Roundtable: Supply Chain

Frank Yiannas, Walmart, Ibrahim Gokcen, A.P. Moller - Maersk, Bridget van Kralingen, IBM, and Gideon Lichfield, MIT Technology Review

A roundtable discussing the applications of blockchain in supply chain management.

Frank Yiannas, Vice President of Food Safety, Walmart

As vice president of food safety, Frank Yiannas oversees all food safety and other public health functions for the world's largest food retailer, Wal-Mart, serving over 200 million customers around the world on a weekly basis. Prior to joining Wal-Mart in 2008, Frank was the director of safety and health for the Walt Disney World Company, where he worked for 19 years. In 2008, Frank was given the Collaboration Award by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. He is the 2007 recipient of the NSF International Lifetime Achievement Award for Leadership in Food Safety and the 2015 Industry Professional Food Safety Hero Award by STOP Foodborne Illness. Frank is also a past president of the International Association for Food Protection (IAFP) and a past vice-chair of the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI). He is an adjunct professor in the Food Safety Program at Michigan State University, and in 2017 was awarded the MSU Outstanding Faculty Award. He is the author of the books Food Safety Culture: Creating a Behavior-Based Food Safety Management System and Food Safety = Behavior: 30 Proven Techniques to Enhance Employee Compliance, by Springer Scientific. Frank is a registered microbiologist with the American Academy of Microbiology. He received his BS in microbiology from the University of Central Florida and his MPH from the University of South Florida.

Ibrahim Gokcen, Chief Digital Officer, A.P. Moller - Maersk

Ibrahim Gokcen is the chief digital officer for Maersk Transport & Logistics, where he leads digital strategy, product delivery, and organization across container shipping, port operations, and supply chain management. He previously held digital leadership roles for 12 years at GE in a variety of areas, including commercial, innovation, IT, product management, and R&D. Ibrahim holds a PhD in computer science and a BS in software engineering.

Bridget van Kralingen, Senior Vice President, Global Industries, Platforms and Blockchain, IBM

Bridget van Kralingen is senior vice president of IBM Global Industries, Platforms and Blockchain, a new unit that delivers transformative cloud-based solutions for clients across all industries. IBM’s blockchain business, one of several business priorities within her portfolio, has emerged as the leader in providing enterprise-level blockchain solutions. Collaborations with companies such as Walmart, HSBC, and Maersk have demonstrated how blockchain technology can be used effectively in all industries. IBM is a major contributor to the Hyperledger Project and an advocate for open-source blockchain governance. Bridget is a trained psychologist and began her career as a researcher at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research. She holds a master of commerce degree from the University of South Africa and a bachelor of commerce degree from the University of the Witwatersrand.

Gideon Lichfield, Editor in Chief, MIT Technology Review

Gideon Lichfield has been the editor-in-chief of MIT Technology Review since December 2017. He spent 16 years at The Economist, first as a science and technology writer and then in postings to Mexico City, Moscow, Jerusalem, and New York City. In 2012 he left to become one of the founding editors of Quartz, a news outlet dedicated to covering the future of the global economy that is now widely recognized as one of the most innovative companies in digital media. Gideon has taught journalism at New York University and been a fellow at Data & Society, a research institute devoted to studying the social impacts of new technology. He grew up in the UK and studied physics and the philosophy of science.

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