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. Dr. Lester Brian Shawa


Prof. Lester Brian Shawa works as Regional Manager at LEARN Logistics, Kühne Foundation. A higher education and international development expert, he holds a PhD from Victoria University of Wellington, a Master of Education  from Stellenbosch University, and a Master of Social Science (Development Studies) from the University of KwaZulu-Natal.


Prof. Lester Brian Shawa (Conference Chair) linkedin

Dr. Denny J. Cho


Dr. Denny J. Cho is the founder of Global Technology Solutions, LLC (2012) and Logistics Institute of Central Asia (2023) in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.

Denny Cho is an experienced Honorary Professor (+20 years) in teaching Systems Engineering, Business Management, and Logistics and Supply Chain Management. Currently, he is teaching at the Kyrgyz State Technical University and the Logistics Institute of Central Aisa. Dr. Cho has also taught for both Wharton Business and SEAS Schools at the University of Pennsylvania, USA.

Denny Cho is also a proven and effective entrepreneur (+30 years) with management and technical experience in developing advanced aviation systems and IT technologies. From 1985 to 2011, Dr. Cho worked at both Lockheed Martin (TX, USA) and The Boeing Company (PA, USA) as Program Manager/Associate Technical Fellow. He has also served as Administrative FAA DER to manage BB609 Type Certification for FAA.


Dr. Denny J. Cho (Deputy Conference Chair) linkedin

Dr. Julia Kleineidam


Dr. Julia Kleineidam is Senior Program Manager at LEARN Logistics by Kühne Foundation. She holds a PhD in LSCM from Technical University of Berlin. She has extensive research experience in sustainability and food loss reduction in LSCM in Europe and Africa.


Dr. Julia Kleineidam linkedin 

Dr. Bonny Bagenda


Dr. Bonny Bagenda is a Senior lecturer and the Head of the Department of Transport and Logistics Management at Makerere University Business School. He holds a PhD in Public and Development Management from Stellenbosch University (Risk Management in Public-Private Partnerships), an MSc in International Transport and Logistics Management from the University of Dar es Salaam and a Bachelor of Procurement and Supply Chain Management from Makerere University.


Dr. Bonny Bagenda linkedin

Dr. Ogochukwu Ugboma


Dr. Ogochukwu Ugboma is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Transport and Logistics, Lagos State University, Nigeria. She is a seasoned academic and industry consultant with expertise in Transport, Logistics, and Supply Chain Management.


Dr. Ogochukwu Ugboma linkedin

Dr. Tusiime Wilson


Dr. Tusiime Wilson is a lecturer and a consultant in Transport and logistics management, procurement and supply chain management as well as operations research at Makerere University Business School. Holding a PhD in Business Operations Research, a Masters of Science in International Transport from the University of Dar es Salaam and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration (Procurement and supply chain), he is an expert in logistics and Transport planning, supply chain modelling, risk detection and management in supply chains, procurement and warehousing management.


Dr. Tusiime Wilson 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