Ratliff Invited to Serve on World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Logistics & Supply Chain

Donald Ratliff, executive director of the Georgia Tech Supply Chain & Logistics Institute, has been invited to become a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Logistics & Supply Chain for the 2011-2012 term. 

Donald Ratliff, executive director of the Georgia Tech Supply Chain & Logistics Institute
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Ratliff was selected to join the Network of Global Agenda Council for his experience and intellectual leadership in international supply chain and logistics research. 

The Global Agenda Council on Logistics & Supply Chain convenes 15-20 of the world’s most relevant thought leaders to provide insight and develop recommendations to address key global challenges. Council members will meet Oct. 10-11 at the Summit on the Global Agenda in Abu Dhabi.  This event will bring together 700 experts from around the world to share knowledge and advance recommendations to the most critical challenges facing humanity.

Ratliff is a supply chain and logistics expert with more than 30 years of experience as an educator, researcher, consultant and technology business executive. He has worked with a wide range of companies and government organizations to recognize and evaluate opportunities for supply chain synchronization and logistics optimization, to develop strategies for exploiting these opportunities and to develop the processes and technologies necessary to execute on these strategies.

Through Ratliff’s leadership at Georgia Tech, Supply Chain & Logistics has expanded across international boundaries with the development of trade, logistics, innovation and research centers in Asia and Latin America. 

The first center of this kind was The Logistics Institute-Asia Pacific established in partnership with the Singapore Economic Development Board, and the National University of Singapore.  It was followed by the establishment of the Trade Innovation and Productivity Center in San Jose, Costa Rica; the Georgia Tech Panama Logistics Institute in Panama City, Panama; and most recently, the Trade and Logistics Innovation Center in Mexico City, Mexico.

Supply Chain & Logistics, a unit of the H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering, has been a leader across a broad range of supply chain and logistics domains for more than thirty years.  It provides global leadership for research and education in the application of scientific principles to optimize the design and integration of supply chain strategy, infrastructure, processes, and technology.  Supply Chain & Logistic’s primary activities involve the development of new concepts and strategies for the practice of supply chain engineering and new tools for analysis, design, and management of logistics processes.