Defending our interconnected world: securing the supply chain in the face of unprecedented change


Often described as the ‘father of the supply chain strategy’ our keynote speaker, Richard Wilding, was appointed the world’s first chair of supply chain risk management back in 2005 and awarded the OBE in 2013. Today he stands at the centre of a global network of academics and practitioners dedicated to supply chain innovation and the generation of economic growth and competitive advantage.

At a time when our world is being reshaped by tectonic political shifts and technological breakthroughs, his presentation addresses the risks – internal, external, environmental and geo-political – that threaten the supply chain. Global manufacturing, trade and prosperity depend on interconnected businesses and the free movement of goods. He’ll explain how we can protect them.

Professor of Supply Chain Strategy
Cranfield School of Management