Dr. Cedwyn Fernandes Associate Professor at Middlesex University Dubai chaired a high profile panel discussion on Sustainability and Growth : The Challenge for Supply Chain and Logistics Industry at the Supply Chain and Logistics Group (SCLG) 2014 Summit held at the Conrad Hotel in Dubai. The panelists at the discussion were Dr. Ernst Schmied – Partner, CVI (Austria), Paul Virgo – Vice President Logistics, MILAHA, Sanjay Naik, Vice President Emirates Airline, Majed Zambaraji – Vice President, Indian Sub-Continent, Middle-East and Africa, UPS and Dr. Igor Egorov – Director Supply Chain Management MEA, Chrysler Group.
In his opening remarks Dr. Cedwyn highlighted the tradeoff between sustainability and growth and the role of the supply chain industry. The impact of supply chain decisions on the triple bottom line of environment (planet), Social (people) and Economic (profit) must be considered for sustainability. The panelists discussed what sustainability meant for their companies and industry and the initiatives they had undertaken. Dr. Cedwyn said that he was encouraged to see the efforts of the supply chain and logistics industry has been making in the area of sustainability by paying attention to the supply chain decisions that impact the resource footprint.
Dr. Cedwyn Fernandes has had hands on experience in the corporate world with over a decade experience with Saudi Arabian Airlines and was in-charge of international project investments. He has worked extensively in establishing joint ventures around the world and has been directly involved in setting up systems to enhance productivity of these ventures. Cedwyn is a prominent lecturer and researcher in supply chain issues and is a member of the Consultative Committee of the Supply Chain and Logistics Group. He has been a judge at the SCATA supply chain awards, the LOG ME and Airline Business Awards and is a regular speaker at industry events. Cedwyn was responsible for organising the prestigious Supply Chain Executive Forum. Cedwyn research interests are in the areas of supply chain management and macroeconomics. Cedwyn’s paper on Dubai’s potential as an integrated logistics hub has been published in the Journal of Applied Business Research.