD from Makerere University, an MSc in Procurement and Supply Chain Management from Makerere University and a Bachelor of Procurement and Logistics Management from Kyambogo University.

Dr Henry Mutebi (Deputy Chair) linkedin

Dr. Mathew Kalubanga

Dr Kalubanga Matthew is a senior lecturer at Makerere University Business School, Makerere University. He has a PhD from the University of Newcastle in Australia, a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the Maastricht School of Management in the Netherlands, and a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) with Accounting Major from Makerere University in Uganda.

He is a Full Member of the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (MCIPS), United Kingdom, a Member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), a Member of the Institute of Procurement Professionals of Uganda (MIPPU) and a Certified Procurement Practitioner (CPP). He is an expert in public and private sector procurement, supply chain management and financial analysis and control, and a consultant and trainer in electronic government procurement (eGP). His research focuses on dynamic capabilities, firm competitiveness, value for money public procurement management, value chains and supply chain management.

 Dr Mathew Kalubanga linkedin 

Prof. Joseph Ntayi

Prof. Joseph M Ntayi is a Professor of Procurement, Logistics and Supply Chain Management. He is a distinguished international scholar, consultant, and practitioner with a proven professional and ethical track record in Supply Chain Management, Procurement Management, Transport & logistics management, Humanitarian Logistics, Operations Research, project management, and resilience research among others.

Prof. Ntayi has a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Commerce [(B. Com) (Hons) all from Makerere University. He also has among others a Post Graduate Diploma in Project Planning and Management (Maastricht School of Management, Netherlands); MILT (Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport Management – UK); International Postgraduate Diploma in Project Management (Maastricht School of Management, Netherlands), and Certificate in Humanitarian Logistics. Member of the Association of Project Risk Management (Project Management Institute, UK).

Prof. Ntayi is on the editorial boards of several internationally refereed Journals such as the Journal of Public Procurement (JoPP). He is also several research networks such as the Emerald Research Network, International Research for Public Procurement (IRPP); and the International Purchasing and Supply Education and Research Association (IPSERA).

Prof Joseph Ntayi linkedin

Dr. Benjamin Tukamuhabwa

Dr Benjamin R Tukamuhabwa holds a PhD from Lancaster University (UK) UK specialising in supply chain risk management & resilience. He holds international professional qualifications such as MCIPS (UK), NEVI international A & B (Netherlands) and MILT (UK).

He is a Senior Lecturer of Procurement & Supply chain management in the department of procurement & Supply chain management at Makerere University Business School with over over 15 years of teaching experience at the University Level. He has been a Procurement, Logistics and Supply chain consultant with various governmental and private agencies. Supervised undergraduate projects and postgraduate dissertations. He is an external examiner for Kyambogo University and Mbarara University of Science & Technology. Benjamin has published more than 15 papers in various reputable peer-reviewed journals. Some of Benjamin’s papers have received recognition and awards for excellence. Benjamin is an active reviewer for various Journals and is currently an Editorial Review Board member of the Journal of Supply Chain Management. 

Dr Benjamin Tukamuhabwa linkedin

Prof. Dr. Lester Brian Shawa

is the Chairman of the Kühne Foundation Tanzania. Holding a PhD from Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand, a Master of Education (Policy Studies) from Stellenbosch University and a Master of Social Science in Development Studies from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, he is an expert in Higher Education Studies and International Development in the tradition of [post] Critical Theory.

Prof. Shawa coordinates Logistics and Supply Chain Education capacity building in a number of universities in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Prof Dr Lester Brian Shawa linkedin

Dr. Benjamin Nitsche

Dr. Benjamin Nitsche, Manager of Competence Center for International Logistics Networks, is Senior Researcher at the Chair of Logistics at the Berlin University of Technology (TUB). After a professional career in the field of strategic procurement, he did his PhD from 2014 to 2018 and finished his habilitation at the end of 2022 at the TUB. Currently he is heading the Competence Center for International Logistics Networks (ILNET) at the Chair of Logistics, endowed by the Kühne Foundation.

To facilitate research on international logistics networks, ILNET follows a practice-oriented approach that integrates logistics professionals through industry working groups in Africa (Ethiopia, Rwanda and Ghana), China and Germany. ILNET also develops a logistics planning and visualization tool – the TUB Logistics Navigator ( – that that is freely available online and seeks to enable practitioners to visualize and plan robust logistics networks through a co-creational approach. Benjamin Nitsche is member of the editorial board of the open-access journal Logistics and his PhD on managing supply chain volatility has been awarded by the German Association of Industrial Engineers (VWI). He also serves as a guest lecturer at other higher education institutes, e.g. ESCP Europe.

Research Interests: International logistics networks, supply chain volatility, risk management, automation in logistics and supply chain management, autonomous logistics systems, logistics in Africa and China, food logistics.

Prof Dr. Benjamin Nitsche linkedin