Field Ready Management
Nezih Altay, PhD – Logistics/Operations: Nezih is an Associate Professor of Operations Management at the Driehaus College of Business of DePaul University in Chicago. Orignally trained as a Chemical Engineer, his research specializes in after-sale service operations, disruption management and humanitarian supply chains. He serves as the USA Regional Editor of the Journal of Humanitarian Logistics & Supply Chain Management, Area Editor of International Journal of Services Sciences, and editorial board member of Service Business, Production & Inventory Management Journal, and the International Journal of Integrated Supply Management. He is currently the VP Awards for the College of Humanitarian Operations & Crisis Management, a special interest group within the Production & Operations Management Society.
Louise Bloom – Logistical Systems: Louise worked for Engineers Without Borders-UK, Save the Children and Oxfam, following her Master’s Degree in Manufacturing Engineering at The University of Cambridge. At Save the Children, she served on the humanitarian response team in Myanmar following Cyclone Nargis in 2008, and the Dominican Republic and Haiti following the earthquake of 2010. At Oxfam, she carried out logistical evaluations and audits in several countries, oversaw international supply chain procedures and worked closely with the roll-out of new supply chain software (HELIOS). Since 2012, Louise has worked with Oxford’s Humanitarian Innovation Project.
Maggie Heraty, OBE – Humanitarian Supply Chains: Maggie worked for more than a dozen years as a Senior Logistics Officer/Coordinator with UNHCR, mostly in Africa in hazardous and hardship locations. Before this, she had a long career as a transport consultant to international funding agencies and UN bodies and carried out research and policy development in the field of transport and mobility for people with disabilities. She serves as a Board Member of the Humanitarian Logistics Association (HLA) and with BAFUNCS (the British Association of Former UN Civil Servants).
Tony Hoffman, PhD – Protection: Tony has extensive experience working with vulnerable populations in post-disaster countries such as Liberia and Haiti but with particular interest in Latin America. He a regular participant in global humanitarian protection fora. Tony is a licensed psychologist and is a Lecturer in Psychology at the University of California Santa Cruz where he teaches the country’s only ongoing course on Children and War.
Sarah Kesler, MD – Health/Medical: Sarah is an Internist with over 15 years of experience in Intensive Care Units and combines this with a background in Public Policy. She has formerly served on Médecin San Frontières’ (MSF’s) emergency roster and has undertaken deployments in South Sudan and Chat. She is also the co-director of the University of Minnesota’s annual International Refugee Disaster Simulation.
Joshua M. Pearce, PhD – Manufacturing: Joshua is an Associate Professor cross-appointed in the Department of Materials Science & Engineering and in the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering at the Michigan Technological University where he runs the Open Sustainability Technology Research Group. His research concentrates on the use of open source appropriate technology to find collaborative solutions to problems in sustainability and poverty reduction. His research spans areas of electronic device physics and materials engineering of solar photovoltaic cells, and RepRap 3-D printing, but also includes applied sustainability and energy policy. He is the author of the Open-Source Lab: How to Build Your Own Hardware and Reduce Research Costs.
Paul Sherlock, OBE – WASH: Paul recently retired from Oxfam as Senior Humanitarian Representative after almost four decades with the organization where he carried out several hundred emergency assignments worldwide. A mechanical engineer and technical teacher by training, Paul spent nine years in industry before joining Oxfam in 1975. He was also the UNICEF member of the High Level Experts Panel on Water and Disasters, a sub-panel of the UN Secretary General’s Advisory Board on Water. Paul was awarded an OBE in 1993 and, on retirement, the BBC presented him with a Gold Blue Peter badge.
Board of Directors
Conrad Nowak, JD has expertise in a variety of practice areas including general and commercial litigation, labor and employment, transactions and product liability. He is a partner at the law firm of Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP.
Sallie Stiens, JD is a recognized leader in international tax, strategic development, corporate social responsibility, corporate governance and internal controls. She is a Director - Global Strategic Programs at Grant Thornton International Ltd.
Jonathan Will, MBA specializes in fostering and developing business relationships, product presentations, price negotiations and contracting. He is a sales professional with Gilead Sciences, Inc.
Dave Holloman, MBA brings over 20 years of leadership experience at the intersection of strategy, operations, and technology. He is a partner at Ernst & Young LLP.
Nicolas Haan, PhD (on leave) has worked at the nexus between humanitarian aid and technology for 25 years. He is the Track Chair for Global Grand Challenges & Managing Director of Global Solutions Program (GSP) at Singularity University.