As with Russia and soon on Iraq, the T L Blog is moving to feature a series of Country Profiles followed by an Interview with someone on the ground. Here, we build on the recent Post on Pakistan with Mike Whiting who is working on the Humanitarian effort in Pakistan.

Mike Whiting is a long-standing member of CIPS and is the Chairman of the CILT UK Humanitarian Emergency Logistics Professionals (HELP) Forum.  He has taken part in the humanitarian response to the Indian Ocean Tsunami in 2004, Hurricane Katrina 2005 in the USA in the Yogyakarta Earthquake in Indonesia in 2006, Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar in 2008, the Haiti Earthquake in 2010 when he worked with USAF. A long-standing member of RedR UK and a member of the Cardiff and Cranfield Humanitarian Logistics Initiative and the Humanitarian Logistics Association; he has had chapters published in two books and has written numerous papers on aspect of humanitarian logistics.

Rob Bell (RJB) Question 1. Mike, what has been your role in the Pakistan catastrophe? (more…)


Over the next few weeks, the Transformational Logistics Blog will be upgraded to incorporate a number of new features. We will be including a series of Interviews with players in the field and here, we start with an interview with Arseny Yershov – the Head of Marketing with National Customs Broker LLC, Russia, based in Moscow.

The opinions expressed are personal and are all part of a process of opening up the debate on logistics and supply chain thinking and practice relevant to emerging and developing markets. We thank Arseny for taking the time to talk through the Russian Logistics story.

Question 1. Rob Bell (RJB). Arseny, you work for a major player in the Logistics arena in Russia and have been reading the Transformational Logistics Blog for a while. Before I ask you about your own views on the Russian Logistics scene can you give us some idea of the area that you work in? (more…)

The Mexicans say that you die twice; first when you stop breathing and second, when people stop talking about you. January 26th, 2009 marks the 250th Anniversary of the birth of Robert Burns and with 80,000 members of Burns clubs worldwide and 18.8 million references on the web Burns is more than a topic of conversation.

In 2004, Kofi Annan gave the Memorial Robert Burns Memorial Lecture at the United Nations in New York. His theme, The Brotherhood of Man and his words provide a facinating insight into how relevant the words of the Rhymer are to an understanding of the essential dignity and relevance of  the Majority World in our ever more globalised world. (more…)