Keynotes
Chung PiawTEO, Chung Piaw
 
Professor TEO Chung Piaw is a Professor and Provost’s Chair at the Department of Analytics & Operations, and is also the Executive Director of the Institute of Operations Research and Analytics at NUS.
 
He has been recognised by The Institute for Operations Research and Management Sciences (INFORMS) as a fellow. One of only a dozen named worldwide annually, he is the only fellow ever named from an Asian institution in the fellowship’s 17-year history. He is being honoured for his exceptional contributions in optimising business processes particularly in inventory, logistics and supply chain management, as well as for outstanding leadership and service to the profession.
 
Over the course of his career, he has developed methods to understand and manage business risks and optimise efficiency in operations and supply chains. His work has been used in designing vessel-berthing schedules in ports, managing risk exposure of gaming products, and in pricing and assortment optimisation.
 
INFORMS is the world’s largest professional association dedicated to and promoting best practices and advances in operations research, management science, and analytics to improve operational processes, decision-making, and outcomes. Recipients of its fellowship include Nobel Prize winners Harry Markowitz and John Nash who were recognised in 2002.
 
Prof Teo graduated from NUS with a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Mathematics. After completing his PhD in Operations Research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he returned to Singapore to lecture at NUS Business School.
 
 
https://prod-discovery.edx-cdn.org/media/people/profile_images/f7a13f5c-4eeb-4d52-ac36-3e10fe08de43-9c55e1065cee.jpgAmitabh Sinha
 
Amitabh Sinha is a Prinicipal Scientist at Amazon. He was a former Associate Professor of Technology and Operations at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. He also served as the Ford Motor Company Co-director of the Tauber Institute for Global Operations at UM. He received his PhD in Algorithms, Combinatorics and Optimization from the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University in 2004, and before that his M.S. in Mathematics and Computer Applications from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi.
 
His areas of expertise are Ecommerce and omnichannel operations, Supply chain management and  Network design and optimization

 

https://prod-discovery.edx-cdn.org/media/people/profile_images/f7a13f5c-4eeb-4d52-ac36-3e10fe08de43-9c55e1065cee.jpgJayashankar (Jay) Swaminathan is the GlaxoSmithKline Distinguished Professor of Operations, UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School. He is an internationally recognized thought leader in productivity and innovation in operations related to retail, healthcare, customization, sustainability, agriculture, e-commerce and emerging markets.
 
He teaches courses in global operations, global execution models and global supply chain strategy and management. Dr. Swaminathan has published more than 100 articles on these topics and is the author of “Indian Economic Superpower: Fiction or Future?”
 
He has received numerous awards, including the National Science Foundation CAREER Award, George Nicholson Prize, Schwabacher Fellowship and Weatherspoon Distinguished Research and Excellence in Teaching awards.  He has been a principal investigator on grants from the National Science Foundation, Obama-Singh Knowledge Initiative and U.S. Department of Education.
 
The Production and Operations Management Society (POMS) inducted him as POMS Fellow, a lifetime honor that recognizes exceptional intellectual contributions through research and teaching, in 2015. The Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) inducted him as a fellow in 2018.
 
A fellow of the Academic Leadership Program in the Institute of Arts and Humanities at UNC, Dr. Swaminathan has served UNC Kenan-Flagler in many leadership roles including senior associate dean for academic affairs, associate dean for the Global OneMBA Program and UNC-Tsinghua Dual Degree EMBA Program, director of the Global Business Center and chair of the operations area.
 
He has also served as vice president of INFORMS and MSOM society and as president of POMS College of Supply Chain Management. He currently serves as a department editor for Management Science and Production and Operations Management journals.
 
Dr. Swaminathan has consulted with numerous firms over the last two decades, including AGCO, Agilent, CEMEX, Cisco, IBM, Kaiser, McKinsey, Nokia, Public Health Institute, Railinc, Samsung, Sara Lee, Schaeffler Group, TVS Motors, UNICEF and the U.S. Navy.  His work with UNICEF led to major changes in the global supply chain planning and execution for Plumpy’Nut (RUTF) into Africa. His work to configure-to-order assembly using vanilla boxes impacted the electronics industry in the 1990s.
 
He received his PhD and master’s in industrial administration from GSIA (now Tepper) at Carnegie Mellon University and his bachelor’s degree in computer science and engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi.