Meet the High Level Advisory Board (HLAB)
DIGILOGIC High Level Advisory Board consists of selected experts in the field, from a diverse set
of backgrounds and geographies, who have expertise in a subset of the topics that the project is developing.
Our experts will help us to:
- Assess the results of the project.
- Support DIGILOGIC awareness.
- Advise on the specifications related to the Challenges.
Angelica Coll completed her bachelor’s and master’s degree in Industrial Engineering at the Technical University of Berlin (TU Berlin). During her studies, she gained experience in project and change management at Siemens and was able to apply process optimization measures during different internships.
She is currently working as a research assistant in the logistics department at the TU Berlin where she led the BMZ/DAAD-funded project "IPLOGE" and is now working for the Competence Center for International Logistics Networks. Within her activities, she supported the transition of the logistics teachings at Addis Ababa University from a theory-based to a practice-oriented approach. Additionally, her research focused on promoting the country's food and textile industries through the implementation of efficient logistics practices. As part of her doctorate, she is additionally researching the use of digital technologies in low-income countries to promote sustainability.
Supporting DIGILOGIC with with her insights on the implementation of digitalization strategies for creating more efficient logistics in SSA.
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Ahmed Agyapong is an Associate Professor of Strategic Management at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST). He is currently a Co-Investigator of Affordable Sustainability for Logistics Network in Ghana (ASONG) and a Research Coordinator of Digital Logistics in Ghana (DIGILOG), under the German Academic Exchange (DAAD). He has published extensively in reputable journals, including International Business Review, the African Journal of Management, and the International Journal of Emerging Markets. Ahmed is currently an Associate Editor for the Journal of Africa Business. His research focuses on entrepreneurship, strategic management, and Green Supply Chain and Sustainability. He is a member of the African Academy of Management (AFAM), the Academy of International Business, and the Academy of Management (AOM). Ahmed has held several managerial positions at the University including Acting Dean of the School of Business, Deputy Director for the Institute of Distance Learning, and current Chair, of the Department of Marketing and Corporate Strategy.
Supporting DIGILOGIC with his experience in Science and Technology.
Prof. Henry Kofi Mensah
Supporting DIGILOGIC with his experience in Human Capital and Sustainable Logistics and Supply Chain Management.
Flora Ismail Tibazarwa, Programme Director SAIS Phase II
Flora Ismail Tibazarwa is the Programme Director for the Southern African Innovation Support Programme (SAIS). She has over nine years of leadership in national research and innovation institutions. In her current capacity she promotes regional collaboration and strengthens national innovation ecosystems with relevant National entities in the Southern Africa Development Community. The primary partner countries are Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, and Zambia with guidance and funding from the SADC secretariat and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland. The programme provides funding, capacity and networking platform for innovators in the region.
Supporting DIGILOGIC with her experience in Innovation Management
Mark Mwangi Founder CEO
Mark Mwangi co-founded Amitruck which connects transporters directly to clients. Amitruck enables clients to conveniently get competitively priced and secure transport directly from truck owners cutting out expensive middlemen. It is as a transparent, reliable tool from which to access anything from a motor-bike, pick up, van or even a large articulated truck. It is easy to use and offers clients the ability to schedule deliveries and consolidate suppliers to a single source whilst promoting entrepreneurship to our local logistics partners.
Fabio Scala Director at BNI, Mozambique
Fabio Scala is currently a director at BNI in Mozambique, an investment and development bank he helped to create in 2010 and served until 2014 participating in projects accruing over £1B in key infrastructure and natural resources development. In his interval from BNI, he served a UK family office for 5 years expanding its portfolio in equity investments in Southern Africa. Fabio is also the founder of Further Markets, a digital media holding company in London focused in developing markets through its many platforms. He is a board member of Uhusiano Capital, a boutique investment firm focused in impact investment projects in Southern Africa. Prior to his Africa involvement, Fabio was involved in private equity projects in Europe. He has also held senior positions in the US after starting his career at Caixa Economica Federal - Brazil’s state-owned bank.
Professor Olayinka David-West, Associate Dean, Lagos Business School
Olayinka David-West is a Professor of Information Systems with over three decades' experience in the IT and financial services industry and a passionate advocate for digital transformation and inclusive finance for transforming business and society. She is a member of the global emerging platform economy project focusing on African Platforms, co-author of the regional survey paper (The Rise of the African Platforms) and micro-course instructor (DIGITAL AFRICA: Platform Management, Strategy & Innovation). She led a platform ecosystem survey Nigeria: E-hailing workers livelihood experiences in Nigeria, Nigeria’s proposed e-hailing tax could stifle innovation and dampen gig workers’ livelihoods and authored a book chapter titled Platform Business Models: Logistics Platforms in Sub-Saharan Africa. A renowned thought leader, Olayinka leads the Sustainable and Inclusive Digital Financial Services (SIDFS) initiative, dedicated to enhancing financial inclusion in Nigeria and has expert certifications in financial inclusion policy and digital money.
Professor Rajkumar Roy, Dean, School of Mathematics, Computer Science and Engineering, City, University of London
Professor Rajkumar Roy joined City in 2019 from Cranfield University, where he was Director of Manufacturing. Professor Roy holds a PhD in Computing from the University of Plymouth (UK) and BEng and MEng degrees in Production Engineering from Jadavpur University in India. He is a Founding Editor-in-Chief of the Elsevier Applied Soft Computing journal and a Fellow of the CIRP (International Academy for Production Engineers), the Institute of Engineering Designers (IED), and the Higher Education Academy (HEA). Professor Roy has advocated creative thinking in higher education and has started several new initiatives over the last twenty years. An initiative was to set up a new Centre for Competitive Creative Design (C4D), this is around £5.5m investment from HEFCE, Cranfield University, UAL and EEDA. The Centre aims to embed design thinking across enterprises to improve their creativity and make them more competitive. This is an initiative to link design with science, technology and management.
Area of expertise which Professor Roy will bring to DIGILOGIC is design thinking and linking design with science, technology and management.
Holger Schneebeck Global Innovation Manager for Deutsche Post DHL
Holger Schneebeck is the Global Innovation Manager at Deutsche Post DHL Corporate Development with nearly 20 years of experience in innovation and international digitalization projects for, for example, Arabian nations. Coming from an US GPS Navigation System manufacturer, Holger joined DPDHL in 2011 and has spent 10 years in different innovation roles within several divisions of Deutsche Post DHL. Always on the search for pragmatic & sustainable solutions that improve people's lives, he is excited to support the DIGILOGIC project and in turn learn from our African Startups.
Area of expertise which Holger Schneebeck will bring to DIGILOGIC is Logistics, Mail & Parcel, Innovation Strategy, Startup mentoring and product development.
Chuka Franklin Alumona, Director - Global GTM Transformation and Distributor operations, Procter & Gamble
Chuka Franklin is a Director, Global Go-To-Market Transformation and Distributor Operations for Procter & Gamble. I am a strategic business leader with 15 years experience in product supply, business, and organization management. I have a wealth of experience in product supply spanning from sourcing of raw & pack materials, through manufacturing and distribution of finished products, to product display on customer shelves. I have led several innovation projects in material optimization, product formulation, supply network design, and Go-To-Market transformation. I have experienced and enjoyed diversity of talents and cultures, having lived and worked in Nigeria, Switzerland, Kenya, and UAE, with responsibilities that cut across several countries. Excellent people management is the foundation of my career and business goals because, I believe in the power of “capable and motivated” organization. I derive satisfaction in leveraging my wealth of experience and resources to improve the lives of the people around me and make positive impacts in the communities I live and work in.
Area of expertise which Chuka will bring to DIGILOGIC is Logistics, Mail & Parcel, Innovation, Digitalization, Startup and mentoring.
Mark Allison, Supply Chain and Logistics Executive, RTT
Mark Allison is a Supply Chain and Logistics Executive RTT. Mark is a seasoned professional who has a proven and impressive track record within the Supply Chain and Logistics market place, holding various general management, executive and directorship roles. He is a key leader in functional and strategic business processes of an integrated supply chain environment from In- bound, landside and export execution, either as 3PL or 4PL lead. Mark is creative, persistent, agile and driven executive, who is able to manage various business models within small, medium and large-scale enterprises, requiring light to complexed ERP/WMS, to TMS and last mile outcomes. His core competency are designing penetrative supply chain marketing strategies for the South African B2B, B2R and B2C market place with a good understanding of the eComm, mComm, eTailing, and on-demand customer experience designs. Mark is comprehensive in courier, express, road, contract logistics, International and domestic airfreight and Export Africa.
Area of expertise which Mark will bring to DIGILOGIC is a proven track record in market vertical and industry specialisation logistics – Fashion retail, Mining, Industrial, Pharma, Automotive, Technology and cellular, FMCG and Informal.
Steven GraySteven Gray is a highly accomplished business leader, seasoned from three decades in demanding multinational roles offering difficult societal and economic environments, delivering exemplary commercial governance, business transformation, operational and commercial success. With core expertise in sectors spanning oil and gas, mining, logistics, trading and construction for firms in developing economies across Africa and the Middle East, Steven has considerable experience in dealing with governments and commercial enterprises operating in emerging markets and have pivotal expertise in the engagement of a diversity of stakeholders to a common purpose. Steven is recognized for his strategic planning capability, competence with program management on complex projects in challenging circumstances political entrepreneurship, comprehensive stakeholder engagement, and ability to innovate and drive solutions for complex mission-critical challenges.
Area of expertise which Steven will bring to DIGILOGIC is dealing with governments and commercial enterprises operating in emerging markets.
Eric LwaoEric Lwao is a professional in the communications sector whose experience spans for over 10 years. Eric has served under Zambia’s ICT and Postal regulator and has gained insights into both the ICT and the postal and courier sectors. In these respects, Eric is well rounded and brings in unique perspectives that necessitate the integration of the two sectors. His current work entails oversight on the development of the postal and courier service industry. Prior to this, Eric was involved with the inception of the ICT Innovation Programme which promotes start-ups in Zambia’s ICT sector. Eric also did substantial amount of work in the regulation of digital financial services in country and was a member of the International Telecommunication Union’s focus group on the subject. Eric shall be a useful resource in sharing experiences that relate to national addressing, innovation and competition in the postal and courier sector.
Area of expertise which Eric will bring to DIGILOGIC is ICT Innovation, Postal and Courier Service Industry.