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ConnectChains – Humanitarian Supply Chain Conference 2023

The focus of the first ConnectChains - Humanitarian Supply Chain Conference, which celebrated its premiere on November 29 at the Federal Ministry of Transport in Berlin, was the transfer of knowledge and the networking of all players in humanitarian and commercial supply chain management with the aim of being able to manage crisis situations even better.

The target group of the summit are logistics and supply chain experts in humanitarian and development aid organizations as well as logistics companies. Representatives from foundations, academia and governments as well as international donors were also invited.

Review of the ConnectChains conference 2023


9.30 Registration and coffee
10.00 Welcome
(Oliver Luksic, Parliamentary State Secretary, German Ministry of Digital and Transport, Berlin, D)
10.10 Talk: What is the aim of the Lynn C. Fritz Medal and Fritz Institute?
(Dr. Anisya Thomas Fritz, Co-Founder Fritz Institute, Mitsuko Mizushima, Chief Logistics Officer, San Francisco, USA)
10.30 Keynote: The most important challenges in humanitarian supply chain management
(Lynn C. Fritz, CEO, Fritz Institute)
11.00 Presentation: Winning project of the Lynn C. Fritz Medal for Excellence in Humanitarian Logistics
(David Alarcon, Vice President Corporate Finance, Paul Nguyen, Director of PMO, Marin Tomas, Senior Advisor for Logistics and Supply Chain, Dr. Mohammed Zurga, Director Global Pharmaceutical Services Unit – all International Medical Corps, USA)
11.20 Q&A: Winners of the Lynn C. Fritz Medal will answer questions
11.30 Coffee break
12.00 Impulse: Political risk indicators - How to predict crises using data analytics
(Nicolas Schwank, Chief Data Scientist of Political Risk, Michael Bauer International, Heidelberg, D)
12.15 Panel discussion: Supply chain management – opportunities and challenges
Ben Safari (Head of Supply Management Service, UNHCR, Budapest, H)
Sara Penniman-Morin (Chief Global Supply Chain Officer (CGSCO) International Rescue Committee (IRC), NYC, USA)
Prof. Sander de Leeuw (Chair of Operations Research and Logistics, Wageningen University & Research, Wageningen, NL)
Joep Kusters, (Head of Europe Coyote Logistics, Amsterdam, NL)
Umer Khan, (Team Leader, SCM MENAE-A, USAID – BHA, Washington D.C, USA)
13.15 Summary and outlook: Application for Lynn C. Fritz Medal 2024
(Thilo Jörgl)
13.20 Light lunch, networking opportunities
14.30 End



  • 24/7 GmbH
  • AEB
  • Bundesministerium für Digitales und Verkehr
  • Bundesverband Güterkraftverkehr Logistik und Entsorgung
  • Bundesverband Materialwirtschaft, Einkauf und Logistik
  • Bundesverband Spedition und Logistik e. V. (DSLV)
  • Bundesverband Wirtschaft, Verkehr und Logistik
  • Bundesvereinigung Logistik
  • Deutsches Verkehrsforum
  • Duisburger Hafen AG
  • European Pallet Association e.V. (EPAL)
  • Exotec
  • Fritz Institute
  • GARBE Industrial Real Estate
  • Gebrüder Weiss
  • German Association of the Automotive Industry
  • German Parcel and Express Association (BPEX)
  • Goldbeck
  • Häfen und Güterverkehr Köln AG
  • HIAB
  • impact media projects
  • International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations
  • International Road Transport Union
  • Interroll Group
  • Krone
  • Lebensmittel Zeitung
  • LIP Invest
  • Locus Robotics
  • LOGISTIK-Kurier
  • LTG Landauer Transport- gesellschaft Doll
  • materialfluss
  • pfenning group
  • PSI Logistics
  • RIO - The Logistics Flow
  • Schnellecke Logistics
  • Seifert Logistics Group (SLG)
  • Setlog
  • SSI Schäfer
  • STILL (Donor)
  • TGW Logistics Group
  • trans aktuell
  • Wiltsche Fördersysteme
  • Winner Spedition