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In an effort to fast track the professional capacitation of current and future middle to senior executives in the operational management aspects of supply chain management, the United Kingdom’s Institute of Operations Management (“IOM”) has partnered with PanAvest International and Dr Douglas Boateng to establish an independent, public and private sector backed Distinguished Extraordinary Africa Chair for Professional Development in Operations and Supply Chain Management.  The independent chair shall be linked to selected universities and organizations on the continent to help accelerate the up skilling of practitioners, and in particular, postgraduate students undertaking relevant public and private sector Masters and Doctoral level studies in the operational management aspects of supply chain management. Dr Boateng has assumed the role of the IOM Africa distinguished extraordinary chair with immediate effect.

“There is a serious global shortage of senior level operations and supply chain management professionals. In Africa the situation is more acute in academia, government and industry.  This is one of the reasons why there are major regional wide competitive and service delivery challenges”. Said Ms Leonie Edwards, Manager – IOM.   “Distinguished extraordinary chair and professorial appointments are unusual and are reserved for practicing professionals and scholars who continue to serve with dedication and have distinctively achieved outstanding academic and industrial accomplishments. Dr Douglas Boateng’s global expertise and achievements in the area of amongst others, operations and supply chain management is widely acknowledged.  As the first independent distinguished extraordinary Chair to be appointed, it is hoped that, over the next 5 years selected universities and organizations will tap into his specialized knowledge which may not currently be available to them”. Added Ms Edwards.

Commenting on the appointment Dr Douglas Boateng said. “I am indeed honored to be the 1st independent IOM Africa Distinguished extraordinary chair.  I hope to use this ground breaking platform to amongst others:

1. Stimulate world class operations and supply chain management thinking in a manner that supports improvements in industry competitiveness, Government service delivery, wider socio economic development, job creation, export lead growth and more importantly intra African trade.

2. Coach and train academic and professional doctorates in operations and supply chain management at selected African universities and institutions of higher learning

3. Accelerate the IOM professionalization agenda in the operations management aspects of supply chain management in further support of the African Union and Millennium development goals.

4. Forge stronger links between industry, academia and relevant government institutions

5. Foster operations and supply chain management innovation through afro centric thinking within (and between) industry, academia and governments”.

About The Institute of Operations Management (IOM)
IOM is the UK professional body for persons involved in operations and production management in manufacturing and service industries.  It has over 50 years combined experience in the provision of vertical specific thought leading and world class education and training.  Today, the organization’s professionalization programs are increasingly being used by amongst others, government institutions to improve, productivity and service delivery initiatives. IOM maintains close links with the UK government through the Department of Trade and Industry and the Department for Education and Employment, which recognizes its qualifications. Relations are also maintained, generally on an informal basis, with a number of other Institutes and Societies in the UK, Europe and other parts of the world. IOM is a membership body within The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (UK) – CILT (UK); and International Associate for APICS in Great Britain.

About Dr Douglas Boateng (MSc, EngD, FCILT, FIoD, FCMI, FIMC, FIOM FCIPS)
Dry Boateng holds a Doctorate in Engineering Business Management, and is currently the President of the Institute of Operations Management Africa Region, and Non-executive Chairman of Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply Africa’s advisory Board. He is an elected member of the following global professional organizations:
(1) Institute of Directors, FELLOW, United Kingdom

(2) Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, CHARTERED FELLOW, United Kingdom

(3) Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply, CHARTERED FELLOW, United Kingdom

(4) The Chartered Management Institute, CHARTERED FELLOW, United Kingdom

(5) Institute of Operations Management, FELLOW, United Kingdom

(6) Institute of Business Consulting, FELLOW, United Kingdom

(7) Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, CHARTERED FELLOW, Southern Africa

(8) Institute of Directors, FELLOW, Southern Africa
Since 2000 he has been publicly acknowledged in Who-is-Who for sector specific contribution to industry. In 2008, he was inducted into the Institute of Directors Southern Africa Hall of Fame for his ongoing contribution to the development of supply chain management profession in Africa.

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